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He got up and took the young child and his mother by night and went away into Egypt, and was there till the death of Herod : so that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled :

“ Out of Egypt did I call my son.” Then Herod, when he saw he was mocked by the Magi, was very much enraged, and sent out and slew all the boys in Bethlehem and all its neighborhood from two years old and under, according to the time which he had carefully learned from the Magi.

Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet :

A voice was heard in Ramah,

Weeping and great mourning :
Rachel weeping for her children,

And she would not be comforted,

Because they are not. But when Herod was dead, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, and said :

“ Get up, and take the young child and his mother and


into the land of Israel. For those who were seeking the young child's life are dead.

He got up and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

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over Judæa in the place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there; and being warned in a dream he withdrew into the parts of Galilee, and came and lived

a city called Nazareth, so that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled : He shall be called a Nazarene.

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Now in those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judæa, saying :

“Change your mind and the purpose of your heart ! For the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. For this is he who was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying:

The voice of one crying in the wilderness :

Make ready the way of the Lord.

Make his path straight.” John had his clothes of camel's hair and a leather girdle round his loins, and his food was locusts and wild honey.

Then were going out to him Jerusalem, all Judæa, and all the country round about Jordan, and were being purified by him in the river Jordan confessing their sins.

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his purification, he said to them:

- You brood of vipers !
Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?





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So bring forth fruit
Worthy of repentance.
And do not think to say to yourselves :
Abraham is our father.
For I tell you, God is able from these stones

To raise up children to Abraham.
Yes, even now the ax is lying
At the root of the trees.
So every tree that is not bringing forth good

fruit Is to be cut down and thrown into the fire. I, indeed, am purifying you with water to lead you

to a change of mind and purpose of heart. But he who is coming after me is mightier

than I. I am not worthy to carry his shoes. He will purify you with the Holy Spirit and

with fire. His fan is in his hand. He will thoroughly clean his threshing

floor. He will gather his wheat into his barn, But the chaff he will burn up with unquench

able fire."

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John to be purified by him. But John would have hindered him, saying:

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"I need to be purified by you, and do you come to me?" “ Allow me now,” Jesus answered him.

6. For thus it is becoming in us to satisfy every religious requirement."

Then he allowed him.

And when he was purified, Jesus at once went up from the water, and the heavens were opened, and he saw the spirit of God descending like a dove and coming on him, and a voice out of the heavens :

“ This is my loved Son,

In him I am well pleased." Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterwards hungry.

Then the tempter came to him :

“ If you are the Son of God,” he said, mand these stones to become bread.”

“ It is written,” answered Jesus : “ Man shall not live by bread alone, But by every word which comes out of the mouth of

God.” Then the devil took him into the Holy City, and set him on the parapet of the temple :

“ If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written :



He shall give his angels charge over thee,

And on their hands they shall bear thee up,

Lest thou strike thy foot against a stone." “ It is written again,” said Jesus :

“ Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” Again the devil took him to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their grandeur : “I will give you all these,” he said, “ if you

will fall down and worship me.” “Go away, Satan! For it is written :

« Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God,”

And him only shalt thou serve.” Then the devil left him, and angels came and waited on him.

Now when he heard John had been handed over to the authorities he went into Galilee. And leaving Nazareth he came and lived in Capernaum which is by the sea in the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali so that what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled :

The land of Zebulun,

And the land of Naphtali,
Toward the sea, beyond Jordan,

Galilee of the Gentiles,
The people sitting in darkness

Saw a great light.

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