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CHAPTER XII. Herod slays the young Children of Bethlehem. Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.

Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy' the prophet, saying,

In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not. 'But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life.

And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notvithstanding, being warned of God in a

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* Jeremiah, a prophet of the priestly line, son of Hilkiah.

dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee :

And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth,' that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

CHAPTER XIII. The History of Christ's private Life. And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

Now his parents went to Jerusalem' every year at the feast of the passover.'

And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the east.

And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem ; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. .

But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.

And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.

And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the

* In Judea. • Jerusalem, the capital of Palestine. 3 Passoyer; chief of all the Jewish festivals.

midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.

And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

And when they saw him they were amazed : and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.

And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me ?. wist ye not that I must be about my father's business?

. And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.

And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. "" And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.:1;

CHAPTER XIV. The mission, character, preaching, &c. of John. The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the son of God;

As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I. , send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Cesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod' being tetrarch of Ga

* Herod the Tetrarch, surnamed Antipas, was son to Herod the King, and inferior to him both in dignity and dominion.

M-Knight.

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