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serve him without fear, 75. In m holiness and righteousnefs before him, all the days of our life. 76. And thou Child shalt be called then eft: for thou fhalt o go before the face of the Lord, to nant for ever, the Word which he

commanded to a thousand Gene. be tations. Which Covenant he made

with Abraham, and his Oath unto 1Adc. A&. 3. 25. Ye are the Children of the Prophets, and of the Corvenant which God made with And in thy Seed shall all the Kinkľ Gen. 12. 3 I will bless them that blels thee, and curfe him that curferh thee: and in thee shall all Families of the Earth be blessed.

Gen. 17.4. As for me, behold, my Covenant is with thee, and thou wih be a father of many Nations. * Gen. 22. 16. By my Self have I that I will make with the House

Vrael, After those Days, faith the Lord, I will put my Law in their inward Parts, and write it 25 holy Calling. in their Hearts, and will be their God, and they shall be my People. Promise to Abraham, because he Ving more abundantly, to shew un. thall the blood of Christ, who thro' the Eternal Spirit, offered himlelf

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prepare rael hall dwell Safely. - Rom. 3. 15. Ye have not received the spi

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doption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Heb. 2. 15. And deliver them who through fear of Death

were all their Life-time subject to Oly unto Abraham, bondage.

m Rom. 6. 18, 22. Being made free from Sin, ye became the Servants of Righteousness. Now being

made free from Sin, and become athers

Servants to God, ye have your Fruit unto Holiness, and the End everlasting Life. Eph. 4. 24. That ye put on the new Man, which after God is created in Righreousness and true Holiness.

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sen SanEtification of the Spirit, and belief of the Truth. : 2 Tim. 1.9. Who hath saved us, and called us with an

.: Tit. 2. Teaching us, that denying ungodli

nefs and worldly Lusts, we thould 13, 17. When God made live soberly, righteously, and goaly

in this present World. 1 Pet. I. Wherein God wil. knowledge of God the Father,

through fanctification of the Spirit to the Heirs of Promife, the im unto Obedience. -As he which hath murability ofhis Counsel, confirmed called you is holy, to be ye hely in

35 all manner of Conversation. 9.14. How much more

That by these you might be Partakers of a divine Nature, having feaped the Corruption

that is in the World through Conscience from dead Works to serve 40 Luít. the living God. Jer. 23. 6. In his n See on Mat. 11.9. Days Judah fhall be saved, and If.

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prepare his ways; 77. To give knowledge of salvations to his People, * by [Or, Jor] the - remillion of the fins. 78. Through the * tender mercy [Or, bowels mercy] of our God; whereby the * Day-Ipring Sun-rising, or, Branch] from on high hath visited us. To give light to them that fit in darkness, and the thadow of death, to guide our feet into the war peace. 80. And the'd child grew, and waxed strope fpirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his has ing unto Ifrael.


hold, I will send my Messenger, Righteousness arise with bla and he shall prepare the Way be

his Wings. fore me. † Mal. 4. 5. Behold, I + Ifa. 9. 2. The People will send you Elijah the Prophet, walked in Darkness have seena before the coming of the great and 5 Light: they that dwell in dreadful Day of the Lord.

Land of the Shadow of Death a † Luk. 3. 3. He came into all on them ha:h the Light shined the Country about Jordan, 42. 6,7. I the Lord have preaching the Baptifm of Repentance thee in Righteousness : and for the Remision of Sins.

10 --give thee for a Covenant bt Numb. 24. 17. There shall People, for a Light of the G come a Star out of Jacob. t Ifai. To open the blind EyesU. J. There shall come forth a 16. The People which fat in Rod out of the Stem of Jeffe, and a ness faw a great Light: and to Branch shall grow out of his Roots. 15 which fat in the Region and on + Zech 3. 8. Behold, I will bring dow of Death Light is sprunt forth in Servant the Branch. † Zech. :: Acts 26. 18. To open their 612 Thus fpeakech the Lord of and to turn them from De Hoits, saying, Behold the Man

to Light, and from the power whose Name is the Branch, and he 22 Satan unto God. Mall grow up out of his Place, and he fhall build the Temple of the +_ Mat. 3.'1 In those Lord. † Mal. 4. 2. Unto you that came John the Baptist premca fear my Name, shall the Sun of the Wilderness of Judea.

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ND it came to pass in those days, that there went

out a (1) Decree from Cesar Auguftus, that all the World should be * taxed [Or, cnrolled]. 2. (And this f taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governour of Syria.) 3. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own City. 4. And Joseph also weit up from Galilee, out of the City of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the 5 City of David, which is called Bethlehem, (h" because he was of the house and lineage of David) 5. To be taxed with Mary his e{poused Wife, being great with child. 6. And so it was, that while they were there, the days were accomplished that the thould be delivered. 7. And she i brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him in swadling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the Inn. 8. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping * watch [Or, the night Watches] over their flock' by night. 9. And lo, the Angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord fhorie round about them; and they were fore afraid. 10. And the Angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good Tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11. For unto you is born this day, in the City of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12. And this shall be a fiun unto you; Ye shall find the Babe wrapped in Twadling clothes, lying in a manger. 13. And fuddenly there was with the angel a m multitude of the heavenly host praising

God, 4: A&s 5. 37. After this Man h : 1 Sam. 16.4. And Samuel rose up Judas of Galilee, in the did that which the Lord spake,

and came to Bethlehem. ** Joh.7.42. Hath not the Scri. it Mat. 1. 25. And knew her pture said, "Tha: Christ cometh 5 not till she had brought forth her out of the Seed of David, and out of first-born Son. the Town of Bethlehem where David k: Isa. 9.6. Unto us a Child

1 Sam 17. 12. Now David is born, unto us a Son is give was the Son of that Ephrathite of 301.

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God, and saying, 14. "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goot will towards men. came to pass, as the Angels were gone away from them into heaven, * the thepherds [Gr. the men the shepherds] faid one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16. And they came with hafte, and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18. And all they that heard it, wondred at those hings which were told then by the shepherds. 19. But Mary P kept all these things, and pondered them in her Heart. 20. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. 21. And (1) when 9 eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the Child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the Angel before he was conceived in the Womb. 22. And when : the days of her purification,



sued, and came forth from before $+Lev. 12. 2, 3, 4,6. If a Wohim: Thousand Thousands miniftred man have conceived Seed, and unto him, and Ten Thousand times born a Man-Child: then the fall ten Thousand stood before him. be unclean Seven Days; according Rev. 5.11. I beheld, and I heard a s to the Days of the Separation for Voice of many Angels round about her Infirmicy, fall she be unclean. the Throne, and the Beasts, and And in the eighth Day the Flesh the Elders, and the Number of of his Fore-Skin shall be circumcithem was Ten Thousand times sed. And she shall then continue Ten Thousand, and Thousands of 10 in the Blood of her purifying three Thousands.

and thirty Days: She ihall touch nt Luk. 19. 38. Blessed be the no hallowed thing, nor come into King that comerh in the Name of the Sanctuary, until the Days of the Lord, Peace in Heaven, Glory in her purifying be fulfilled. And the higheft.

when the Days of her purifying are

IS o See on Joh. 16. 33.

fulfilled, for a Son, or for a DaughpLuk.1.66.; Gen.37. 11. His ter ;

she shall bring a Lamb of the Father obferved the Saying 1 Sam.21. first Year for a Burnt-offering, 12. David laid up these Words in and a young Pidgeon, or a Turu his Heart.

tle Dove for a Sin-offering, un Gen. '17. 12. Lev. 12. 3.

the Door of the TabernaThe Words under Luk. 1. 59. cle of the Congregation, unto + Luk. 1. 31. * Mat. 1. 21.

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according to the Law of Moses, were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord. 23. (As it is written in the Law of the Lord, - Every Male that openeth the womb fhall be called holy to the Lord.) 24. And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is faid in the Law of the Lord, A pair of turtle doves, or two young pidgeons. 25. And behold, there was a man in Jerufalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was juft and devout, I waiting (1) for the consolation of Israel: and the holy Ghost was upon him. 26. And it was revealed unto him by the holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lords Christ. 27. And he came by


** Exod. 13. 2. Sanéti fie unto Numb. 18. 15, 17. Every thing me all the first born, whatsoever se that openeth the Matrix in all Flesh, peneth the Womb among th Chil which they bring unto the Lord, dren of Hrael, both of Man and whether it be of Men or Beasts, Beaft: it is mine. + Exod 22.29. s shall be thine : Nevertheless the Thou shalt not delay to offer the first born of Man shalt thou surely first of rhy ripe Fruits, and of thy redeem, and the Firfling of unclean Liquors: the firft born of thy Sons Beasts shalt thou redeem. * Ver. fhalt thou give unto me. Exod. 17. The Firstling of a Cow, or the

34. 19. All that openeth the Matrix 10 Firstling of a Sheep, or the Firstling = is mine. + Numb. 3. 13. All of a Goat,thou shalt not redeem.

the firft born are mine ; for on the b * Lev. 12. 2, 6. The Words wn# Day that I fmote all the first born der Ver. 2 2. Lev. 12. 8. If she

in the Land of Egypt, I hallowed un be not able to bring a Lamb, then to me all the first born in Israel, both 15 fhe shall bring two Turtles, or two Man and Beast, mine they shall be: young Pidgeons.

Numb. 8. 16, 17. c Acts 1o. 2. A devout Man, and (The Levites] are wholly given one that feared God with all his unto me from among the Children House, which gave much Alms to of Israel; instead of such as open the People, and prayed to God every Womb, even instead of the alway. firft born of all the Children of If d. See on Ver. 38. Isa. 25. 9. It rael, have I taken them unto me, shall be faid in that Day, Lo, this For all the first born of the Children is our God, we have waited for him, of Israel are mine, both Man and and he will save us. This is the Beast: on the Day that I mot e 25 Lord, we have waited for him, we every first born in the Land of E will be glad and rejoice in his gipt, I fan&tified them to my felf.


I am the Lord.


(1) As these devout People waited for, and lived in Expe&ation of the Coming of Christ in the Flesh; so good Christians now look for, and live in the conftant Expe&tation of his second glorious Appearing co judge the World,' and reward his faithful Servants; which is their greateft Comfort and Support under all Trials, Temptations, and Sufferings in this world. See the References on 1 Cor. 1. %.

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