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13 But the Angel said to him: Fear not, Zachary, for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John;

14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness, and many shall rejoice in his nativity.

and they understood that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he made signs to them, and remained dumb.

23 And it came to pass, after the days of his office were accomplished, he departed to his own house.

24 And after those days, Elibe-zabeth his wife conceived; and hid herself five months, saying:

15 For he shall be great fore the Lord: and shall drink no wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost even from his mother's womb.

16 And he shall convert many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.

17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias; that he may turn the hearts of the fathers unto the children, and the incredulous to the wisdom of the just, to prepare unto the Lord a perfect people.

18 And Zachary said to the Angel: Whereby shall, I know this? for I am an old man; and my wife is advanced in years.

19 And the Angel answering, said to him: I am Gabriel who stand before God; and am sent to speak to thee, and to bring thee these good tidings.

20 And behold thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be able to speak until the day wherein these things shall come to pass; because thou hast not believed iny words, which shall be fulfilled in their time.

21 And the people was waiting for Zachary; and they wondered that he tarried so long in the temple.

22 And when he came out he could not speak to them,

a Malac, 4. 6. Matt. 11, 14.

25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he hath had regard to take away my reproach among men.

26 And in the sixth month, the Angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth,

27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

28 And the Angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Blessed art thou among women.

29 Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be.

30 And the Angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.

31 Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; • and thou shalt call his name JESUS.

32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High, and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father: d and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever,

33 And of his kingdom there shall be no end.

b Isaias 7. 14.-c Infra, 2. 21.-d Dan, 7. 14. and 27 Mich 4. 7.

34 And Mary said to the Angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man?

35 And the Angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

36 And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren;

37 Because no word shall be Impossible with God.

38 And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to thy word. And the Angel departed from her.

39 And Mary rising up in those days, went into the hill country with haste into a city of Juda.

40 And she entered into the house of Zachary, and saluted Elizabeth.

41 And it came to pass; that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:

42 And she cried out with a loud voice, and said: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.

43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

44 For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.

45 And blessed art thou that .nast believed, because those

things shall be accomplished that were spoken to thee by the Lord.

46 And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord : 47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

48 Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

49 Because he that is mighty hath done great things to me: and holy is his name.

50 And his mercy is from generation unto generations, to them that fear him.

51 He hath shewed might a in his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.

52 He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble.

53 He hath filled the hungry with good things: and the rich he hath sent empty away.

54 He hath received Israel his servant, being mindful of his mercy.

55 As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed for


56 And Mary abode with her about three months: and she returned to her own house.

57 Now Elizabeth's full time of being delivered was come, and she brought forth a son."

58 And her neighbours and

a Isaias 51.9. Ps. 32. 10.-b1 Kings 2.5. Ps. 33. 11.-c Gen. 17. 9. and 22. 16. Ps. 131. 11. Isaias 41. 8.

Ver. 48. Shall call me blessed. These words are a prediction of that honour which the church in all ages should pay to the blessed Virgin. Let Pro testants examine whether they are any way concerned in this prophecy.

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59 And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they called him by his father's name Zachary.

60 And his mother answering, said: Not so, but he shall be called John.

61 And they said to her: There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.

62 And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.

63 And demanding a writingtable, he wrote, saying: John is his name. And they all wondered.

64 And immediately his mouth was opened, and his tongue loosed, and he spoke blessing God.

65 And fear came upon all their neighbours; and all these things were noised abroad over all the hill country of Judea:

66 And all they that had heard them laid them up in their heart, saying: What an one, think ye, shall this child be For the hand of the Lord was with him.

67 And Zachary his father was filled with the Holy Ghost: and he prophesied saying:

68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel because he hath visited and wrought the redemption of his people:


69 And hath raised up an

70 As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, who are from the beginning.

71 Salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us.

72 To perform mercy to our fathers; and to remember his holy testament.

73 The oath which he swore to Abraham our father, that he would grant to us,

74 That being delivered from the hand of our enemies, we may serve him without fear.

75 In holiness and justice before him, all our days.

76 And thou child, shalt be called the prophet of the high. est: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways.

77 To give knowledge of salvation to his people, unto the remission of their sins.

78 Through the bowels of the mercy of our God, in which. the Orient, from on high, hath visited us.

79 To enlighten them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death: to direct our feet into the way of peace.

80 And the child grew, and was strengthened in spirit: and was in the deserts until the day of his manifestation to Israel.

d Jer. 23. 6. and 30. 10.-e Gen. 22. 16. Jer. 31. 33. Heb. 6. 13. and 17. - Mal. 4. 5. Supra, 17. g Zach. 3.9. and 6. 12.

translates it.

Mal. 4. 2.

For in the Scripture, a Supra, 13.- Ps. 73. 12.-c. Ps. 131. by horn is generally understood strength

Ver. 69. Horn of salvation, i. e. A powerful salvation, as Dr. Wetham

and power.

Ver. 78. The Orient. It is one of the titles of the Messias, the true light of the world, and the sun of Justice.


The birth of Christ: his presentation in the temple: Simeon's prophecy. Christ at twelve years of age is found amongst the doctors.

about them, and they feared with a great fear.

10 And the angel said to them: Fear not; for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy,

AND it came to pass that in that shall be to all the people:

those days there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus; that the whole world should be enrolled.

2 This enrolling was first made by Cyrinus the governor of Syria.

3 And all went to be enrolled, every one into his own city.

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee out of the city of Nazareth into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem: because he was of the house and family of David. 5 To be enrolled with Mary his espoused wife who was with child.

6 And it came to pass, that when they were there, her days were accomplished, that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger: because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 And there were in the same country shepherds watching, and keeping the night-watches over their flock.

9 And behold an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the brightness of God shone round

a1 Kings 20. 6.— Mich. 5. 2. Matt. 2.6.

CHAP. II. Ver. 7. Her first-born. The meaning is, not that she had afterward any other child; but it is a way of speech among the Hebrews, to call them also the first-born, who are the only children. See Annot. Matt > i. 25.

11 For this day is born to you a SAVIOUR, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying:

14 Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men of good will.

15 And it came to pass, after the angels departed from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us go over to Bethlehem, and let us see this word that is come to pass, which the Lord had shewed to us.

16 And they came with haste: and they found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.

17 And seeing, they understood of the word that had been spoken to them concerning this child.

18 And all that heard wondered: and at those things that were told them by the shepherds.

19 But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart.

20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God, for all the things they had heard, and seen, as it was told unto them.

21 And after eight days

c Gen. 17. 12. Lev. 12, 3.

were accomplished that the | of the gentiles, and the glory of child should be circumcised; thy people Israel. his name was called JESUS, which was called by the angel, before he was conceived in the womb.

22 And after the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they carried him to Jerusaem, to present him to the Lord. 23 As it is written in the law of the Lord, Erery male opening the womb shall be called holy to the Lord.

24 And to offer a sacrifice according as it is written in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtle doves, or two young pigeons.

25 And behold there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was in him.

26 And he had received an answer from the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death before he had seen the CHRIST of the Lord,

27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when his parents brought in the child JESUS, to do for him according to the custom of the law,

28 He also took him into his arma, and blessed God, and said:

29 Now thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word in peace.

30 Because my eyes have seen thy salvation,

31, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples: 32 A light to the revelation

a Matt. 1. 21. Supra, 1.31.- Lev 12. 6.- Exod. 13. 2. Num. 8. 16.d. Lev. 12. 8.

83 And his father and mother were wondering at those things, which were spoken concerning him.

34 And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted.

85 And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed.

36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel; of the tribe of Aser; she was far advanced in years, and had lived with her husband seven years from her virginity.

37 And she was a widow unti fourscore and four years; who departed not from the temple, by fastings and prayers serving night and day.

38 Now she at the same hour coming in, confessed to the Lord; and spoke of him to all that looked for the redemption of Israel.

39 And after they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their city Nazareth.

40 And the child grew, and waxed strong, full of wisdom:

Isaias 8. 14. Rom. 9. 33. 1 Pet. 2. 7.

Ver. 34. For the fall, &c. Christ came for the salvation of all men; but here Simeon prophesies what would come to pass, that many through their own wilful blindness and obstinacy would not believe in Christ, nor receive his doctrine, which therefore would be ruin to them: but to others a resurrection, by their believing in hig and obeying his commandments

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