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Christ directed the wise men. days of Herod the king, behold, A. D. 27. there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

2 Saying, Where is he that is born a King of the Jews? for we have seen his star b in the east, and are come to worship c him.

a Zec.9.9.

b Nu.24.17. Is.60.3.

c Jno.5.23.

d Ps.2.2.

e Mi.5.2. Jno.7.42.

3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

4 And when he had gathered d all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judea for thus it is written e by the prophet,

6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land g Pr.26.24. of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of theeh ver.2. shall come a Governor, that shall 2 rule f my people Israel.

i Ps.67.4.

3 or, offered.

7 Then Herod, when he had privy called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the k Ps.72.10. star appeared.


1 ch.1.20.

8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when yem Job 33. 15, have found him, bring me word again, that I may come g and worship him also.


n Ho.11.1.

9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw h in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10 When they saw the star, they ip Je.31.15. rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

o ver.7.

9 Ex.4.19. 11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the youngr Lu.2.39. child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: s Jno.1.45. and when they had opened their treasures, they 3 presented unto him gifts; k gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

12 And being warned of God l in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child b Is.40.3. and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring c ch.11.8. word for Herod m will seek the 2Ki. 1-8. young child to destroy him. 14 When he arose, he took the d Le.11.22. young child and his mother by e Ac.1.4. night, and departed into Egypt:


15 And was there until the death 19.4.5,18. of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by fch.12.34. the prophet, saying, Out n of Egypt have I called my son.

23.33. Is.59.5. Lu.3.7.

16 T Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise

2 or, feed, Is.40.11.

f Re.2.27.

t Nu.6.13.

Ju. 13.5.

1Sa. 1.11. Am.2.1012. Ac.24.5.

(CHAP. 3.) a Lu.3.2. Jno.1.6.

John preacheth men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired o of the wise men.

17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy p the prophet, saying,

18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel; for they are dead q which sought the young child's life.

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1 John preacheth: 4 his apparel. meat, and baptism. 7 the fruits of repentance. 13 Christ baptized by John in Jordan.


N those days came John a the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea,

2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

3 For this is he that was spoken ofb by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

4 And the same John had his raiment c of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts d and wild honey.

5 Then went out to him Jerusa lem, and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan,

6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing e their sins.

7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation f of vipers, who hath

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