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Luke i. Then said Mary unto the Angel, How 34, Shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

And the Angel answered, and said un- 35. to her, The holy Ghost Mall come upan thee, and the power of the Highest shall over shadow thee: therefore also ihat holy thing which shall be born of thee, Shall be called the Son of God; and behold thy 36, Cozen Elizabeth, She hath also conceived a Son in her old age: and this is the fixth month with her, who was called Barren; For with God nothing shall be 37. impossible.

And Mary said, Behold the bandmaid 38, of the Lord, be it unto me according to thy word. And the Angel departed from

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SECT. IV. The Salutation of Mary and Eli- The hill counzabeth.

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and went into the hill Country with hafte, into a City of Juda, and en-40. tred into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elizabeth. And it came to pass 41. that when Elizabeth heard the falutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb: and Elizabeth was filled with the holy Ghost, and she spake out with 42. a loud voice, and said, “ Blessed art thou among Women, and blessed is the fruit

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come to me? For lo, as soon as the voice 43°c of thy falutation founded in mine ears, 44.

« the bábe leaped in my womb for joy 45.“ and blessed is she that believed : for “ there shall be a performance of those

things which were told her from the © Lord.

And Mary said, “ My soul doth mag: 47.

nifie the Lord, and my spirit hath re. 48.“ joyced in God my Saviour. For he

“ hath regarded the low estate of his “ handmaiden : for behold from hence“ forth all generations shall call me bles; “ fed. For he that is mighty hath done

tome great things and holy is his Name, so. “ And hiş mercy is on them that fear

“ him, from generation to generation, 51." He hath shew'd strength with his arm,

" he hath scattered the proud in the ima$2.“ gination of their hearts. He hath put

“ down the mighty from their seats, $3:“ and exalted them of low degree. He

“ hath filled the hungry with good things,

« and the rich he hath sent empty away. $4.“ He hath holpen his servant Israel, in re. $5.“ membrance of his mercy; As he spake

to our Fathers, to Abraham and to his "feed for ever. $6. And Mary abode with her about

three months, and returned to her own house,

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The birth of John the baptist.

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she should be deliver'd; and she brought forth a son. And her neighbours, 58. and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her, and they rejoyced with her. And it came to pass, 59. that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father. And his mother answered and said, Not 6o. So, but he shall be called John. And they 61. said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name. And 62. they made signs to his father, how he would have him called. And he asked 63. for a writing table and wrote, saying, His name is Fohn. And they marvelled 64. all. And his mouth was opened immediately, and histongue loosed, and he spake and praised God, and fear came on all 65. that dwelt round about them; and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judea. And 66. all they that had heard them, laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of Child shall this be? And the hand of the Lord was with him.

And his Father Zacharias was filled 67. with the holy Ghost, and prophesied saying “ Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, 68. for he hath visited and redeemed his 69 B 4

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The hill coun-6 people, and hath raised up an horn of try of Judea. « falvation for us in the house of his ser

vant David; as he spake by the mouth 7o.« of his holy prophets, which have been

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“ be saved from our enemies, and from 72.

“ the hand of all that hate us. To per ç form the mercy promised to our fat

thers, and to remember his holy covenant, The oath which he fware to our Father Abraham, that he would

grant unto us, that we, being delive« red out of the hands of our enemies, 75. might serve him without fear, in ho

“ liness and righteousness before him “ all the days of our life. And thoui “ child shalt be called the prophet of “ the Highest: for thou shalt go

before çs the face of the Lord to prepare his

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unto his people, by the remiffion of “their fins, through the tender mercy “ of our God; whereby the day-spring « from on high hath visited us, to give

light to them that fit in darkness, and « in the shadow of death, to guide our « feet into the way of peace.

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the birth of Jesus Christ was 18. Mar. i. on this wife. When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together she was found with child of the holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband being 19. (a) a just man,and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought 20. on these things, behold the Angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Foseph thou son of David, fear not to take unto thée Mary thy Wife; for that which is conceived in her, is of : the holy Ghoft. And she shall bring forth 21. a son, and thou shalt call his name (b) Jefus : for he shall save his People from their Sins. (Now all this was done that 22. it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet [Ifai. VII, 14.] saying, Behold a virgin shall be with 23. child, and shall bring forth a son, and they Mall call his name Emmanuel which being interpreted is God with us.)

Then Joseph being raised from sleep 24. did as the Angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And 25,

(a) Just in Hebrew is put for gentle and benign.
(b) Jesus fignifies Saviour.

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