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19. Not long after this, Herod died : And then the Angel which had commanded joseph to flee into Egypt, appeared to him again in a Dream there, -

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23 And he came - and dwelt in a city called Nazareth,that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

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ple, was, That they should

repent and reform their Lives; because now the Kingdom of the Mesãas and the Christian Religion was about to be established 3 wherein, all ceremonial Performances being to cease, nothing but true. Repentance and sincere Obedience was required and would be accepted by God to eternal Life. 3. This john the Baptist was that Fore-runner of Christ, of whom Esaias prophecied, that in like man

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came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea,

2 And saying, Repent ye: for the

kingdom of heaven

is at hand.

3 For this is he

that was spoken of . by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying

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in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

4 And the same John had his rai

ment of camels hair,

and a leathern girdle about his loyns; and his meat was locusts and wild hony.

3 Then went out to him Jerusalem and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan,

6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their fins.

7 o’ But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadduces come to his baptism,

ner, as powerful Princes use to have the Ways cleared and levelled before them, so this Man was by his preaching of Repentance to prepare Mens Hearts for the reception of the Gospel. 4. Now the manner in which this Preacher of Repentance appeared;was with all Humility, Holiness, and Austerity of Life. His Cloathing was of the most common and meanest kind of Garments, and his Food f 'Amels, was of the ficoursest sort. oil." 5. Upon his appearing in of Herbs, this form and garb of a jo Prophet, and Preaching the o, necessity and the acceptable- ny materiness of Repentance ; muc ...; People, both of jerusalem the Sense. and of all judea, came out to him ; • , 6. And they were baptized by him in the River jordan, publickly, confessing: their former Sins, and professing their Resolutions of amendment of Life. 7 W Now among the rest that came thus to be baptized by john, were maC - hy

ny of the Pharisees and Sad. duces, Men of great Pride, valuing themselves on their being descended from Abraham and the Patriarchs, and trusting in their strict observance of certain outward and ceremonial Rites of the Law : These Men John feverely reproved, saying 3 O ye perverse and hypocritical Generation of Men 3 Think not that by being baptized by me, or by any other ritual or external Performance, you can escape the Wrath and Judgment of God. 8. But if ye will indeed escape it, repent and forsake your Sins ; reform your Lives to the Obedience of God's Commands ; and this do with such Humility and Constancy, as may prove. the Truth and Sincerity your Repentance. 9 And do not imagine that you shall escape the Wrath of God, by being the Children of Abraham; For if you imitate not his Paith and his Piety, God

he said unto them; O generation of vipers,who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come P

8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.

9 And think not to say within your selves, We have Abraham to our father : for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to


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