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3 * When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

4 And when he had gathered all the thief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. ...

5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judea: for thus it is written by the Prophet;

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Herod, who was a Foreigner, and had been cruel and arbitrary 3 and feared that he should lose his Kingdom, i that great Prince, of whom he knew the Nation had a general Expectation, were now born; was extreamly troubled and disturbed. And all jerusalem likewise, was greatly moved at the strangemess of the Enquiry. 4. But Herod to satisfie himself more fully, calls for the Chief Priests and Teachers of the People, and enquires of them, Where the Messiah, whom they expected, was to be born. 5. They told him, in Bethlehema Town of judica; For so the Prophet Micah had foretold,in these words, (Micah 5. 2.)

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6 And thou Bethlehem in the land of Juda, are not the least among the prin- ces of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governour that shall rule my people Israel.

7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go, and search diligently for the young child, and when ye have found him, bring me word

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again , that I may come and worship him. also. * 9. When they had heard the king, they departed, and lo, they far which they saw, in the east, went before them , till it came and stood over where the young thild was,

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

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Hearts with exceeding great oy. J II. Entring therefore the House, to which the Star had guided them,they found the Child with his Mother Mary; and they fell down and worshipped him, and presented him with the choicest Produćts of their Eastern Country; with Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrhe.

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... 12. When they had done this, they prepared to re. turn again unto Herod; but God, to prevent the cruel Designs of the King, com

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not to go back to him, but to return Home to their own Country by another way. 13. The wise Men being thus sent Home, and Herod disappointed of his expected Information 3 an Angel appeared to josephin a Dream, to acquaint him with Herod's design of killing the Child, and to command him to flee with the Child and his Mother into Egypt, and to abide there till he should have no

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

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13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise , and take the youngchild, and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and bé thou there until I bring the word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. to ... a 4. I.- : * ~ *- : * * 14 "When he arose , , he took the young child and his mother by night,and departed into Egypt:

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16 T Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men,was exceeding wroth,and sent forth, and slew 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, - - - ... . . .12 o' -, 18. In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation. ... and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel. weeping for her children, and Would not be comforted, be-, cause they are not.

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Children of Israel had their principal respect to Christ 3 Out of Egypt have I called my Son, (Hof it: 1.) 16. In the mean time Herod finding that the wise Men had deceived him, and were gone Home, fell into a great Rage; and to make sure that the Child should not escape him, he commanded all the Children under two Years old, that were in Bethlehem and the neigh. bouring Villages,to be slain; having gathered from his Conference with the wise Men, that jesus could not yet be arrived at that Age. 17. Then were accomplished th9se Words of the Prophet?irthy; - ( jer. 3I. I 9. |- so o . .. ... *3. In Ramah was there a voice heard; lamentation and weeping, and great mourning; Raches weeping for her Chifi dren, and obuld not be comforted, because they are noi. ' -- is 1. . . . . . to i ! . .

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