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61 And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.

62 And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.

63 And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, 'His name is John. And they marvelled all.


64 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake and praised God.

65 And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings 25 were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judæa. 66 And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the 'hand of the Lord was

with him.

67 And his father Zacharias was 'filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,


68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for

25 these things. A. V.

a GEN. xxi. 3: Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.

b Ver. 13.

c Ver. 20.

d Ver. 39.

e LUKE, ii. 19, 51.

GEN. xxxix. 2: And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man. 1 KINGS, xviii. 46: And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah. Ps. lxxx. 17: Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself. do. lxxxix. 21: With whom my hand shall be established: mine arm also shall strengthen him. ACTs, xi. 21: And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.

JOEL, ii. 28: And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.

h1 KINGS, i. 48: And also thus said the king, Blessed be

he hath * 'visited and redeemed his people, 69 And hath raised up an 'horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;


70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: 71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand 26 of all that hate us;

72 To perform the mercy promised to our 26 power. Pu.

the LORD God of Israel. Ps. xli. 13: Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen. do. lxxii. 18: Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. do. cvi. 48: Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting.

EXOD. iii. 16: Say unto them, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seeing that which is done to you in Egypt. do. iv. 31: And the people believed and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped. LUKE, vii. 16: They glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, that God hath visited his people.

Ps. cxi. 9: The words under ver. 49. MAT. i. 21: He shall save his people from their sins. EPH. i. 7: In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. 1 PET. i. 18, 19: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver or gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ.

1 Ps. cxxxii. 17: There will I make the horn of David to bud.

m JER. xxiii. 5, 6: Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a king shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. do. xxx. 10: Fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel; for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid. ACTS, ii. 21: Which God hath spoken by the mouth of all

fathers, and to "remember his holy covenant; 73 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,

74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might "serve him without fear,

the holy prophets since the world began. Rom. i. 2: Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy Scrip


n Ver. 54, LEV. xxvi. 42: Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember. Ps. xcviii. 3: He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. do. cv. 8-10: He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations. Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac. And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant. do. cvi. 45: And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies. EZEK. xvi. 60: Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant. ACTs, iii. 25: Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.

GEN. xii. 3: I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. do. xvii. 4: As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. do. xxii. 16, 17: By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD-that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore: and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies. JER. XXXI. 33: This shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. HEB. vi. 13, 17: When God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise, the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath.

P JER. Xxiii. 6: In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely. Roм. viii. 15: Ye have not received the

75 In-holiness and righteousness before him, 'all the days of our life.

76 And thou, child, shalt be called the 'prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt 'go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;

spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. HEB. ii. 15: And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. do. ix. 14: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit, offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

«JER. xxxii. 39, 40: And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me. Rom. vi. 18, 22: Being then made free from sin, ve became the servants of righteousness. Now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. EPH. iv. 24: That ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 2THES. ii. 13: God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. 2 TIM.i.9: Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling. TIT. ü, 12: Teaching us, that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. 1 PET. i, 2, 15: Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience. As he which hath cailed you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation. 2 PET. i. 4: That by these ye might be partakers of a divine mature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

* REV. ii, 10: Be then faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

* See on MAT. xi. 9.

ISA. xl. 3: The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. MAL. iii. 1: Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me. do. iv.5: Behold, I will send von Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. MAT. xi. 10: For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the "remission of their sins,


78 Through the tender mercy 28 of our God; whereby the 'dayspring 29 from on high hath visited us,

79 To give "light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.


80 And the *child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his showing unto Israel.

27 for. A.V. 28 bowels of the mercy. A. V. .NUM. xxiv. 17, Isa. xi. 1, ZEC. iii. 8, vi. 12,


29 sun-rising, or, branch. MAL. iv. 2. A. V.

"MARK, i. 4: John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. LUKE,iii.3: He came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. Acтs, v. 31: Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. NUMB. XXIV. 17: There shall come a star out of Jacob. ISA. xi. 1: There shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. ZEC. iii. 8: Behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH. do. vi. 12: Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold, the man whose name is THE BRANCH, and he shall grow up out of the place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD. MAL. iv. 2: Unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings.


ISA. ix. 2: The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light, they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. do. xlii. 6, 7: I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will-give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles: to open the blind eyes. do. xlix. 9: That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Show yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places. MAT. iv. 16: The people which sat in darkness saw a great light, and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. Acтs, xxvi. 18: To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God.

* LUKE, ii. 40.

y MAT. iii. 1: In those days came John the Baptist, preach

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