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now this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.
And the angel answering, said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; I am sent to speak unto thee, and to show thee these glad tidings.
And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he continued so long in the temple.
And when he came out, he could not speak unto them, and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.
And it came to pass, that as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.
And when Elisabeth knew that she should bear a son, she said, Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked upon me, to take away my reproach among women.
LESSON II. LUKE, CHAP. I.
AND in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail! thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women!
And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David. And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
Then Mary said unto the angel, How shall this be?And the angel answered, and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee; therefore also, that holy thing which shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God.
And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she also will have a son in her old age. For with God nothing shall be impossible.
And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.
And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah: and entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
And it came to pass, that when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, she, being filled with the Holy Ghost, spake with a loud voice, and said,
Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come unto me?
And blessed is she that believed; for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.
And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my Spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden; for, behold, from henceforth, all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
He hath showed strength with his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; as he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
And Mary abode with Elisabeth about three months, and returned to her own house.
LESSON III. MATTHEW, CHAP. I. LUKE, CHAP. I.
WHEN Joseph, who was betrothed to Mary, found she would have a child, he, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
But, while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto 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 Ghost.
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord, by the prophet, saying,
Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuei, which being interpreted, is, God with us.
Then Joseph, being raised from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And, at the time foretold by the angel to Zacharias, Elisabeth bare a son. And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had showed great mercy upon her ; and they rejoiced with her.
And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.
And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.
And they made signs to his father how he would have him called. And he made signs for a writing table, and wrote saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.
And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake and praised God. And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these things were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judea.
And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be? And the hand of the Lord was with him.
And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people.
And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; as he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: that we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us!
To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant, the oath which he sware to our father Abraham.
That he would grant unto us, that we, being delivered out of the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways.
To give knowledge of salvation unto his people, by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the day-spring from on high hath visited us.
To give light to them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. And the child grew and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his showing unto Israel.
LESSON IV. LUKE, CHAP. II.
AND it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one to his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, (because he was of the house and lineage of David :) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that while they were there, she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night.
And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them: and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they
were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born, this day, in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all those things, and pondered them in her heart.
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
LESSON V. LUKE, CHAP. II.
AND when eight days were accomplished for the circumcision of the child, his name was called JESUS, as he was before named by the angel Gabriel, when he appeared to the Virgin Mary.
And Mary the mother of Jesus, and Joseph her husband, carried him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord. And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtle doves or two young pigeons.
And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.