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it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water; and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God, descending like a dove, and lighting upon him; and lo, there came a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

And John said, This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And John bare further witness of Jesus, saying, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. I am not the Christ, but am sent before him. He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease.

Now it was after John had baptized Jesus, and as he and two of his disciples stood looking upon him as he walked, that John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus saith, Behold, the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world! And the two disciples of John heard what he saith and they followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi (which is to say, being interpreted, Master), where

dwellest thou?

He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.

One of the two which heard John speak, and followed Jesus, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. Andrew findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Christ. And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: blessed art thou Simon.

Now as the forerunner of Christ, John did baptize and did preach the doctrine of repentance for the remission of sins and there went out unto him all the land of Judea, and they of Jerusalem, and were baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins. But Herod, the Tetrarch laid hold on John and bound him, and put him into prison for the sake of Herodias the wife of his brother Philip: for John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife: and when he would have put John to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.

But later, when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod: whereupon he promised with an oath to give. her whatsoever she would ask. And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John the Baptist's head in a charger. And the king was sorry: nevertheless, for the oath's sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her. And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison.

And the head of John was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother. And the disciples came and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.

EARLY MINISTRY OF JESUS

And Jesus, being full of the Holy Ghost, and about thirty years of age, was led by the spirit into the wilderness, remaining there forty days, communing with God and being also tempted of the devil: and in those days he did eat nothing. And when the forty days were ended he hungered: and the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore, wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou

serve.

And he brought him in a trance to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge

over thee, to keep thee; and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone: and Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. And when the devil had ended these temptations, he departed from him for a season.

Then cometh Jesus to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied, rested at the well: and it was about the sixth hour. And there cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water and Jesus saith unto her, Give me please, a drink of water. Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that asketh of thee a drink of water, thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?

Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst: but the water that I shall give him shall be in

him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. Jesus said unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither: and the woman answering, said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: for thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain: and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, Men worship they know not what: but the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a spirit; and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth: and the woman saith unto him, I know that the Messiah cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?

The woman then left

Then they went out of the city, and came unto him, and when some had asked if anyone had brought him something to eat, Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. Say not ye, There are yet four months, and

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