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Section XIV.

[1] 10121012    Matt. xi. 11.Verily I say unto you, There hath not arisen among those whom women have borne a greater than John the Baptist; but he that is little now in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

[2] [Arabic, p. 54] 10131013    Luke vii. 29.And all the people which heard, and the publicans, justified10141014    Syriac.  In Arabic the word ordinarily means believed. God, for [3] they had been baptized with the baptism of John.  10151015    Luke vii. 30.But the Pharisees and the scribes wronged10161016    See below, § 20, 28, note. the purpose of God in themselves, in that they were not baptized of [4] him.  10171017    Matt. xi. 12a.And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven is [5] snatched away by violence.  10181018    Luke xvi. 16.The law and the prophets were until John; and after that, the kingdom of God is preached, and all press to enter it:  10191019    Matt. xi. 12b.and they that exert themselves [6, 7] snatch it away.  10201020    Matt. xi. 13.All the prophets and the law until John prophesied.  10211021    Matt. xi. 14.And if ye [8] will, then receive it, that he is Elijah, which is to come.  10221022    Matt. xi. 15.Whosoever hath ears that hear [9] let him hear.  10231023    Luke xvi. 17.Easier is the perishing of heaven and earth, than the passing away of [10] one point of the law.  10241024    Luke vii. 31b.To whom then shall I liken the people of this generation,10251025    See § 1, 49, note. and [11] to whom are they like?  10261026    Luke vii. 32.They are like the children sitting in the market, which call to their companions, and say, We sang to you, and ye danced not; we wailed to you, [12] and ye wept not.  10271027    Luke vii. 33.John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; [13] and ye said, He hath demons:  10281028    Luke vii. 34.and the Son of man came eating and drinking; and ye said, Behold, a gluttonous man, and a drinker of wine, and an associate of publicans [14, 15] and sinners!  10291029    Luke vii. 35.And wisdom was justified of all her children.  10301030    Mark iii. 20, and verse 19b.And when he said that, they came to the house.  And there gathered unto him again multitudes, [16] so that they found not bread to eat.  10311031    Luke xi. 14.And while he was casting out a devil which was dumb, when he cast out that devil, that dumb man spake.  And the multitudes [17] [Arabic, p. 55] marvelled.  10321032    Matt. xii. 24.And the Pharisees, when they heard, said, This man doth not cast out the devils, except by Beelzebul the chief of the demons, which is in him.  [18, 19] 10331033    Luke xi. 16.And others requested of him a sign from heaven, to tempt him.  10341034    Matt. xii. 25.And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them in parables, Every kingdom that withstandeth itself shall become desolate; and every house or city that disagreeth with itself shall not [20] stand:  10351035    Matt. xii. 26a.and if a devil cast out a devil, he withstandeth himself; neither shall he be [21] able to stand, but his end shall be.  10361036    Mark iii. 26b; Matt. xii. 26b.Then how now shall his kingdom stand? for ye [22] said that I cast out devils by Beelzebul.  10371037    Luke xi. 18b; Matt. xii. 27.And if I by Beelzebul cast out the devils, then your children, by what do they cast them out?  And for this cause they shall [23] be judges against you.  10381038    Matt. xii. 28.But if I by the Spirit of God cast out devils, then the kingdom [24] of God is come near unto you.  10391039    Matt. xii. 29.Or how can a man enter into the house of a valiant man, and seize his garments,10401040    The word used in the Syriac versions (Pesh. and Cur.) means garments as well as utensils, and the Arabic translator has chosen the wrong meaning (cf. § 42, 44). if he do not beforehand secure himself10411041    Certain derivatives from the same root signify bind, but hardly this word. from [25] that valiant man? and then will he cut off10421042    The two Arab. mss. differ in this word, but the meaning is about the same.  Perhaps both are corrupt. his house.  10431043    Luke xi. 21.But when the valiant man is [26] armed, guarding his house, his possessions are in peace.  10441044    Luke xi. 22.But if one come who is more valiant than he, he overcometh him, and taketh his whole armour, on which [27] he relieth, and divideth his spoil.  10451045    Luke xi. 23.Whosoever is not with me is against me; and [28] whosoever gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.  10461046    Mark iii. 28.For this reason I say unto you, [Arabic, p. 56] that all sins and blasphemies with which men blaspheme shall be forgiven [29] them:  10471047    Mark iii. 29.but whosoever shall blaspheme against the Holy Spirit, there is no [30] forgiveness for him for ever, but he is deserving of eternal punishment:  10481048    Mark iii. 30.because they 66[31] said that he had an unclean spirit.  10491049    Matt. xii. 32.And he said also, Every one that speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him; but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, nor in the world to [32] come.  10501050    Matt. xii. 33.Either ye must make a good tree10511051    Or, a tree good. and its fruit good; or ye must make an evil [33] tree10521052    Or, a tree evil. and its fruit evil:  for the tree is known by its fruit.  10531053    Matt. xii. 34.Ye children of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? from the overflowings of the heart the mouth [34] speaketh.  10541054    Luke vi. 45a.The good man from the good treasures which are in his heart bringeth forth good things; and the wicked man from the evil treasures which are in his [35] heart bringeth forth evils.  10551055    Matt. xii. 36.I say unto you, that every idle word which men shall [36] speak, they shall give an answer for in the day of judgement:  10561056    Matt. xii. 37.for by thy sayings thou shalt be justified, and by thy sayings thou shalt be judged.

[37] 10571057    Luke xii. 54.And he said to the multitudes, When ye see the clouds appear from the west, [38] straightway ye say that there cometh rain; and so it cometh to pass.  10581058    Luke xii. 55.And when [39] the south wind bloweth, ye say that there will be heat; and it cometh to pass.  10591059    Matt. xvi. 2b.And when the evening is come, ye say, It will be fair weather, for the heaven has become [40] red.  10601060    Matt. xvi. 3.And in the morning ye say, To-day there will be severe weather, for the redness [Arabic, p. 57] of the heaven is paling.  10611061    Matt. xvi. 4; this is reckoned to verse 3 in the Greek.Ye hypocrites, ye know to examine the face of the heaven and the earth; but the signs of this time ye know not to discern.

[41] 10621062    Matt. xii. 22.Then they brought to him one possessed of a demon, dumb and blind; and he [42] healed him, so that the dumb and blind began to speak and see.  10631063    Matt. xii. 23.And all the multitudes wondered, and said, Is this, think you, the son of David?

[43] 10641064    Mark vi. 30.And the apostles returned unto Jesus, and told him everything that they had [44] done and wrought.10651065    Wrought may have arisen from taught by a transcriptional error (transposition of l and m) within the Arabic text.  As it appears to occur in both mss., they would seem to have a common origin, which, however, can hardly have been the autograph of the translator.  10661066    Mark vi. 31.And he said unto them, Come, let us go into the desert alone, and rest ye a little.  And many were going and returning, and they had not leisure, not even to eat bread.

[45] 10671067    Luke vii. 36.And after that, there came to him one of the Pharisees, and besought him that he would eat bread with him.  And he entered into the house of that Pharisee, and [46] reclined.  10681068    Luke vii. 37.And there was in that city a woman that was a sinner; and when she knew that he was sitting in the house of that Pharisee, she took a box of sweet ointment, [47] and stood behind him, 10691069    Luke vii. 38.towards his feet, weeping, and began to wet his feet with her tears, and to wipe them with the hair of her head, and to kiss his feet, and [48] anoint them with the sweet ointment.  10701070    Luke vii. 39.And when that10711071    A comparison with the Syriac text recommends this rendering. Pharisee saw it, who invited him, he thought within himself, and said, This man, if he were a prophet, would know who she is and what is her history:  for the woman which touched him was a sinner.

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