John in the Bible

Meaning: the grace or mercy of the Lord

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Now Boaz went up to the village gate and sat there. Then along came the guardian whom Boaz had mentioned to Ruth! Boaz said, "Come here and sit down, 'John Doe'!" So he came and sat down.

This John it was of whom it was said through Isaiah, the prophet, The voice of one who cries aloud in the desert, "Prepare a way for the Lord, Make the paths straight for him."

But when John saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he told them, "You children of serpents! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?

So Jesus replied to him, "Let it happen now, for it is right for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then John yielded to him.

Philip, Bartholomew [i.e., the same as Nathaniel. See John 1:45], Thomas [i.e., the same as Didymus. See John 11:16], Matthew, the tax collector [i.e., the same as Levi. See Mark 2:14], James, the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus [i.e., the same as Judas, son of James. See Luke 6:16],

But whoever disowns me in front of people [i.e., denies that I am the Christ, or that he is a disciple. See John 18:15-17, 25-27], I will disown him in front of my Father in heaven.

And if you are willing to accept it, John himself is [the fulfillment of] Elijah [as the messenger] who was to come [before the kingdom].

At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the fame of Jesus, And said to his servants, This is John the Baptist:

Now King Herod became very distressed [over such a gruesome request]; but because he had [promised with] oaths and [to look good in front of] his party guests, he ordered John's head to be given [to her].

Now when Jesus heard about John, He withdrew from there in a boat to a secluded place by Himself; and when the people heard of this, they followed Him on foot from the cities.

And they replied, "But we have here [only] five loaves of [barley] bread [See John 6:9] and two [probably smoked] fish."

Then the mother of Zebedee's sons [i.e., James and John] came to Jesus with her sons and, bowing down in reverence before Him, made a request of Him.

But Jesus replied to her, "You [really] do not know what you are asking for. Are you able to drink the cup [i.e., of suffering] that I am about to drink?" They [i.e., James, John and their mother. See Mark 10:35ff] answered, "[Yes] we are able to."

He then left them and went out of the city [of Jerusalem] to Bethany [Note: This was a small village near Bethphage] and stayed there [i.e., probably at the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus. See John 11:1].

So, they answered Jesus, "We do not know [where John got the authority for his immersion]." Jesus then replied to them, "[Then] neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things [i.e., miracles and teaching].

He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee [i.e., James and John] with Him, and [soon] began to be grieved and very distressed.

Just then, one of those who were with Jesus [i.e., Peter. See John 18:10], reached out with his sword and struck the head priest's servant [with it], shearing off his ear.

But Peter followed Him from a distance [as they were going] to the courtyard of the head priest. He went inside [i.e., eventually. See John 18:15-16] and sat down with the [Jewish] officers to see how things would turn out [i.e., with Jesus' trial].

Among them were Mary from Magdala; Mary, the mother of James and Joseph [i.e., probably the wife of Clopas. See John 19:25]; and the mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee [i.e., Salome. Mark 15:40].

And when they met Him [there], they [knelt down] to worship Him; but some [still] had doubts [i.e., about His resurrection. See John 20:25].

the voice of one who cries in the desert, 'Make the way ready for the Lord, level the paths for him' ??4 John appeared baptizing in the desert and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;

And people from throughout all the regions of Judea and all of Jerusalem went out to John [in the desert]. And he immersed them in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins.

In his preaching John said, "One who is more powerful than I am will follow my ministry. I am not [even] worthy to stoop down and loosen the straps of His sandals [i.e., to serve as His slave].

Immediately coming up out of the water, he (John) saw the heavens torn open, and the Spirit like a dove descending on Him (Jesus);

And when he had gone a little further thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets.

And Simon and those who were with him [i.e., probably Andrew, James and John. See verse 29] followed Him.

Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew [i.e., the same as Nathaniel. See John 1:45], Matthew [i.e., the same as Levi. See Mark 2:14], Thomas [i.e., the same as Didymus. See John 11:16], James, the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus [i.e., the same as Judas, the son of James. See Luke 6:16], Simon the Canaanean [i.e., the same as the Zealot. See Luke 6:15],

They laughed at Him scornfully. But after having all the people wait outside He took the child's father and mother, along with those who came with Him [i.e., Peter, James and John] and went in to where the [dead] child lay.

And king Herod heard of him; (for his name was spread abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.

Then an ideal opportunity arose [i.e., for Herodias to do away with John] when Herod gave a dinner on his birthday for his influential friends, military commanders and the prominent officials of Galilee.

Then he brought John's head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother.

When his disciples heard about this, they came and took away John’s body and laid it in a tomb.

And He said to them, "How many loaves [of bread] do you have? Go and see." And when had found out, they said, "Five [barley] loaves [See John 6:9] and two [probably smoked] fish."

And when Peter, James and John [See verse 2] returned to [the rest of] the disciples, they saw a large crowd gathered around them, and the experts in the law of Moses disputing with them.

And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire.

So, they answered Jesus and said, "We do not know [where John got his authority to immerse]." Jesus replied to them, " [Then] neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things [i.e., miracles and teaching]."

But a certain disciple that was standing nearby [i.e., Peter. See John 18:10] drew his sword and struck the head priest's servant [i.e., Malchus. See John 18:10], shearing off his ear.

It was nine o'clock in the morning and they crucified Him. [Note: John 19:14 indicates that the crucifixion took place about noon. This can be harmonized if we take Mark's account to mean when the entire process began].

And there were also some women watching all this from a distance. Among them were Mary from Magdala; Mary the mother of the younger James and [his brother] Joseph [i.e., probably the wife of Clopas. See John 19:25]; and Salome [i.e., the mother of James and John and wife of Zebedee. See Matt. 27:56].

Now when the Sabbath day was over [i.e., after sunset on Saturday evening], Mary from Magdala; Mary the mother of James [i.e., the "other Mary" of Matt. 28:1, who was probably Jesus' mother. See Matt. 27:56]; and Salome [i.e., the mother of James and John and wife of Zebedee. See Matt. 27:56], bought spices [i.e., consisting of aloes and other aromatic perfumes] in order to apply them to His body [i.e., as a means of embalming].

For he will be great in the sight of the Lord and he will not drink any wine or intoxicating drinks [Note: This restriction suggests that John may have taken the special vow of consecration making him a "Nazarite"]. And he will be filled with the Holy Spirit from the time he is born.

So, Mary stayed with [her relative] Elizabeth for about three months [i.e., until about the time John was born. See 1:26-31], and then returned to her home.

Yes, you [my] child [i.e., John], will be called the prophet of the Highest [i.e., God], for you will go ahead of the Lord's presence to prepare His ways.

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Now the child continued to grow, and greatly improv'd in sense; and was in the desarts till the time, when he was to be manifested to Israel.


I JOHN, who am your brother, and partake in the tribulation, in the reign, and in the patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony I gave of Jesus Christ.


I JOHN, who am your brother, and partake in the tribulation, in the reign, and in the patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony I gave of Jesus Christ.


After these things, I saw FOUR ANGELS standing on the four corners of the land, holding the four winds of the land, that the wind should not blow on the land, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. and I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud vioce to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, saying, "hurt not the earth, nor the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads." read more.
And I heard the number of those who were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred forty and four thousand, of all the tribes of the children of Israel. of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. of the tribe of Isachar were sealed twelve thousand. of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.


upon which Paul said, John indeed administer'd the baptism of repentance, but with this admonition, that they should believe in him, who was to come after, that is, in Jesus the Messias.

as it is written in the book of the prophecies of Esaias, "the voice of one crying in the desart, prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths clear. every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be level'd: the crooked shall be made strait, and the rough ways shall be made smooth, and all men shall behold the divine saviour."

Jesus answered, 'tis true, Elias was to come first and set all things right.

It is written in the prophet, "behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee. The voice of one crying in the wilderness, prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight." accordingly, John baptized in the desart, and preach'd the baptism of repentance, for the remission of sins. read more.
all Judea, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, went out to meet him, and having confess'd their sins, he baptized them in the river Jordan. now John was clothed with camels hair, with a leathern girdle about his waist: and his food was locusts and wild honey. among other things he said, there comes one after me, who is superiour to me, I am not worthy to stoop down and untie his shoes. I indeed have baptized you with water, but he shall baptize you with the effusion of the holy Ghost.

he shall appear as a divine messenger. he shall drink neither wine, nor any other strong liquor: he shall be filled with the holy spirit, even from his infancy: he shall convert many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. and he shall march before him, in the spirit and power of Elias, to reconcile parents and children together, and the unruly to the practice of justice, that the people may be duly dispos'd to receive the Lord.

and you, dear babe, you shall be the prophet of the most high: for you shall go before the Lord, in order to prepare his way, by acquainting his people how they may be saved by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun has visited us from on high, read more.
to enlighten those, who are in darkness, and in the shadow of death, and to direct our steps into the ways of peace."

he came as a witness, to represent what he knew of the light, that by his means all might be convinc'd. he was not that Light, but was sent to testify of that light.

it was of him that John bare witness, when he made this declaration, "this was he of whom I said, he that cometh after me, was before me; for he did indeed exist before me."

said they to him, who then art thou? that we may give an answer to those that sent us: what sayst thou of thy self? "I am, said he, the voice of one crying in the wilderness, clear the way of the Lord," as said the prophet Esaias. Now the messengers were of the sect of the Pharisees, and they asked him, read more.
"why then do you baptize, if you are not the Christ, nor Elias, nor any other prophet?" John answered them, I baptize with water: but there is one among you, whom ye know not; he it is who coming after me, is preferred before me, the latchet of whose sandals I am not worthy to unloose. these things were transacted at Bethabara, near Jordan, where John used to baptize.

I knew him not: but therefore am I come baptizing with water, that he might be manifest to Israel. and John testified, saying, I saw the spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. I had not known him: but he that sent me to baptize with water, had told me, "upon whom thou shalt see the spirit descending and remaining on him, the same is he who baptizeth with the holy spirit." read more.
this I saw, and testify'd, that he is the son of God.

there is another who testifies of me, and I know that the testimony which he gives of me, is true. you yourselves sent to John, and he bore witness to the truth. not that I need the testimony of men: but this I tell you, for your own security. read more.
he was a burning and a shining light: and you were willing to be entertain'd for a while with his light.

before his appearance, John had preach'd the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. and in the discharge of his mission, he said, "who do you think I am? I am not the Messias. but there comes another after me, whose shoes I am not worthy to untie."


among other things he said, there comes one after me, who is superiour to me, I am not worthy to stoop down and untie his shoes. I indeed have baptized you with water, but he shall baptize you with the effusion of the holy Ghost.

it was of him that John bare witness, when he made this declaration, "this was he of whom I said, he that cometh after me, was before me; for he did indeed exist before me."

I indeed baptize you with water to lead you to repentance; but he that cometh after me, is my superiour, whose shoes I am not worthy to carry: he shall baptize you with the effusion of the holy Ghost, in the appearance of fire: and with the fan in his hand, he will throughly cleanse his floor, and gather the wheat into his grainery, but the chaff will he burn with unquenchable fire."

he address'd himself to them all, saying, I indeed baptize you with water; but there is one coming, who is superiour to me, whose shoes I am unworthy to untie: he shall baptize you with the holy spirit, under the appearance of fire. and with the fan in his hand he will thoroughly cleanse his floor, and will lay up the wheat in his grainery: but the chaff he will burn with inextinguishable fire.

John answered them, I baptize with water: but there is one among you, whom ye know not; he it is who coming after me, is preferred before me, the latchet of whose sandals I am not worthy to unloose. these things were transacted at Bethabara, near Jordan, where John used to baptize. read more.
The next day John saw Jesus coming to him, and said, "behold the lamb of God, who taketh away the sin of the world." this is he of whom I said, after me cometh a man, who was before me: for he did indeed exist before me. I knew him not: but therefore am I come baptizing with water, that he might be manifest to Israel. and John testified, saying, I saw the spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. I had not known him: but he that sent me to baptize with water, had told me, "upon whom thou shalt see the spirit descending and remaining on him, the same is he who baptizeth with the holy spirit." this I saw, and testify'd, that he is the son of God. The next day after, John was again there with two of his disciples: and seeing Jesus as he walked, he said, "behold the lamb of God."

and baptized, while John was likewise baptizing in Enon, near Salim, it being a place abounding with water: so that people came to be baptized there. for John was not yet cast into prison. Now there happen'd to be a dispute about baptism between a Jews, and some of John's disciples: read more.
who thereupon went to John, and said, master, he that was with you beyond Jordan, to whom you bore testimony, he himself does now baptize likewise, and the people flock to him. but John made them this answer, a man can have no authority, but what he derives from heaven. you yourselves can bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but was only sent before him: the bridegroom is he that hath a right to the bride: as for the friend of the bridegroom, who is nigh his person and heareth him, he greatly rejoyces at the voice of the bridegroom: upon this account my joy is compleat. he must advance, but I must decline. he that cometh from above, is above all: he that is from the earth, is earthly, and his language is likewise earthly: he that cometh from heaven is above all. and what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; but his testimony doth no man receive. he that hath received his testimony, hath set his seal to this, that God is true. for he whom God hath sent, saith nothing but what is divine: for God hath given him the spirit without restriction. the father loveth the son, and hath given all things into his hand. he that believeth on the son, hath a right to everlasting life: and he that disobeys the son, shall not enjoy life; but be expos'd to divine wrath.

there is another who testifies of me, and I know that the testimony which he gives of me, is true. you yourselves sent to John, and he bore witness to the truth.

and many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but every thing that he said concerning this man, was true.

and in the discharge of his mission, he said, "who do you think I am? I am not the Messias. but there comes another after me, whose shoes I am not worthy to untie."


all Judea, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, went out to meet him, and having confess'd their sins, he baptized them in the river Jordan.

As the people were in suspence, every man imagining in his own mind that John might be the Messiah;

Then the inhabitants of Jerusalem, of all Judea, and the whole country about Jordan, came to him: and having confess'd their sins, they were baptized by him in Jordan.

he would have put him to death, but for fear of the people, who reckoned him a prophet.

for John instructed you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the licentious believed him. and tho' you saw that, you did not yet repent, so as to believe him.

if we should say, it was a human institution, we run a risk from the people. (for they all believed John was a true prophet.)

he said therefore to the people that crowded to be baptized by him, ye brood of vipers, who has prompted you to flee from approaching wrath?

if we should assert, it was a human contrivance, the populace would stone us; for they are persuaded that John was a prophet.

The next day after, John was again there with two of his disciples: and seeing Jesus as he walked, he said, "behold the lamb of God." the two disciples hearing this, followed Jesus. read more.
then Jesus turned about, and seeing them following, said, what do you seek? they answered him, rabbi, that is to say master, where do you dwell? come, said he, and see. so they went and saw where he lodged, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two disciples, who had followed Jesus, after they had heard what John had said.


After this, Jesus having heard that John was confined in prison, retired into Galilee.

At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, and said to his servants, this is John the baptist, he is risen from the dead, and consequently is invested with miraculous power. for Herod having secur'd John, bound him, and put him in prison to please Herodias, his brother Philip's wife. read more.
for John had said to him, it is not lawful for thee to have her. he would have put him to death, but for fear of the people, who reckoned him a prophet. but when Herod's birth-day was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced in publick, and made such an impression upon Herod, that he promised her upon oath, to give whatever she should ask; who being before instructed by her mother, pray, said she, order John Baptist's head to be brought here in a charger. and the king relented: nevertheless out of regard to the oath, and to those who sat with him at table, he commanded it to be brought to her. and pursuant to order, John was beheaded in the prison, whence his head was brought in a charger, and given to the young lady, who carried it to her mother. upon which, his disciples came to take away the body, and having buried it, they went to tell Jesus what had happened.

but Herod, from what he had heard, said, 'tis John himself, whom I caused to be beheaded, who is risen from the dead. for Herod had given orders to seize John, and had confin'd him in prison, to gratify Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, whom he had married; upon which John told him, "it is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife." read more.
which Herodias resented, and form'd a design against his life, but could not execute it; because Herod had a respect for John, knowing him to be a very honest good man, and therefore protected him; having reform'd many things upon his remonstrances, which he us'd to receive very graciously. however, a favourable opportunity happen'd for her, upon Herod's making an entertainment the birth-night, for all the great officers of the court, and army, and persons of the first distinction in Galilee. for Herodias made her appearance there, and danc'd with such an engaging air in the eye of Herod, as well as of all the company, that the king thus addrest himself to the young lady, "ask of me whatever you please, and it shall be granted." nay, he ratified his promise with an oath, "I will give you whatever you require, said he, tho' it be even the half of my kingdom." then she withdrew, and said to her mother, what shall I ask? the head of John the Baptist, said she. upon which she instantly fled to the king, and said, I desire to have John the Baptist's head brought hither immediately in a charger. at this the king was exceedingly concern'd; however, in regard to his oath, and to those who were at table with him, he would not refuse her; but immediately dispatch'd the proper officer with orders to bring the head of John the Baptist. accordingly he went, and beheaded him in the prison, and bringing the head in a charger, he presented it to the young lady, who gave it to her mother: of which John's disciples being inform'd, they came to fetch his corps, which they laid in a sepulchre.

but I tell you, that Elias is already come, as it was foretold; and they have treated him at their discretion.

many other things he delivered to the people in his exhortations. but having reproved Herod the tetrarch upon account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, and for all the mischiefs that Herod had done; to compleat all the rest, Herod confin'd John in prison.


Then went Jesus from Galilee to Jordan to be baptized by John. but John opposed him, I have need, said he, to be baptized by you, and do you come to me? and Jesus answer'd, Let it be so for the present, for it becometh us to do whatever is right. then John consented. read more.
and when Jesus was baptized, he came out of the water: and immediately the heavens seem'd to be parted asunder before him, and he saw the Spirit

and John testified, saying, I saw the spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in Jordan. and as soon as he was got out of the water, he saw the heavens open, and the spirit lighting upon him, like a dove. when this voice from heaven was heard, "thou art my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased."

When all the people were baptizing, Jesus was likewise baptized, and whilst he was praying, the clouds opened, and the holy spirit descended upon him in a corporeal form like a dove. and a voice came from heaven, which said, thou art my beloved son, in thee I am well pleased.


there is another who testifies of me, and I know that the testimony which he gives of me, is true. you yourselves sent to John, and he bore witness to the truth. not that I need the testimony of men: but this I tell you, for your own security. read more.
he was a burning and a shining light: and you were willing to be entertain'd for a while with his light.

for John instructed you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the licentious believed him. and tho' you saw that, you did not yet repent, so as to believe him.

but I tell you, that Elias is already come, as it was foretold; and they have treated him at their discretion.

but I tell you, that Elias is already come, tho' they knew him not, but treated him in an arbitrary manner; with such usage as the son of man shall likewise suffer at their hands. then the disciples perceiv'd, that what he said was meant of John the Baptist.


In the mean time king Herod heard of Jesus, whose name was now celebrated, and he said, John the Baptist is risen from the dead, no wonder then that he works miracles.

At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, and said to his servants, this is John the baptist, he is risen from the dead, and consequently is invested with miraculous power.

but Herod, from what he had heard, said, 'tis John himself, whom I caused to be beheaded, who is risen from the dead.

they replied, some think you are John the Baptist, some Elias, and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

they answered, some say you are John the Baptist: others, Elias: and others, that you are one of the old prophets appearing again.


accordingly, John baptized in the desart, and preach'd the baptism of repentance, for the remission of sins.

At that time appeared John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, "Repent ye: for the kingdom of the Messiah draws nigh." for it is of John the prophet Esaias spoke, when he said, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths clear."

under the pontificate of Annas and Caiaphas, JOHN, the son of Zacharias, received his divine commission in the wilderness. in pursuance of which, he went into all the country about Jordan, exhorting all to repent and be baptized, in order to obtain the remission of their sins.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. he came as a witness, to represent what he knew of the light, that by his means all might be convinc'd. he was not that Light, but was sent to testify of that light.


and he said, go into the city to such a man, and say to him, the master sends you word that his time is at hand, and he designs to keep the passover now at your house with his disciples. the disciples then did as Jesus appointed, and made ready the passover.

upon which he dispatch'd two of his disciples, and said to them: go into the city, and you will meet a man carrying a pitcher of water; follow him. and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house: "thus saith our master; where is the chamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?" and he will shew you a large upper room ready furnished: there make preparation for us. read more.
his disciples therefore went away, and being come into the city, they found every thing, as he had told them; and they prepared the paschal lamb.

Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, go, and make provision for our eating the paschal-lamb. they ask'd him, where would you have us prepare it? he answered, when you are in the city, you will meet a man with a pitcher of water; follow him to the house, where he goes in: read more.
and say to the man of the house, our master sent to ask for a room, where he may eat the passover with his disciples. and he will show you a large upper room ready fitted: there prepare the supper. so they went, and having found every thing as Jesus had said, they made ready the passover.


When Jesus came out of the synagogue, he went to Simon's house, whose mother-in-law was seized with a violent fever, and they desired him to relieve her. so approaching near her, he order'd the fever to leave her, and it left her. upon which she immediately arose, and waited upon them at table.

After this Jesus went to Peter's house, where seeing his wife's mother lying sick of a fever, he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose and gave him entertainment.

where Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever, who presently acquainted Jesus with it. and he came, and taking her by the hand, lift her up; upon which the fever immediately left her, and she served them at table.




when there appear'd to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the incense-altar. Zacharias startled at the sight and was seized with fear. but the angel said to Zacharias, don't be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard: and your wife Elizabeth shall bear you a son, whom you shall name John: read more.
he shall be your joy and transport, and numbers shall rejoice at his birth. he shall appear as a divine messenger. he shall drink neither wine, nor any other strong liquor: he shall be filled with the holy spirit, even from his infancy: he shall convert many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. and he shall march before him, in the spirit and power of Elias, to reconcile parents and children together, and the unruly to the practice of justice, that the people may be duly dispos'd to receive the Lord.


accordingly, John baptized in the desart, and preach'd the baptism of repentance, for the remission of sins.

Now the child continued to grow, and greatly improv'd in sense; and was in the desarts till the time, when he was to be manifested to Israel.

At that time appeared John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea,

under the pontificate of Annas and Caiaphas, JOHN, the son of Zacharias, received his divine commission in the wilderness. in pursuance of which, he went into all the country about Jordan, exhorting all to repent and be baptized, in order to obtain the remission of their sins.


but he took with him Peter, and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be in a very great agony of grief.

but he took with him Peter, James, and John. then he began to be in a great consternation and anguish of mind. and he said to them; my soul is exceeding sorrowful,

Then he went out, and retired as usual to the mountain of olives, where his disciples followed him.


Then said John to Jesus, master, we saw one casting out demons in your name, and we oppos'd it, because he does not follow you with us. but Jesus said to him, don't oppose it: for he that is not against us, is for us.

Upon this occasion John address'd himself to Jesus, saying, master, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, tho' he did not belong to us, for which reason we opposed him.

his disciples James and John observing this, said, Lord, shall we command fire to descend from heaven, as Elias did, in order to consume them? but Jesus turn'd, and rebuked them, saying, you don't know by what spirit you are moved. for the son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. and they went to another village.


so John came with fasting and abstinence, and they say, he is mad.

now John was clothed with camels hair, with a leathern girdle about his waist: and his food was locusts and wild honey.

Now the child continued to grow, and greatly improv'd in sense; and was in the desarts till the time, when he was to be manifested to Israel.


After six days, Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, in private to the top of a high mountain.

Six days after Jesus took Peter, James and John, and accompanied them up a high mountain in private; and was transfigured in their presence.

About eight days after this discourse, he took with him Peter, John, and James, and went up a mountain to pray.


Then the mother of Zebedee's children, with her two sons, came and threw herself at his feet, desiring a favour of him. and he said to her, what would you have? grant, said she, when you are upon the throne, that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left. but Jesus answered them, ye know not what ye ask. can ye bear to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? they said to him, we can. read more.
he replied, ye shall indeed drink of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, I cannot grant to any but those whom my father has destin'd thereto. upon hearing this, the other ten disciples were moved with indignation against the two brothers.

Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him, and said, we desire you would grant us what we request. what, said he, would you have me do for you? they replied, when you are in your glory, grant that we may sit, the one on your right hand, and the other on your left. read more.
but Jesus said to them, you know not what you ask. can you drink the cup, that I must drink, and be baptized with the baptism with which I must be baptized? and they said, we can. but Jesus replied, you shall indeed drink of the cup, that I must drink of, and be baptized with the baptism, with which I must be baptized; but to sit on my right hand, or on my left, is not in my power to grant, except to those for whom it was designed. but the other ten, when they heard this, were fill'd with indignation against James and John.


The PRESBYTER to the lady ECLECTA and her children, whom I sincerely love, and not only I, but all true christians,

The PRESBYTER to my dear Gaius, whom I truly love.


so John came with fasting and abstinence, and they say, he is mad.

he shall appear as a divine messenger. he shall drink neither wine, nor any other strong liquor: he shall be filled with the holy spirit, even from his infancy:

for John the Baptist, when he came, abstain'd from bread and wine; yet you say, he is possess'd with a demon.


As they departed, Jesus said to the people, speaking of John, what did ye go to see in the desert? a reed shaken with the wind? what did ye go to see? a man dress'd in rich apparel? why, they that are so array'd belong to the court: or did you go to see a prophet? yes, and be assured, one superiour to a prophet. read more.
for it is he that is meant in that passage, "behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee." I declare unto you, among the whole race of prophets, there never appear'd a greater than John the Baptist: (notwithstanding, he that is least in the kingdom of the Messiah is greater than he.) for ever since the appearance of John the Baptist the gospel kingdom is as it were invaded, and people of the most violent passions enter into it with zeal. for all the prophets and the law were your guides, till the coming of John. and if ye will believe me, he is the Elias that was to come. he that hath ears to hear, let him hear. but to what shall I compare this generation? they are like children sitting in the markets, and calling out to their fellows, "if we play a merry tune, you are not for dancing; if we act a mournful part, you are not in the humour." so John came with fasting and abstinence, and they say, he is mad. the son of man does not abstain from eating and drinking, and they cry there's a glutton, and a sot, a friend of publicans and sinners: "but wisdom is justified by her children."

When the messengers of John were departed, he address'd himself to the people, and said with relation to John, what did you go to see in the desart? a reed shaken with the wind? or did you go to see a man richly apparelled? for magnificent dress and splendid living, you must look into the courts of princes. what then did you go to see? a prophet? yes, I say it, and more than a prophet. read more.
he it is, of whom it is written, "behold, I send my messenger before you, who shall prepare the way for you." I declare unto you, among the whole race of mankind, there is not a prophet, who is superiour to John the Baptist: yet he that is most inferiour in the kingdom of the Messiah, is greater than he. all the people, even the publicans, upon hearing him, gave glory to God, by receiving the baptism of John; but the Pharisees and the doctors of the law rejected the divine offers made to them, refusing to be baptized by John. To what therefore shall I compare the men of this generation? who are they like? they are like children playing together in the street, who cry, we have play'd to you on the flute, but you have not danced: we have sung mournful dittys, but you have not lamented. for John the Baptist, when he came, abstain'd from bread and wine; yet you say, he is possess'd with a demon.


in the mean time John having heard in his confinement of the actions of Christ, he sent two of his disciples to ask him, art thou he that was to come, or must we expect another? Jesus answered them, go and relate to John, what you hear and what you see: read more.
the blind recover their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. and happy is he who does not stumble at my appearance.

John was soon inform'd of these transactions by his disciples, and sent two of them to Jesus, with this question, are you the Messiah, or must we yet wait for some other? accordingly they came to Jesus, and said, John the Baptist sent us to enquire, if you are he that was to come, or must we look for another? read more.
at that very time, he cured several of their diseases and distempers, dispossessing evil spirits, and restoring sight to many that were blind. then he gave them this answer, go, and tell John what you have seen, and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are healed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the gospel is proclaim'd to the poor. and blessed is he, who does not make me the occasion of his fall.


now the favourite disciple of Jesus sat next to him at table. Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, to ask who it was he meant. then accordingly bending his head to Jesus's ear, he whisper'd, Lord, who is it? read more.
Jesus answered, he it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have made it. and when he had made the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.

Then Peter turning about, saw the favourite disciple of Jesus was behind; the same who leaned next to Jesus at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that is to betray you?


so was James too, and John, the sons of Zebedee, both partners with Simon. but Jesus said to Simon, be not afraid; for the future you shall fish for men.

At length Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples upon the sea-coast of Tiberias; and the manner of his appearance was thus. Simon Peter, Thomas, otherwise Didymus, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples of Jesus were all together. when Simon Peter said to them, I am going a fishing. they reply'd, we likewise will go with you. so they departed and went on board a vessel,; but that night they caught nothing. read more.
as soon as it was morning, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. then said Jesus, my lads, have ye any fish? they answered him, no. and he said to them, cast the net on the right side of the vessel, and ye shall find. so they cast it, and it was so full of fish they were not able to draw it. thereupon the favourite disciple of Jesus said to Peter, "it is the Lord." as soon as Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt on his coat, (for he was stript) and threw himself into the sea.


he was a burning and a shining light: and you were willing to be entertain'd for a while with his light.

because Herod had a respect for John, knowing him to be a very honest good man, and therefore protected him; having reform'd many things upon his remonstrances, which he us'd to receive very graciously.


and he suffered no man to follow him, except Peter, and James, and John the brother of James:

being come to the house, he suffer'd nobody to go into the room with him, except Peter, John and James, and the young woman's father and mother.


when there appear'd to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the incense-altar. Zacharias startled at the sight and was seized with fear. but the angel said to Zacharias, don't be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard: and your wife Elizabeth shall bear you a son, whom you shall name John: read more.
he shall be your joy and transport, and numbers shall rejoice at his birth. he shall appear as a divine messenger. he shall drink neither wine, nor any other strong liquor: he shall be filled with the holy spirit, even from his infancy: he shall convert many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. and he shall march before him, in the spirit and power of Elias, to reconcile parents and children together, and the unruly to the practice of justice, that the people may be duly dispos'd to receive the Lord. But Zacharias said to the angel, by what sign shall I know this? for I am old, and my wife is of a great age. the angel replied, I am Gabriel, who attend in the presence of God, and am sent to communicate to you this agreeable message. you shall now become dumb and not recover your speech, till the very day when these things shall happen; because you distrusted my words, which in due time shall have their effect.

When Elizabeth had gone her full time, she was delivered of a son. her neighbours and her relations having heard how the Lord had heap'd his favours upon her, they congratulated with her: and on the eighth day were present at the circumcision of the child. but upon their proposing to call him by his father's name, Zacharias: his mother objected to it, read more.
and said, no, he shall be called John. they answered her, there is not any of your family of that name. they therefore ask'd his father to signify how he would have him call'd. then he made signs for a writing-book, and writ these words, "his name is John:" at which they were all surprized. immediately he had the use of his speech: and he uttered himself in praises to God. All the neighbourhood were struck with reverence, and the rumour of these events ran thro' all the mountains of Judea,


Simon Peter followed Jesus, with another disciple, who being known to the high priest, was admitted into his palace at the same time with Jesus, whilst Peter stood without at the door. but that other disciple, who was known to the high priest went out, and spoke to her that kept the door, who let Peter in.


when Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing by, he said to his mother, woman, behold thy son. then he said to the disciple, behold thy mother. and from that time the disciple took her to his own home.


Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem, heard that the Samaritans had embraced the word of God, they sent Peter and John, who upon their arrival, prayed for them that they might receive the holy spirit. (for as yet he had not descended on any of them: they having only been baptized in the name of the Lord read more.
Jesus) the apostles therefore gave them imposition of hands, and they received the holy spirit.


upon this she went in great haste to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, they have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter immediately departed, and that other disciple, to go to the sepulchre. they both set out together: but the other disciple out-ran Peter, and came first to the cave, read more.
where stooping down he saw the linen clothes lying; but did not go in. Simon Peter who followed him, being come, went into the cave, and saw the linen clothes lying there; as for the napkin that had been put about his head, it was not in the same place as the linen clothes, but lay folded up by it self. then the other disciple, who arriv'd first, went into the cave likewise, and he saw, and believed what Mary had said.


when Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing by, he said to his mother, woman, behold thy son.


One day as Peter and John were going together to the temple, at the ninth hour, which was the hour of prayer, they were carrying a man who had been lame from his birth, one whom they daily laid at the gate of the temple called, Beauty-gate, to ask alms of those that pass'd into the temple. he seeing Peter and John going into the temple, asked alms of them. read more.
Peter and John having their eyes upon him, Peter said, look on us. at which he look'd very attentively, expecting to receive something of them. then Peter said, silver and gold have I none; but such as I have I give thee: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, rise up and walk. and taking him by the right hand, he lift him up; and immediately his feet and ancle-bones received strength. so that he fell a leaping, and walking, and entred with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. all the people saw him walking and praising God. and knowing it was he who us'd to sit begging at the Beauty-gate of the temple, they were filled with wonder and amazement at such an event. As the lame man who was cured, held Peter and John, the people all in surprize ran to Solomon's porch, where they were.


While they were speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadduces came upon them, being displeas'd that they taught the people, and maintain'd the resurrection from the dead in the person of Jesus. and they laid hands on them, and put them in prison, till the next day: for it was now evening. read more.
however, many who heard Peter's discourse, believed, to the number of about five thousand people. On the morrow, the rulers, senators, and doctors of the law, then at Jerusalem, assembled, with Annas the high priest, Caiphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the pontifical family. and having caused Peter and John to appear, they asked, by what influence, or by what authority have you done this? then Peter filled with the holy spirit, said to them, Rulers of the people, and senators of Israel, since we are this day to be examined about the cure of a cripple, and by what means he was recovered; be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you entirely recover'd. this is the stone which was rejected by you builders, but is become the chief of the angle. salvation is not to be had by any other: for there is no other name under heaven given to men whereby we can be saved. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were illiterate, and of the lower rank of men, they were surpriz'd; but tho' they knew that they had been Jesus's disciples, yet seeing the man who was cured standing with them, they could not tell what to reply. having therefore order'd them to withdraw from the council, they conferred among themselves, saying, what shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all that dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. but to prevent its spreading any further among the people, let us charge them with threats not to speak for the future to any man in that name. so they called them in, and commanded them not to speak or teach upon any account, in the name of Jesus. but Peter and John made answer, do you yourselves judge, whether it be right in the sight of God, to obey you rather than God.


and many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but every thing that he said concerning this man, was true.


then he said to me, "thou must prophesy again of many people, nations, provinces, and kings."


When they were arrived there, they went up into an upper room, where Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James the son of Alpheus, Simon the Zelot, and Judas the brother of James used to resort,


and likewise those of the Pharisees, are frequently fasting and praying, while yours are employed in eating and drinking?


One day Jesus had been praying in a certain place, and as soon as he had done, one of his disciples said to him, instruct us about prayer, as John the baptist instructed his disciples.



I JOHN, who am your brother, and partake in the tribulation, in the reign, and in the patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony I gave of Jesus Christ.


Peter, and John, who were esteemed to be pillars, perceived the favour that was bestowed on me, they admitted me and Barnabas into fellowship, and agreed, that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the Jews.


with Annas the high priest, Caiphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the pontifical family.


now the favourite disciple of Jesus sat next to him at table.


I JOHN, who am your brother, and partake in the tribulation, in the reign, and in the patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony I gave of Jesus Christ.


I JOHN, who am your brother, and partake in the tribulation, in the reign, and in the patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony I gave of Jesus Christ.


but the Pharisees and the doctors of the law rejected the divine offers made to them, refusing to be baptized by John.


The REVELATION of Jesus Christ, which God gave him, to shew to his servants things which must shortly come to pass; this he signified by his angel whom he dispatch'd to his servant John: