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26 And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God, unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David ; and the virgins name was Mary.

28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail chou that are highly favoured, the Lord is with chee: blessed art thou aniong women.

29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of Calucacion this should be.

30 And the Angel said unto her, Fear nor, Mary : for thou haft found favour with God.

С НА Р. ІІ. The Birth of Christ predicted by an Angel. The conversation of

Mary and Elizabeth about it. The Birth of John the Baptist, and the Discourse of his Father Zacharias upon the recovery of bis

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SIX months after Elizabeth was with child, God sent the fame Angel Gabriel

to Nazareth, a City of Galilee, to declare the like tidings to a Virgin whose name was Mary : she was engagʻd by Contract to one Joseph a man of a mean condition, but descended from the Family of King David." The Angel appear'd suddenly in the Room where Mary was, and thus faluted her : O happy Virgin whom God highly favors, on whom he will bestow singular Blessings, and whom all Nations Thall call the happiest of Women! Mary being very much surpriz'd with these words, made no Reply, but silently revolv'd in her mind what such a Salutation as this should mean, having never heard any thing before like it. The Angel goes on : Be not afraid Mary, for God is gracious to thee; and be aflur'd thou

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31 And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and 'bring forth a son, and shalt call his riame Jesus.

32 He shall be great, and Shall be called the Son of the Highest ; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David.

33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know nor a man?

35 And the angel answered, and said unto her, The holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God.

36 And behold, thy cousin Elizabeth, she hath also con.. ceived a son in her old age : and this is the sixth month wich her, who was called barren.

fhalt conceive immediately, and bring forth a Son whom thou shalt name JESUS. He hall receive great Power from God, and be call'd his Son on a most peculiar account. · He shall poffess the Throne of David, from whose Family he derives his Birth, He Mall reign over the Israelites, as his Ancestors have done, but there shall be no end of his Empire ; whereas the Kingdom of David and his Succeffors endur'd only for a few Ages. Mary upon hearing this made answer, that she did not comprehend how she should immediately become with Child, seeing the was as yet a: Virgin. But, says the Angel, thou shalt be impregnated by the Divine Powerg, without the concourse of a Man ; and therefore that most Holy Son thou shalt bear, Shall deservedly be call'd the Son of God, by them that come to understand this matter. And that thou mayest know that what I tell thee fall come to pass, I am to 'acquaint, thee that thy Cousin Elizabeth, who (as thou very well knowelt) has long been old, and destitute of all hope of having Children, has also by the power of Gedibeeo made to conceive six months ago ; nor can any thing be suppos'd tuo

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37 For with God nothing Thall be impossible.

38 And Mary faid, Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be ir unto me according to thy word. And the angel departcd from her.

39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hillcountrey with haste, inco a city of Juda,

40 And entred into the house of Zacharias, and faluted Elizabeth

41 And it came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the falutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb : and Elizabeth was filled with the holy Ghost.

42 And she spake our with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art chou among women, and blessed in the fruit of thy womb.

43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to ine?

hard for-God to do if he pleases. When the Angel had said this, Mary replied, that she was ready to submit to the Divine Commands whatever they were, and that The did not doubt of the aecomplishment of what he had predicted to her. Upon which the Angel disappear’d.

Soon after this, Mary went in great haste from Nazareth towards a City of the Hill Country of Judea, where Elizabeth dwelt, to give her a Visit, who was now "big with Child, as the Angel had declar'd to her. She was no fooner arriv'd, and had faluted Elizabeth as she enter'd into the house of Zacharias, but the Child Elizabeth went with began to spring in her Womb after an unusual manner ; and immediately the Mother, inspir'd and instructed by the Holy Spirit of what had happen'd to Mary, broke forth into these Expressions : O thou moft blessed of all Women! and O incomparably happy Son whom thou carriest in thy Womb! But how comes it to pass that I should be so highly honour'd to have the Mother of Chrift my Lord come first to visit me? for no fooner did the Voice of thy Sa

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44 For lo, assoon as the Voice of thy falutation founded in mine ears, the babe Icaped in my womb for joy.

45 And blessed is the that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were cold her from the Lord.

46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnifie the Lord,

47 And my spirit hath rejoyced in God my Saviour.

48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for behold, from henceforth all generacions shall call me blessed.

49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things, and holy is his name:

so And his mercy is on them thar fear him, from generacion to generation.

si He hath shewed strength with his arm, he hath scattered the proud in the imagination

of their hearts. lutation strike my ears, but my Child leap'd within me, as if he too had knowsi " that the Mother of the Mesiah, big, with that happy Burden, was present. Blessed art thou who haft believ'd in God! for whatever has been foretold thee shall be accomplish'd; nor shalt thou suffer any punishment as my Husband doth for his doubting, having been struck dumb for several months. To which Mary with a pious emotion of Mind thus replied : I have reason to extol the Power and Goodness of God with the highest praises I can offer, and to conceive the greatest joy imaginable on the account of those uncommon favors I have receiv'd from the hand of God, who has continually deliver'd' me from all Evils. He has not defpis’d my low Condition, since he does not disdain that Christ Thall be born

For this all Generations to come fiall call me blessed. These are great and wonderful Blessings indeed, which God has confer'd on me, who as he is most holy, fo. his Merey and Bounty will never fail to manifest their Effects on them who stridly observe his Laws. . His Power performs the greatest things by Persons of a low and abje& Condition, and frustrates the attempts of the Proud and Mighty, tho never so prudently concerted. He throws down Princes when he

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55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham and to his feed for ever.

56 And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.

57 Now Elizabeths full. time came, that she should be delivered, and she brought forth a son.

58 And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her, and they rejoyced with her.

59 And it came to pass that on the eighth day they came ro circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.

pleases from their Thrones, and makes the Poor and Mean succeed 'em. He heaps Plenty upon the Indigent, and spoils the Rich of the Wealth that made 'em proud. He always defends the Israelites who are devoted to his Worship, and renews to them those former Blessings with which he promis'd to favor Abraham and his Dofterity.

Thus Mary at that time express'd her self; and continued three months with her Cousin, after which the time of Elizabeth's Travel approaching, she return'd home.

When Elizabeth's time was come, He was deliver'd of a Son, as the Angel had promis’d. Her Neighbors and Kindred hearing how gracious God had been to her, came to congratulate her Happiness, and visited her especially on the eighth day, when the Child was to be circuincis'd according to the Custom of the Feros. This being performd, they calld him after his Father's name, Zacharias; and

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