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I. ABRAHAM.

2. ISAAC.

3. JACOB.

4. JUDAS.

6. ESROM.

7. ARAM.

LUKE.

CHA P. III.

the son of Aram, which
was the son of Efrom,
which was the son of Pha-
res, which was the son of
Juda,

34 Which was the fon of Jacob, which was the fon of Ifaac, which was the fon of Abraham,which was the fon of Thara,which was the fon of Nachor,

35 Which was the fon of Saruch, which was the fon of Ragau, which was the fon of Phalec, which was the fon of Heber,which was the fon of Sala,

14. JOSEPH, Eli's Son and Jacob's Heir.

If you count the number of thofe in the Legal Line, who are mention'd by name as they are extracted out of the Genealogical Book, you will find there were juft fourteen who had the Government of the Kingdom of Judah, from the time of Chrift back to the Babylonish Captivity, in which time the Kingdom of Judah fell; and as many from the Babylonish Captivity to David, who was the firft of his Family that wore the Diadem: and there were the like number from David to Abrabam, as will appear by the following Table.

5. PHARES, the Son of

Thamar and Brother of
Zara.

JOHN.

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1. ADAM.

2. SETH.

3. ENOS.

4. CAINAN.

MARK.

5. MALELEEL.

6. JARED.

7. ENOCH,

8. MATHUSALA.

9. LAMECH.
IO. NOE.

LUKE.

CHA P. III.

36 Which was the fon of Cainan, which was the Son of Arphaxad, which was the fon of Sem, which was the fon of Noe, which was the fon of Lamech,

37 Which was the fon of Mathufala, which was the fon of Enoch, which was the fon of Jared, which was the son of Maleleel, which was the fon of Cainan,

38 Which was the fon of Enos, which was the fon of Seth, which was the fon of Adam, which was the fon of God.

And if afcend from Abraham to Adam, the firft man, you will find nineteer you Patriarchs whofe names follow.

II. SEM.

12. ARPHA X A D.

13. SALA.

14. HEBER,

JOHN.

15. PHALEC.

16. RAGAU.

17. SARUCH.

18. NACHOR.

19. THARA, Abraham's
Father.

So that the number of all the men in the natural Line from Chrift to Adam is LXXII, from whom Jefus of Nazareth defcended.

CHAP.

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CHA P. IV.

His Circumcifion. The Coming and Depar-
The Offering of Chrift in the Temple. The
The Song of Simeon. Jofeph's flight
The flaughter of the Infants of Beth-

EIGHT days after his birth Mary's Son was circumcis'd according to the custom of the Jews, and was nam'd Jefus, as the Angel, who was fent by God to his mother, before his Conception had commanded. Soon after, during the Life of Herod the Great, there came certain Magi (or wife men) from Arabia to Jerufalem, to enquire where they might find the new-born King of the Jews, affirming they had feen an unusual Star in Arabia, by which they understood there was a King of the Jews born, who was worthy to receive the higheft honour from them; and that therefore they were come to worship him. When Herod, a cruel and a jealous Prince,

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5 And they faid unto him,In Bethlehem of Judea: for thus it is written by the prophet;

6 And thou Bethlehem in the land of Juda, art not the leaft among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governour that shall rule my people Ifrael.

7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wife-men, enquired of them diligently what time the ftar appeared.

8 And he fent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go, and fearch diligently for the young child, and when ye have found

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heard this, he began to fear fome feeds of Sedition would be scatter'd about by these rumours; nor were the Inhabitants of Jerufalem lefs alarm'd at this declaration of the Wife men. Herod therefore call'd together fuch as were defcended of the chief Priests, or had themselves difcharg'd that Function, or were chief of the facerdotal Claffes, and fuch of the Sanhedrim as were moft famous for Learning, and enquir'd of them in what part of Judea the Meffiah was to be born according to the predictions of the Prophets. They told him that the Meth must be born in Bethlehem, it having been fo foretold by the Prophet Micah, chap. 5. 2. in these words: Thou Bethlehem Ephratah, tho thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee hall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Ifrael.

Upon this, Herod fent privately for the Wife men, left the Jews fhould guess at his defign, and made ftrict enquiry of them what time the Star began to appear, by which they understood a King would be born among the Jews, that he might kill the Infant without making any tumult. When they had informed him, he fent them to Bethlehem with a ftrict charge to use their utmost diligence to find out this Child, whofe Reign over Judea was portended by the Star they had feen; pretendE

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