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him, bring me word again, thar I may come and worship him allo.

9 When they had heard the king, they departed ; and lo, the star which they saw in the east, went befcre them, till it came and food over where the young child was.

10 When they saw the star, they rejoyced with exceeding great joy.

II And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him : and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts ; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

12 And being warned of God in a dream, that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

ing that when they had found him, he would come and worship him himself too as became him. When the King had dismiss'd them, they went towards Bethlehem ; and as they were on their way, the fame Star they had seen in Arabia began to appear to 'em again, and went before 'em conducting 'em to the place where Jesus was. When they saw it they were transported with joy ; and entring the House over which this heavenly Light stood, they found the Child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worship d him. After which they offer'd the Presents they had brought with them, which were Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh.

Now when they were about to return to Herod, to acquaint him they had found the Child they told him of, they were warn'd by God in a dream not to go back to him : and therefore left they should be stop'd in their Journey, and brought before Herod, they speedily return'd into their own Country by a different way from what they came.

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22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they brought him to Jerufalem, to present him to the Lord,

23 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord)

24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of curtle doves, or two young pigeons.

25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon ; and the Enne man was just and devour, waiting for the consolation of Ifrael : and the holy Ghost was upon him.

26 And it was revealed unco him by the holy Ghoft, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lords Christ.

27 And he came by the spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in

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By this time, forty days (which is the time of separation the Law requires for a Woman when deliver'd of a male Child) were expir'd; therefore after the Wife men were gone into Arabia, Jofeph and Mary went together to Jerusalem, to present the Child to God according to the Custom, and to pay the usual sum of five Shekels for his Redemption ; for by the Law of the Hebrews all the first-born Males are accounted facred to God, and therefore were to be redeem'd at the rate constituted by the Law. By which Law a pair of turtle Doves or Pigeons, instead of the five Shekels, was requir'd of the poorer Women after their lying in, as an offering for their purification, which Mary accordingly presented.

There was at that time at Jerusalem, a certain religious and holy Person, nam'd Simeon, who was then in expectation of the Meffiab: this man was sometimes prophetically inspir’d, and it had been reveald to him by the Holy Ghost, that he Thould live till he had seen him whom God had promis'd to send to be a King and deliverer of the Jews. 'Twas the divine Impulse that brought this 'good man into the Temple at the fame time that Joseph and Mary were dedicating the Infant Jelus,

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29 Lord, now lettest chou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word.

30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation :

31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people :

32. A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Ifrael.

33 And Joseph and his mocher marvelled at those things which were fpoken of him.

34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is ser for the fall and rising again

many in Israel ; and for a sign which shall be spoken a. gainst :

35 ( Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also that the thoughes of many hearcs may be revealed.

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according to the institution of the Law. He took the Child in his arms, and embracing him, thus began to express his thanks to God : 'Tis now, O Lord, that thou makeft me sensible I am sortly to expect a blessed period of my Life, since according to thy promise thou hast at last permitted me to behold him who is to be the Saviour of the World, Joseph and Mary were amazed at those great things which were foretold of Jesus. But Simeon having blessed them also, and looking stedfastly on the Mother of the Child, he thus continued : This is he who shall bring over many of the Jews to a stricter course of Life, tho his Doctrine shall be varioully receiv'd among them, seeing it will be most chearfully embrac'd by the sincere

professors of Religion, while mere pretenders only shall as obstinately reject it. In which conflict of the disagreeing Jews, he shall suffer what will cause no less pain. and anguish to thee, than if thou thy self hadit a Sword struck through thee.

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There was also at that time in Jerusalem one Anna the Daughter of Phanuel of the. Tribe of Afer, who was sometimes prophetically inspir’d. She was fourscore years of Age, and had been long time a Widow, having been but once married, and had liv'd but seven years with her Husband : She was often in the Temple, and devoutly worship'd God with frequent fastings and prayers; and being also at this time in the Temple, it was reveal'd to her by the Holy Spirit, that the Child Jesus was he whom they expected for a deliverer of the Jews. This the divulg?d among all the religious Inhabitants of Jerusalem, assuring them she had actually seen the Mediah they were at this time in expectation of.

After the departure of the Magi (or Wise men) Joseph and Mary being together at Jerusalem, the Angel of God appear'd to Foseph in a Dream, commanding him. with the little Child and his Mother, to retire immediately into Egypt (which had been lately reduc'd under the form of a Roman Province) and there to lay till it

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thou there until I bring thee word : for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

14 When he arose, he cook the young child and his mother by night, and departed

Is And was there until the death of Herod : that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called ny son.

16 Then Herod when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and fent forth, and flew 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 enquired of the wise-men.

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

Thould be reveald to him when to return into Judea, because Herod would shortly seek after Jesus with design to kill him, lest hereafter he should deprive his Posterity of the Kingdom. Folepis obey'd without delay, and accordingly with Mary and her Son retir'd into Egypt, where they remain'd some months, till after the death of Herod they were recald by the Angel; to which may very aptly be applied what God is represented saying, concerning the Hebrew Nation, by the Prophet Hosea, chap. 11. ver. 1. I calld my Son out of Egypt. Several days being elaps'd without any tidings from the Wise men, who were gone to Bethlehem, but six miles distant from Jerusalem, Herod at last perceiv'd he was deluded by them. Full of rage hereupon, suspecting that the Fews might conceal the Child, and fearing an Insurrection in favour of the new-born King, he sent Soldiers to Bethlehem, with orders to put to death all the male-children that had been born there the two last years, left that Child should escape whom the Wise men had foretold Thould be King of Judea. For he had made diligent enquiry after the time the Star first appear’d, from whence he concluded that the Child, whosoever he were, must necessarily have been born within the two last years. Concerning this Massacre may be jus ly said what Jeremiah the Prophet speaks, chap. 31. 15. of one

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