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heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. 14. And there was s given him dominion and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Micah v. 2. But thou, Bethlehem Ephratan, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me, that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Zech. ix. 9. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion ; shout, o daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy king cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation ; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an'ass.

Zech. xiii. 7. Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts : smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn my hand upon the little

Mal. iii, 1. Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple; even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in; behold he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.

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46th Q. - What has Isaiah prophesied of Christ?

A.—That he should take upon him our' nature by being born of a virgin, and be called Immanuel, or God with us; that he should be wounded for our transgressions, lay down his life for the sins of the world, and become an intercessor for sinners,

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Isaiah vii. 14. The Lord himself shall give you a sign, Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isaiah is. 2. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. 6. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given : and the government shall be upon his shoulders ; and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and

upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice, from henceforth even for ever.

Isaiah xxviii. 16. Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation, a stone, a tried stone, á sure foundation ; he that believeth shall not make haste. * See also ch. viii. 14.

Isaiah xlix. 6. And he (the Lord] said, It is a light thing that thou shouldst be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayst be my salvation unto the end of the earth..'

Isaiah liji. 1. Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? 2. For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground. 3. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief : and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not, 4. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrow's: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted; 5. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned

* Bishop Lowth translates it, “He that trusteth in him shall not be confounded,"


every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid oni him the iniquity of us all.

7. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 8. He was taken from prison and from judg. ment; and who shall declare his generation for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. 10. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him ; he hath put him to grief: wheni thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure) of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. 11. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many, for he shall bear their iniquities. 12. Therefore will í divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out. his soul unto death; and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Isaiah lxi. 1. The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek, he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound : 2. To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all that

3. To appoint to them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.

Isaiah Ixiii. 1. Who is this that cometh from Edom, with died garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength?


I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. 2. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winc-fat? 3. I have trodden the wine-press alone; and of the people there was nope with ine. 4. For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year


redeemed is come. 5. And I looked, and there was none to help: and I wondered that there was none, to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury it upheld me. See also ch. lix. 16, 17.

Isaiah l. 6. I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.

Isaiah xxxv. 3. Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. 4. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you. 5. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped: 6. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing.

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47th Q.-Were the prophecies, as to the manner in which Christ should assume human nature, and suffer therein, fulfilled in every particular ?

A. They were : Christ was conceived by: the power of the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary, in the days of Augustus Cæsar, the first Emperor of Rome; lived a life of poverty, and was put to the igno-, minious death of the cross, at the instigation of the Jews, by Pontius Pilate, the Governor, of Judea in the time of Tiberius Cæsar, the successor of Augustus ; but on the third day he rose from the dead.

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• Matt. i. 20. Behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her, is of the Holy Spirit. 21. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22. (Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled

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