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Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at 41 the feast of the passover. And when he was twelve 42 years old, they went up according to the custom of the feast. And when they had completed the days, 43 as they returned, Jesus the child tarried behind in Jerusalem; and his parents knew it not. But supposing 44 that he was in the company, they went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kindred and acquaintance. And not finding him, they returned to 45 Jerusalem, seeking him.

And it came to pass, that after three days they 46 found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at 47 his understanding and answers. And seeing him 48 they were amazed. And his mother said to him: Child, why hast thou thus dealt with us? Behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And 49 he said to them: How is it that ye sought me? Did ye not know, that I must be in my Father's house? And they understood not the saying which he spake 50

to them.

And he went down with them, and came to Naza- 51 reth, and was subject to them. And his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and 52 in favor with God and men.

V. 49. or, must be in my Father's business


III. Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Cæsar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abi2 lene, when Annas was high priest and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zachariah in 3 the wilderness. And he came into all the country

about the Jordan, preaching the immersion of re4 pentance for remission of sins. As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. 5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be 6 straight, and the rough ways smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

7 He said therefore to the multitudes that came out to be immersed by him: Brood of vipers, who has warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance; and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham for our father; for I say to you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abra9 ham. And now also the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore, that brings not forth good fruit, is hewn down and cast into the fire.


And the multitudes asked him, saying: What then 11 shall we do? He answering says to them: He that

has two coats, let him impart to him that has none : and he that has food, let him do likewise.

And there came also publicans to be immersed; 12 and they said to him, Teacher, what shall we do? And he said to them, Exact no more than that which 13 is appointed you. And soldiers also asked him, say- 14 ing: What shall we also do? And he said to them: Do violence to no one, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.

And as the people were in expectation, and all 15 were reasoning in their hearts concerning John, whether he himself were not the Christ, John an- 16 swered them all, saying: I indeed immerse you in water; but there comes he that is mightier than I, the latchet of whose sandals I am not worthy to unloose; he will immerse you in the Holy Spirit and fire. Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly 17 cleanse his threshing-floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn up with fire unquenchable.

And with many other exhortations he published 18 the good tidings to the people.

But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him 19 for Herodias his brother's wife, and for all the evils which Herod did, added to all this also, that he shut 20 up John in prison.

Now it came to pass when all the people had been 21

V. 14. or, with your allowance

immersed, that as Jesus having also been immersed 22 was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended in a bodily shape as a dove upon him; and there came a voice out of heaven: Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. 23 And Jesus himself was, when he began, about thirty years of age; being the son (as was supposed) 24 of Joseph, the son of Heli, the son of Matthat, the son

of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Janna, the son 25 of Joseph, the son of Matthias, the son of Amos, the

son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, 26 the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of

Shimei, the son of Joseph, the son of Judah, the son 27 of Joanna, the son of Reza, the son of Zerubbabel, 28 the son of Salathiel, the son of Neri, the son of Mel

chi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of 29 Elmodam, the son of Er, the son of Joses, the son

of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the 30 son of Levi, the son of Simeon, the son of Judah,

the son of Joseph, the son of Jonan, the son of Elia31 kim, the son of Meleah, the son of Mainan, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, 32 the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, 33 the son of Salmon, the son of Nahon, the son of

Amminadab, the son of Ram, the son of Hezron, 34 the son of Pharez, the son of Judah, the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son

V. 23. or, was beginning to be

of Terah, the son of Nahor, the son of Serug, the 35 son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Salah, the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, 36 the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the 37 son of Jared, the son of Mehalaliel, the son of Cainan, the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of 38 Adam, the son of God.

IV. AND Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, re- 1 turned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted forty days by the 2 Devil. And he ate nothing in those days; and when they were ended, he hungered.

And the Devil said to him: If thou art the Son of 3 God, command this stone that it become bread. And Jesus answered him, saying: It is written, Man 4 shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

And the Devil, taking him up into a high moùn- 5 tain, shewed him all the kingdoms of the world

in a moment of time.


And the Devil said to him: 6 All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them; because it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomsoever I will. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answering said to him: It is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him 9


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