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43The Text of the Diatessaron.
 7575 John i. 1.In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and God is the [2,3] Word. 7676 John i. 2.This was in the beginning with God. 7777 John i. 3.Everything was by his hand, and  without him not even one existing thing was made. 7878 John i. 4.In him was life, and the life  is the light of men. 7979 John i. 5.And the light shineth in the darkness, and the darkness apprehended it not.
 8080 On the margin of the Vatican ms., fol. 1a, are written by a later hand these words, The first of his Gospel. The first of the Evangel (is) the Gospel of Luke; followed by the text of the first four verses of Luke, and that in turn by the words, Four complete Gospels, Matthew, and Mark, and Luke, and John. See Ciasca’s Essay, cited above (Introduction, 5), p. 468. 8181 Luke i. 5.There was in the days of Herod the king a priest whose name was Zacharias, of the family of Abijah; and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name  was Elizabeth. 8282 Luke i. 6.And they were both righteous before God, walking in all his commands,  and in the uprightness of God without reproach. 8383 Luke i. 7.And they had no son, for  Elizabeth was barren, and they had both advanced in age. 8484 Luke i. 8.And while he discharged  [Arabic, p. 2] the duties of priest in the order of his service before God, 8585 Luke i. 9.according to the custom of the priesthood it was his turn to burn incense; so he entered the  temple of the Lord. 8686 Luke i. 10.And the whole gathering of the people were praying without at the  time of the incense. 8787 Luke i. 11.And there appeared unto Zacharias the angel of the Lord, standing  at the right of the altar of incense; 8888 Luke i. 12.and Zacharias was troubled when he saw him,  and fear fell upon him. 8989 Luke i. 13.But the angel said unto him, Be not agitated,9090 This word is constantly recurring in the sense of fear. Zacharias, for thy prayer is heard, and thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt  call his name John; 9191 Luke i. 14.and thou shalt have joy and gladness, and many shall rejoice  at his birth. 9292 Luke i. 15.And he shall be great before the Lord, and shall not drink wine nor strong drink, and he shall be filled with the Holy Spirit9393 Everywhere, except in the introductory notes, the Arabic is the Spirit of Holiness, as in the Arabic versions. while he is in his mother’s  womb. 9494 Luke i. 16.And he shall turn back many of the children of Israel to the Lord their  God. 9595 Luke i. 17.And he shall go before him in the spirit, and in the power of Elijah the prophet, to turn back the heart of the fathers to the sons, and those that obey not to the knowledge9696 See § 28, 17, note. of the righteous; and to prepare for the Lord a perfect people.  9797 Luke i. 18.And Zacharias said unto the angel, How shall I know this, since I am an old man  and my wife is advanced in years? 9898 Luke i. 19.And the angel answered and said unto him, I am Gabriel, that standeth before God; and I was sent to speak unto thee, and give  thee tidings of this. 9999 Luke i. 20.Henceforth thou shalt be speechless, and shalt not be able to speak until the day in which this shall come to pass, because thou didst not trust  this my word, which shall be accomplished in its time. 100100 Luke i. 21.And the people were standing [Arabic, p. 3] awaiting Zacharias, and they were perplexed at his delaying in the temple. 101101 Luke i. 22.And when Zacharias went out, he was not able to speak unto them: so they knew that he had seen in the temple a vision; and he made signs unto them, and  continued dumb. 102102 Luke i. 23.And when the days of his service were completed, he departed to his dwelling.
 103103 Luke i. 24.And after those days Elizabeth his wife conceived; and she hid herself five  months, and said, 104104 Luke i. 25.This hath the Lord done unto me in the days when he looked upon me, to remove my reproach from among men.
 105105 Luke i. 26.And106106 The Vat. ms. has over this verse, The second section, from the Gospel of Luke, i.e., as divided in the Syriac and Arabic versions. in the sixth month Gabriel the angel was sent from God to Galilee107107 The Borgian ms. omits to Galilee. to a  city called Nazareth, 108108 Luke i. 27.to a virgin given in marriage to a man named Joseph, of the  house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 109109 Luke i. 28.And the angel entered unto her and said unto her, Peace be unto thee, thou who art filled with grace. Our Lord 44 is with thee, thou blessed amongst women. 110110 Luke i. 29.And she, when she beheld, was agitated  at his word, and pondered what this salutation could be. 111111 Luke i. 30.And the angel said unto  her, Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found favour with God. 112112 Luke i. 31.Thou shalt now conceive,  and bear a son, and call his name Jesus. 113113 Luke i. 32.This shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give him the throne of  David his father: and he shall rule over the house of Jacob for ever; 114114 Luke i. 33.and to his  kingdom there shall be no end. 115115 Luke i. 34.Mary said unto the angel, How shall this be to  me when no man hath known me? 116116 Luke i. 35.The angel answered and said unto her, The [Arabic, p. 4] Holy Spirit will come, and the power of the Most High shall rest upon thee, and therefore shall he that is born of thee be pure, and shall be called the Son  of God. 117117 Luke i. 36.And lo, Elizabeth thy kinswoman, she also hath conceived a son in her old  age; and this is the sixth month with her, her that is called barren. 118118 Luke i. 37.For nothing is  difficult for God. 119119 Luke i. 38.Mary said, Lo, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be unto me according unto thy word. And the angel departed from her.
 120120 Luke i. 39.And then Mary arose in those days and went in haste into the hill country,121121 Vat. ms., like that described by Gildemeister (see Introduction, 20) has into Galilee (cf. § 8, 10, note). to a122122 Lit. the, a form due to Syriac influence (cf. § ii. 12, and passim).  city of Judah; 123123 Luke i. 40.and entered into the house of Zacharias, and asked for the health of  Elizabeth. 124124 Luke i. 41.And when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in  her womb. 125125 Luke i. 42.And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit; and cried with a loud voice and said unto Mary, Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the  fruit that is in thy womb. 126126 Luke i. 43.Whence have I this privilege, that the mother of my  Lord should come unto me? 127127 Luke i. 44.When the sound of thy salutation reached my ears,  with great joy rejoiced the babe in my womb. 128128 Luke i. 45.And blessed is she who believed  that what was spoken to her from the Lord would be fulfilled. 129129 Luke i. 46.And Mary said,
My soul doth magnify the Lord,
Lo, henceforth, all generations132132 The Arabic word ordinarily means tribe or nation, but in this work it regularly represents the Syriac word used in the N.T. for generation. shall pronounce blessing on me.
 133133 Luke i. 49.For134134 The Arabic would naturally be rendered, the blessing on me, That; but a number of passages in this work seem to justify the rendering given in the text (cf., e.g., § 46, 54, and especially § 15, 40). he hath done great things for me, who is mighty,
And holy is his name.
Throughout the ages and the times.
And scattered them that prided themselves in their opinions.
And raised the lowly.
And left the rich without anything.
And remembered his mercy
Unto Abraham and unto his seed for ever.
[58, 59] 142142 Luke i. 57.And Elizabeth’s time of delivery was come; and she brought forth a son. 143143 Luke i. 58.And her neighbours and kinsfolk heard that God had multiplied his mercy towards her;  and they rejoiced with her. 144144 Luke i. 59.And when145145 The text is indistinct in the Vat. ms. The reading seems to be conflate, the doublets being when it was, which is the reading of Ibn-at-Tayyib’s Commentary, and on. it was the eighth day, they came to circumcise the child, and called him Zacharias, calling him by the name of his father.  146146 Luke i. 60.And his mother answered and said unto them, Not so; but he shall be called John.  147147 Luke i. 61.And they said unto her, There is no man of thy kindred that is called by this name. [63, 64] 148148 Luke i. 62.And they made signs to his father, saying, How dost thou wish to name him? 149149 Luke i. 63.And he asked for a tablet, and wrote and said, His name is John. And every one wondered.  150150 Luke i. 64.And immediately his mouth was opened, and his tongue, and he spake and  praised God. 151151 Luke i. 65.And fear fell on all their neighbours: and this was spoken of152152 Lit. described (cf. § ii. 46). in all 45 the mountains of Judah. 153153 Luke i. 66.And all who heard pondered in their hearts and said, What shall this child be? And the hand of the Lord was with him.
Who hath cared for his people, and wrought for it salvation;
[Arabic, p. 6] In the house of David his servant
And from the hand of all them that hate us.
And remembered his holy covenants,
Thou shalt go forth before the face of the Lord to prepare his way,
For the forgiveness of their sins,
With which he careth for169169 The word used in the Peshitta means visit, either in the sense of caring for or in that of frequenting. See § 24, 29. us, to appear170170 So Borg. ms. The Vat. ms. is very indistinct. Lagarde (see Introduction, 13, note), quoting Guidi, prints Whereby there visiteth us the manifestation from on high. The difference in Arabic is in a single stroke. from on high
And to set straight our feet in the way of peace.
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