Gospel of James


CHAPTER 8 (1) And her parents went down, marveling at and praising and glorifying the LORD GOD because the child had not turned back to look at them. (2) While Mary was in the temple of the LORD, she was fed like a dove and received food from the hand of an angel. (3) When she turned twelve, a group of priests took counsel together, saying, “Look, Mary has been in the temple of the LORD twelve years. (4) What should we do about her now, so that she does not defile the sanctuary of the LORD our GOD?” (5) And they said to the high priest, “You have stood at the altar of the LORD. Go in and pray about her. And if the LORD GOD reveals anything to you, we will do it.” (6) And the priest went in taking the vestment with twelve bells into the holy of holies and prayed about her. Suddenly, an angel of the LORD stood before him, saying, “Zachariah, Zachariah, depart from here and gather the widowers of the people and let each one carry a staff. (8) And the one whom the LORD GOD points out with a sign, she will be his wife.” (9) So the heralds went out to the whole surrounding area of Judea and the trumpet of the LORD rang out and all the men rushed in.

CHAPTER 9 (1) Throwing down his ax, Joseph went out to meet them. (2) And after they had gathered together with their rods, they went to the high priest. (3) After receiving everyone’s rod, the high priest went into the temple and prayed. (4) When he was finished with the prayer, he took the rods and went out and gave them to each man, (5) but there was no sign among them. Finally, Joseph took his rod. (6) Suddenly, a dove came out of the rod and stood on Joseph’s head. (7) And the high priest said, “Joseph! Joseph! You have been chosen by lot to take the virgin into your own keeping.” (8) And Joseph replied, saying, “I have sons and am old, while she is young. I will not be ridiculed among the children of Israel.” (9) And the high priest said, “Joseph, fear the LORD your GOD and remember what GOD did to Dathan and Abiron and Kore, how the earth split open and swallowed them because of their rebellion. (10) Now fear GOD, Joseph, so that these things do not happen in your house.” (11) Fearing GOD, Joseph took her into his own possession. (12) And he said to her, “Mary, I took you from the temple of the LORD and now I bring you into my house. I am going out to build houses, but I will come back to you. The LORD will protect you.”

CHAPTER 10 (1) Meanwhile, the priests were meeting together, saying, “Let us make a curtain for the temple of the LORD.” (2) And the high priest said, “Call the pure virgins from the tribe of David to me.” (3) And the servants went out and sought and found seven virgins. (4) And the high priest remembered that the child Mary was from the tribe of David and was pure before GOD. (5) So the servants went out and got her. (6) And they brought the women into the temple of the LORD. (7) And the high priest said, “Cast lots to see who will spin the gold and the pure and the linen and the silk and the violet and the scarlet and the true purple threads.” (8) And Mary was appointed by lot to the true purple and scarlet threads. And taking them, she went to her house. (9) This was at the same time Zachariah fell silent and Samuel replaced him until Zachariah could speak again. (10) Mary was spinning the scarlet thread which she had taken.

CHAPTER 11 (1) And she took the cup and went out to fill it with water. (2) Suddenly, a voice said to her, “Rejoice, blessed one. The LORD is with you. You are blessed among women.” (3) And Mary looked around to the right and the left to see where this voice came from. (4) And trembling she went into her house. Setting down the cup, she took the purple thread and sat down on the chair and spun it. (5) Suddenly, an angel stood before her saying, “Do not be afraid Mary. You have found grace before the LORD of all. You will conceive from his word.” (6) Upon hearing this, however, Mary was distraught, saying to herself, “If I conceive from the LORD GOD who lives, will I also conceive as all women conceive?” (7) And the Angel of the LORD said, “Not like that, Mary. For the power of GOD will come over you. Thus, the holy one who is born will be called son of the most high. (8) And you will call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (9) And Mary said, “See, I am the servant of the LORD before him. Let it happen to me according to what you say.”

CHAPTER 12 (1) And she made the purple and the scarlet thread and carried it to the high priest. (2) And taking it, the high priest blessed her and said, “Mary, GOD has magnified your name. You will be called blessed among all the generations of the earth.” (3) Then, Mary went gladly to her cousin Elizabeth. (4) And she knocked at the door and when Elizabeth heard, she threw down her scarlet thread and ran to the door and opened it for her. (5) And she blessed her and said, “Where have you come to me from? Why should the mother of my LORD come to me? See how the child in me leaps and blesses you.” (6) But Mary had forgotten the mysteries which the angel Gabriel had told her. And looking into heaven she said, “Who am I, LORD, that all the generations of the earth will bless me?” (7) She spent three months with Elizabeth. (8) Day after day, her womb swelled and she was afraid to go to her house and hid herself from the children of Israel. (9) Mary was sixteen years old when these mysterious things happened to her.

CHAPTER 13 (1) In the sixth month of her pregnancy, Joseph came from his house-building and went into the house to find her swelling. (2) And he struck his face and threw himself on the ground in sackcloth and wept bitterly, “How can I look to the LORD GOD? What will I pray about her, for I took her as a virgin from the temple of the Lord and did not guard her? (4) Who has set this trap for me? Who did this evil in my house? Who stole the virgin from me and defiled her. (5) Has not the story of Adam been repeated with me? For while Adam was glorifying GOD, the serpent came and found Eve alone and deceived her and defiled her – so it has also happened to me.” (6) And Joseph got up from his sackcloth and called her and said to her, “After having been cared for by GOD, what have you done? (7) Did you forget the LORD your GOD? You who were raised in the holy of holies, you who received from the hand of an angel, do you know how much you have humiliated yourself?” (8) Then, she wept bitterly, saying, “I am pure and I did not know a man.” (9) And Joseph said to her, “Where did this thing in your womb come from then?” (10) But she said, “As the LORD my GOD lives, I do not know where it came from.”

CHAPTER 14 (1) Then, Joseph was extremely frightened and kept quiet about her, pondering what he should do. (2) And Joseph said to himself, “If I hide her sin, I will be rebelling against the law of the LORD. (3) And if I expose her to the children of Israel . . . well, I am afraid that the child in her might be angelic and I will be betraying innocent blood to a judgment of death. (4) What then will I do about her? I will send her away from me secretly.” (5) And night overtook him. And suddenly an angel of the LORD appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Do not fear this child. For the child in her is from the Holy Spirit. (6) She will bear a son for you and you will call his name Jesus. For he will save his people from their sins.” (7) And Joseph arose from his sleep and glorified the GOD of Israel who had given grace to him. (8) And he guarded the child.

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