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Luke i. 26-38. also that holy thing which 37 For with God nothing shall be born thee shall shall be impossible.

88 And be called the Son of God. Mary said, Behold the hand36 And, behold, thy cousin maid of the Lord, be it unto Elisabeth, she hath also con- me according to thy word. ceived a son in her old age : And the angel departed and this is the sixth month from her. with her who was called bar

SECTION IV.

MARY VISITING ELISABETH.

my Saviour.

Luke i. 39-56. 39 And Mary arose in those for joy. 45 And blessed is she days, and went into the hill- that believed: for there shall country with haste, into a city be a performance of those of Juda; 40 And entered in- things which were told her to the house of Zacharias, and from the Lord. saluted Elisabeth.

46 And Mary said, My soul 41 And it came to pass that doth magnify the Lord, 47 And when Elisabeth heard the sa- my spirit hath rejoiced in God lutation of Mary, the babe

48 For he hath leaped in her womb: and regarded the low estate of his Elisabeth was filled with the handmaiden: for behold, from Holy Ghost. 42 And she spake henceforth all generations shall out with a loud voice, and call me blessed. 49 For he that said, Blessed art thou among is mighty hath done to me women, and blessed is the

great things; and holy is his fruit of thy womb.

50 And his mercy is on whence is this to me, that

them that fear him, from genethe mother of my Lord should ration to generation. come to me? For, lo, as hath shewed strength with his soon as the voice of thy salu- arm: he hath scattered the tation sounded in mine ears, proud in the imagination of the babe leaped in my womb their hearts. 2 He hath put

43 And

pame.

51 He

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of his mercy;

55

Luke i. 39–56. down the mighty from their

as he spake seats, and exalted them of low to our fathers, to Abraham, degree. 53 He hath filled the and to his seed for ever. hungry with good things; and 56 And Mary abode with her the rich he hath sent empty about three months, and reaway. 54 He hath holpen his turned to her own house. servant Israel, in remembrance

SECTION V.

a son.

THE BIRTH OF THE BAPTIST.

Luke i. 57-80. 57 Now Elisabeth's full time name is John. And they marcame, that she should be de- velled all. 64 And his mouth livered: and she brought forth was opened immediately, and

58 And her neighbours his tongue loosed, and he spake and her cousins heard how the and praised God.

65 And fear Lord had shewed great mercy came on all that dwelt round upon her; and they rejoiced about them: and all these with her.

sayings were noised abroad 59 And it came to pass, that throughout all the hill-country on the eighth day they came of Judea. 66 And all they that to circumcise the child; and had heard them, laid them up they called him Zacharias, in their hearts, saying, What after the name of his father. manner of child shall this be! 60 And his mother answered And the hand of the Lord was and said, Not so; but he shall with him. be called John. 61 And they

67 And his father Zacharias said unto her, There is none filled with the Holy of thy kindred that is called Ghost, and prophesied, saying, by this name.

62 And they

68 Blessed be the Lord God of made signs to his father how Israel; for he hath visited and he would have him called. redeemed his people. 69 And 63 And he asked for a writing hath raised up an horn of saltable, and wrote, saying, His vation for us, in the house of

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Luke i. 57-80. his servant David. 70

thou, child, shalt be called the spake by the mouth of his holy prophet of the Highest: for prophets, which have been thou shalt go before the face since the world began; 71 that of the Lord, to prepare his we should be saved from our ways:

77 to give knowledge enemies, and from the hand of of salvation unto his people, all that hate us; 72 to perform by the remission of their sins. the mercy promised to 78 through the tender mercy fathers, and to remember his of our God; whereby the dayholy covenant: 73 the oath spring from on high hath visitwhich he sware to our father

79 to give light to them Abraham, 74 That he would that sit in darkness, and in the grant unto us, that we being shadow of death, to guide our delivered out of the hands of feet into the

way

of

peace. our enemies, might serve him 80 And the child grew, and without fear, 75 in holiness waxed strong in spirit, and was and righteousness before him, in the desert till the day of his all the days of our life. 76 And

shewing unto Israel*.

ed us,

SECTION VI.

THE ANGEL APPEARING TO JOSEPH.

Matt. i. 18—25. 18 Now the birth of Jesus thought on these things, beChrist was this wise : When hold, the angel of the Lord as his mother Mary was es- appeared unto him in a dream, poused to Joseph, before they saying, Joseph, thou son of came together, she was found David, fear not to take unto with child of the Holy Ghost. thee Mary thy wife: for that 19 Then Joseph her husband, which is conceived in her is of being a just man, and not will- the Holy Ghost. 21 And she ing to make her a public ex- shall bring forth a son, and ample, was minded to put her thou shalt call his away privily. 20 But while he

JESUS: for he shall save his * See Vol. Nativity, pp. 67, 68.

name

Matt. i. 18–25. people from their sins. 22 Now God with us. all this was done, that it might 24 Then Joseph, being raised be fulfilled which was spoken from sleep, did as the angel of of the Lord by the prophet, the Lord had bidden him, and saying, 23 Behold, a virgin took unto him his wife. 25 And shall be with child, and shall knew her not till she had bring forth a son, and they brought forth her first-born shall call his name Emmanuel, Son. And be called his name which being interpreted is,

Jesus *.

SECTION VII.

THE CITY OF DAVID.

Luke ii. 1—7. 1 And it came to pass in he was of the house and lineage those days, that there went of David,) 5 to be taxed with out a decree from Cæsar Au- Mary his espoused wife, being gustus, that all the world

great with child.

6 And so it should be taxed. 2 And this was, that while they were there, taxing was first made when the days were accomplished that Cyrenius was governor of she should be delivered. 7 And Syria. 3 And all went to be she brought forth her firsttaxed, every one into his own born son, and wrapped him in city. 4 And Joseph also went swaddling clothes, and laid him up from Galilee, out of the in a manger; because there city of Nazareth, into Judea, was no room for them in the unto the city of David, which inn.t is called Bethlehem; (because

SECTION VIII.

THE ANGELS AND THE SHEPHERDS.

Luke ii. 8-20. 8 And there were in the same the fields, keeping watch over country shepherds abiding in their flock by night. 9 And, * See Vol. Nativity, p. 77. + See Study of the Gospels, pp. 317, 318.

sore

us.

Luke ii. 8—20. lo, the angel of the Lord came from them into heaven, the upon them, and the glory of shepherds said one to another, the Lord shone round about Let us now go even unto Beththem: and they were lehem, and see this thing which afraid. 10 And the angel said is come to pass, which the unto them, Fear not: for, be- Lord hath made known unto hold, I bring you good tidings 16 And they came with of great joy, which shall be to haste, and found Mary and all people. 11 For unto you is Joseph, and the babe lying in born this day, in the city of a manger.

17 And when they David, a Saviour, which is had seen it, they made known Christ the Lord. 12 And this abroad the saying which was shall be a sign unto you; Ye told them concerning this child. shall find the babe wrapped in 18 And all they that heard it, swaddling-clothes, lying in a wondered at those things which manger. 13 And suddenly there were told them by the shepwas with the angel a multitude herds. 19 But Mary kept all of the heavenly host praising these things, and pondered God, and saying, 14 Glory to them in her heart.

20 And the God in the highest, and on shepherds returned, glorifying earth peace, good will toward and praising God for all the

things that they had heard and 15 And it came to pass, as

seen, as it was told unto them the angels were gone away

men.

SECTION IX.

THE CIRCUMCISION.

Luke ii. 21. 2) And when eight days were was called JESUS, which was accomplished for the circum- so named of the angel before cising of the child, His name He was conceived in the womb.

* See Vol. Nativity, p. 93.

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