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    Section XXXVIII.

    [1, 2] 2596

    2596 John xi. 17.

    And Jesus came to Bethany, and found him already four days in the grave2597

    2597 John xi. 18.

    And Bethany was beside Jerusalem, and its distance from it was a sum of fifteen furlongs;2598

    2598 Arabic mil, a somewhat indefinite distance.

    [3] 2599

    2599 John xi. 19.

    and many of the Jews came unto Mary and Martha, to comfort their heart [4] because of their brother2600

    2600 John xi. 20.

    And Martha, when she heard that Jesus had come, went [5] out to meet him:  but Mary was sitting in the house2601

    2601 John xi. 21.

    Martha then said unto Jesus, [6] My Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died2602

    2602 John xi. 22.

    But I know now that, [7] whatever thou shalt ask of God, he will give thee.  2603

    2603 John xi. 23.

    Jesus said unto her, Thy brother shall [8] rise.  2604

    2604 John xi. 24.

    Martha said unto him, I know that he shall rise in the resurrection at the last day.  [9] 2605

    2605 John xi. 25.

    Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life:  whosoever believeth in [10] [Arabic, p. 144] me, even though he die, he shall live2606

    2606 John xi. 26.

    and every living one that believeth [11] in me shall never die.  Believest thou this?  2607

    2607 John xi. 27.

    She said unto him, Yea, my Lord:  I believe that thou art the Messiah, the Son of God, that cometh into the [12] world2608

    2608 John xi. 28.

    And when she had said that, she went and called Mary her sister secretly, [13] and said unto her, Our Master hath come, and summoneth thee.  2609

    2609 John xi. 29.

    And Mary, when [14] she heard, rose in haste, and came unto him.  2610

    2610 John xi. 30.

    (And Jesus then had not come into [15] the village, but was in the place where Martha met him.)  2611

    2611 John xi. 31.

    And the Jews also that were with her in the house, to comfort her, when they saw that Mary rose up and went out in haste, went after her, because they supposed that she was going to the [16] tomb to weep2612

    2612 John xi. 32.

    And Mary, when she came to where Jesus was, and saw him, fell at his feet, and said unto him, If thou hadst been here, my Lord, my brother had [17] not died2613

    2613 John xi. 33.

    And Jesus came; and when he saw her weeping, and the Jews that were [18] with her weeping, he was troubled2614

    2614 This is the Syriac word (cf. the versions, and below, § 44, 44; see also Ibn-at-Tayyib’s Commentary, ad loc).

    in himself, and sighed; and he said, 2615

    2615 John xi. 34.

    In what [19] place have ye laid him?  And they said unto him, Our Lord, come and see.  2616

    2616 John xi. 35.

    And [20] the tears of Jesus came.2617

    2617 So in Syriac versions.


    2618 John xi. 36.

    The Jews therefore said, See the greatness of his love for [21] him!  2619

    2619 John xi. 37.

    But some of them said, Could not this man, who opened the eyes of that [22] blind man, have caused that this man also should not die2620

    2620 John xi. 38.

    And Jesus came to the place of burial, being troubled within himself.  And the place of burial was a cave, [23] and a stone was placed at its door2621

    2621 John xi. 39.

    Jesus therefore said, Take these stones awayMartha, the sister of him that was dead, said unto him, My Lord, he hath come to [24] stink for some time:  he hath been2622

    2622 Borg. ms. omits some time:  he hath been.

    four days dead2623

    2623 John xi. 40.

    Jesus said unto her, Did not I say [25] [Arabic, p. 145] unto thee, If thou believest, thou shalt see the glory of God2624

    2624 John xi. 41.

    And they removed those stones.  And Jesus lifted his eyes on high, and said, My Father, [26] I thank thee since thou didst hear me.  2625

    2625 John xi. 42.

    And I know that thou at all times hearest me:  but I say this unto thee because of this multitude that is standing, that they [27] may believe that thou didst send me.  2626

    2626 John xi. 43.

    And when he had said that, he cried with a [28] loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.  2627

    2627 John xi. 44.

    And that dead man came out, having his hands and feet bound with bandages, and his face wrapped in a scarf.  Jesus said unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

    [29] 2628

    2628 John xi. 45.

    And many of the Jews which came unto Mary, when they saw the deed of Jesus, [30] believed in him.  2629

    2629 John xi. 46.

    But some of them went to the Pharisees, and informed them of all that Jesus did.

    [31] 2630

    2630 John xi. 47.

    And the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered, and said, What shall we do? [32] for lo, this man doeth many signs2631

    2631 John xi. 48.

    And if we leave him thus, all men will believe [33] in him:  and the Romans will come and take our country and people.  2632

    2632 John xi. 49.

    And one of them, who was called Caiaphas, the chief priest he was in that year, said unto them, [34] 2633

    2633 John xi. 50.

    Ye know not anything, nor consider that it is more advantageous for us that one [35] man should die instead of the people, and not that the whole people perish2634

    2634 John xi. 51.

    And this he said not of himself:  but because he was the chief priest of2635

    2635 So both mss.; but the Vat. ms. had originally a reading equivalent to the text above with of omitted.

    that year, he [36] prophesied that Jesus was to die instead of the people; 2636

    2636 John xi. 52.

    and not instead of the people alone, but that he might gather the scattered children of God together.  [37] 2637

    2637 John xi. 53.

    And from that day they considered how to kill him.

    [38] [Arabic, p. 146] 2638

    2638 John xi. 54.

    And Jesus did not walk openly amongst the Jews, but departed thence to a place near the wilderness, to a town2639

    2639 The Arabic word as printed (following Vat. ms.) means a place for monks to live in, but we should certainly restore a diacritical point over the last letter, and thus obtain another Syriac loan-word (that used here in the Peshitta), meaning town.  See also Ibn-at-Tayyib’s Commentary, ad loc.

    called Ephraim; and he was there, going [39] about with his disciples2640

    2640 John xi. 55.

    And the passover of the Jews was near:  and many went [40] up from the villages unto Jerusalem before the feast, to purify themselves.  2641

    2641 John xi. 56.

    And they sought for Jesus, and said one to another in the temple, What think ye of his [41] holding back from the feast2642

    2642 John xi. 57.

    And the chief priests and the Pharisees had given commandment, that, if any man knew in what place he was, he should reveal it to them, that they might take him.

    [42] 2643

    2643 Luke ix. 51.

    And when the days of his going up were accomplished, he prepared himself that [43] he might go2644

    2644 The present Arabic reading in going could pretty easily arise from that assumed in the translation above.

    to Jerusalem2645

    2645 Luke ix. 52.

    And he sent messengers before him, and departed,2646

    2646 This and the following verb are singular in the printed Arabic (against the versions), although Ciasca renders them plural.  A copyist using a carelessly written Arabic exemplar might conceivably overlook the plural terminations.  Besides, they are often omitted in Syriac mss.

    and [44] entered into a village2647

    2647 cf. note, § 1, 40.

    of Samaria, that they might make ready for him.  2648

    2648 Luke ix. 53.

    And they [45] received him not, because he2649

    2649 Lit. his body.

    was prepared for going to Jerusalem2650

    2650 Luke ix. 54.

    And when James and John his disciples saw it, they said unto him, Our Lord, wilt thou that we speak, and fire come down from heaven, to extirpate them, as did Elijah also?  [46] 2651

    2651 Luke ix. 55.

    And Jesus turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not of what spirit ye are.  [47] 2652

    2652 Luke ix. 56.

    Verily the Son of man did not come to destroy lives, but to give life.  And they went to another village.


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