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thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name 22 JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. (Now all

And Elijah said unto her (the widow of Zare- mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. phath), Pear not: go and do as thou hast And he shall redeem Israel from all his ini. said: but make me thereof (of the handful of quities. Ps. cxxx. 7, & In that day thou meal and the oil in a cruse) a little cake first, shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee, though and bring it unto me, and after make for thee thou wast angry with me; thine anger is and thy son. 1 Ki. xvii. 13. Hearken unto turned away, and thou comfortedst me.

Beme, ye that know righteousness, the people hold, God is my salvation; I will trust and in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the re- not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my proach of men, neither be ye afraid of their strength, and my song; he also is become my revilings. Is. li. 7. Fear not (said Gedaliah salvation. Is. xii. 1, 2. Tell ye, and bring to the captains of the forces of the Jews) to them near; yea, let them take counsel togeserve the Chaldeans: dwell in the land, and ther. Who hath declared this from ancient serve the king of Babylon, and it shall be well time? who hath told it from that time? have with you. Je. xl. 9. Fear not, Mary (said not I, the Lord ? And there is no God else the ngel): for thou hast found favour with besides me; a just God, and a Saviour ; there is God. Lu. i. 30.

none besides me. Look unto me, and be ye That which is conceived.] See verse 18. saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, How long wilt thou go about, 0 thou back- and there is none else. Is. xlv. 21, 22. In sliding daughter ? for the Lord hath created his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall a new thing in the earth, a woman shall com- dwell safely; and this is his name whereby pass a man. Je. xxxi. 22.

he shall be called, The Lord our Righteous21 She shall bring forth.) Sarah thy wife ness. Je. xxiii, 6. Je. xxxiii. 15. I will (said God to Abraham) shall bear thee a son take you (Israel) from among the heathen, indeed, and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and gather you out of all countries, and will my covenant will I establish with Isaac which bring you into your own land. Then will I Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall the next year. Ge. xvii, 19. 21. I will cer- be clean : from all your filthiness, and all tainly return unto thee, according to the time your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a also will I give you, and a new spirit will I son. Gen. xviii. 10. And the angel of the put within you : and I will take away the Lord appeared unto the woman (the wife of stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give Manoah), and said unto her, Behold, now thou you an heart of flesh. And I will put my art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt spirit within you, and cause you to walk in conceive and bear a son. Ju. xiii. 3. About my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, this season (said Elishu to the Shunammite wo- and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land man), according to the time of life, thou shalt that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be embrace a son. And the woman conceived, my people, and I will be your God. and bare a son at that season that Elisha had xxxvi. 24–28. Seventy weeks are detersaid unto her, according to the time of life. mined upon thy people, and upon thy holy 2 Ki. iv. 16, 17. Thy wife Elizabeth (said city, to finish the transgression, and to make the angel to Zacharias) shall bear thee a son, an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for and thou shalt call his name John. The Holy iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteGhost shall come upon thee (said the angel to ousness, and to seal up the vision and proMary), and the power of the Highest shall phecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Da. ix. overshadow thee : therefore also that holy 24. Rejoice greatly, o daughter of Zion; thing which shall be born of thee shall be shout, o daughter of Jerusalem ; behold, thy called the Son of God: and, behold, thy cousin king cometh unto thee: he is just, and having Elizabeth, she hath also conceived a son in salvation ; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and her old age ; and this is the sixth month with upon a colt the foal of an ass.' Zec. ix. 9. her, who was called barren. Lu. i. 13. 35, 36. John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith,

Thou shall call his name Jesus.] Behold, Behold, the Lamb of God, which taketh away thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring the sin of the world. John i. 29. Unto you forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. (the Jews, said Peter) first, God having raised Lu. i. 31. When eight days were accom- up his son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in plished for the circumcising of the child, his turning away every one of you from his ininannt was called Jesus, which was so named quities. Ac. iii. 26. Neither is there salva

angel before he was conceived in the tion in any other: for there is none other 1.4. ii. 21.

narne under heaven given among men, whereII save his people.] Let Israel by we must be saved. Ac. iv. 12. Him hath rd; for with the Lord there is God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince

this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the

and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, tribulation, and have washed their robes, and and forgiveness of sins. Ac. v. 31. Of this made them white in the blood of the Lamb. man's (David's) seed hath God, according to Re. vii, 13, 14. his promise, raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus. 22 That it might be fulfilled, &c.] And Be it known unto you therefore, men and (Joseph) was there (in Egypt) until the death brethren, that through this man is preached of Herod ; that it might be fulfilled which was unto you the forgiveness of sins: and by him, all spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, that believe are justified from all things, from Out of Egypt have I called my Son. And he which ye could not be justified by the law of came (having heard that Archelaus did reign Moses. Ac. xiii. 23. 38, 39. Christ loved in Judea, in the room of his father Herod), and the Church, and gave himself for it; that he dwelt in a city called Nazareth ; that it might might sanctify and cleanse it, with the wash- be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, ing of water, by the word ; that he might He shall be called a Nazarene. Mat. ii. 15. present it to himself a glorious Church, not 23. Think not that I am come to destroy the having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; law, or the prophets : I am not come to debut that it should be holy, and without stroy, but to fulil. Mat. v. 17. He (Jesus) blemish. Ep. v. 25, 26, 27. It pleased the cast out the spirits with his word, and healed Father, that in him should all fulness dwell, all that were sick: that it might be fulfilled and (having made peace through the blood of which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, bis cross) by him to reconcile all things unto saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare himself; by him, I say, whether they be things our sicknesses. Mat. viii. 16, 17. And (Jein earth, or things in heaven. And you that sus) charged them (the multitudes that followed were sometime alienated, and enemies in your him) that they should not make him known: mind by wicked works, yet now hath he re- that it might be fulfilled which was spoken conciled in the body of his flesh, through by Esaias the prophet, saying, Behold my death, to present you holy, and unblameable, servant whom I have chosen ; my beloved, in and unreproveable in his sight : if ye continue whom my soul is well pleased : I will put my in the faith, grounded, and settled, and be not spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment moved away from the hope of the Gospel, to the Gentiles. He shall not strive nor cry, which ye have heard, and which was preached neither shall any man hear his voice in the to every creature which is under heaven. streets. A bruised reed shall he not break, Col. i. 19-23. Looking for that blessed hope, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he and the glorious appearing of the great God, send forth judgment unto victory. And in and our Saviour Jesus Christ : who gave him- his name shall the Gentiles trust. Mat. xii. self for us, that he might redeem us from all 16–21. Without a parable spake he (Jesus) iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar not unto them: that it might be fulfilled which people, zealous of good works. Tit. ii. 13, 14. was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will He is able also to save them to the uttermost that open my mouth in parables, I will utter things come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth which have been kept secret from the foundato make intercession for them. He. vii. 25. tion of the world." Mat. xiii. 35. All this If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, was done (the disciples finding an ass tied, and we have fellowship one with another, and the a colt with her) that it might be fulfilled which blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye all sín. 1 John i. 7. If any man sin, we the daughter of Sion, Behold thy king cometh have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and the righteous, and he is the propitiation for a colt the foal of an ass. Mat. xxi. 4. And our sins; and not for ours only, but also for he (Solomon) said (having dedicated the temple the sins of the whole world. 1 John ii. 1, 2. and brought the ark into the holy place), Whosoever abideth in him, sinneth not. And Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, which ye know that he was manifested to take away spake with his mouth unto David my father, our sins; and in him is no sin. 1 John iii. 6. and hath with his hand fulfilled it, saying, 5. Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, Since the day that I brought forth my people and the first-begotten of the dead, and the Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city out of all prince of the kings of the earth ; unto him the tribes of Israel, to build an house, that my that loved us, and washed us from our sins in name might be therein, but I chose David to his own blood, and hath made us kings and be over my people Israel. There is no God priests unto God, and his Father; to him be like thee, who hast kept with thy servant glory, and dominion, for ever and ever, Amen. David my father that thou promisedst him. Re. i. 5, 6. What are these (said one of the Thou spakest also with thy mouth, and hast elders to John) which are arrayed in white fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day. robes ? and whence came they?' And I said 1 Ki, viii. 15—24. Now in the first year of unto him, Sir, thou knowest.' And he said to Cyrus king of Persia, (that the word of the me, These are they which came out of great Lord, by the mouth of Jeremiah, might be

23 Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child,

and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Em24 manuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.) Then Joseph

fulfilled,) the Lord stirred up the spirit of pierced. After this, Jesus knowing that all Cyrus king of Persia (to make proclamation things were now accomplished, that the Scripfor building the temple). Ezr. i. 1. These tures might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. John are the days of vengeance (when Jerusalem is xix. 24. 36, 37. 28. Those things which God compassed with armies); that all things which before had shewed by the mouth of all his are written may be fulfilled. Lu. xxi. 22. prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath And he (Jesus) said unto them (his disciples), so fulfilled. Ac. iii. 18. Men and brethren, These are the words which I spake unto you children of the stock of Abraham, and whowhile I was yet with you : that all things soever among you feareth God, to you is the must be fulfilled which were written in the word of this salvation sent. For they that law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because Psalms concerning me. Lu. xxiv. 44. If he they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the (in the law) called them Gods (said Jesus) prophets which are read every Sabbath-day; unto whom the word of God came, and the they have fulfilled them in condemning him. Scripture cannot be broken, say ye of him And though they found no cause of death in whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be into the world, Thou blasphemest, because I slain. And when they had fulfilled all that said, I am the Son of God? John x. 35, 36. was written of him, they took him down from Though he (Jesus) had done so many mira- the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre. Ac. cles before "them” (the Jews"), yet they xiii. 26--29. God hath put in their hearts believed not on him : that the saying of Esaias (the ten horns of the beast) to fulfil his will, the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto Lord, who hath believed our report? and to the beast, until the words of God shall be whom hath the arm of the Lord been re. fulfilled. Re. xvii. 17. See chap. xii. 17. vealed ? Therefore they could not believe, be- 33 A virgin shall be with child, &c.] The cause that Esaias said again, He hath blinded Lord himself shall give you a sign (said the their eyes, and hardened their heart, that Lord to Ahaz), Behold a virgin shall conceive, they should not see with their eyes, nor un- and bear a son, and shall call his name Emderstand with their hearts, and be converted, manuel. Is. vii. 14. And he (the king of and I should heal them. John xii. 37–40. Assyria) shall pass through Judah (that reNow (said Jesus) have “they” (the Jews") fuseth the waters of Shiloah that go softly, and both seen and hated both me and my Father. rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah's son); he But this cometh to pass, that the word might shall overflow and go over; he shall reach, be fulfilled that is written in their law, They even to the neck, and the stretching out of his hated me without a cause. John xv. 24, 25. wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, o While I was with "them” (his disciples”) Immanuel. Is. viii. 8. in the world (said Jesus), I kept them in thy God with us.] Lo, I am with you alway name (holy Father): those that thou gavest (said Jesus to his disciples), even unto the end me I have kept, and none of them is lost but of the world. Amen. Mat. xxviii. 20. The the son of perdition; that the Scripture might Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is be fulfilled. John xvii. 12. Then asked he our refuge. Ps. xlvi. 7. ll. Unto us a child " them” (who came with Judas ") again, is born, unto us a son is given ; and the goWhom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of vernment shall be upon his shoulder: and his Nazareth. Jesus answered, I have told you name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, that I am he. If therefore ye seek me, let the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the these go their way: that the saying might be Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his gofulfilled which he spake, Of them which thou vernment and peace there shall be no end, gavest me have I lost none. John xviii. 7, 8, upon the throne of David, and upon his king9. Let us not rend "it" (Jesus's coat"), dom, to order it, and to establish it with but cast lots for it (said the soldiers) whose judgment, and with justice, from henceforth, it shall be ; that the Scripture might be ful- even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts filled which saith, They parted my raiment will perform this. Is. ix. 6, 7. Behold, God among them, and for my vesture they did is my salvation; I will trust, and not be cast lots. These things were done (that the afraid : for the Lord Jehovah is my strength soldiers brake the legs of the first, and of the and my song ; he also is become my salvation. other which was crucified with him; but they Is. xii. 2. And the Word was made fiesh, brake not Jesus's legs) that the Scripture and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the be broken. And again, another Scripture Father,) full of grace and truth. John i. 14. saith, They shall look on him whom they Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, separated unto

being raised from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she 25 had brought forth her first-born son: and he called his name JESUS.

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the Gospel of Christ, concerning his Son Jesus some great thing wouldest thou not have done Christ, which was made of the seed of David, it ? How much rather then, when he saith according to the flesh, and declared to be the to thee, wash and be clean? Then went he Son of God with power, according to the spirit down and dipped himself seven times in Jorof holiness by the resurrection from the dead. dan, according to the saying of the man of Ro.i. 1. 3, 4. (My kinsmen according to the God, and his flesh came again like unto the flesh, who are Israelites) whose are the fathers, flesh of a little child : and he was clean. 2 and of whom, as concerning the flesh, Christ Ki. v. 11-14. His (Jesus) mother said unto came ; who is over all, God blessed for ever. the servants (at the feast of the marriage in Amen. Ro. ix. 5. God was in Christ re- Cana of Galilee), Whatsoever he saith unto conciling the world unto himself, not imputing you do it. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the their trespasses unto them; and hath com- water pots (which were set there after the mitted unto us the word of reconciliation. manner of the purifying of the Jews) with 2 Co. v. 19. Without controversy, great is water. And they filled them up to the brim : the mystery of godliness; God was manifest and he saith unto them, Draw out now, and in the flesh, justified in spirit, seen of angels, bear unto the governor of the feast: and they preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in bare it. John ii. 5—8. By faith, Noe being the world, received up into glory. 1 Ti. iii. warned of God of things not seen as yet, 16. The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving Grace be with you. Amen. 2 Ti. iv. 22. of his house. By faith, Abraham, when he

24 Did as the angel, &c.] Thus did Noah was called to go out into a place which he (in preparing the ark), according to all that should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed. God commanded him so did he. Ge. vi. 22. By faith, Moses, when he was come to years, And Noah did according unto all that the refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's Lord commanded him. Ge. vii. 5. And he daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction (God) said, Take now thy son, thine only son with the people of God, than to enjoy the Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the pleasures of sin for a

By faith land of Moriah, and offer him there for a they” (the Israelites") passed through burnt-offering upon one of the mountains the Red Sea. By faith the walls of Jericho which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose up fell down. By faith the harlot Rahab perished early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and not with them that believed not. The time took two of his young men with him, and would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the and of Samson, and of Jepthae; of David burnt-offering, and rose up and went unto the also and Samuel, and of the prophets, who place of which God had told him. Ge. xxii. through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought 2, 3. Thus did Moses, according to all that righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the the Lord commanded him so did he. And mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, he spread abroad the tent over the tabernacle, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakand put the covering of the tent above upon it, ness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, as the Lord commanded Moses. And he turned to flight the armies of the aliens. He, lighted the lamps before the Lord as the xi. 7, 8. 24–34. Was not Abraham our Lord commanded Moses. And he burnt father justified by works when he had offered sweet incense thereon, as the Lord commanded Isaac his son upon the altar ? Seest thou Moses. When they went into the tent of the how faith wrought with his works, and by congregation, and when they came near unto works was faith made perfect. And the the altar they washed, as the Lord com- Scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham manded Moses. Er. xl. 16. 19. 25. 27. 32, believed God, and it was imputed unto him And Naaman was wroth (when ordered to for righteousness; and he was called the wash seven times in Jordan), and went away, friend of God. Ye see then how that by and said, Behold, I thought, he will surely come works a man is justified, and not by faith out to me, and stand, and call on the name only. Likewise also was not Rahab the barof the Lord his God, and strike his hand lot justified by works, when she had received over the place, and recover the leper. Are the messengers, and had sent them out another not Abana and Pharpar rivers of Damascus way? For as the body without the spirit is better than all the waters of Israel? May I dead, so faith without works is dead also. Ja. not wash in them and be clean? So he turned ii. 21-26. and went away in a rage ; and his servants 25 She had brought forth.] Sanctify unto came near and spake unto him, and said, me (said God to Moses) all the first-born, whatMy father, if the prophet had bid thee do soever openeth the womb among the children

CHAPTER II.

1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of

Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to 2 Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews ? for

me.

of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine. the people be. Ge. xlix. 10. Seventy weeks Ex. xiii. 2. Thou shalt not delay to offer the are determined upon thy people, and upon first of thy ripe fruits, and of thy liquors. thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and The first-born of thy sons shalt thou give unto to make an end of sins, and to make recon

Er. xxii. 29. And she brought forth ciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlast. her first-born son, and wrapped him in swad- ing righteousness, and to seal up the vision dling-clothes, and laid him in a manger; be- and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy; cause there was no room for them in the inn. know, therefore, and understand, that from Lu. ii. 7. For whom he (God) did foreknow, the going forth of the commandment to restore he also did predestinate to be conformed to the and to build Jerusalem, unto the Messiah, the image of his Son, that he might be the first- Prince, shall be seven weeks and threescore born among many brethren. Ro. viii. 29. and two weeks. The street shall be built

And he called his name Jesus.] When eight again, and the wall, even in troublous times. days were accomplished for the circumcising Da. ix. 24, 25. Thus saith the Lord of hosts, of the child, his name was called Jesus, which Yet once, it is a little while; and I will shake was so named of the angel before he was con- the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and ceived in the womb. Lu. ii. 21.

the dry land; and I will shake all nations ;

and the Desire of all nations shall come; and CHAP. II.- 1 Jesus was born, &c.] And I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord (Joseph) knew her not till she had brought forth of hosts; the silver is mine and the gold is her first-born son: and he called his name mine ; the glory of this latter house shall be Jesus. Mat. i. 25. And Joseph also went greater than of the former; and in this place up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts. into Judea, unto the city of David which is Hag. ii. 6-9. called Bethlehem; (because he was of the From the east, &c.] Their dwelling (of the house and lineage of David) to be taxed, with sons of Shem) was from Mesha as thou goest Mary his espoused wife, being great with unto Sephar, a mount of the east. Ge. x. 30. child. And so it was, that while they were Unto the sons of the concubines which Abrathere, the days were accomplished that she ham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them should be delivered. And she brought forth away from Isaac his son (while he yet lived) her first-born son, and wrapped him in swad- eastward, unto the east country. Ge. xxv. 6. dling-clothes, and laid him in a manger, be- Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all cause there was no room for them in the inn. the children of the east country, and all the wis. Lu. ii. 4—7.

dom of Egypt. 1 Ki. iv. 30. This man (Job) Bethlehem of Judea.] See verse 5. Thou was the greatest of all the men of the east. Beth-lehem Ephratah, though thou be little Job i. 3. They that dwell in the wilderness among the thousands of Judah, yet out of shall bow before " him” (Christ" under the thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be type of " Solomon"), and his enemies shall lick ruler in Israel ; whose goings forth have been the dust. The kings of Tarshish and of the from of old, from everlasting. Mic. v. 2. isles shall bring presents; the kings of Sheba Unto you is born this day (said the angel to and Seba shall offer gifts ; yea all kings shall the shepherds) in the city of David, a Saviour, fall down before him; all nations shall serve which is Christ the Lord. And it came to him ; for he shall deliver the needy when he pass, as the angels were gone away from them crieth ; the poor also and him that hath no into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, helper. Ps. Ixxii. 9-12. In that day there Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for this thing which is come to pass, which the an ensign of the people, to it shall the Gentiles Lord hath made known unto us. Lu. ii. 11. seek, and his rest shall be glorious. Is. xi. 10. 15. Hath not the Scripture said, That Christ Arise, shine, for thy light (of the Church) is cometh of the seed of David, and out of the come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon town of Bethlehem, where David was? John thee. Is. Ix. l. vii. 42.

2 Born King of the Jews.] Tell ye the Of Herod the king.) See verse iii. 19. The daughter of Sion (as was spoken by the prophet sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a Zechariah, saying), Behold, thy King cometh lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass and come ; and unto him shall the gathering of a colt the foal of an ass. Mat. xxi. 5. · Yet

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