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The fourth Year before the common account called, the Year of our

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OW when Jesus was

: born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the Days of Herod the King, behold there came wife men from the East to Jerusalem, 2. Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews ? for we have seen his Star in the East, and are come to worship him. 3. When Herod the King had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4. And when he had gahered all the chief Priests and * Scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. . And they said unto him, in Bethlehem of Judea : for hus it is written by the Prophet; 6. h And thou Bethle

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1 * Luk. 2. 6, 7. And so it was, shall smite the corners of Moab, hat while they were there, the and destroy all the Children of Sheth. Jays were accomplished that the et 2 Chron. 36. 14. Moreover, hould be delivered. And she all the chief Priefts and the People rought forth her firft born Son ,and s transgreffed very much trapped him in {waddling clothes, ff 2 Chron. 34. 13. -- Of the nd laid him in a Manger, because Levites there were Scribes, and tere was no room for them in the Officers, and Porters. + 1 Mac.5.42.

Now when Judas came near the biGen. 10. 30. And their , obrook, he caused the Scribes of the welling was from Mesha, (viz. the People to remain by the brook ims of Joktan, the Son of Eber,) as ti Mac. 7.12Then did assemble lou goeit unto Sephar a Mount of unto Alcimus and Bacchides a Coma le Eaft

. :: Gen. 25. 6. Unto the pany of Scribes, to require justice, ons of the Concubines which A-151 Chron. 24. 6. Shemaiah the Son aham had, Abraham gave Gifts, of Nathanael the Scribe, one of the id sent them away from Isaac his Levites,wrote them before the King. in (while he yet lived) eatward, 8 Mal. 2. 7. The Priests Lips

to the Eaft-Country. :: 1 King 4. should keep knowledge, and they : And Solomon's Wisdom excel-20should seek the Law at his Mouth. d the Wisdom of all the Children 1 * Mic. 5. 2. But thou Bethle. the Eaft-Country, and all the Wife hem Ephrata, though thou be lit

tle among the Thousands of Judah, : Luk.2. 11. Unto you is born yet out of thee

shall he come forth is Day, in the City of David, 25 unto me, that is to be Ruler in Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Ifrael: whose goings forth have ai. 60.3. The Gentiles shall come been from of old, from everlasting thy light, and Kings to thg * Joh. 7. 42. Hath not the Scri,

pture said, that Christ cometh out ** Numb. 24.17. There shall30of the Seed of David, and out of ime a Star out of Jacob, and a the Town of Bethlehem, where David eptre Daall risc que of Ifrael, and was?

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ightness of thy rising:

hem (1) in the Land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda : for out of thee shall come a Governour that shall * rule [Or, feed] my People Ifrael. 7. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wife men, enquired of them diligently what time, the Star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go, ) and * search diligently for the young child, and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and 1 worship him allo. 9. When they had heard the King, they departed, and lo, the star which they faw it the east, went before them, till it came and stood over wher the young child was. 10. When they faw the star, they re joiced with exceeding great joy. 11. And when they weri come into the House, they m saw the young child with Ma ry his Mother, and fell down and worshipped him : when they had opened their treasures, they * presente [Or, offered] unto him gifts, gold, and frankincense, ank

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•: Rev. 2. 27. And he shall rule vowed unto the Lord in Hebror them with a Rod of Iron: as i King. 21.9. She wrote in Let the Vessels of a Potter shall they ters, laying, proclaim a fal, and se te broken to shivers Col. 1. 18. Naboth on high among the People He is the Head of the Budy the s mt Pfal. 72. 1o. The Kings o Church: who is the beginning, the Tarhish and of

Tarhish and of the Iles Thal first-born from the Dead, that in all bring Presents: The Kings of She things he might have the Pre. ba and Seva shall offer Gifts. + Isa eminence

60. 6. The multitude of Came! *Job 5. 12. He disappointethoshall cover thee : The Dromeda the devices of the crafty, so that ries of Midian and Ephah : all the their Hands cannot perform their from Sheba shall come: they fha cocerprize.

bring Gold and Incense, and the 1 2 Sam. 15. 7.

Absalom said shall fhew forth the Praises of ch unto the King, I pray thee letis Lord. me go, and pay my Vow which I have

(1) The Bethlehem spoken of here, was called Bethlehem Ephrata, an Bethlehem in the Land of Judah, so that here is no inconfiftency betwix what the Prophet Micah fays, and what is here recorded. As to th seeming Contradiction about the excent of the Place, it is thus reconci led. The Prophet speaks of the Place it self, which was but little i coinjarison of many others in the holy Land; but here it is said no: 1 be litile, because it was the place where our Lord, the Redeemer 'uf Man kind, was born ; or if, according to others, the Hebrew Word, whichi rendered listle, be taken a dverbially, the feeming Opposition is quite re moved. For then the sense of the Place will be, And thou Bethlehen Ephraia, it is but little, or, it is a small matters that thou art among ia thonjana's of Judab ; for out, &c.

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myrrhe. 12. And being warned of God in a n 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

young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word · for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. 14. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and (1.) departed into Egypt: 15. And was there until the Death of Herod : that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the Prophet, saying, Out of Egypt • have I called my Son. 16. Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wile men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and p flew 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 enquired of

17. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by · Jeremy the Prophet, saying, 18. In Rama was there å Voice heard, lamentation and weeping and great n:ourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not. 19. But (2) 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 B 4

Land 9* Jer. 31. 15. Thus faith the 11. 1. When Ifrael was Lord, a voice was heard in Raa Child then I loved him, and mah, Lamentation, and bitrer called my Son out of Egypt. Weeping: Rachel weeping for

There is no her Children, refused to be come Wisdom, nor Understanding, nor s forted for her Children, because Counsel against the Lord.

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(1) Mr. Eachard, Eccl. Hist. p. 36. has the following remarkable Paf, fage. At our Lord's first arrival in Egypt, as may be colle&ted from Eufebius and Athanafius, he was by design, or providence, carried into

Temple at Hermopolis, in the Province of Thebais, at whose Presence the Idol Gods fell down, like Dagon before the Ark, and suffered their timely and just dissolution, which remarkably verified a prophecy of laiab

, Chap. 19. 1. that the Lord should come into fgypt, and the idols of Egypt should be moved at his presence.

(2) The third Year before the Account called the Year of our

Lord.

Land of Israel ; for they are 's dead which fought the young child's life. 21. And he ärose, and took the

young child and his mother, and came into the Land of Israel 22. But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judea, in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to gothither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream; he turned aside into the Parts of Galilee 23. And he came and dwelt in a City called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was s spoken by the prophets, ! He fhall be called a Nazarene.

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Year of our Lord 26. N those days came a John the Baptist, preaching in

the • Wilderness of Judea, 2. And saying, Repeiit ye: for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.

3. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Elaias, saying, The - Voice of one crying in the Wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his Paths straight. 4. And the fame John had his Raiment ? of camels hair, and a leathern girdle about his loyns, and his Meat was

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* Exod. 4. 19. And the Lord taketh it, to him will I give Achfaid unto Mofes in Midian, Go, fahmy Daughter to Wife. return into Egypt; for all the cDan. 2.44. In the Days of Isten arc dead which fought thy these Kings shall the God of HeaLife.

5 ven set up a Kingdom, which shall Matt. 3. 13.

never be destroyed :

and the $. 7 Judy. 13. 5. For 10, thou Kingdom shall not be left to oshalt conceive and bear a Son, and ther People, but it shall break in no Razor shall come on his Head:, pieces and consume all these King. for the Chila ihall be a Nazaritci o doms; and it fhall stand for ever, unto God from the Woinb.- d * 11.46.3. 4.Luk. 3. 4. +Joh, : u illai. II.

And there '1.23. See shall come forth a Rod out of the e † Mar. 1. 6. John was cloStem of Jesie, and a branch Thall thed with Camels hair, and with a grow out of his roots.

15 girdle of a Skin about his Loyns: 1. 4. John did Bap. and he did eat Locuits and wild tize in the Wilderness, and Preach Honey. the Baptisni of Repentance, for the t' 2 King. 1. 8. He (Elijah, remiilion of Sins:

was an hairy Man, and girt with a -The Word of God came unto20Girdle of Leather about his Loyns, Folin "the Son of Zacharias in the † Zech. 13. 4. Neither shall they Wilderssets.

[the Prophets) wear a rough Garment Joh. 15. 16. Caleb faid, to deceive. lie chat imiterh Kirjatha-fepher, and

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Locusts and wild honey. Š. Then 5 went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan, 6. And were baptized of him in Jordan, confeffing their Sins. 7. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his Baptism, he said unto them, * O generation of Vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the ' Wrath to come. 8. Bring forth therefore fruits. * meet m. for Repentance [Or, anywera able to amendment of Life]. 9. And think not to say within your felves, we have n Abraham to our Father : for I fay unto you, that God is able of these Stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 10. And now also the Ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore ..

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23. Even these vered us from the Wrath to come. of them ye may eat : the Locust af in A&. 26. 20. Shewed that ter his kind.

they should repent and turn to .ft Mar. 1. 5. There went God, and do works meet for repente ' out unto him all the Land of s ance. Luk. 3. 8. Bring forth fruits Judea, and they of Jerusalem, and therefore worthy of Repentance. were all Baptized of him in the Ri Joh. 8. 33, 39. They an. ver Jordan, confessing their Sins. swered him, we be Abraham's feed, A&. 19. 4, 18.

Then and were never in bondage to any said Paul, John verily baptized 1. Man: how fayest thou, ye shall

be with the Baptism of Repentance, say- made free? - Abraham is our Fa ing unto the people, that they ther. Matt. 8. II. Many Thail lhould believe on him that should come from the east and west, and come after him, that is, on Christ shall fit down with Abraham, and Jesus

. + Many that believed came,1 s Ifaac, and Jacob in the Kingdom and confeffed, and shewed their of Heaven.' + A&. 13. 25. Men

and Brethren, Children of the Stock ** Matt. 12. 34. O generation of Abraham, and whosoever among of Vipers, how can ye being evil

, you feareth God, to you is the Apeak good things ? for out of the 20word of this Salvation fent. abundance of the Heart the Mouth 0 * See on Mace. 7. 19. speaketh Matt. 23. 33. Ye Ser pa

* Mar. i. 8. I indeed have pents, ye generation of Vipers, how Baptized you with water : but he can ye escape the Damnation of shall baptize you with the holy.

25Ghoft. *Luk.3.16. John answered,lay+ Rom. 5. 9.

Much more 'ing to them all, I indeed baprize then being justified by his Blood, you with Water ; but one mightier we shall be saved from wrath tó than I cometh, the latchet of whose come. ti Thel. 1. 10. And to Shoes I am not worthy to unloose : wait for his Son from Heaven,3 che fhall baptize you with the holy whom he raised from the Dead, e. Ghoft

, and with Fire. *Joh, 1, 15, sen Christ Jesus, which hath deli,

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