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sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.

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

46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.

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

48 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: 16

49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me ? wist ye not that I must be 17 about my Father's business?

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

51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was 'subject 18 unto them : but his 16 were in a perfect transport of admiration. Dod. 16 with heavy hearts.

go. Co. Ma. Cr. Ud. 18 obedient. Co. Ma. Cr. Ud. Bi. p Ps. cxix. 99: I have more understanding than all my teachers : for thy testimonies are my meditation. Mat. vii. 28 : The people were astonished at his doctrine. Mark, i. 22: They were astonished at his doctrine. Luke, iv. 22, 23: And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. They were astonished at his doctrine ; for his word was with vii. 15, 46: The Jews marvelled. Never man spake like this

Ps. xl. 8: I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. John, ii. 16: Take these things hence;

make not my do. iv. 34: My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. do. v. 17: But Jesus answered them, my father worketh hitherto, and I work. do. ix. 4: I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day : cometh, when no man can work. See on Luke, ix. 45. MARK, vi, 31 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary.

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mother kept all these sayings in her heart.

52 And Jesus "increased in wisdom and stature, 19 and in favour with God and man.

CHAP. III. 1 The preaching and baptism of John: 15 his testimony of Christ :

20 Herod imprisoneth John : 21 Christ baptized, receiveth testimony from heaven : 23 the age and genealogy of Christ from

Joseph upwards. A. D. 26. NOW in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Cæsar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judæa, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituræa and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene,

2 Annas and Caiaphas being the High Priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.

3 And "he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins

; 4 As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths2 straight.

5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the

19 age. A. V. 'one of the fourth princes. Co. ? your paths. Wh. * Dan.vii. 28 : I kept the matter in my heart. See on ver. 19.

u 1 Sam. ii. 26 : The child Samuel grew on, and was in favour, both with the LORD, and also with men.

CHAP. III. Jonn, xi. 49: One of them, named Caiaphas, being the High Priest that same year. do. xviii. 13: And led him away to Annas first, for he was father-in-law to Caiaphas, which was the High Priest that same year. Acts, iv. 6: And Annas the High Priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the High Priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.

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salvation unto the end of the earth. do. lii. 10: All the ends
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring
you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
Rom. x. 12, 18: For there is no difference between the Jew and
the Greek : for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call
upon him. But I say, have they not heard ? Yes verily, their

sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of

crooked shall be made straight, and the rough
ways shall be made smooth;

6 And d all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

7 Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, 'O generation' of vipers, who hath warned+ you to flee from the wrath to come?

8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy ofrepentance, and begin not to


within yourselves We have Abraham to our father : for I say

unto you,

That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

9 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees : every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

10 And the people asked him, saying, "What shall we do then?

3 offspring. Pu. *taught. Ma. Cr. Ud. 5 fruits meet for. 4. V.
6 amendmeut of life. Gen.

already, Wh.
d Ps. xcviii. 2: The LORD hath made known his salvation ;
his righteousness hath he openly showed in the sight of the
heathen. Isa. xl. 5 : And the glory of the Lord shall be free
vealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the
Lord hath spoken it. do. xlix. 6 And he said, It is a light
thing that thou shouldest be
of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also

servant to raise
give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my
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11 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him 'impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.

12 Then came also * Publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do?

13 And he said unto them, 'Exact no more than that which is appointed you.

14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, “Do violence to no man, neither

8 put no man in fear. A. V.

Deut. xv. 7: If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren, within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thy heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother. LUKE, xi. 41: But rather give alms of such things as ye have ; and, behold, all things are clean unto you. 2 Cor. viii. 14: But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality. James, ii. 15, 16: If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be you warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are need ful to the body; what doth it profit? 1 John, ii. 17: Whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth


his. bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? do. iv. 20 : If a man say I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar : for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

k Mat. xxi. 32 : John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not : but the publicans and the harlots believed him. LUKE, vii. 29 : And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.

Luke, xix. 8: And Zacchæus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor ; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. I Cor. vi. 10: Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

Exod. xxiii. 1: Thou shalt not raise a false report : put

wrath, and the fire shall devour them. MARK, ix. 44, 48:

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15 And as the people were in expectation," and all men mused 12 in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not ;

16 John answered, saying unto them all, 'I indeed baptize you with water ; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose : he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire :

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I neither trouble any man wrongfully. Ma. Cr. 10 allowance. A.M.
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13 reasoned, or, debated. A. V.
not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.
Lev. xix. 11, 13: Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely,
neither lie one to another. Thou shalt not defraud thy neigh-
bour, neither rob him.

n 1 Tim.vi. 8: Having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

See on Mat. iii. 11.

p Jer. xv. 7: And I will fan them with a fan in the gates of the land ; I will bereave them of children, I will destroy my people

, since they return not from their ways. See on Mat. iii. 12.

4 Mic. iv. 12: But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel : for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor. MAT. xiii. 30: Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

Ps. i. 4: The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff
which the wind driveth away.

Ps. xxi. 9: Thou shalt make them as a fiery
time of thine anger: the LORD shall swallow them up
Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
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