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nuel, of the tribe of Asher: (she | seeing him, they were amazed: was far advanced in years, and and his mother said to him, “Child, had lived with a husband seven why hast thou done thus to us? years from her virginity: 37 and behold, thy father and I have she was now a widow of about | sought thee sorrowing.” 49 And eighty-four years, who departed he said to them, "How is it that not from the temple, but served | ye sought me ? knew ye not that God with fastings and prayer night and day :) 38 she also came upon them at the same time, and gave thanks to the Lord, and spake of the child to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

39 And having performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.

40 And the child grew and was strengthened [in spirit,] being filled with wisdom: and the favour of God was upon him.

I must needs be in my Father's house?" 50 But they understood not the thing which he spake to them. 51 And he went down with them, [and came] to Nazareth, and was subject to them: and his mother kept all these things in her her heart. 52 And Jesus advanced in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men.

CH. III. 1 NOW in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Cesar, (Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, 2 Annas and Caiaphas being high-priests,) the word of God came to John, the son of Zachariah, in the desert.

41 NOW his parents went to Jerusalem every year, at the feast of the passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, after they had gone up [to Jerusalem] according to the custom of the feast, and had fulfilled the days; 43 as they returned, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem, and Joseph and his mother knew it not: 44 3 And he came into all the but, supposing him to be in the country about Jordan, publishcompany, they went a day's jour-ing the baptism of reformation, ney: and they sought him among their kindred and acquaintance: 45 but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking him. 46 And it came to pass that, after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both hearing them and asking them questions.

47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. 48 And his parents

for the remission of sins: 4 as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, [who saith,] "The voice of one crying in the desert, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked places shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be

made smooth: 6 and all flesh | spake to them all, saying, “I shall see the salvation of God." indeed baptize you in water, but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose sandals I am not worthy to unloose: he will baptize you in a holy spirit, and fire: 17 whose winnowingshovel is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his floor, and will gather the wheat into his granary; but will consume the chaff in unquenchable fire.” 18 And many other glad tidings also he published to the people, exhorting them.

7 Then he said to the multitudes that went forth to be baptized by him, "O brood of vipers, who hath prompted you to flee from the impending vengeance? 8 Produce then, the proper fruits of reformation; and say not within yourselves, We have Abraham for our father for I assure you, that of these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham. 9"And already the axe also lieth at the root of the trees; every tree therefore which produceth not good fruit is cut down, and cast into the fire." 10 And the multitudes asked him, saying, "What then shall we do?" 11 And he answering, said to them, "He that hath two coats, let him give to him that hath none; and he that hath food, let him do in like manner. 12 Then came publicans also to be baptized, and said to him, "Teacher, what shall we do?” 13 And he said to them, "Exact no more than that which is appointed to you." 14 And the soldiers also asked him, saying, "And what shall we do?" And he said to them, "Take by violence from no one, and accuse not any faisely; and be content with your wages."

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19 But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him about Herodias his brother's wife, and about all the evil things which Herod had done, 20 added this likewise to all, that he confined John in prison.

21 NOW it came to pass when all the people were baptized, that Jesus also having been baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened; 22 and the holy spirit descended in a bodily appearance, like a dove, upon him; and a voice came from heaven, [saying,] "Thou art my beloved son; in thee I am well pleased."

23 AND Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age; being (as was allowed by law) the son of Joseph,* the son of Heli, 24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, 15 And the people were in the son of Janna, the son of expectation, and all men rea-Joseph, 25 the son of Mattathiah, soned in their hearts, concern- the son of Amos, the son of ing John, whether he were the Nahum, the son of Esli, the son Christ or not; 16 but John of Naggé, 26 the son of Maath,

Griesbach has mentioned no less than eight different readings to this verse, which eircumstance shows that its sense has been a matter of doubt.

spirit into the desert forty days, being tempted by an impostor.

the son of Mattathiah, the son of Semei, the son of Joseph, the son of Judah, 27 the son of Joan-2 And in those days he ate nothing; and, they being ended, [afterward] he was hungry. 3 And the impostor said to him, "If thou be a son of God, command that this stone become a loaf."

4 And Jesus answered him,

pleaseth." " 5 And [the impostor] brought him to a high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the earth, in a moment of time. 6 And the impostor said to him, "All this power I will give thee, and the glory of them: for it is delivered to me, and to whomsoever I will I give it. 7 If, therefore, thou wilt worship me, all shall be thine."

na, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Salathiel, the son of Neri, 28 the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmodam, the son of Er, 29 the son of José, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the saying, "It is written, Man son of Levi, 30 the son of Sime-shall not live by bread alone, on, the son of Judah, the son of but by every thing which God Joseph, the son of Jonan, the son of Eliakim, 31 the son of Melea, the son of Menan, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, 32 the son of Jessé, the son of Obed, the son of Booz, the son of Salmon, the son of Naasson, 33 the son of Aminadab, the son of Aram, the son of Hezron, the son of Phares, the son of Judah, 34 the son Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, 35 the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Salah, 36 the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, 37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan, 38 the son of Enoch, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.*

CH. IV. 1 NOW Jesus returned from Jordan, full of a holy spirit, and was led by the

The copies vary much in the order of the

the same genealogy here as in Matthew.

8 And Jesus an

swering him, said, "It is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and thou shalt serve him only.'"

9 And the impostor brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on the battlement of the temple, and said to him, "If thou be a son of God, cast thyself down from this place: 10 for it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to preserve thee: 11 and [that] on their hands they shall support thee, lest thou strike thy foot against a stone.'" 12 And Jesus answering, said to him, “It names, and the Cambridge manuscript contains

A visionary scene; supernaturally presented to the mind of Christ, to instruct him in the proper use of his miraculous powers. See note on Matt. iv. 1.

Gr. "Every word of God."

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tell you, No prophet is acceptable in his own country. 25 But I tell you of a truth, There were many widows in Israel, in the days of Elijah; when the heaven was shut up for three years and six months, when there was a great famine throughout all the land; 26 but to none of them was Elijah sent, except to a widow woman at Serepta, a city of Sidon. 27 And there were many lepers in Israel, in the time of the pro

16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he entered into the synagogue on the sabbath; and stood up to read. 17 And the book of the prophet Isaiah was delivered to him. And, having opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 18 "The spirit of the Lord is upon me, inas-phet Elisha; and none of them much as he hath anointed me was cleansed, except Naaman to publish glad tidings to the the Syrian." poor; he hath sent me to proclaim deliverance to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those that are bruised, 19 to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord."

28 And all in the synagogue, having heard these things, were filled with wrath; 29 and rose up, and drove him out of the city, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. 30 But he passed through the midst of them, and departed.

20 And he closed the book, and gave it again to the attendant, and sat down. And the eyes of all those who were in 31 AND he went down to the synagogue were fastened on Capernaum, a city of Galilee; him. 21 Then he began to say and taught them on the sabbath. to them, "To-day this scripture 32 And they were amazed at is fulfilled in your ears. 22 his doctrine: for his word was And all gave him their testi- with authority. 33 And there mony, and wondered at the was a man in the synagogue who gracious words which proceed- had a spirit of an impure deed out of his mouth, and said, | mon;* 34 and he cried out with a

*He was raving mad, and fancied himself possessed by a demon; which was the current opi nion of the age. He believed, as many then did, that Jesus was the Messiah, or a great prophet; and addresses him as such: and Jesus replies to him in the popular language, in conformity to the ideas and feelings of the maniac. See Farmer on Demon. c. ii. sec. 1.

loud voice, saying, "Ah! Jesus! Nazarene ! what hast thou to do with us? Art thou come to destroy us? I know thee, who thou art; the holy one of God." 35 Then Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him." And the demon having thrown him in the midst, came out of him, and hurt him not. 36 And all were struck with astonishment, and spake among themselves, saying, "What word is this? for with authority and power he commandeth the impure spirits, and they come out." 37 And a report went abroad into every place of the country round


38 AND he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon's house. Now the mother of Simon's wife was seized with a great fever; and they besought him for her. 39 And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her and forthwith she arose and ministered to them.

going out, he retired into a desert place; and the multitudes sought him and came to him, and urged him not to depart from them. 43 But he said to them, "I must publish the good tidings of the reign of God to other cities also: because for this purpose I am sent." 44 And accordingly he preached in the synagogues of Galilee.

CH. V. 1. NOW it came to pass when the multitude pressed on him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, 2 and saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their


3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and besought him that he would launch out a little from the land. And sitting down, he taught the multitudes out of the ship. 4 And having ceased speaking, he said to Simon, "Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught." 5 And Simon answer

have laboured during all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless, at thy word I will let down the net."

40 Now at the setting of the sun, all those who had any sicking, said to him, "Master, we of whatsoever disease, brought them to him: and he laid his hands on every one of them, and cured them. 41 And demons also came out of many, crying out, and saying, "Thou art the Son of God." But he rebuked them, and suffered them not to say that they knew he was the Christ.

42 And when it was day,

6 And having done this, they enclosed such a multitude of fish, that the net began to break. 7 And they beckoned to their partners in the other ship to come and help them. And they came, and laded both the ships,

It is here said that Christ "rebuked the fever;" but no one ever supposed a fever an intelligent agent; he also "rebuked them," the demons, but, unless we include the person of the demoniac, we have no more reason to suppose them to be intelligent than the fever.

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