There was in the days of Herode the King of *Jurie a certain
Priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia. And his wife was of
the daughters of Aaron: And her name was Elizabeth. Both were
perfect before God, and walked in all the laws and ordinances of the
Lord, that no man could find fault with them. And they had no child,
because that Elizabeth was barren and both were well stricken in
And it came to pass, as he executed the Priests office before
God, as his course came (according to the custom of the Priests
office) his lot was to burn incense. And he went into the temple of
the Lord, and the whole multitude of the people were without in
prayer while the incense was a burning. And there appeared unto him
an Angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of
incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was abashed, and fear came
And the Angel said unto him: fear not Zachary, for your prayer
is heard: And your wife Elizabeth shall bear you a son, and you
shall call his name John, and you shall have joy and gladness, and
many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight
of the Lord, and shall neither drink wine nor strong drink. And he
shall be filled with the holy ghost, even in his mothers womb: and
many of the children of Israel shall he turn to their Lord God. And
he shall go before him in the spirit and power of *Helias to turn
the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the unbelievers to
the wisdom of the just men: to make the people ready for the Lord.
And Zacharias said unto the angel: whereby shall I know this?
seeing that I am old and my wife well stricken in years. And the
angel answered and said unto him. I am Gabriel that stand in the
presence of God, and am sent to speak unto you: and to show you
these glad tidings. And behold you shall be dumb, and not able to
speak, until the time that these things be performed, because you
believed not my words which shall be fulfilled in their season.
And the people waited for Zacharias and marvelled that he
tarried in the temple. And when he came out, he could not speak unto
them. Whereby they perceived that he had seen some vision in the
temple. And he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.
And it fortuned, as soon as the time of his office was out, he
departed home into his own house. And after those days, his wife
Elizabeth conceived, and hid herself five months saying: This wise
has God dealt with me in the days when he looked on me, to take from
me the rebuke that I suffered among men. And in the sixth month the
angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galile, named
Nazareth, to a virgin spoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the
house of David, and the virgins name was Mary. And the angel went in
unto her, and said: Hail full of grace, the Lord is with you:
blessed are you among women.
When she saw him, she was abashed at his saying: and cast in
her mind what manner of salutation that should be. And the angel
said unto her: fear not Mary: for you have found grace with God. Lo,
you shall conceive in your womb, and shall bear a son, and shall
call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the son
of the highest. And the Lord God shall give unto him the seat of his
father David, and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever,
and of his kingdom shall be none end.
Then said Mary unto the angel: How shall this be, seeing I know
not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her: The holy ghost
shall come upon you, and the power of the highest shall overshadow
you. Therefore also that holy thing which shall be born, shall be
called the son of God. And behold your cousin Elizabeth she has also
conceived a son in her age. And this is her sixth month, though she
be called barren: for with God can nothing be unpossible. And Mary
said: behold the hand maiden of the Lord, be it unto me even as you
have said. And the angel departed from her.
And Mary arose in those days, and went into the mountains with
haste, into a city of *Jurie and entered into the house of Zachary,
and saluted Elizabeth. And it fortuned, as Elizabeth heard the
salutation of Mary, the babe sprang in her belly. And Elizabeth was
filled with the holy ghost, and cried with a loud voice, and said:
Blessed are you among the women and blessed is the fruit of your
womb. And from where happens this to me that the mother of my Lord
should come to me? For lo, as soon as the voice of your salutation
sounded in mine ears, the babe sprang in my belly for joy. And
blessed are you that believed: for those things shall be performed
which were told you from the Lord. And Mary said:
My soul magnifies the Lord. And my spirit rejoices in God my
saviour. For he has looked on the poor degree of his handmaiden.
Behold now from this time forth shall all generations call me
blessed. For he that is mighty has done to me great things, and holy
is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear him throughout all
generations. He shows strength with his arm, he scatters them that
are proud in the imagination of their hearts. He puts down the
mighty from their seats, and exalts them of low degree. He fills the
hungry with good things: and sends away the rich empty. He remembers
mercy: and helps his servant Israel.
Even as he promised to our fathers, Abraham and to his seed for
ever. And Mary abode with her about a three months, and returned
again to her own house.
Elizabeths time was come that she should be delivered, and she
brought forth a son. And her neighbors and her cousins heard tell
how the Lord had showed great mercy upon her, and they rejoiced with
And it fortuned the eighth day: they came to circumcise the
child: and called his name Zacharias, after the name of his father.
How be it his mother answered and said: not so, but he shall be
called John. And they said unto her: There is none of your kin, that
is named with this name. And they made signs to his father, how he
would have him called. And he asked for writing tables and wrote
saying: his name is John. And they marvelled all. And his mouth was
opened immediately, and his tongue also, and he spoke lauding God.
And fear came on all them that dwelt near unto them. And all these
sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of *Jurie
and all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts saying:
What manner child shall this be? And the hand of the Lord was with
And his father Zacharias was filled with the holy ghost, and
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and
redeemed his people.
And has raised up an horn of salvation unto us in the house of
his servant David.
Even as he promised by the mouth of his holy Prophets which
were since the world began. That we should be saved from our enemies
and from the hands of all that hate us.
To fulfil the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember
his holy covenant.
And to perform the oath which he sware to our father Abraham,
for to give us.
That we delivered out of the hands of our enemies, might serve
him without fear, all the days of our life, in such holiness and
righteousness that are accept before him. And you child shall be
called the Prophet of the highest: for you shall go before the face
of the Lord, to prepare his ways: And to give knowledge of salvation
unto his people for the remission of sins. Through the tender mercy
of our God, whereby the day spring from on high has visited us.
To give light to them that sat in darkness and in shadow of
death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace. And the child
grew and waxed strong in spirit, and was in wilderness, till the day
came when he should show himself unto the Israelites.
*Jurie (Jewry) *Helias
And it chanced in those days: that there went out a commandment
from August the Emperor, that all the world should be taxed. And
this taxing was the first, and executed when Syrenius was leftenant
in Syria. And every man went unto his own city to be taxed. And
Joseph also ascended from Galilee, out of a city called Nazareth,
into *Jurie: 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 spoused wife which was with child.
And it fortuned while they were there, her time was come that
she should be delivered. And she brought forth her first begotten
son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger,
because there was no room for them within in the inn.
And there were in the same region shepherds abiding in the
field and watching their flock by night. And lo: the angel of the
Lord stood hard by them, and the brightness of the Lord shone round
about them, and they were sore afraid. But the angel said unto them:
Be not afraid. For behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, that
shall come to all the people: for unto you is born this day in the
city of David, a saviour which is Christ the Lord. And take this for
a sign: you shall find the child swaddled and laid in a manger. And
straight way there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly
soldiers, *lauding God and saying: Glory to God on high, and peace
on the earth: and unto men rejoicing.
And it fortuned, as soon as the angels were gone away from them
into heaven, the shepherds said one to another: let us go even unto
Bethlehem, and see this thing that is happened, which the Lord has
showed unto us. And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph
and the babe laid in a manger. And when they had seen it, they
published abroad the saying which was told them of that child. And
all that heard it, wondered at those things which were told them of
the shepherds. But Mary kept all those sayings, and pondered them in
her heart. And the shepherds returned, praising and lauding God for
all that they had heard and seen, even as it was told unto them.
And when the eighth day was come that the child should be
circumcised, his name was called Jesus, which was named of the Angel
before he was conceived in the womb.
And when the time of their purification (after the law of
Moses) was come, they brought him to *Herusalem, to present him to
the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord: every man that
first opens the matrix, shall be called holy to the Lord) and to
offer (as it is said in the law of the Lord) a pair of turtle doves
or two young pigeons. And behold there was a man in *Herusalem whose
name was Simeon. And the same man was just and feared God and longed
for the consolation of Israel and the holy ghost was in him. And an
answer was given him of the holy ghost, that he should not see
death, before he had seen the Lords Christ. And he came by
inspiration into the temple.
And when the father and mother brought in the child Jesus, to
do for him after the custom of the law, then took he him up in his
arms and said. Lord, now let you your servant depart in peace
according to your promise. For mine eyes have seen the saviour sent
from you, Which you have prepared before the face of all people. A
light to lighten the gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.
And his father and mother marvelled at those things which were
spoken of him. And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his
mother: behold, this child shall be the fall and resurrection of
many in Israel, and a sign which shall be spoken against. And
moreover the sword shall pierce your soul, that the thoughts of many
hearts may be opened.
And there was a Prophetess, one Anna, the daughter of Phanuel
of the tribe of Aser: which was of a great age, and had lived with
an husband seven years from her virginity. And she had been a widow
about four score and four years, which went never out of the temple,
but served God with fasting and prayer night and day. And the same
came forth that same hour, and praised the Lord, and spoke of him to
all that looked for redemption in *Herusalem.
And as soon as they had performed all things according to the
law of the Lord, they returned into Galile to their own city
Nazareth. And the child grew and waxed strong in spirit, and was
filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was with him.
And his father and mother went to *Herusalem every year at the
feast of *ester. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to *Herusalem
after the custom of the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days,
as they returned home, the child Jesus bode still in *Herusalem
unknowing to his father and mother. For they supposed he had been in
the company, and therefore came a days journey and sought him among
their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they
went back again to *Herusalem, and sought him. And it fortuned after
three days that they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst
of the doctors, both hearing them and *posing them. And all that
heard him, marvelled at his wit and answers.
And when they saw him, they were astonished. And his mother
said unto him: son, why have you thus dealt with us? Behold your
father and I, have sought you, sorrowing, And he said unto them: how
is it that you sought me? *Wist you not that I must go about my
fathers business? And they understood not the saying that he spoke
to them. And he went with them, and came to Nazareth, and was
obedient to them. But his mother kept all these things in her heart.
And Jesus increased in wisdom and age and in favour with God and
*Jurie(Jewry) *lauding (praise, glory)
*Herusalem (Jerusalem), *posing (asking questions) *ester: exact
spelling as found. *Wist (understand)
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius the Emperor,
Pontius Pilate being leftenant of *Jurie, and Herod being Tetrach of
Galilee, and his brother Philip Tetrach in Jturea and in the region
of Traconitis, and Lysaniah the Tetrach of Abilene, when Annas and
Caiphas were the high priests the word of God came unto John the son
of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he came into all the coasts
about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission
of sins, as it is written in the book of the sayings of Esaias the
Prophet which says: The voice of a crier in wilderness: prepare the
way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be
filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low. And
crooked things shall be made straight: and the rough ways shall be
made smooth: and all flesh shall see the saviour sent of God.
Then said he to the people that were come to be baptised of
him: O generation of vipers, who has taught you to fly away from the
wrath to come? Bring forth due fruits of repentance, and begin not
to say in yourselves, we have Abraham to our father. For I say unto
you: God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
Now also is the axe laid unto the root of the trees: so that every
tree which brings not forth good fruit, shall be hewn down, and cast
into the fire.
And the people asked him saying: What shall we do then? He
answered and said unto them: He that has two coats, let him part
with him that has none: and he that has meat, let him do likewise.
Then came there publicans to be baptised, and said unto him:
Master, what shall we do? And he said unto them: require no more
than that which is appointed unto you.
The soldiers likewise demanded of him saying: and what shall we
do? And he said to them: Do violence to no man: neither trouble any
man wrongfully: but be content with your wages.
As the people were in a doubt, and all men disputed in their
hearts of John, whether he were very Christ: John answered and said
to them all: I baptise you with water but a stronger than I comes
after me, whose shoe latchet I am not worthy to unloose: he will
baptise you with the holy ghost, and with fire: which has his fan in
his hand, and will purge his floor, and will gather the corn in to
his barn: but the chaff will he burn with fire that never shall be
quenched. And many other things in his exhortation preached he unto
Then Herod the Tetrach (when he was rebuked of him for Herodias
his brother Philipes wife, and for all the evils which Herod had
done) added this above all, and laid John prison.
And it fortuned as all the people received baptism (and when
Jesus was baptised and did pray) that heaven was opened and the holy
ghost came down in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice
came from heaven saying: You are my dear son, in you do I delight.
And Jesus himself was about thirty years of age when he began,
being as men supposed the son of Joseph: which Joseph was the son of
Heli: which was the son of Matthat: which was the son of Levi: which
was the son of Melchi: which was the son of Janna: which was the son
of Joseph: which was the son of Mattathias: which was the son of
Amos: which was the son of Nahum: which was the son of Esli: which
was the son of Nagge: which was the son of Maath: which was the son
of Mattathias: which was the son of Semei: which was the son of
Joseph: which was the son of Juda: which was the son of Johanna:
which was the son of Rhesia: which was the son of Zorobabel: which
was the son of Salathiel: which was the son of Neri: which was the
son of Melchi: which was the son of Addi: which was the son of Cosam:
which was the son of Helmadami: which was the son of Her: which was
the son of Jeso: which was the son of *Heliezer: which was the son
of Jorim: which was the son of Mattha: which was the son of Levi:
which was the son of Simeon: which was the son of Juda: which was
the son of Joseph: which was the son of Jonam: which was the son of
*Heliakim: which was the son of Melca: which was the son of Menam:
which was the son of Mattathan: which was the son of Nathan: which
was the son of David: which was the son of Jesse: which was the son
of Obed: which was the son of Boos: which was the son of Salmon:
which was the son of Naason: which was the son of Aminadab: which
was the son of Aram: which was the son of Esrom: which was the son
of Phares: which was the son of Juda: which was the son of Jacob:
which was the son of Isaac: which was the son of Abraham: which was
the son of Tharra: which was the son of Nachor: which was the son of
Saruch: which was the son of Ragau: which was the son of Phalec:
which was the son of Heber: which was the son of Sala: which was the
son of Cainan: which was the son of Arphaxad: which was the son of
Sem: which was the son of Noe: which was the son of Lamech: which
was the son of Mathusala: which was the son of Enoch: which was the
son of Jareth: which was the son of Malalehel: son of Cainan: which
was the son of Enos: which was the son of Seth: which was the son of
Adam: which was the son of God.
*Heliezer (Eliezer): *Heliakim (Eliakim):
Jesus then full of the holy ghost returned from Jordan, and was
carried of the spirit into wilderness, and was forty days tempted of
the devil. And in those days ate he nothing. And when they were
ended, he after ward hungered. And the devil said unto him: if you
be the son of God command this stone that it be bread. And Jesus
answered him saying: It is written, man shall not live by bread
only, but by every word of God.
And the devil took him up into an high mountain, and showed him
all the kingdom of the world, even in the twinkling of an eye. And
the devil said unto him: all this power will I give you every *whit
and the glory of them: for that is delivered to me, and to whosoever
I will, I give it. If you therefore will worship me, they shall be
all yours. Jesus answered him and said: here, now get from me Satan.
For it is written: You shall honour the Lord your God, and him only
And he carried him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of
the temple, and said unto him: If you be the son of God, cast
yourself down from here, now. For it is written, he shall give his
Angels charge over you to keep you, and with their hands they shall
stay you up that you dash not your foot against a stone. Jesus
answered and said to him, it is said: you shall not tempt the Lord
your God. As soon as the devil had ended all his temptations, he
departed from him, for a season.
And Jesus returned by the power of the spirit into Galile, and
there went a fame of him through out all the region round about. And
he taught in their synagogues, and was commended of all men.
And he came to Nazareth where he was nursed and as his custom
was, went into the synagogue on the Saboth days, and stood up for to
read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the Prophet
Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place, where
it was written. The spirit of the Lord upon me, because he has
anointed me: to preach the Gospell to the poor he has sent me: and
to heal the broken hearted: to preach deliverance to the captive,
and sight to the blind, and freely to set at liberty them that are
bruised, and to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
And he closed the book, and gave it again to the minister, and
sat down. And the eyes of all that were in the synagogue, were
fastened on him. And he began to say unto them. This day is this
scripture fulfilled in your ears. And all bare him witness, and
wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And
said: Is not this Josephs son?
And he said unto them: you may very well say unto me this
proverb: Physician, heal yourself. Whatsoever we have heard done in
Capernaum, do the same here likewise in your own country. And he
said, verily I say unto you: No Prophet is accepted in his own
But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the
days of *Helias, when heaven was shut three years and six months,
when great famishment was through out all the land, and unto none of
them was *Helias sent, save in to Sarepta besides Sidon unto a woman
that was a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of *Heliseus
the Prophet: and yet none of them was healed, saving Naaman of
And as many as were in the synagogue when they heard that, were
filled with wrath: and rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and
led him even unto the edge of the hill, where on their city was
built, to cast him down headlong. But he went his way even through
the midst of them: and came into Capernaum a city of Galile, and
there taught them on the Saboth days. And they were astonied at his
doctrine: for his preaching was with power. And in the synagogue
there was a man which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried
with a loud voice saying: let me alone, what have you to do with us,
you Jesus of Nazareth? are you come to destroy us? I know you what
you are, even the holy of God. And Jesus rebuked him saying: hold
your peace, and come out of him. And the devil threw him in the
midst of them and came out of him, and hurt him not. And fear came
on them all, and they spoke among themselves saying: what manner a
thing is this? For with authority and power he commands the foul
spirits, and they come out? And the fame of him spread abroad
through all places of the country round about.
And he rose up and came out of the synagogue, and entered into
Simons house. And Simons mother in law was taken with a great fever,
and they made intercession to him for her. And he stood over her,
and rebuked the fever: and it left her. And immediately she arose
and ministered unto them.
When the *son was down, all they that had sick taken with
divers diseases, brought them unto him: and he laid his hands on
every one of them, and healed them. And devils also came out of many
of them crying and saying: you are Christ the son of God. And he
rebuked them, and suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he
As soon as it was day, he departed and went away into a desert
place, and the people sought him and came to him, and kept him that
he should not depart from them. And he said unto them: I must to
other cities also preach the kingdom of God: for therefore am I
sent. And he preached in the synagogues of Galilee.
(least bit) *Helias (Elias) *Heliseus (Eliseus) *son spelled as
sonne, other places in the text sun is spelled sunne.
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