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neighbors and her kindred heard that the Lord had showed great mercy toward 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 60 Zachariah, after the name of his father. And his

mother answered and said, Nay; but he shall be 61 called John. And they said to her, There is none 62 of thy kindred that is called by this name. And

they made signs to his father, how he would have 63 him called. And he asked for a writing tablet, and

wrote, saying: His name is John. And they all 64 wondered. And his mouth was opened immedi

ately, and his tongue loosed; and he spake, blessing 65 God. And fear came on all that dwelt around them. And all these things were told abroad in And all who heard laid them up in their hearts, saying: What then will this child be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.

66 all the hill-country of Judea.

67 And Zachariah his father was filled with the 68 Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying: Blessed be

the Lord, the God of Israel, that he visited and 69 wrought redemption for his people; and raised

up a horn of salvation for us, in the house of 70 David his servant, (as he spake by the mouth of 71 his holy prophets of old,) salvation from our ene

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mies, and from the hand of all that hate us; to 72 show mercy to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; the oath which he sware to Abra- 73 ham our father, to grant to us, that without fear, 74 being rescued from the hand of our enemies, we should serve him, in holiness and righteousness before 75 him all our days.

And also thou, O child, shalt be called Prophet of 76 the Highest; for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord, to prepare his ways, in order to give 77 knowledge of salvation to his people in remission of their sins; through the tender mercies of our God, 78 whereby the dayspring from on high visited us, to give light to those sitting in darkness and the 79 shadow of death, in order to guide our feet into the way of peace.

And the child grew, and became strong in spirit, 80 and was in the deserts till the day of his manifestation to Israel.

II. AND it came to pass in those days, that 1 there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be registered. This register- 2 ing was the first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each 3 cne to his own city. And Joseph also went up 4 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

5 David,) to be registered with Mary his betrothed 6 wife, who was with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were completed 7 that she should bring forth. And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him in swathing bands, 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, and keeping watch over their flock 9 by night. And, behold, an angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone around 10 them; and they were sore afraid. And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all the 11 people. For to you is born this day in the city of 12 David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this

shall be to you the sign: Ye shall find a babe wrap13 ped in swathing bands, lying in a manger. And

suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of 14 the heavenly host, praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will among men.


And it came to pass, when the angels were gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said one to another: Let us go now unto Bethlehem, and see this thing that is come to pass, which 16 the Lord has made known to us. And they came

with haste, and found both Mary and Joseph, and 17 the babe lying in the manger. And having seen it,

they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all that heard 18 wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, ponder- 19 ing them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, 20 glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, as it was told to them.

And when eight days were completed for circum- 21 cising him, his name was called Jesus; the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

And when the days of their purification accord. 22 ing to the law of Moses were completed, they brought him up to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; (as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male 23 that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord); and to offer a sacrifice according to what is 24 said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.

And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose 25 name was Simeon; and this man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it was revealed 26 to him by the Holy Spirit, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. And he came by the Spirit into the temple; and 27 when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do

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28 for him after the custom of the law, then he took 29 him into his arms, and blessed God, and said: Now,

Lord, thou lettest thy servant depart in peace, accord30 ing to thy word; because mine eyes have seen thy sal31 vation, which thou hast prepared before the face of 32 all the peoples; a light for a revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

33 And his father and mother marvelled at the things 34 that were spoken of him. And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and 35 for a sign which shall be spoken against; (and a sword shall pierce through thine own soul also); that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.


And there was Anna a prophetess, daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of great age, and had lived with a husband seven years 37 from her virginity; and she was a widow of about

fourscore and four years, who departed not from the temple, serving day and night with fastings and 38 prayers. And she, coming up at that very time, like


wise gave thanks to the Lord, and spake of him to all that were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Gali40 lee, to their own city Nazareth. And the child grew, and became strong, being filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

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