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And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a
decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of
Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of
Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called
Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) to
be taxed with Mary, his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were
accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth
her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid
him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the
field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the
angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone
round about them: and they were sore afraid: And the angel said
unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of
great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born
this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the
Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe
wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly
there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host
praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on
earth peace, good will toward men.
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them
into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go
even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass,
which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste,
and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And
when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which
was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it,
wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all
the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto
And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of
the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the
angel before he was conceived in the womb.—Luke ii.
THE STAR IN THE EAST.
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of
Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to
Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that born King of the Jews? for we
have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled,
and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the
chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of
them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him; In
Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And
thou Bethlehem! in the land of Juda, are not the least among the
princes of Juda: for out of the shall come a Governor, that shall
rule my people Israel.
Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired
of them diligently, what time the star appeared. 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 again, that I
may come and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they
parted; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went
before them, till it came and stood over where the young child
was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great
joy.—Matthew ii, I-10.
THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT.
And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord
appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young
child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there
until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to
When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by
night, and departed into Egypt: 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 my son.—Matthew
THE MASSACRE OF THE INNOCENTS.
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.
Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the
prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation,
and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children,
and would not be comforted, because they are not.—Matthew ii,
JESUS QUESTIONING THE DOCTORS.
Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of
And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem
after the custom of the feast. And when they had fulfilled the
days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in
Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother, knew not of it. But they,
supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey
and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And
when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem,
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. And all that heard him were
astonished at his understanding and answers.
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. And he said unto them,
How is it that, ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my
father's business? And they understood not the saying which he
spake unto them.
And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was
subject unto them but his mother kept all these sayings in her
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with
God and man. Luke ii, 41-52.
JESUS HEALING THE SICK.
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their
synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing
all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the
people. And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought
unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and
torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those
which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy;—and he healed
them.—Matthew iv, 23—24.
SERMON ON THE MOUNT.
And there followed him great multitudes of people from
Galilee, and from Decapolis and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea,
and from beyond Jordan.
And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and
when he was set, his disciples came unto him. And he opened his
mouth and taught them.
And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the
people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one
having authority, and not as the scribes.
When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes
followed him.—Matthew iv, 25; v, 1-2, 28-29, viii, I.
CHRIST STILLING THE TEMPEST.
And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed
him. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea,
insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was
asleep. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying,
Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye
fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the
winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men
marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds
and the sea obey him?—Matthew viii, 23-27.
THE DUMB MAN POSSESSED.
As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man
possessed with a devil. And when the devil was cast out, the dumb
spake: and the multitudes marveled, saying, It was never so seen
But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the
prince of the devils.—Matthew ix, 32-34
CHRIST IN THE SYNAGOGUE.
And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these
parables, he departed thence. And when he was come into his own
country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they
were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and
these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his
mother called Mary? and his brethren James, and Joses, and Simon,
and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then
hath this man all these things?
And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A
prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and in his
And he did not many mighty works there because of their
unbelief.—Matthew xiii, 53-58
THE DISCIPLES PLUCKING CORN ON THE SABBATH.
And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on
the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck
the ears of corn.
And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the
sabbath day that which is not lawful?
And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when
he had need, and was an hungered, he, and they that were with
him? How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar
the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful
to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with
him? And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not
man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the
sabbath.—Mark ii, 23-28.