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said: What will this child prove hereafter? And the band of
the Lord was with him. 67 Then Zacharias his father, being filled with the Holy Spirit, 68 prophesied, saying : Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, be69. cause he hath visited and redeemed his people; and (as an- Ps. 132. 17.
ciently he promised by his holy prophets) hath raised a prince 71 for our deliverance in the house of David bis servant ; for our Jer. 23: 6.
deliverance froin our enemies, and from the lands of all who & 30: 10. 72 hate us; in kindness to our forefathers, and remembrance of 73 his holy covenant; the oath which he swore to our father Abra- Gen. 22: 16. 74: bam to grant unto us, that, being rescued out of the hand of our enemies, we might serve him boldly, in piety and upright
ch. 1; 17. 76 ness, all the days of our life. And thou, child, shalt be called 77 a prophet of the Most High ; for thou shalt go before the Lord,
to prepare his way, by giving the knowledge of salvation to his
people in the remission of their sins, through the tender com78 passion of our God, who hath caused a light to spring from on Mal. 4; 2. 79 high to visit us, to enlighten those who abide in darkness and in
the shades of death, to direct our feet into the way of peace. 80 Now the child grew, and acquired strength of mind, and
continued in the deserts until the time when he made himself
known to Israel. II. ABOUT that time Cæsar Augustus issued an edict that all 2 the inhabitants of the empire should be registered. (This first
register took effect when Cyrenius* was president of Syria.) 3 When all went to be registered, every one to his own city, Jo4 seph also went from Nazareth, a city of Galilee, to the city of Matt.2; 4. 5 David in Judea, called Bethlehem, (for he was of the house
aud lineage of David), to be registered, with Mary his betroth6 ed wife, who was pregnant. While they were there, the time 7 came that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her
first-born son, and swathed him, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the house allotted to stran
gers. 8 Now there were shepherds in the fields in that country, who 9 tended their flock by turns through the night-watches. On a
sudden a messenger of the Lord stood by them, and a divine
glory encompassed them with light; and they were frightened 10 exceedingly. But the angel said to them : Fear not; for, lo !
I bring you good tidings, which shall prove matter of great joy 11 to all the people ; because to-day is born unto you, in the city 12 of David, a Saviour who is the Lord Messiah. And by this
ye shall know him; ye shall find a babe in swaddling-bands, ly13 ing in the manger. Instantly the angel was attended by a mul
* In the Latin authors Quirinius.
Lov, 12; 2.
Ex. 13; 2. Num. 8; 17.
14 titude of the heavenly host, who praised God, saying: Glory to
God in the highest heaven, and peace upon the earth, and good
will towards men. 15 And when the angels returned to heaven, having left the
shepherds, these said one to another: Let us go to Betlehem,
and see this which hath happened, whereof the Lord hath in16 formed us. And hastening thither they found Mary and Jo17 seph with the babe, who lay in the manger. When they saw
this, they published what had been imparted to them concern18 ing this child. And all who heard it wondered at the things 19 told them by the shepherds. But Mary let none of these things
escape unobserved, weighing every circumstance within herself. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all
that they had heard and seen, agreeably to what had been de
clared unto them. Gon. 17; 12. 21 ON the eighth day, when the child was circumcised, they
called bim Jesus, the angel having given him that name before
his mother conceived him. 22 AND when the time of their purification was expired, they
carried him to Jerusalem, as the law of Moses appointeth, to 23 present him to the Lord, (as it is written in the law of God,
Every male, who is the first-born of his mother, is conse24 crated to the Lord,”) and to offer the sacrifice enjoined in the
law, a pair of turtle doves, or two young pigeons. 25 Now there was at Jerusalem a man named Simeon, a just 26 and religious man, who expected the consolation of Israel; and
the Holy Spirit was upon him, and had revealed unto him that
he should not die until he had seen the Lord's Messiah. 27 This man came, guided by the Spirit, into the temple. And
when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what 28 the law required, he took him in his arms, and blessed God, 29 and said: Now, Lord, thou dost in peace dismiss thy servant, 30 according to thy word; for mine eyes have seen the Saviour 31 whom thou hast provided in the sight of all the world; a lu32 minary to enlighten the nations, and be the glory of Israel 33 thy people. And Joseph, and the mother of Jesus, heard 34 with admiration the things spoken concerning him. And Si
meon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother : This child
is destined for the fall and the rise of many in Israel, and to serve 35 as a mark for contradiction, (yea, thine own soul shall be pierced
as with a javelin), that the thoughts of many hearts may be
There was also a prophetess, Anna, daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher, in an advanced age, who had lived seven 37 years with a husband whom she married when a virgin ; and
being now a widow of about eighty-four years, departed not
ha. 8: 14.
from the temple, but served God in prayer and lasting night 38 and day; she also, coming in at that instant, gave thanks to the
Lord, and spake concerning Jesus to all those in Jerusalein who
expected deliverance. 39 After they had performed every thing required by the law
of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city Na40 zareth. And the child grew, and acquired strength of mind,
being filled with wisdom, and adorned with a divine graceful
SECTION III.-THE BAPTISM.
41 NOW the parents of Jesus went yearly to Jerusalem at the Es. 23; 1.4, 42 feast of the passover. And when he was twelve years old, they
having gone thither, according to the usage of the festival, and 43 remained the customary time ; being on their return, the child
Jesus staid behind in Jerusalem, and neither Joseph nor his 44 mother knew it. They, supposing him to be in the company,
went a day's journey, and then sought him among their rela45 tions and acquaintance; but not finding him, they returned to 46 Jerusalem, seeking him. And after three days they found
him in the temple, sitting ainong the doctors, both hearing them, 47. and asking them questions. And all who heard him were
astonished: but they who saw him were amazed at his under
standing and answers. And his mother said to him : Son, why 49 hast thou treated us thus? Behold, thy father and I have
sought thee with sorrow. He answered: Why did ye seek 50 me? Koew ye not that I must be at my Father's ? But they
did not comprehend bis answer. 51 And he returned with them to Nazareth, and was subject
unto them; and his mother treasured up all these things in her 52 meinory:
And Jesus advanced in wisdom and stature, and in power
with God and man. NOW, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius, Pontius Pilate being procurator of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, Philip his brother tetrarch of Iturea and the province of
Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, in the high2 priesthood of Annas* and Caiaphas, the word of God came, Acte. A .. 3 in the wilderness, to John the son of Zacharias. And he went Mar. 1; 2.
through all the country along the Jordan, publishing the bap- Jo. 1: 23 4 tism of reformation for the remission of sins. As it is written
in the book of the prophet Isaiah, “ The voice of one proclaiming in the wilderness, prepare a way for the Lord,t make
Matt. 3: 7.
1 Jo. 3: 17. Ja. 2. 15.
5 for him a straight passage. Let every valley be filled, erery
mountain and bill be levelled ; let the crooked roads be made 6 straight, and the rough ways smooth, that all Aesh may see the 7 Saviour sent of God.” Then said he to the multitudes that
focked out to be baptized by bim : Offspring of vipers, who
hath prompted you to flee from the impending vengeance ? 8 Produce then the proper fruits of reformation ; and not say
within yourselves, “We have Abraham for our father ; for I
assure you, that of these stones God can raise children to 9 Abraham. And even now the axe lieth at the root of the trees.
Every tree, therefore, which produceth not good fruit, is felled
and thrown into fire. 10 Upon this the multitude asked him : What must we do then? 11 He answered : Let him who hath two coats impart to him who
hath none; and let hinn who hath victuals do the same. 12 There came also publicans to be baptized, who said, Rabbi, 13 what must we do? He answered: Exact no more than what 14 is appointed you. Soldiers likewise asked him: and what must
we do? He answered : Injure no inan, either by violence or
false accusation, and be content with your allowance. 15 As the people were in suspense concerning John, every man
inayining within himself that he might be the Messiah, John Matt . : ... 16 addressed them all, saying : I indeed baptize in water; but one
mightier than I cometh, whose shoe-latchet I am not worthy to
untie; he will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and fire : bis win17 nowing shovel is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse bis
grain : he will gather the wheat into his granary, and consume 18 the chaff in unquenchable fire. And, with many other exhor
tations he published the good tidings to the people. Matt. 14:3. 19 But Herod the tetrarch having been reproved by him on ac
count of Herodias his brother's wise, and for all the crimes which 20 Herod had committed, added this to the number, that he con
fined Jobp in prison. Matt. 3; 13. 21 NOW when John baptized all the people, Jesus was like
wise baptized; and while he prayed, the heaven was opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in a bodily form, like
a dove, and a voice came from heaven, which said : Thou art 23 my beloved Son; In thee I delight. Now Jesus was himself
about thirty years in subjection, being (as was supposed) a son 24 of Joseph, son of Heli, son of Matthat, son of Levi, son of 25 Melchi, son of Janna, son of Joseph, son of Matthias, son 26 of Amos, son of Nahum, son of Esli, son of Naggai, son of
Maatb, son of Mattathias, son of Shimei, son of Joseph, son 27 of Judahl, son of Joanna, son of Reza, son of Zerrubabel, son 28 of Salathiel, son of Neri, son of Melcbi, son of Addi, son of -29 Cosam, son of Elmodam, son of Er, son of Joses, son of Elie
Jo. 1: 26. Acts, 1: 5. & 11; 16. & 19, 4.
Mar. 6; 17.
Mar. 1: 9. Jo. 1; 32. Matt. 17: 5. ch. 9; 35. 2 Pet. 1; 17. Matt. 1: 1.
Mar. 1: 12.
zer, son of Jorim, son of Matthat, son of Levi, son of Simeon, 30 son of Judah, son of Joseph, son of Jonan, son of Eliakim, 31 son of Meleah, son of Mainan, son of Mattatha, son of Na32 than, son of David, son of Jesse, son of Obed, son of Boaz, 33 son of Salmon, son of Nashon, son of Amminadab, son of Ram, 34 son of Hezron, son of Pharez, son of Judah, son of Jacob, son 35 of Isaac, son of Abraham, son of Terah, son of Nalor, son of 36 Serug, son of Reu, son of Peleg, son of Eber, son of Salah,
son of Cainan, son of Arphaxad, son of Shem, son of Noah, 37 son of Lamech, son of Methuselah, son of Enoch, son of Jared, 38 son of Mehalaliel, son of Cainan, son of Enos, son of Seth, son
of Adam, son of God. IV. NOW Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Matt. 4;.. 2 Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where
he continued forty days, and was tempted by the devil. Hav
ing eaten nothing all that time, when it was ended, he was hun3 gry. And the devil said to him: If thou be a son of God, 4 command this stone to become bread. Jesus answered him, saying: It is written, “ Man liveth not by bread only, but by
Deut. 8; 3. 5 whatever God pleaseth.” Then the devil having brought him
to the top of a high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of 6 the earth in an instant, and said to bim : All this power and
glory I will give thee; for it is delivered to me, and to whom7 soever I will, I give it: if, therefore, thou wilt worship me, 8 it shall all be thine. Jesus answering, said : It is written, Dout. 6; 13.
“ Thou shalt worship the Lord* thy God, and shalt serve him 1 Sam. 7; 3. 9 only.” Then he brought him to Jerusalem, and placing him 10 on the battlement of the temple, said to him ; If thou be a son
Ps. 91; 11. 11 of God, throw thyself down hence ; for it is written, “ He will
give his angels charge concerning ihee to keep thee; and in Deut. 6: 16.
their arms they shall uphold thee, lest thou dash thy foot against 12 a stone." Jesus answered : It is said, “ Thou shalt not put the 13 Lord* thy God to the proof.” When the devil had ended all
the temptations, he departed from him for a time.
SECTION IV.THE ENTRANCE ON THE MINISTRY.
Mar. 1; 14.
14 THEN Jesus, by the impulse of the Spirit, returned to Ga- Matt
. 4: 12. 15 lilee, and his renown spread thoughout the whole country, and
he taught in their synagogues with universal applause. 16 Being come to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he Matt. 13; 54.
entered the synagogue, as his custom was, on the Sabbath day, Jo. 4: 43. 17 and stood up to read. And they put into his hands the book