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CHRIST PREACHING AT NAZARETH.
ST. LUKE iv. 16-22.
And he came to Nazareth where he had been brought up; -and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath-day, 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 is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
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 them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
And he began to say unto them, this day is the scripture fulfilled in your ears.
And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth.
THIS is on many accounts a peculiarly interesting passage of scripture. In the first place, there is something so lively in the mere descriptive part of it, that I think it cannot fail forcibly to arrest the attention of every one who reads it;