prophet, whom he will send to the people of #srael in order that they may wal$ in his laws with truth of heart.*'he virgin answered! *Now how shall # bring forth sons, seeing # $now not a man-* 'he angel answered! *+ )ary, God who made man without a man is able to generate in thee man with out a man, because with him nothing is impossible.* )ary answered! *# $now that God is almighty, therefore his will be done.* 'he angel answered! *Now be conceived in thee the prophet, whom thou shalt name Jesus! and thou shalt $eep him from wine and from strong drin$ and from every unclean meat, because the child is an holy one of God.* )ary bowed herself with humility, saying!*Behold the handmaid of God, be it done according to thy word.* 'he angel departed, and the virgin glorified God, saying! */now, + my soul, the greatness of God, and e0ult, my spirit, in God my aviour% for he hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden, insomuch that # shall be called blessed by all the nations, for he that is mighty hath made me great, and blessed be his holy name. or his mercy e0tendeth from generation to generation of them that fear him. )ighty hath he made his hand, and he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of his heart. 1e hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath e0alted the humble. 1im who hath been hungry hath he filled with good things, and the rich he hath sent empty away. or he $eepeth in memory the promises made to (braham and to his son for ever*.
#hapter * The $arning of the angel Gabriel gi'en to !oseph "on"erning the "on"eption of the (irgin )ar%.
)ary having $nown the will of God, fearing the people, lest they should ta$e offense at her being great with child, and should stone her as guilty of fornication, chose a companion of her own lineage, a man by name called Joseph, of blameless life! for he as a righteous man feared God and served him with fastings and prayers, living by the wor$s of his hands, for he was a carpenter. uch a man the virgin $nowing, chose him for her companion and revealed to him the divine counsel. Joseph being a righteous man, when he perceived that )ary was great with child, was minded to put her away because he feared God. Behold, whilst he slept, he was rebu$ed by the angel of God, saying *+ Joseph, why art thou minded to put away )ary thy wife- /now that whatsoever hath been wrought in her hath all been done by the will of God. 'he virgin shall bring forth a son, whom thou shall call by the name Jesus% whom thou shalt $eep from wine and strong drin$ and from every unclean meat, because he is an holy one of God from his mother*s womb. 1e is a prophet of God sent unto the people of #srael, in order that he may convert Judah to his heart, and that #srael may wal$ in the law of the 2ord, as it is written in the law of )oses. 1e shall come with great power, which God shall give him, and shall wor$ great miracles, whereby many shall be saved*. Joseph, arising from sleep, gave than$s to God, and abode with )ary all his life, serving God with all sincerity.
#hapter + onderful birth of !esus, and appearan"e of angels praising God.