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The Lord's Prayer – Matthew 6 v 9-13

The Lord Is My Shepherd – Psalm 23 KJV

The Good Shepherd – John 10 v 1-18

The Secret Place of the Most High – Psalm 91

The Ten Commandments – Exodus 20 v 1-17

Seek The Lord – Isaiah 55 v 8-13

Beatitudes – Matthew 5 v 1-11

Unto us a Child is born – Isaiah 9 v 6-7

The Annunciation to Mary – Luke 1 v 26-38

The Birth of Jesus – Luke 2 v 1-20

The Lord's Prayer is in 4 Bible versions. All the other passages are taken from the King James Version but without the archaic verb endings.

You can read and download as PDF the whole King James Bible in old 1890's Pitman's Shorthand at www.archive.org/details/holybiblecontain00pitm There are more Biblical short forms and contractions in the older shorthand, and some of the rules and stroke usages are different, but not difficult to read if you are already conversant with New Era.

Longhand version http://www.archive.org/details/Bible.KingJamesVersion This is better downloaded as PDF than read online, as you then get the bookmarks and scroll bar to aid navigation.

The Lord's Prayer – Matthew 6 verses 9-13

King James Version
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (66 words)

New King James Version
Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
(66 words)

New International Version
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. (52 words)

Amplified Bible
Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven (left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have given up resentment against) our debtors. And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. (86 words) (Matthew 6 v. 9-13)

Period garden at Stockwood Park, Luton, Bedfordshire
Heavenly gardens – Period Garden, Stockwood Park, Luton, Bedfordshire

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The Lord Is My Shepherd – Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me, Your rod and Your staff they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil. My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.  (118 words) (Psalm 23 KJV)

Sheep near Jubilee Park, Bromley, Kent  River Cray at Orpington,Kent
River Cray at Orpington, Kent

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The Good Shepherd – John 10 verses 1-18

"Verily, verily, I say to you, He that enters not by the door into the sheepfold*, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that enters in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter opens and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes before them and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him, for they know not the voice of strangers."

This parable spoke Jesus to them, but they understood not what things they were which he spoke to them. Then said Jesus to them again, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.

"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. But he that is a hireling and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees. And the wolf catches them and scatters the sheep. The hireling flees, because he is a hireling and cares not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd and know my sheep and am known of mine.

"As the Father knows me, even so know I the Father, and I lay down my life for the sheep; and other sheep I have, which are not of this fold. Them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice,  and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Therefore does my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man takes it from me but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father." (400 words) (John 10 v. 1-18 KJV)

* The dictionary outline for "sheepfold" is one outline, but this causes it to span several lines, so a disjoined outline is shown here

Jesus Good Shepherd - stained glass window Christ Church Chislehurst Kent Detail of sheep - stained glass window Christ Church Chislehurst Kent
Jesus the Good Shepherd with His sheep – stained glass window in Christ Church, Chislehurst, Kent

The inscription reads, "My sheep hear my voice they follow me and I give unto them eternal life." (John 10:27-8). Close-up of the sheep showing the meticulous drawing of the tiniest details, down to the finest hairs.  High res version 3.3 MB

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The Secret Place of the Most High – Psalm 91

He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover you with his feathers, and under his wings shall you trust: his truth shall be your shield and buckler.

You shall not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flies by day; nor for the pestilence that walks in darkness; nor for the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand shall fall at your side, and ten thousand* at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, your habitation; there shall no evil befall you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. They shall bear you up in their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shall you trample under feet.

Because he has set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he has known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.  With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation. (288 words) (Psalm 91 KJV)

* "Ten thousand" If using shorthand outlines for numbers, always insert the vowels in "ten" and "eighteen"

Chalk cliff cave at Newhaven in Sussex
Secret place – chalk cliff cave at Newhaven in Sussex

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The Ten Commandments – Exodus 20 verses 1-17

And God spoke all these words, saying, I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

You shall have no other gods before me.

You shall not make unto you any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain.

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shall you labour, and do all your work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Honour your father and your mother: that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God gives thee.

You shall not kill.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.

You shall not covet your neighbour's house, you shall not covet your neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is your neighbour's. (324 words) (Exodus 20 v. 1-17 KJV)

These commandments can also be found in Deuteronomy 5 verses 6-21

Moses - Ten Commandments - stained glass Christ Church Chislehurst Kent
tained glass window in Christ Church, Chislehurst, Kent High res version 3.6 MB

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Seek The Lord – Isaiah 55 verses 8-13

Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and let him return to the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and returns not thither, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth. It shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

For you shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace. The mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree. And it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off. (243 words) (Isaiah 55 v. 8-13 KJV)

Wild flowers at Pedham, near Swanley, Kent

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Beatitudes – Matthew 5 verses 1-11

And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came to him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

“Blessed are the poor* in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness'* sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven. For so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." (172 words) (Matthew 5 v. 1-11)

* "Poor" Note that "pure" has Ray, to make a distinguishing outline

* "righteousness" Insert the vowel signs, to distinguish it from "riotousness"

Daffodils in Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent
Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent

Unto us a child is born – Isaiah 9 verses 6-7

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor*, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. (88 words) (Isaiah 9 v 6-7 KJV)

* Some versions say “Wonderful Counsellor” without the comma

The Annunciation to Mary – Luke 1 verses 26-38

Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favoured one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”

But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”

And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.”

Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.”

And the angel departed from her. (280 words) (Luke 1 v 26-38 KJV)

Christmas Story colouring card - annunciation
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The Birth of Jesus – Luke 2 verses 1-20

And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling* cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “ Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem
* and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”

And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marvelled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them. (407 words) (Luke 2 v 1-20 KJV)

* Modern versions say “swaddling clothes” rather than “cloths”

* "Bethlehem" When dot H is placed against a vowel, it is spoken before that vowel; hence the dots are placed before the Em and not after the Ell stroke

Christmas Story colouring card - journey   Christmas Story colouring card - birth

Colouring Cards If you would like to bring the birth of Jesus back into Christmas, you might be interested in these free downloads to make Nativity sets and Christmas Story pictures and cards, to print either in full colour, or in black and white for colouring/painting:

Free PDF downloads Colour and Cut Out Christmas Cards and Pictures, movie title  lucypaintbox.weathercharts.org/Colouring-Christmas-Bible.htm

I wonder if any of our present-day donkeys are distantly related to the honoured beast that carried Mary along that dusty road to Bethlehem? The Donkey Sanctuary, located in Devon, UK, cars for abused and distressed donkeys and mules. They have several live webcams located around their property: www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/webcams

The Brooke www.thebrooke.org also works to improve the conditions of working animals of burden, on which many of the world's poorest people rely for their living, through veterinary services and animal handling/welfare training.

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