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INTRODUCTION In the beținning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. And the God of Glory appeared unto our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, and said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall show thee.
And God spake on this wise; that Abraham's seed should sojourn in a strange land, and that they should be brought into bondage, and entreated evil four hundred years; and after that they should come forth and serve God without fear, in holiness and righteousness.
Now Abraham begat Isaac, and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs; and the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph their brother, into Egypt. But God was with Joseph, and delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and Pharaoh made Joseph governor over Egypt and all his house.
But when the time of the promise drew nigh, which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt, till another king arose, which knew not Joseph. The same dealt subtilly with our kindred, and evilly treated our fathers, casting out their male children, to the end they might not live; in which time Moses was born, and he was exceeding fair, and was nourished up in his father's house three months, when his mother took a basket made of bulrushes, and putting the baby boy therein, laid him by the river's brink.
And behold, the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself in the river, and when she saw the basket, she sent one of her maids for it; and when it was brought, she opened it and seeing within it the baby crying, having compassion on him, she adopted him for her own son. And Moses became learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds, and God sent him to be a ruler and deliverer of his people Israel. And Moses brought them out after that he had shown wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years. And Moses said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me: him shall ye hear.
Now the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the word in him was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory of one begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
And John the Baptist bare witness of Jesus, that all men through him might believe. Jesus is the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world; he also is that stone which was set at nought of the builders, which is become the head of the corner among all races and nations of men.
And Jesus, when he was come, said unto his disciples, No man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man; and as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up; that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life: for God so loved the world, that he gave his Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. God sent not his Son