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    Section XVI.

    [1] 1142

    1142 Matt. xii. 38.

    Then answered certain of the scribes and Pharisees, that they might tempt him, [2] and said, Teacher, we desire to see a sign from thee.  1143

    1143 Matt. xii. 39.

    He answered and said, This evil and adulterous generation1144

    1144 See § 1, 49, note.

    seeketh a sign; and it shall not be given a sign, [3] except the sign of Jonah the prophet1145

    1145 Luke xi. 30.

    And as Jonah was a sign to the inhabitants [4] of Nineveh, so shall the Son of man also be to this generation.  1146

    1146 Matt. xii. 40.

    And as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish three days and three nights, so shall the Son of man [5] be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.  1147

    1147 Luke xi. 31.

    The queen of the south shall rise in the judgement with the people of this generation, and condemn1148

    1148 See note to § 10, 13.

    them:  for she came from the ends of the earth that she might hear the wisdom of Solomon; [6] [Arabic, p. 62] and behold, here is a better than Solomon1149

    1149 Matt. xii. 41.

    The men of Nineveh shall stand in the judgement with this generation, and condemn it:  for they repented at [7] the preaching of Jonah; and behold, here is a greater than Jonah.  1150

    1150 Luke xi. 24.

    The unclean spirit, when he goeth out of the man, departeth, and goeth about through places wherein are no waters, that he may find rest for himself; and when he findeth it not, he [8] saith, I will return to my house whence I came out.  1151

    1151 Luke xi. 25.

    And if he come and find it [9] adorned and set in order, 1152

    1152 Luke xi. 26.

    then he goeth, and associateth with himself seven other spirits worse than himself; and they enter and dwell in it:  and the end of that man [10] shall be worse than his beginning.  1153

    1153 Matt. xii. 45b.

    Thus shall it be unto this evil generation.

    [11] 1154

    1154 Luke xi. 27.

    And while he was saying that, a woman from the multitude lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the breasts that nursed [12] thee.  1155

    1155 Luke xi. 28.

    But he said unto her, Blessed is he that heareth the word of God, and keepeth it.

    [13] 1156

    1156 Matt. xii. 46a; Luke viii. 19a.

    And while he was speaking unto the multitude, there came unto him his mother [14] and his brethren, and sought to speak with him; 1157

    1157 Matt. xii. 46c; Luke viii. 19b.

    and they were not able, because of [15] the multitude; and they stood without and sent, calling him unto them.  1158

    1158 Mark iii. 31; Matt. xii. 47.

    A man said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren are standing without, and seek to [16] speak with thee.  1159

    1159 Matt. xii. 48.

    But he answered unto him that spake unto him, Who is my [17] mother? and who are my brethren1160

    1160 Matt. xxii. 49.

    And he beckoned with his hand, stretching it out towards his disciples, and said, Behold, my mother! and behold, my brethren!  [18] 1161

    1161 Matt. xii. 50.

    And every man that shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven is my brother, and my sister, and my mother.

    [19] 1162

    1162 Luke viii. 1.

    And after that, Jesus was going about in the cities and in the villages, and proclaiming [Arabic, p. 63] and preaching the kingdom of God, and his1163

    1163 The Arabic printed text gives no sense.  A simple change in the diacritical points of one letter gives the reading of the Syriac versions, which is adopted here.

    twelve with him, [20] 1164

    1164 Luke viii. 2.

    and the women which had been healed of diseases and of evil spirits, Mary [21] that was called Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven devils, 1165

    1165 Luke viii. 3.

    and Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, who were ministering to them of their substance.

    [22] 1166

    1166 Matt. xiii. 1.

    And after that, Jesus went out of the house, and sat on the sea shore1167

    1167 Matt. xiii. 2.

    And there [23] gathered unto him great multitudes.  And when the press of the people was great upon him, he went up and sat in the boat; and all the multitude was standing on the [24] shore of the sea1168

    1168 Matt. xiii. 3.

    And he spake to them much in parables, and said, The sower [25] went forth to sow:  and when he sowed, 1169

    1169 Matt. xiii. 4a; Luke viii. 5b.

    some fell on the beaten highway; and it was [26] trodden upon, and the birds ate it.  1170

    1170 Matt. xiii. 5.

    And other fell on the rocks:  and some, where there was not much earth; and straightway it sprang up, because it had no depth in [27] the earth1171

    1171 Matt. xiii. 6.

    and when the sun rose, it withered; and because it had no root, it dried [28] up.  1172

    1172 Luke viii. 7; Mark iv. 7b.

    And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it; [29] and it yielded no fruit.  1173

    1173 Luke viii. 8a; Mark iv. 8b.

    And other fell into excellent and good1174

    1174 cf. Peshitta (against Cur. and Sin.).

    ground; and it came up, and grew, and brought forth fruit, some thirty, and some sixty, and some [30] a hundred.  1175

    1175 Luke viii. 8c.

    And when he said that, he cried, He that hath ears that hear, let him [31] hear.  1176

    1176 Mark iv. 10; with additions from Matt. xiii. 10, and Luke viii. 9.

    And when they were alone, his disciples came, and asked him, and said unto [32] him, What is this parable? and why spakest thou unto them in parables1177

    1177 Mark iv. 11; Matt. xiii. 11.

    He [Arabic, p. 64] answered and said unto them, Unto you is given the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God; but it is not given unto them that are [33] without.  1178

    1178 Matt. xiii. 12.

    He that hath shall be given unto, and there shall be added; and he that [34] hath not, that which he hath shall be taken from him also.  1179

    1179 Matt. xiii. 13.

    For this cause therefore I speak unto them in parables; because they see, and see not; and hear, and hear [35] not, nor understand.  1180

    1180 Matt. xiii. 14.

    And in them is being fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, who said,

    Hearing they shall hear, and shall not understand;

    And seeing they shall see, and shall not perceive:

    [36] 1181

    1181 Matt. xiii. 15.

    The heart of this people is waxed gross,

    And their hearing with their ears is become heavy,

    And they have closed their eyes;

    Lest they should see with their eyes,

    And hear with their ears,

    And understand with their hearts,

    And should return,

    And I should heal them.

    [37, 38] 1182

    1182 Matt. xiii. 16.

    But ye, blessed are your eyes, which see; and your ears, which hear.  1183

    1183 Luke x. 23b.

    Blessed [39] are the eyes which see what ye see.  1184

    1184 Matt. xiii. 17.

    Verily I say unto you, Many of the prophets and the righteous longed to see what ye see, and saw not; and to hear what ye [40] hear, and heard not.  1185

    1185 Mark iv. 13b.

    When ye know not this parable, how shall ye know all parables?  [41, 42] 1186

    1186 Matt. xiii. 18.

    Hear ye the parable of the sower.  1187

    1187 Mark iv. 14.

    The sower which sowed, sowed the word [43] of God1188

    1188 Matt. xiii. 19.

    Every one who heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, the evil one cometh and snatcheth away the word that hath been sown in his [44] heart:  and this is that which was sown on the middle of the highway1189

    1189 Matt. xiii. 20.

    But that which was sown on the rocks is he that heareth the word, and straightway receiveth [45, 46] [Arabic, p. 65] it with joy; 1190

    1190 Matt. xiii. 21a.

    only, it hath no root in his soul, but his belief in it is for a time; 1191

    1191 Luke viii. 13b; Matt. xiii. 21c.

    and whenever there is distress or persecution because of a1192

    1192 See above, § 1, 40, note 2.

    word, he [47] stumbleth1193

    1193 Or, is seduced (cf. § 25, 17, note).

    quickly.  1194

    1194 Matt. xiii. 22a.

    And that which was sown among the thorns is he that heareth the word; 1195

    1195 Mark iv. 19b.

    and the care of this world, and the error of riches, and the rest of the [48] other lusts enter, and choke the word, and it becometh without fruit.  1196

    1196 Luke viii. 15.

    And that which was sown in good ground is he that heareth my word in a pure and good heart, and understandeth it, and holdeth to it, and bringeth forth fruit with patience, 1197

    1197 Matt. xiii. 23b.

    and produceth either a hundredfold or sixtyfold or thirty.

    [49] 1198

    1198 Mark iv. 26.

    And he said, So is the kingdom of God, like a man who casteth seed into the [50] earth, and sleepeth and riseth by night and day, 1199

    1199 Mark iv. 27.

    and the seed groweth and cometh [51] up, whence1200

    1200 Or, while.

    he knoweth not.  1201

    1201 Mark iv. 28.

    And the earth bringeth it to the fruit; and first it [52] will be blade, and after it ear, and at last perfect wheat in the ear:  1202

    1202 Mark iv. 29.

    and whenever the fruit ripeneth,1203

    1203 Lit. fatteneth, as in Peshitta.

    he bringeth immediately the sickle, for the harvest hath come.


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