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With aPARAPHRASE containing the History of Christ.
Before Christ according The Tear osRome,-j^B. Os Augustus, 39. Os Herod, 32. to the Vulgar Æra, 6.
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The HISTORY of CHRIST.
C H A P. I.
The Concession of Johfl the Baptist foretold by an Angel.
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7 And they had no child, because that Elizabeth was barren, and they both were awwejl stricken in years.
8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priests office before God in the order of his course;
that Countrv 'aXfe v^t'uT Hcr°d s,rnam*d the Great was GovTM of mac cuntry, a certain Priest whose name was Zachariaj. He was of the course of
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o According to the custom osthe priests office, hit lot was to ham incense wh«n he went into the temple of the Lord.
10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without,at the time of incense.
11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord, standing on the right side of die altar of incense.
i a And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear sen upon him.
13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: 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 rejoyceat his birth. ■
i< For he (hall be great in the sight of the Lord,and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be rilled wich the holy Ghost.even from his mothers womb.
Family came about, was attending the Duties of his Function in the Temple, upon casting Lots according to the Custom, to assign the Priests their several charges, the Duty of offering Incense within the Sanctuary fell to his fliare.
Accordingly he enter'd the Holy Place, while the Multitude stood without praying to God in silence. Here Zacharias saw an Angel standing on the right fide of the Altar of Incense, and was struck with extraordinary Terror at the sight of him. But the Angel thus accosted him: Fear not Zachariat, for God is propitious to thee, and has sent me to acquaint thee that the Prayers thou hast so often pour'd out to him to obtain an Of-foring, are at last heard. Thy Wife Elizabeth (hall bear a Son, and the name thou art to give him is John, which signifies, one graciously given of God. He shall one day be an occasion of great Joy to thee, and not to thee only, but to others also. He shall be in favor with God himself, and dignified with an especial Office. He shall abstain from all inebriating Liquors after the manner of those who have taken on them the Vow of Naurites. He (hall he infpir'd with the Spirit of God, ■even from his Mother's Womb, and before -his r B 2 Birth.
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16 And many of the children of Israel (hall he turn to
the Lord their God.
17 And he (hall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord1.
18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, "Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wise well stricken in years.
19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God: and am lent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.
20 And behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be. performed, because
Birth. He (hall bring over many of the Jews to a stricter course of Life. He shall be the forerunner of the Mesliah, who by the appointment of God is to appear soon after him. He shall be furnisti'd with Abilities and Instructions, like those with which the Prophet Elias was formerly entrusted, and (hall reduce the Jews who are divided about Religion to a state of Concord;. stall engage the more Obstinate to receive the sentiments of the Pious, and (hall lead them all to one Master, the Messiah, that when he comes he may meet with a.People prepar"d,tQ receive ana obey his Divine Precepts.
Zachariai having heard all this? and reflecting on his own and his Wife's old Age, could not persuade himself that he should nave any Child born of her, and therefore desir'cs a Sign of the Angel that might assure him of it.. The Angel per? ceiving his Mind agitated with Doubts, tho without just reason, began thus to correct him: Thou dost not well to doubt of the happy news which I Gabriels an Angel of God, and one of his principal Ministers, am come to tell thee.^ Therefore for a Sign which thou hast rashly desir'd of me, thou (halt be deaf and dumb from this hour till thou hast a Son born of.thy Wife EUzdittb. This
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thou bclievest not my words,
21 And the people waited
22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.
25 And it came to pass, that assoon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.
24 And after those days his wise Elizabeth conceived, and hid her self five months, faying.
2 5 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.
stiall be the Punishment of thy Incredulity, but the things I have foretold shall' nevertheless be accomplilli'd in their proper season. The People, in the mean tima; who were waiting in the Court of Israel for Zacharias^ wonder!d that he tarried. in the Sanctuary longer than was usual for one that offer'd Incense. At length he • came forth and found himself depriv'd of Speech:, for when the People ask'cl hiro> why he staid so long in the Sanctuary, he could return no answer, as he endea-y vour'd to signify to them by beckning and making Signs, whence they collected he* had had some Vision. When his Week of Ministration expir'd, Zacharias return'd" home, and Elizabeth had Conception not long after, but discovered the matter to • none for the first five months, contenting her self in giving thanks to God in private, 4 that he had at last taken away from her the reproach of Barrenness.