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9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star,
which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and 10 stood over where the young child was.
When they saw the star, 11 they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were
come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had
9 The star.] See verse 2. What man is the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name. And he that feareth the Lord ? him shall he teach again he saith, Rejoice ye Gentiles, with his in the way that he shall choose. Ps. xxv. 12. people. And again Esaias saith, There shall My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to hide my commandments with thee; so that reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply Gentiles trust." Now the God of hope fill thine heart to understanding; yea, if thou you with all joy and peace in believing, that criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy ye may abound in hope, through the power of voice for understanding; if thou seek her as the Holy Ghost. Ro. xv. 9-13. silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; 11 They saw the young child.] And they then shalt thou understand the fear of the (the shepherds) came with haste, and found Lord, and find the knowledge of God : for the Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh manger. And it was revealed unto him knowledge and understanding. Pr. ii. 1–6. (Simeon, a devout man of Jerusalem) by the I love them that love me ; and those that seek Holy Ghost, that he should not see death me early shall find me. Pr. viii. 17. We before he had seen the Lord's Christ: and he have a more sure word of prophecy; where- came by the Spirit into the temple: and wben unto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do light that shineth in a dark place, until the for him after the custom of the law, then took day dawn, and the day-star arise in your he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and hearts. 2 Pe. i. 19.
said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart 10 They rejoiced.] See verse 2. O let the in peace, according to thy word : for mine nations be glad, and sing for joy; for thou eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast shalt judge the people righteously, and govern prepared before the face of all people ; a light the nations upon earth. Ps. lxvii. 4. He to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy made him (Jacob) ride on the high places of people Israel. And she (Anna, a prophetess) the earth, that he might eat the increase of coming in that instant gave thanks likewise, the fields; and he made him to suck honey unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock. that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. Lt. De. xxxii. 13. Glory ye in his holy name : ii. 16. 26-32. 38. let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Worshipped him.] See verse 2. The devil Lord. Ps. cv. 3. The angel said unto them taketh him (Jesus) up into an exceeding high (the shepherds abiding in the fields), Fear not: mountain, and shewed him all the kingdoms for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great of the world, and the glory of them; and saith joy, which shall be to all people. And the unto him, All these things will I give thee, if shepherds returned, glorifying and .praising thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then God for all the things that they had heard and saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan : seen, as it was told unto them. Lu. ii. 10. 20. for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord Then (when almost the whole city came to- thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Mat. gether to hear the word of God) Paul and Bar. iv. 9, 10. They that were in the ship (when nabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary Jesus walked on the sea) came and worshipped that the word of God should first have been him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of spoken to you ; but seeing ye put it from you, God. Mat. xiv. 33. Kiss the Son, lest he be and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting angry, and ye perish from the way, when his salvation, lo, we turn to the Gentiles: for so wrath is kindled but a little : blessed are all hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have they that put their trust in him. Ps. ii. 12. set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou o come, let us worship and bow down : let us shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the kneel before the Lord our Maker. Ps. xcv. 6. earth. And when the Gentiles heard this, The Father judgeth no man, but hath comthey were glad, and glorified the word of the mitted all judgment unto the Son; that all men Lord. Ac. xiii. 46, 47, 48. Now I say that should honour the Son, even as they honour Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision the Father. He that honoureth not the Son, for the truth of God, that the Gentiles might honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, John v. 22, 23. As Peter was coming in Cor. For this cause I will confess to thee among nelius met him, and fell down at his feet, opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts ; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream, 12
and worshipped him : but Peter took him up, offering unto the Lord, his offering shall be of saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man. fine flour, and he shall pour oil upon it, and Ac. x. 25, 26. And I fell at his (the angel's) put frankincense thereon, and he shall bring feet (said John) to worship him: and he said it to Aaron's sons, the priests, and he shall unto me, See thou do it not; I am thy fellow take thereout his handful of the flour thereof, servant, and of thy brethren that have the tes- and the priest shall burn the memorial of it timony of Jesus : worship God. Re. xix. 10. upon the altar, to be an offering made by fire And I John saw these things (the blessed state of a sweet savour unto the Lord. Le. ii. 1. 2. of God's servants), and heard them: and when And he (the priest) shall take of it (the meat I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship offering) his handful of the four of the meat before the feet of the angel which shewed me offering, and of the oil thereof, and all the these things (the glorious state of the servants frankincense which is upon the meat offering, of God). Then saith he unto me, See thou do and shall burn it upon the altar for a sweet it not: for I am thy fellow servant, and of thy savour, even the memorial of it, unto the Lord. brethren the prophets, and of them which Le. vi. 15. One spoon of ten shekels of gold, keep the sayings of this book: worship God. full of incense (part of the offering of Nahshon And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of for the tabernacle, &c.). The golden spoons the prophecy of this book, for the time is at were twelve full of incense ; all the gold of hand. Re. xxii. 8, 9, 10.
the spoons was an hundred and twenty shekels. They presented unto him.] See chap. xiv. Nu. vii. 14. 86. All thy garments (applied 33. And their father Israel said unto them to Christ and his kingdom) smell of myrrh, (his sons), If it must be so now (that I send aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces Benjamin), do this: take of the best fruits in whereby they have made thee glad. Ps. xlv. the land in your vessels, and carry down the 8. From the rising of the sun, even unto the man a present, a little balm, and a little going down of the same, my name shall be honey, spices and myrrh, nuts and almonds. great among the Gentiles : and in every place Ge. xliii. 1). The children of Belial said, incense shall be offered unto my name, and a How shall this “man” (“ Saul") save us? pure offering. Mal. i. 11. And when he And they despised him, and brought him no (the Lamb in the midst of the throne) had taken presents: but he held his peace (he was as the book (which was in the right hand of him though he had been deaf). 1 Sa. x. 27. And she that sat upon the throne), the four beasts, and (the queen of Sheba) came to Jerusalem with four and twenty elders, fell down before the a very great train, with camels that bare Lamb, having every one of them harps, and spices, and very much gold, and precious golden vials, full of odours, which are the stones; and when she was come to Solomon prayers of saints. Re. v. 8. she communed with him of all that was in 12 Warned of God.) See verse 22. Behold, her heart. And she gave the king an hundred the angel of the Lord appeared unto “him" and twenty talents of gold, and of spices very (“ Joseph" minding to put away Mary privily), great store, and precious stones ; there came saying, Joseph, thou son of David fear not to no more such abundance of spices as these take unto thee Mary thy wife, &c. Mat. i. which the queen of Sheba gave to king 20. When "he" (" Pilate") was set down Solomon. 1 Ki. X. 2. 10. The kings of on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, Tarshish and of the Isles shall bring presents, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. just man (Jesus), for I have suffered many And he (Solomon as a type of Christ) shall live, things this day in a dream because of him. and to him shall be given of the gold of Mat. xxvii. 19. And God said unto “him" Sheba. Ps. Ixxii. 10. 15. The multitude of (“ Abimelech”) in a dream, Yea, I know that camels shall cover "thee" (" the Church of thou didst this (taking Sarah) in the integrity Christ''), the dromedaries of Midian and of thy heart: for I also withheld thee from Ephah. All they from Sheba shall come, they sinning against me: now therefore restore shall bring gold and incense, and they shall the “ man” (“ Abruham") his wife, &c. Ge. shew forth the praises of the Lord. Is. Ix. 6. XX. 6, 7. And God came to Laban the
And frankincense.] Take thou also unto Syrian in a dream by night, and said unto thee (said the Lord to Moses) of pure myrrh him, Take heed that thou speak not to Jacob five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon either good or bad. Ge. xxxi. 34. For God half so much, even two hundred and fifty speaketh in a dream, in a vision of the night, shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred when deep sleep falleth upon men, and and fifty shekels. And thou shalt make it a slumberings upon the bed, when he openeth perfume, a confection after the art of the the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, apothecary, tempered together, pure and holy. that he may withdraw man from his purpose, Ex. xxx. 23. 35. When any will offer a meat and hide pride from man. Job xxxiii. 15,
that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own 13 country another way. And when they were departed, behold, the
angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the
16, 17. Then was the secret (of Nebuchad- Hereby shall ye know (said Joshua to the nezzar's dream) revealed unto Daniel in a people of Israel) that the living God is among night vision. Da. ii. 19.
you. As soon as the soles of the feet of the They departed into their own country.] The priests that bear the ark of the Lord, the midwives feared God, and did not as the king Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Egypt commanded them, but saved the of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be men children alive. Ex. i. 17. Peter and cut off from the waters that come down from John answered and said (unto the council of above, and they shall stand upon an heap. the Jews), Whether it be right in the sight of And the priests, that bare the ark of the God to hearken unto you more than unto covenant of the Lord, stood firm on dry God, judge ye. Ac. iv. 19. Peter and the other ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the apostles answered (the high priest) and said, Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all We ought to obey God rather than man. Ac. the people were passed clean over Jordan. V. 29.
For the wisdom of this world is Jos. iii. 13. 17. For the priests which bare foolishness with God : for it is written, He the ark stood in the midst of Jordan, until taketh the wise in their own craftiness. I Co. every thing was finished that the Lord comiii. 19.
manded Joshua to speak unto the people. 13 The angel of the Lord.] See verse 19. And it came to pass, when the priests that Mat. i. 20. The angel of the Lord by night bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord opened the prison doors, and brought “ them” were come up out of the midst of Jordan, and (“the apostles") forth (who had been imprisoned the soles of the priests' feet were lifted up by the high priest and Sadducees). Ac. v. unto the dry land, that the waters of Jordan 19. And when the angel which spake unto returned unto their place, and Howed over all Cornelius was departed, he called two of his his banks, as they did before. Jos. iv. 10. 18. household servants, and a devout soldier of Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the them that waited on him continually, and he midst of the fire (said Nebuchadnezzar), and sent them to Joppa. And they said (unto they have no hurt, and the form of the fourth Peter), Cornelius the centurion, a just man, is like the Son of God. Then Nebuchad. and one that feareth God, and of good report nezzar came near to the mouth of the burning among all the nation of the Jews, was warned fiery furnace, and spake and said, Shadrach, Mefrom God by an holy angel to send for thee shach, and Abed-nego, ye servants of the most into his house, and to hear words of thee. high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Ac. x. 7. 22. And when Peter was come to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego came forth himself (for he thought he saw a vision) he of the midst of the fire. Da. iii. 25, 26. And said, Now I know of a surety that the Lord the keeper of the prison told this saying to hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you out of the hand of Herod, and from all the go: now therefore depart, and go in peace. expectation of the people of the Jews. Ac. Ac. xvi. 36. xii. 1). To which of the angels said he (the For Herod will seek, &c.] See verse 16. Lord) at any time, Sit on my right hand until And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, I make thine enemies thy footstool ? Are Every son that is born ye shall cast into the they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to river. Er. i. 22. And the woman (a daughter minister for them who shall be heirs of salva- of Levi, married to a man of the house of Levi) tion? He. i. 13, 14.
conceived, and bare a son, and when she saw Arise, and take the young child, &c.] When him that he was a goodly child, she hid him they persecute you in this city, flee ye into three months; and when she could no longer another. Mat. x. 23. And the woman (who hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, brought forth the man child, who was to rule and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and all nations with a rod of iron) fed into the put the child therein, and she laid it in the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared flags by the river's brink. Ex. ii. 2, 3. of God; that they should feed her there a Therefore am I troubled at his presence, thousand two hundred and threescore days. when I consider I am afraid of him ; because And to the woman were given two great wings I was not cut off before the darkness, neither 01' a great eagle, that she might fly into the hath he covered the darkness from my face. wilderness, where she is nourished for a time Job xxiii. 15. 17. The same (the king who and times and a half time, from the face of succeeded Pharaoh king of Egypt) dealt subthe serpent. Re. xii. 7. 14.
tilely with our kindred, and evil entreated our Until I bring thee word.) See verse 19, 20. fathers, so that they cast out their young
young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young 14 child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And 15 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. Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked 16
children, to the end that they might not live. he shall presently give me more than twelve Ac. vii. 19. And the dragon stood before legions of angels; but how then shall the the woman (travailing in birth and pained to be Scriptures be fulfilled: that thus it must be. delivered) which was ready to be delivered, Are ye come out as against a thief, with for to devour her child, as soon as it was born. swords and staves to take me ? &c. But all Re. xii. 4.
this was done, that the Scriptures of the 14 He took the young child.] See verse prophets might be fulfilled. Mat. xxvi. 53–56. 20, 21. Then Joseph being raised from sleep, And they crucified him, and parted his gardid as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, ments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled and took unto him his wife. Mat. i. 24. which was spoken by the prophet, they Whereupon (said Paul, declaring his wonderful parted my garments among them, and upon conversion), o king Agrippa, I was not dis- my vesture did they cast lots. Mat. xxvii. obedient unto the heavenly vision, &c. Ac. 35. And he said unto them (his apostles bexxvi. 19.
fore whom he did eat of a broiled fish, and of 15 Until the death of Herod.] See verse 19. an honeycomb), These are the words which About that time (when Agabus prophesied a I spake unto you while I was yet with you, dearth) Herod the king stretched forth his that all things must be fulfilled which were hands to vex certain of the Church. Ac. xii. written in the law of Moses, and in the 1. And when he (Herod) had apprehended prophets, and in the psalms concerning me. him (Peter), he put him in prison, and de- Lu. xxiv. 44. After this (commending his livered him to four quaternions of soldiers to mother to John) Jesus knowing that all things keep him; intending, after Easter, to bring were now accomplished, that the Scripture him forth to the people. And the angel of might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Then the Lord smote him (Herod) because he gave came the soldiers and brake the legs of the not God the glory. And he was eaten of first, and of the other which was crucified worms, and gave up the ghost; but the word with him, but when they came to Jesus, and of God grew and multiplied. Ac. xii. 4. saw that he was dead already, they brake not 23, 24.
his legs, but one of the soldiers with a spear That it might be fulfilled.] See verse 17. pierced his side, and forthwith came there23. Now all this was done (the angel of the out blood and water. These things were Lord appearing unto Joseph, &c.) that it might done that the Scripture should be fulfilled ; be fulfilled, which was spoken of the Lord by A bone of him shall not be broken, and again the prophet (Isaiah). Mat. i. 22. He (Jesus) another Scripture saith, They shall look on came (leaving Nazareth) and dwelt in Caper- him whom they pierced. John xix. 28. 32-37. naum, that it might be fulfilled which was Men and brethren (said Peter to the disciples) spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, The this Scripture must needs be fulfilled, which land of Zabulon, and the land of Naphthali, the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake &c. Mat. iv. 13, 14, 15, 16. He (Jesus) before concerning Judas, which was guide to healed all that were sick, that it might be ful- them that took Jesus. Ac. i. 16. filled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, Out of Egypt have I called my son.] Thou saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare shalt say unto Pharaoh (said God to Moses), our sicknesses. Mat. viii. 17. And (Jesus) Thus saith the Lord, Israel is my son, &c. charged them, that they should not maké Ec. iv. 22. God brought him forth out of him known, that it might be fulfilled which Egypt, he hath as it were the strength of an was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, unicorn. He shall eat up the nations, his Behold, my servant whom I have chosen; enemies, and shall break their bones, and my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased; pierce them through with his arrows. Nu. I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall xxiv. 8. When Israel was a child, then I shew judgment to the Gentiles. Mat. xii. loved him, and called my son out of Egypt. 16, 17, 18. All this was done (the sending to Ho. xi. 1. Bethphage for the ass, &c.) that it might be 16 When he saw that he was mocked.] See fulfilled, which was spoken by the prophet, (said Potiphar's wife to her attendants) he saying, Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting us. And she spake unto him (Potiphar) upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. according to these words, saying, The Hebrew Mat. xxi. 4, 5. Thinkest thou that I cannot servant which thou hast brought unto us came now pray to my Father (said Jesus to Peter, in unto me to mock me. Ge. xxxix. 14. 17. who struck the servant of the high priest), and And Balaam said unto the ass (which had
of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts there
of, from two years old, and under, according to the time which he 17 had diligently enquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that 18 which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, In Rama was
there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted,
fallen down under him at the sight of the angel was dashed in pieces upon her children. Ho. of the Lord), Because thou hast mocked me
I saw the woman (the mother of (I smote thee), I would there were a sword in harlots) drunken with the blood of the saints, mine hand, for now would I kill thee. Nu. and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus, xxii. 29. And Delilah said unto Samson, and when I saw her I wondered with great Behold, thou hast mocked me, and told me admiration. Re. xvii. 6. lies, now tell me I pray thee wherewith thou According to the time.] See verse 7. mightest be bound. Ju. xvi. 10. I am as one 18 Rama.] Thus saith the Lord ; A voice mocked of his neighbour, Job xii. 4.
was heard in Ramah ; lamentation, and bitter Was erceeding wroth.) A stone is heavy, weeping; Rachel weeping for her children, and the sand weighty, but a fool's wrath is refused to be comforted for her children, beheavier than them both. Wrath is cruel, and cause they were not. Je. xxxi. 15. anger is outrageous. Pr. xxvii. 3,4. Then Ne
Lamentation.] I have heard a voice as of a buchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded woman in travail, and the anguish as of her that to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, bringeth forth her first child ; the voice of the &c. Da. iii. 13. Then (when they, Shadrach, daughter of Zion, that bewaileth herself, that Meshach, and Abednego, refused to worship his spreadeth her hands, saying, Woe is me now; golden image) was Nebuchadnezzar full of for my soul is wearied because of murderers. fury, and the form of his visage was changed, Je. iv. 31. Thus saith the Lord God of hosts, and he commanded the most mighty men Consider ye, and call for the mourning women, that were in his army to bind Shadrach, that they may come; and let them make Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them haste, and take up a wailing for us, that our into the burning fiery furnace. Da. iii. eyes may run down with tears, and our eve19, 20.
lids gush out with waters; for a voice of wailAnd slew all the children.) Cursed be their ing is heard out of Zion. How are we spoiled; anger (Simeon and Levi's) for it was fierce, we are greatly confounded, because we have and their wrath, for it was cruel (against the forsaken the land, because our dwellings have Shechemites). Ge. xlix. 7. Hazael (the mes- cast us out. Yet hear the word of the Lord, senger of Benhadad, king of Syria) went to Oye women, and let your ear receive the meet “him” (“ Elisha”): and Hazael said, word of his mouth, and teach your daughters Why weepeth my lord ? And he answered, wailing, and every one her neighbour lamenBecause I know the evil that thou wilt do tation. For death is come up into our winunto the children of Israel ; their strong holds dows, and is entered into our palaces to cut wilt thou set on fire, and their young men off the children from without, and the young wilt thou slay with the sword, and wilt dash men from the streets. Je. ix. 17-21. And their children, and rip up their women with he (the Lord) spread "it" ("the roll of a child. 2 Ki. viii. 12. As a roaring lion, and book”) before me; and it was written within a ranging bear, so is a wicked ruler over the and without: and there was written therein, poor people. A man that doeth violence to lamentations, and mourning, and woe. E:. the blood of any person shall flee to the pit, ii. 10. I beheld and heard an angel flying let no man stay him. Pr. xxviii. 15. 17. through the midst of heaven, saying with a Behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabitants punish the inhabitants of the earth for their of the earth, by reason of the other voices of iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet blood, and shall no more cover her slain. Is. to sound. Re. viii. 13. xxvi. 21. Their feet run to evil; and they Rachel.] They (Jacob and family) jour(the Jews) make haste to shed innocent blood; neyed from Bethel ; and there was but a little their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity: wast- way to come to Ephrath, and Rachel traing and destruction are in their paths. Is. vailed, and she had hard labour. And it lix. 7. Therefore (because ye have ploughed came to pass, when she was in hard labour, wickedness, because thou didst trust in thy way, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not ; in the multitude of thy mighty men) shall a thou shalt have this son also. And it came tumult arise among thy people, and all thy to pass as her soul was in departing (for she fortresses shall be spoiled, as Shalmon spoiled died), that she called his name Benoni, Betharbal in the day of battle ; the mother but his father called him Benjamin. And