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because they are not. But when Herod was dead, behold, an 19 angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go 20 into the land of Israel : for they are dead which sought the young child's life. And he arose, and took the young child and his 21 mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that 22 Archelaus did reign in Judea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in

Rachel died and was buried in the way off among the heathen, and although I have to Ephrath which is Bethlehem. And Jacob scattered them among the countries, yet will I set a pillar upon her grave, that is the be to them a little sanctuary in the countries pillar of Rachel's grave unto this day. Ge. where they shall come. Ez. xi. 16. xxxv. 16-20.

20 Arise, and take the young child, &c.] Would not be comforted.] And he (Reuben) See verse 13. and com. Trust in the Lord returned unto his brethren, and said, The with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine child is not; and I, whither shall I go? And own understanding. In all thy ways acknowthey (Joseph's brethren), sent the coat of many ledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Pr. colours. And he (Jacob) knew it, and said, iii. 5, 6. It is my son's coat; an evil beast hath de- For they are dead, &c.] And the Lord voured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in said unto Moses in Midian, Go, return into pieces. And Jacob rent his clothes, and put Egypt: for all the men are dead that sought sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for thy life. Ex. iv. 19. And when Hadad (the his son many days. And all his sons and all Edomite) heard in Egypt that David slept his daughters rose up to comfort him; but with his fathers, and that Joab the captain of he refused to be comforted : and he said, For the host was dead, Hadad said to Pharaoh, I will go down into the grave unto my son Let me depart, that I may go to mine own mourning. Thus his father wept for him. country. 1 Ki. xi. 21. Solomon sought to Ge. Xxxvii. 30. 33–35. And Jacob their kill Jeroboam, and Jeroboam arose and fled father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved into Egypt until the death of Solomon. 1 of my children ; Joseph is not, and Simeon is Ki. xi. 40. And Rehoboam went to Shechem: not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all for all Israel were come to Shechem to make these things are against me. Ge. xlii. 36. him king; and it came to pass, when JeroMan dieth and wasteth away; yea, man boam the son of Nebat, who was yet in Egypt, giveth up the ghost, and where is he? Job heard of it (for he was fed from the presence of xiv. 10.

king Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt in Egypt;) 19 Herod was dead.) Surely the wrath of that they sent and called him, and Jeroboam man shall praise thee; the remainder of and all the congregation of Israel came, &c. wrath shalt thou restrain. Ps. Ixxvi. 10. 1, 1 Ki. xii. 1, 2, 3. even I am he that comforteth you : who art 21 He arose, &c.] Thus did Noah, acthou that thou shouldest be afraid of a man cording to all that God commanded him, so that shall die, and of the son of man which did he. Ge. vi. 22. By faith Abraham, when shall be made as grass. Is. li. 12. And he was called to go out into a place which he through his policy of the king of fierce counte- should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; nance) also he shall cause craft to prosper in and he went out, not knowing whither he his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his went. He. xi. 8. heart, and by peace shall destroy many; he 22 He was afraid.] And it came to pass, shall also stand up against the Prince of when they (the angels) had brought them princes, but he shall be broken without hand. (Lot and his family) forth abroad, that he said, Da, viji. 25. He shall come to his end, and Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, none shall help him. Da. xi. 45.

neither stay thou in all the plain ; escape to An angel of the Lord.] See verse 13. and the mountain lest thou be consumed. And com. Whither shall I go from thy spirit, or Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my lord, bewhither shall I flee from thy presence ? Ps. hold, now thy servant hath found grace in cxxxix. 7. Therefore fear thou not, O my thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy servant Jacob, saith the Lord ; neither be which thou hast shewed unto me in saving dismayed, O Israel : for lo, I will save thee my life, and I cannot escape to the mountain, from afar, and thy seed from the land of their lest some evil take me, and I die. Behold, captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall now this city is near to flee unto, and it is be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make a little one. Oh, let me escape thither (is it him afraid. Je. XXX. 10. Thus saith the not a little one ?) and my soul shall live. And Lord God; Although I have cast them far he said unto himn, See, I have accepted the

23 a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: And he came

and dwelt in a city called Nazareth : that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

concerning this thing also, that I will not signs, which God did by him in the midst of overthrow this city for the which thou hast you, as ye yourselves also know ; him ye have spoken. Ge. xix. 17-21. Samuel said (to crucified and slain. Ac. ii, 22, 23. the Lord), How can I go (to Jesse the Beth- He shall be called a Nazarene.] When he lehemite)? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. 1 (Peter) was gone out into the porch, another Sa. xvi. 2. Ananias (who was sent to restore maid saw him, and said unto them that were Saul's sight) answered, Lord, I have heard by there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Na. many of this man, how much evil he hath zareth. Mat. xxvi. 71. This is the law of done to thy saints at Jerusalem. Ac. ix. 13. the Nazarite ; when the days of his separation

Being warned, &c.] See verse 12. and com. are fulfilled, he shall be brought unto the door This God is our God for ever and ever; he of the tabernacle of the congregation, &c. &c. will be our guide even unto death. Ps. xlviii. Nu. vi. 13. Thou shalt conceive (said the 14. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, angel of the Lord to the wife of Manoah), and and afterward receive me to glory Ps. Ixxii. bear a son, and no razor shall come on his 24. “ They(the redeemed") cried unto head; for the child shall be a Nazarite upto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered God from the womb. Ju. xii. 5. And she them out of their distresses; and he led them (Hannah) vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of forth by the right way, that they might go to hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction a city of habitation. Ps. cvii. 6, 7. The of thine handmaid, and reinember me, and not Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto coming in from this time forth, and even for thine handmaid a man child; then I will give evermore. Ps. cxxi. 8. Thine ears shall hear him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, there shall no razor come upon his head. I walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, Sa. i. 11. The zeal of thine house hath eaten and when ye turn to the left. Is. xxx. 21. me up; and the reproaches of them that reBehold, for peace I had great bitterness ; but proached thee are fallen upon me. When I thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that the pit of corruption, for thou hast cast all was to my reproach. Ps. Ixix. 9, 10. Who my sins behind thy back. Is. xxxviii. 17. hath believed our report, and to whom is the

Into the parts of Galilee.] Then cometh arm of the Lord revealed ? For he shall grow Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be up before him as a tender plant, and as a root baptized of him. Mat. iii. 13. And when out of a dry ground; he hath no form nor they (Mary and Joseph) had performed all comeliness, and when we shall see him, there things according to the law of the Lord, they is no beauty that we should desire him. Is. returned into Galilee, to their own city Na- liii. 1, 2. I brought you (said the Lord to zareth. Lu. ii. 39. Some said, Shall Christ Israel) up from the land of Egypt, and led come out of Galilee? Hath not the Scripture you forty years through the wilderness, to said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, possess the land of the Amorite. And I and out of the town of Bethlehem where raised up of your sons for prophets, and of your David was? They answered and said unto young men for Nazarites. But ye gave the him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search and Nazarites wine to drink, and commanded the look : for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet. prophets, saying, Prophesy not. Am. ii. 10John vii. 41, 42. 52.

12. Philip (one of Jesus' disciples) findeth 23 Nazareth.] Whom seek ye (said Jesus Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found to Judas and his followers) : they answered him of whom Moses in the law, and the prohim, Jesus of Nazareth ; Jesus saith unto phets did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of them, I am he; then asked he them again, Joseph : and Nathanael said unto him, Can Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Nazareth. John xviii. 4, 5. 7. Pilate wrote a Philip saith unto him, Come and see. John title and put it on the cross; and the writing i. 45, 46. We have found this man (said was, Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews. Tertullus to Felir), a pestilent fellow, and a John xix. 19. Ye men of Israel, hear these mover of sedition among all the Jews throughwords: Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of out the world, and a ringleader of the sect of God among you by miracles, and wonders, and the Nazarenes. Ac. xxiv. 5.

CHAPTER III.

In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness I

CHAP. III.-1 Those days.) Now in the fif- bound him in prison ; for John had said teenth year of the reign of Tiberius Cæsar, unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and thy brother's “ wife" (" Herodias"). ThereHerod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother fore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and Philip tetrarch of Iturea, and of the region of the king sent an executioner (at the request Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abi- of Herodias' daughter, who danced and pleased lene, Annas and Caiaphas being the high the king), and commanded his head to be priests, the word of God came unto John the brought, and the damsel gave it to her mother. son of Zacharias in the wilderness. Lu. iii. And when his disciples heard of it, they came 1, 2.

and took up his corpse and laid it in a tomb. John the Baptist.] Verily, I say unto you, Mar. vi. 16—29. The angel of the Lord among them that are born of women, there said unto him, Fear not Zacharias, for thy hath not risen a greater than John the Bap- prayer is heard ; and thy wife Elizabeth shall tist, notwithstanding, he that is least in the bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name kingdom of heaven is greater than he. Mat. John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness, xi. 1). This is John the Baptist (said Herod and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he the tetrarch), he is risen from the dead, and shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and he therefore mighty works do shew forth them- shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from selves in him. Mat. xiv. 2, &c. And they his mother's womb. And many of the chil. (the disciples) said unto " him” (Jesus), dren of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their Some say that thou art John the Baptist. God. And he shall go before him in the Mat. xvi. 14. I say unto you (said Jesus to spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts his disciples), that Elias is come already, and of the fathers to the children, and the disthey knew him not, but have done unto him obedient to the wisdom of the just, to make whatsoever they listed, likewise shall also the ready a people prepared for the Lord. Thou, Son of man suffer of them. Then the dis- child (said Zacharias), shall be called the ciples understood that he spake unto them of prophet of the Highest : for thou shalt go John the Baptist. Mat. xvii. 12, 13. The before the face of the Lord to prepare his baptism of John whence was it?

From ways.

Lu. i. 13–17. 76. Annas and Caiheaven or of men ? (said Jesus to the chief aphas being the high priests, the word of God priests and elders). And they reasoned with came unto John the son of Zacharias in the themselves, saying, If we shall say from heaven, wilderness, and he came into all the country he will say unto us, Why did ye not then be- about Jordan, preaching the baptism of relieve him? But if we shall say of men, we pentance for the remission of sins. As it is fear the people, for all hold John as a pro- written in the book of the words of Esaias, phet. Mat. xxi. 25, 26. John came unto saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderyou (said Jesus) in the way of righteousness, ness, prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his and ye believed him not; but the publicans paths straight. And as the people were in and harlots believed him: and ye, when ye expectation, and all men mused in their had seen it, repented not afterward that ye hearts of John, whether he were the Christ or might believe him. Mat. xxi. 32. John did not, John answered, saying unto them all, I baptize in the wilderness, and preach the bap- indeed baptize you with water, but one tism of repentance for the remission of sins. mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose And there went out unto him all the land of shoes I am not worthy to unloose; he shall Judea, &c. And John was clothed with baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with camel's hair, and with a girdle of a skin about fire. But Herod the tetrarch being reproved his loins, and he did eat locusts and wild by him for Herodias his brother Philip's wife, honey. And it came to pass in those days, and for all the evils which Herod had done, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, added yet this above all, that he shut up John and was baptized of John in Jordan. Now in prison. Lu. iii. 2—20. There was a man after that John was put in prison, Jesus came sent from God, whose name was John ; the into Galilee preaching the Gospel of the king- same came for a witness, to bear witness of dom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, the light, that all men through him might and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent believe. He was not that light, but was sent to ye, and believe the Gospel. Mar. i. 4—15. bear witness of that light. John bare witness When Herod heard thereof (of Jesus' miracles) of “him” (the only begotten of the father), he said, it is John whom I beheaded, he is and cried, saying, This was he of whom I risen from the dead. For Herod himself had spake. He that cometh after me is preferred sent forth, and laid hold upon John, and before me; for he was before me. And this

2 of Judea, And saying, Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at

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is the record of John: when the Jews sent Mar. i. 7. And he (John) shall go before priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, him (Jesus) in the spirit and power of Elias; who art thou? And he confessed and denied to turn the hearts of the fathers to the chilnot; but confessed, I am not the Christ; I dren, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the am the voice of one crying in the wilderness; just: to make ready a people prepared for the make straight the way of the Lord, as said the Lord. Lu. i. 17. prophet Esaias. I baptize with water ; but The wilderness.] And as “they" (" John's there standeth one among you whom ye disciples") departed, Jesus began to say unto know not. The next day John seeth Jesus the multitudes concerning John, What went coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb ye out into the wilderness to see ? A reed of God, which taketh away the sin of the shaken with the wind ? &c. Mat. xi. 7. world. And John bare record, saying, I saw And now, behold (said Caleb to Joshua), the the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, Lord hath kept me alive, as he said, these the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy forty and five years, even since the Lord spake Ghost. Again, the next day after, John stood, this word unto Moses, while the children of and two of his disciples, and looking upon Israel wandered in the wilderness. Jos. xiv. Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold, the 10. In the wilderness, Beth-arabah, Middin, Lamb of God. John i. 6-8. 15–36 John and Secacah (of the cities of Judah). Jos. xv. said (also), A man can receive nothing ex- 61. And when the messengers of John were cept it be given him from heaven : ye your departed, he (Jesus) began to speak unto the selves bear me witness, that I said, I am not people concerning John; What went ye out the Christ, but that I am sent before him. into the wilderness to see ? A reed shaken He must increase, but I must decrease. John with the wind ? &c. Lu. vii. 24. iii. 27-30. Beginning from the baptism of 2 Repent ye.] From that time (when Jesus John (said Peter), unto that same day that leaving Nazareth came and dwelt in Caperhe (Jesus) was taken up from us, must one be naum) Jesus began to preach, and to say, ordained to be a witness with us of his re- Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. surrection. Ac. i. 22. of this man's (Da- Mat. iv. 17. Then began he (Jesus) to upvid's) seed hath God according to his promise braid the cities wherein most of his mighty raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus : when works were done, because they repented not. John had first preached before his coming Mat. xi. 20. The men of Nineveh shall rise in the baptism of repentance to all the people of judgment with this generation, and shall conIsrael. And as John fulfilled his course he demn it, because they repented at the preachsaid, Whom think ye that I am ? I am not ing of Jonas; and behold, a greater than Jonas he : but behold, there cometh one after me, is here. Mat. xii. 41. A certain man had whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to two sons (said Jesus, in the parable), and he loose. Ac. xiii. 23-25. And he (Paul) came to the first, and said, Son, go work tosaid unto them (the disciples at Ephesus), day in my vineyard. He answered and said, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they I will not; but afterward he repented, and said, Unto John's baptism. Then said Paul, went. And he came to the second, and said John verily baptized with the baptism of likewise. And he answered, and said, I go, repentance, saying unto the people, that Sir; and went not. Whether of them twain they should believe on him which should did the will of his father? They say unto come after him, that is on Christ Jesus. him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily, When they heard this, they were baptized in I say unto you, that the publicans and the the name of the Lord Jesus. Ac. xix. 3–5. harlots go into the kingdom of God before xi. 7.

"you" (" the chief priests and elders"): for Preaching.) The voice of him that crieth John came unto you in the way of righteousin the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the ness, and ye believed him not; but the pubLord; make straight in the desert a highway licans and harlots believed him: and ye, when for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, ye had seen it, repented not afterward that ye and every mountain and hill shall be made might believe him. Mat. xxi. 28–32. If low ; and the crooked shall be made straight, they (the people, said Solomon in his prayer) and the rough places plain. And the glory shall bethink themselves in the land whither of the Lord shall be revealed, and all Aesh they were carried captives, and repent, and shall see it together, for the mouth of the make supplication unto thee in the land of Lord hath spoken it. The voice said, Cry; them that carried them captives, saying, We and he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is have sinned, and have done perversely ; we grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the have committed wickedness. Then hear thou flower of the field. Is. xl. 3-6. And (John) their prayer, and their supplication in heaven preached, saying, There cometh one mightier thy dwelling-place, and maintain their cause. than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I i Ki. viii. 47. 49. I abhor myself (said Job), am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. and repent in dust and ashes. Job xlii. 6.

hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, 3

Repent, and turn yourselves (O house of Israel) for repentance. Ac. xxvi. 20. Godly sorrow from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall worketh repentance to salvation, not to be not be your ruin. Cast away from you all repented of; but the sorrow of the world your transgressions whereby ye have trans- worketh death. 2 Co. vii. 10. The servant gressed ; and make you a new heart, and a of the Lord must not strive, but be gentle new spirit: for why will ye die, 0 house of unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekIsrael ? For I have no pleasure in the death ness instructing those that oppose themselves; of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: where- if God peradventure will give them repentfore turn yourselves and live ye. Ez. xviii. ance to the acknowledging of the truth. 2 Ti. 30, 31, 32. As I live, saith the Lord God, ii. 24, 25. Leaving the principles of the docI have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, trine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection, but that the wicked turn from his way, and not laying again the foundation of repentance live. Turn ye, turn ye, from your evil ways: from dead works, and of faith toward God. for why will ye die, 0 house of Israel ? Ez. He. vi. 1. The Lord is not slack concerning xxxiii. 11. John did baptize in the wilder- his promise, as some men count slackness ; ness, and preach the baptism of repentance but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing for the remission of sins. Mar. i. 4. And that any should perish, but that all should they (Jesus' disciples) went out and preached come to repentance. 2 Pe. iii. 9. Remember that men should repent. Mar. vi. 12. Ex- from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and cept ye repent (said Jesus unto those who do the first works; or else I will come unto told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick had mingled with their sacrifices) ye shall out of his place, except thou repent. I gave all likewise perish. Lu. xiii. 3. 5. I say her (the woman Jezebel, which calleth herself unto you (said Jesus), that likewise joy a prophetess, and has taught and seduced my shall be in heaven over one sinner that servants to commit fornication, foc.) space to repenteth, more than over ninety and nine repent of her fornication, and she repented just persons, which need no repentance. not. Re. ii. 5. 21. xxi. 29. Likewise I say unto you, there is joy in For the kingdom of heaven, &c.] Blessed the presence of the angels of God over one are the poor in spirit, for their's is the kingdom sinner that repenteth. Lu. xv. 7. 10. And of heaven; blessed are they which are perhe (the rich man in the parable) said, Nay, secuted for righteousness' sake, for their's is father Abraham, but if one went unto them the kingdom of heaven. Mat. v. 3. 10. Whofrom the dead, they will repent. Lu. xvi. 30. soever shall break one of these least commandThus it is written; That repentance and re- ments, and shall teach men so, he shall be mission of sins should be preached in his called the least in the kingdom of heaven. (Jesus') name among all nations, beginning But whosoever shall do and teach them, the at Jerusalem. Lu. xxiv. 47. Then Peter same shall be called great in the kingdom of said unto them (of Jerusalem), Repent, and heaven. For I say unto you, except your be baptized, every one of you, in the name of righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins, and ye the Scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Ac. enter into the kingdom of heaven. Mat. v. ii. 38. Repent ye therefore, and be converted, 19, 20. Thy kingdom come. Seek ye first that your sins may be blotted out when the the kingdom of God and his righteousness, times of refreshing shall come from the pre- and all these things shall be added unto you. sence of the Lord. Ac. iii. 19. When they Mat. vi. 10. 33. And as ye go (said Jesus to (of the circumcision) heard these things (of the his twelve apostles), preach, saying, The kingGospel preached unto Phenice, fc.), they held dom of heaven is at hand. Mat. x. 7. From their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then the days of John the Baptist until now, the hath God also to the Gentiles granted repent- kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the ance unto life. Ac. xi. 18. The times of this violent take it by force. Verily, I say unto ignorance (the Gentiles worshipping the un- you, among them that are born of women known God) God winked at, but now com- there hath not arisen a greater than John the mandeth all men every where to repent. Ac. Baptist, notwithstanding, he that is least in xvii. 30. I (Paul) have shewed "you" (" the the kingdom of God is greater than he. Mat. elders of Ephesus"), and have taught you pub. xi. 12. 11. (Said Jesus to his disciples,) it is licly, and from house to house, testifying both given unto you to know the mysteries of the to the Jews and also to the Greeks, repent- kingdom of heaven, but to them (the multiance toward God, and faith toward our Lord tude) it is not given. Another parable put he Jesus Christ. Ac. xx. 21. I (Paul) shewed forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heafirst unto them of Damascus, and at Jeru- ven is likened unto a man which sowed good salem, and throughout all the coasts of Judea, seed in his field. Another parable put he and then to the Gentiles, that they should forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of repent and turn to God, and do works meet heaven is like to a grain of mustard-seed,

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