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9 begat Joram. Joram begat Uzziah. Uzziah be
gat Jotham. Jotham begat Ahaz. Ahaz begat 10 Hezekiah. Hezekiah begat Manasseh. Manasseh 11 begat Amon. Amon begat Josiah. Josiah had Je
coniah and his brothers, about the time of the mi12 gration into Babylon. After the migration into
Babylon, Jeconiah begat Salathiel. Salathiel be13 gat Zerubbabel. Zerubbabel begat Abiud. Abiud 14 begat Eliakim. Eliakim begat Azor. Azor begät
Zadoc. Zadoc begat Achim. Achim begat Eliud. 15 Eliud begat Eleazar. Eleazar begat Matthan. 16 Matthan begat Jacob. Jacob begat Joseph, the
husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, 17 who is called' Messiah. So all the generations
from Abraham to David are fourteen ; from David till the migration into Babylon fourteen ; and from the migration into Babylon to the ? Messiah fourteen.
Lu. 1; 26.
18 NOW the birth of Jesus Christ happened thus:
Mary his mother had been espoused to Joseph; but
before they came together, she proved to be with 19 child by the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband being
a worthy man, and unwilling to expose her, intend20 ed to divorce her privately. But while he was think
ing upon this, a messenger of the Lord appearing to him in a dream, said, Joseph, son of David,
scruple not to take home Mary thy wife; for her 21 pregnancy is from the Holy Spirit. And she shall
1 Or Christ.
? Or Christ.
bear a son, whom thou shalt call Jesus; for he Acts 4 ; 12. 22 will save his people from their sins.
In all this, what the Lord had spoken by the Prophet was ve23 rified, " Behold the Virgin shall conceive and bear Isa. 7; 14.
a son, who shall be called Immanuel ;" which 24 signifies God with us. When Joseph awoke, he did
as the messenger of the Lord had commanded him, 25 and took home his wife; but knew her not, until
she had brought forth her first-born son, whom he
II. AFTER the birth of Jesus, at Bethlehem of Lu. 2; 4.
Judea, in the reign of king Herod, certain eas
tern magians* came to to Jerusalem, and inquired, 2 Where is the new-born king of the Jews; for we
have seen his star in the east country, and are come 3 to do him homage ? King Herod hearing this, 4 was alarmed, and all Jerusalem with him. And hav
ing assembled all the chief priests and the scribes
of the people, he demanded of them where the Mes5 siah should be born? They answered, At Bethle
hem of Judea ; for thus it is written by the Pro6 phet, “And thou Bethlehem, in the canton of Mic. 5; 2.
Judah, art not the least illustrious among the ci“ ties of Judah ; for out of thee shall come a ruler,
“ who will govern my people Israel.” 7 Then Herod having secretly called the magians,
procured from them exact information concerning 8 the time of the star's appearing. And sending them
Jo. 7; 42.
* That is, Saviour.
* A sect of Philosophers in Asia.
SECT. I. to Bethlehem, he said, Go, make an exact inquiry about the child; and when ye have found him, bring
me word, that I may also go and pay him homage. 9 Having heard the king, they departed: and lo!
the star which had appeared to them in the east
country, moved before them, till it came and stood 10 over the place where the child was.
When they 11 again saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly. And
being come into the house, they found the child with Mary his mother; and prostrating themselves, did him homage. Then opening their caskets, they
offered, as presents, gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to He
rod, they went home another way.
Ps. 72; 9.
13 WHEN they were gone, å messenger of the
Lord appearing to Joseph in a dream, said, Arise, take the child, with his mother, and flee into
Egypt; and remain there till I acquaint thee; for 14 Herod will seek the child to destroy him. AC
cordingly he arose, took the child, with his mother,
and withdrew by night into Egypt, where he con15 tinued until the death of Herod; so that what the
Lord had spoken by the Prophet was verified,
" Out of Egypt I recalled my son.” 16 Then Herod, finding that he had been deceiv.
ed by the magians, was highly incensed, and dispatched emissaries, who slew, by his order, all the male children in Bethlehem, and in all its territory, from those entering the second year, down to the time whereof he had procured exact information
Nu. 23; 22.
Hos. 11; 1.
17 from the magians. Then was the word of Jere18 muah the Prophet verified, “ A cry was heard in Jer. 31; 15. . “ Ramah, lamentation, and weeping, and bitter
complaint, Rachel bewailing her children, and re
fusing to be comforted, because they are not.” 19 When Herod was dead, a messenger of the
Lord appearing in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 said, Arise, take the child, with his mother, and
go into the land of Israel; for they are dead who 21 sought his life. Accordingly, he arose, took the
child, with his mother, and went to the land of Is22 rael; but hearing that Archelaus had succeeded his
father Herod in the throne of Judea, he was afraid to return thither; and being warned in a
dream, retired into the district of Galilee, and re23 sided in a city named Nazareth; thereby verifying
the declaration of the Prophet (concerning Jesus],
III. IN those days appeared John the Baptist, who Mar. 1; 2. 2 cried in the wilderness of Judea, saying, Reform, Jo. 1; 6: 3 for the reign of heaven approacheth. For this is ch. 4: 17,
he of whom the Prophet Isaiah speaketh in these
ch. 10; 7.
derness, Prepare a way for 5 the Lord, make 4 " for him a straight passage.” Now John wore
raiment of camel's hair with a leathern girdle
about his waist ; and his food was locusts and 5 wild honey. Then Jerusalem and all Judea, and
all the country along the Jordan resorted to him, 6 and were baptized by him in Jordan, confessing
their sins. 7 But he seeing many Pharisees and Sadducees
coming to him to receive baptism, said to them, Off
spring of vipers, who hath prompted you to flee 8 from the impending vengeance ? Produce then the 9 proper
fruit of reformation; and presume not to Jo. 8; 39. say within yourselves, We have Abraham for
'our father,' for I assure you that of these stones 10 God can raise children to Abraham. And even
now the axe lieth at the root of the trees; every ch. 7; 19. tree, therefore, which produceth not good fruit is Mar. 1; 8. 11 felled, and turned into fewel. I indeed baptize Jo. 1; 26. you in water, that ye may reform ; but he who Acts, 1; 5.
cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I
am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you in 12 the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing shovel
is in his hand; and he will thoroughly cleanse his grain ; he will gather his wheat into the granary, and consume the chaff in unquenchable fire.
Lu. 3; 16.
Mar. 1; 9. Lu. 3; 21.
THEN came Jesus from Galilee to Jordan to 14 be baptized by John. But John excused himself
5 In the Hebrew of Isaiah, Jehovah.