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The angel's visit to Mary.
marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple. L. 1.
And after those days his wife Elisabeth con- 24 ceived, and hid herself five months, saying, Thus 25 hath the Lord dealt with me in the days where9 Gen. 30. in he looked on me, to take away my reproach & 54.1, 4. among men.
23. Is. 4.1.
b Judg. 6.
4. The annunciation.
L. 1. 26
AND in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin 2 espoused to a man whose 27 name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel 28 a Dan.9.23. came in unto her, and said, "Hail, thou that art & 10. 19. 3 highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw 29 him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, 30 Mary for thou hast found favour with God. Is. 7.14. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, 31 and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called 32 2 Sam. 7. the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father & 16. 5. David: and he shall reign over the house of 33 Jer. 23. 5. Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall
Is. 9. 6, 7.
Rev. 3.7. be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, 34 Dan.2.44 How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? Obad. 21. And the angel answered and said unto her, The 35 Mic. 4. 7. Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore 2 betrothed. C. 3 graciously accepted, or, much graced. marg.
The salutation of Mary.
Rom. 1. 4.
L. 1. also that holy thing which shall be born of thee 36 shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, Acts 8.37. thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month 37 with her, who was called barren. For with & Gen. 18. 38 God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary Jer. 32. 17.
said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it Zech. 8. 6.
5. The prophecy of Elisabeth and of Mary
AND Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, a into a city of Juda; Josh. 21. 9, 10, 11. 40 and entered into the house of Zacharias, and 41 saluted Elisabeth. And it came to pass, that,
when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth 42 was filled with the Holy Ghost: and she spake out with a loud voice, and said, "Blessed art Judg. 5. thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of 24. 43 thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the 44 mother of my Lord should come to me? for, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for c1 Sam.2.1. 45 joy. And blessed is she 'that believed: for there Ps. 34.2,3. shall be a performance of those things which & 35.9. 46 were told her from the Lord. And Mary said, 1 Sam. 1. 47° My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit Ps. 138. 6. 48* hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he Mal3.12. hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: & 126.2,3 for, behold, from henceforth all generations Gen.17.7. 49 shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty P. 103. hath done to me great things; and holy is 17, 18. 50 his name. And his mercy is on them that fear & 118.15. 51 him from generation to generation. He hath Is. 40. 10. shewed strength with his arm; he hath scat- & 52. 10. tered the proud in the imagination of their 1 Pet. 5. 5. 2 happy. D. C. 3 which believed that there shall be. marg. joiceth. T.
f Ps. 71.19.
& Ps. 111.9.
i Ps. 98. 1.
& 51. 9.
m 1 Sam.
The nativity and circumcision of John.
11 Sam. 2. hearts. 'He hath put down the mighty from L. 1. Job 5.11. their seats, and exalted them of low degree. 52 Ps. 113.6. m He hath filled the hungry with good things; 53 and the rich he hath sent empty away. He 54 Ps. 98.3. hath holpen his servant Israel, "in remembrance Jer. 31.3, of his mercy; as he spake to our fathers, to 55 Gen. 17. Abraham, and to his seed for ever. And Mary 56 11. Rom. abode with her about three months, and reGal. 3. 16. turned to her own house.
L. 1 57
6. The nativity and circumcision of John. Now Elisabeth's full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son. And her neighbours and her cousins heard 58 how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her. And it came 59 a Gen. 17. to pass, that on the eighth day they came to Lev. 12.3. circumcise the child; and they called him Za
b Gen. 39.
2. Ps. 80.
charias, after the name of his father. And his 60 mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. And they said unto her, There 61 is none of thy kindred that is called by this name. And they made signs to his father, how 62 he would have him called. And he asked for 63 a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all. And his mouth 64 was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, 17. & 89. and he spake, and praised God. And fear came 65 11. 21. on all that dwelt round about them: and all Joel 228. these sayings were noised abroad throughout Kings all the hill country of Judæa. And all they that 66 Ps. 41. 13. heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, & 106.48. What manner of child shall this be! And the & 4.31. hand of the Lord was with him. And his father 67 Ps. 111.9. Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and 17. prophesied, saying, "Blessed be the Lord God of 68 * Jer. 23. 5, Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his Dan. 9.24. people, 'and hath raised up an horn of salvation 69 Rom. 1. 2. for us in the house of his servant David;
& 72. 18.
2 supported. Macknight. 3 relations. C. 4 things. C. M.
An angel appears to Joseph.
3. & 105.8,
3. & 17.4.
& 22. 16,
1 Jer. 32.
L. 1. he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, Lev. 26. 71 which have been since the world began: that 32 16.98. we should be saved from our enemies, and from 9. & 106. 72 the hand of all that hate us; to perform the 16.60. mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember Gen. 12. 73 his holy covenant; 'the oath which he sware to 74 our father Abraham, that he would grant unto 6.13, 17. us, that we being delivered out of the hand of Rom. 6. 75 our enemies might serve him without fear, 'in Heb. 9.14. holiness and righteousness before him, all the 39, 40. 76 days of our life. And thou, child, shalt be called Eph.4.24. the prophet of the Highest: form thou shalt go 13. 2 Tim. before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; 12. 1 Pet. 77 to give knowledge of salvation unto his people 1.15. 78 by the remission of their sins, through the tender m Is. 40.3. mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from 79 on high hath visited us, "to give light to them " Is. 9.2. that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, & 49. 9. to guide our feet into the way of peace.
7. An angel appears to Joseph.
2 Thess. 2.
1.9. Tit. 2.
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was 19 found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was a Deut. 24. 20 minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is 21 conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people Acts 4. 22 from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord 23, 38. 23 by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall © Is. 7. 14. be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and
The nativity of Christ.
they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being M". 1. interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being 24 raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: and knew her not till she had brought forth 25 a Ex. 13.2. & her firstborn son.
8. The nativity of Christ.
AND it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that Acts 5. all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing 2 was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one 3 into his own city. And Joseph also went up 4 from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into 1 Sam. Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David :) to be taxed with Mary his 5 espoused wife, being great with child.
16. 1, 4.
a Ps. 132. 11. Is.11.1. Jer. 23. 5. Acts 2.30. & 13. 23.
c Gen. 21.
And so it was, that, while they were there, 6 the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn 7 son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
9. The genealogy of Christ from Abraham to
THE book of the generation of Jesus Christ, Rom. 1.3. the son of David, "the son of Abraham. AbraGen.12.3. ham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Gal. 3. 16. Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; and 'Ju- 3 2,3. das begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Gen. 25. & Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram; Gen. 29. and Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab be- 4 Gen, 38. gat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon; and 5 Ruth 4. Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; and 6
1 Chr. 2. 5, 9, &c.
2 carried into execution. M. took effect. C. was made before Cyrenius was governor. Greswell,