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Ch. 2. Á lax. St. Luke. The birth of fefiss. Ch. z give knowledge of falvation unto his people, by the remiffionof their fins. 7E. 77. Thou (halt be a Prophet 'of God, to gobefore Chrift, to prepare Men to receive him, by calling them to repentance, proclaim- ing that a Saviour is come to fave his people, by pardoning their fins. 78. Through the tender mercyof Our Göd ; whereby the day-fpring from on high bath vifited us, 79. To give Iight to them that fit in darknefs, and in the fhadow ofdeath, to guide our feet into the way of peace. 78. 79. The tender mercy of God, having given us from Heaven, the Sun of heavenly Light to shit us. 79. Even to them that lived in the darknefs of Sin and Mifery, and to guide us into the way of life and happinefs. ßo. And the childgrew, and wax- ed thong iu fpirit, and was in the deferts till the day of his fhewing unto Ifrael. 80. And yehn, with his increafe of age and ftrength, Mewed groat ftrength of the Spirit of God in him, and he dwelt in the wilder- nefs, (or, fay come, in the bill Countryof ya- dea,) (bred up in a lifeof holinefs, and morti- fication,) till the time that he fat upon his pub lick miniftry, of preaching the Kingdomof the Meaia, and repentance, and baptizing. C H A P. II. MI it came to pats in thofe- days, that there went out a decree from Cxfar Auguftus, that all the world fhould be taxed. 2. (and this taxing was firft made when Cyrenius was governour of Syria.) 3. And all went to be tax- ed, every one into his own city. T, 2, 3. ..414214/415 decreed that all the Em- lyite, called the Roman world, fhould heenrol- led in their feveral Families and Cities : That he might know the Bate of hisEmpire,and how to tax them. ...And Jofeph alto went up from Galilee, out of the cityof Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, (becaufe he was of the houfe and linage of David,) 5' To be taxedwith Mary his efpoufed wife, being great with child. 4, g. She was nowmarried, though called efpoufed. 6 And fo it was, that while they were there; the days were accom- plißied that the íhould be delivered. 7. And the brought forth her firft- born fon and wrapped him in fwad ling clothes, and laid him in a man- ger, becaufe there was no room for them in the inn. 6,7. Note, It Ihould be rather [in thenolles) than (in the manger.] Had yorpb been a rich man , its like he would have found better And there were in the fame ceuntrey thepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. t. Some one part of the night, and force another, by turns, (asis molt likely ) 9. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord fhone round about them ;. and they were fore afraid. r o. And the angel laid unto them, Fear not r for behold, I ,bring you good ti- dings of great joy, which- flail be to all people. a J. For unto you is born this day, in the city of Da- vid, a Saviour, which is Chrift the Lord. 12. And this (hall be a fign unto you ; Ye thall find the babe wrapped in fwadling clothes, lying in a manger. 9, tq. Glory is Light, Chri(t'sbirth is caufe of univerfal joy. ta. Stable. 13. And- fuddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the hea- venly (Toff, praifing God, and lay- ing,. t4. Glory to God in the high- eft, and on earth peace, good will towards men. 13, re. Note, Angels are the heavenly holt. Note, God's Praile andGlory is the end of all his work,. Note,- Angels rejoiced at Chrilt's birth, and for man's redemption. 4. In Chrift the Redeemer God will be gig- -rifled in Heaven, Peace will be made on Earth, b this great Reconciler, and Gad's Lave to Bene- volence wall be towardsd less. qe, [Glory be to God in the Heavens throng! the Redeemer , and Reconcilatian, sr Peace on Earth to men that are the objets of God's good mill. X. Is