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17 So all the ge 17. Thus from Abraham nerations from A.

to David, are reckoned fourbraham to' David, are fourteen genera- teen Generations ; likewise tions : and from Da- from David to the Babylovid until the carry- nisb Captivity, fourteen Geing away into Baby- nerations ;, and from thence lon, are fourteen generations : and from again to Christ, fourteen Gethe carrying away nerations. into Babylon unto 18. Now the Birth of Chrift, are fourteen generations.

Ghrift was not after the man18 ( Now the ner of the rest of Mankind, , birth of Jesus Chrift in the ordinary and natural was on this wise: When as his mother way ;, but when his Mother Mary was espoused Mary was contracted to foto Joseph, before seph, before they came toge. they came together, ther, she was found to be she was found with with Child by the extraorchild of the Holy Ghost.

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ration of the holy Ghost. 19 Then Joseph her husband being a

19. Joseph perceiving her

to be with Child without juft man , and not willing to make het" his knowledge, was much a publick example, troubled and disturbed at. So the was minded to put it, being yet wholly igno- word pris her away privily.

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20. But while he was musing in his Mind upon thought on these these things, an Angel ap- angel of the Lord peared to him in a Dream, appeared unto him and said, Joseph, do not in a dream, faying, entertain any evil Thoughts David, fear not to concerning Mary your Wife ; take unto thee Mary for she is not only innocent thy wife : for that of what you wrongfully fu- which is conceived {pect her, but is also chofen in her, is of the ho

ly Ghoft. by God to be the Instrument of a great and miraculous Work ; for the Child that is now conceived in her, is by the wonderful and immediate Power of the Holy Ghost.

21. And she shall be de 21 And she shall livered of a Son; and his bring forth a 'son,

and thou shalt call Name shall be called Jesus, his name Jefus : for that is, The Saviour: For he he shall save his peoshall be that long-expected ple from their fins. Messiah, who by giving himself a Sacrifice for all past Șins, and by publishing for the future the gracious terms of faith and Repentance, shall deliver his People from the dominion and punishment of Sin, and bring them to ever

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22. And hereby shall be was done that it most eminently fulfilled that which was spoken of remarkable Prophecy of Ethe Lord by the pro saiah, ( Ifa. 7. 14.) phet, saying, 23 Behold, a vir- conceive and bring forth a Son,

23. Behold, a Virgin Mall gin shall be with child and shall bring and be shall be Immanuel, forth a son, and they that is, God with us. Ihall call his name

24 When the Angel' had Emmanuel,

which being interpreted, is,

thus said, Joseph awaked God with us )

and being fully satisfied of 24 Then Joseph his Wives Innocence and being raised from Purity, he obeys the Comgel of the Lord had mand of God delivered by bidden him and took the Angel, and receives her unto him his wife: chearfully.

25. Yet, looking upon her 25 And knew her

to be hereby consecrated to till she had brought forth her God, he continues to abstain firft-born fon; and from her. And she brought he called his name forth her only Son; and cal. Jesus.

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1. Efus being thus born in Now when Jesus

Bethlehem of Judicea, Bethlehem of Judea, in the Reign of King Herod; in the days of Herod it was not long before his the king, behold, coming into the World was there came wise men

from the east to Jea made known, not only to

rufalem, those devouter Jews' who waited for the appearing of the Messias and the redemption of Israel, but even to the Gentiles also. For 'a't this time, certain Aftronomers, or Philosophers, came from the Eastern Part of the World, as far as to Jerusalem. 2. And there they made

2 Saying, Where Enquiry, saying, Where is is he that is born the great King that is born King of the Jews ?

for we have seen his in Judæa ? For when we star in the eaft, and were afar off in our own

are come to worship Country, we saw a new Star, from the appearance of which, we assuredly collected that That great Prince, whom the World both from Traditions and Prophecies expects about this time, is


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