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from foreign dominion. The people could not, however, remain independent, but were obliged to seek an alliance with the Romans, who then seized the opportunity of making the land tributary, and appointed a governor over it. A merely nominal king, Herod, an Edomite, governed the land under the Romans. He was a man of great talent and energy, but a cruel tyrant. His flatterers called him the restorer of the throne of David; but the true Israelites saw with deep sorrow that a foreigner ruled over them, and that the sceptre had departed from Judah. They perceived, however, in this circumstance a sign of the coming of Him to whom, as their forefather Jacob had prophesied, the gathering of the people should be.

After Malachi, no other prophet appeared to impart to their minds Divine consolation. This made them long the more earnestly for the promised One, the Son of David, the Anointed of the Lord, to restore again the throne of David, and to expel the Romans from the land. But they had something very different to learn. Long before, the prophet Isaiah had said, "MY THOUGHTS

ARE NOT YOUR THOUGHTS, NEITHER ARE YOUR WAYS MY WAYS, SAITH THE LORD. FOR AS THE HEAVENS ARE HIGHER THAN THE EARTH, SO ARE MY WAYS HIGHER THAN YOUR WAYS, AND MY THOUGHTS THAN YOUR THOUGHTS. a

a Isaiah lv. 8, 9.

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END OF OLD TESTAMENT.

BIBLE STORIES,

FOR THE YOUNG.

By C. G. BARTH, D.D.

NEW TESTAMENT.

TRANSLATED FROM THE THIRTIETH GERMAN EDITION.

LONDON:

THE RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY;
Instituted 1799.

SOLD AT THE DEPOSITORY, 56, PATERNOSTER ROW, AND 65, ST. PAUL'S CHURCHYARD;

AND BY THE BOOKSELLERS.

CONTENTS.

1. The Angel Gabriel is sent to Zacharias and to Mary

2. The Birth of Jesus

3. The Wise Men from the East

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4. Jesus in his Childhood

5. The Baptism of Jesus by John, and the Temptation of Jesus

by the Devil

6. The Calling of the Disciples of Jesus.-The Marriage of

Cana

7. Nicodemus

8. The Samaritan Woman

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-Zaccheus

22. The Disciples taught to pray.

23. The Merciful Samaritan, and the Unmerciful Servant

24. On Humility

25. The Transfiguration of Jesus
26. Three Visits of Jesus to Bethany
27. Christ's Entrance into Jerusalem

9. Peter's Draught of Fishes, and the Piece of Money

10. The Sermon on the Mount

11. The Miracles of Jesus

12. The Miracles of Jesus, (continued)

13. The Miracles of Jesus, (continued)

14. Warning to the Impenitent.-Invitation to the Weary and

Heavy Laden

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15. The Penitent Sinner, and the Canaanitish Woman

16. Death of John the Baptist

17. Parables of Jesus

18. Parables of Jesus, (continued)

19. Parables of Jesus, (continued)

20. Parables of Jesus, (continued)

21. Children blessed, and Men reproved. The Rich Young Man.

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