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Section XXV.

[1] 17471747    Luke ix. 46.And in that day this thought presented itself to his disciples, and they said, which [2] haply should be the greatest among them.17481748    Borg. ms. omits among them.  17491749    Mark ix. 33.And when they came to Capernaum, and entered into the house, Jesus said unto them, What were ye considering in the [3] way among yourselves?  17501750    Mark ix. 34a.And they were silent because they had considered that matter.

[4] 17511751    Matt. xvii. 24b.And when Simon went forth without, those that received two dirhams for the tribute came to Cephas, and said unto him, Doth your master not give his two [5] dirhams?  He said unto them, Yea.  17521752    Matt. xvii. 25.And when Cephas entered the house, Jesus anticipated him, and said unto him, What thinkest thou, Simon? the kings of the earth, from whom do they receive custom and tribute? from their sons, or from [6] [Arabic, p. 97] strangers?  17531753    Matt. xvii. 26.Simon said unto him, From strangers.  Jesus said unto him, Children then are free.  Simon said unto him, Yea.  Jesus said unto him, [7] Give thou also unto them, like the stranger.  17541754    Matt. xvii. 27.But, lest it trouble them, go thou to the sea, and cast a hook; and the first fish that cometh up, open its mouth, and thou shalt find a stater:  take therefore that, and give for me and thee.

[8] 17551755    Matt. xviii. 1.And in that hour came the disciples to Jesus, and said unto him, Who, thinkest [9] thou, is greater in the kingdom of heaven?  17561756    Luke ix. 47a; Mark ix. 36.And Jesus knew the thought of their heart, and called a17571757    Lit. one (Syriac idiom). child, and set him in the midst, and took him in his arms, and [10] said unto them, 17581758    Matt. xviii. 3.Verily I say unto you, If ye do not return, and become as children, [11] ye shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.  17591759    Luke ix. 48.Every one that shall receive in my name such as this child hath received me:  17601760    Mark ix. 37b.and whosoever receiveth me receiveth [12] not me, but him that sent me.  17611761    Luke ix. 48c.And he who is little in your company,17621762    In the present work this word frequently means synagogue. the same [13] shall be great.  17631763    Matt. xviii. 6.But whosoever shall injure one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a great millstone17641764    Lit. millstone of an ass. should be hanged about his neck, and he should be drowned in the depths of the sea.

[14] 17651765    Luke ix. 49.John answered and said, Our Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; [15] and we prevented him, because he followed not thee with us.  17661766    Mark ix. 39.Jesus said unto them, Prevent him not; for no man doeth powers in my name, and can hasten to speak evil [16, 17] of me.  17671767    Luke ix. 50b.Every one who is not in opposition to you is with you.  17681768    Matt. xviii. 7a, c.Woe unto the world [Arabic, p. 98] because of trials!17691769    i.e., experiences that test one; or, seductions.  The word is variously used. but woe unto that man by whose hand the trials come!  [18] 17701770    Matt. xviii. 8.If thy hand or thy foot injure thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee; for it is better for thee to enter into life being halt or maimed, and not that thou shouldest have two hands or two feet, and fall into the hell of fire that burneth17711771    Or, is kindled. for ever; [19, 20] 17721772    Mark ix. 44.where their worm dieth not, and their fire is not quenched.  17731773    Matt. xviii. 9a.And if thine eye seduce17741774    See note to § 25, 17. [21] thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee; 17751775    Mark ix. 47b.for it is better for thee to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, than that thou shouldest have two eyes, and fall into the [22, 23] fire of Gehenna; 17761776    Mark ix. 48.where their worm dieth not, and their fire is not quenched.  17771777    Mark ix. 49.Every [24] one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.  17781778    Mark ix. 50a.How good [25] is salt! but if the salt also be tasteless, wherewith shall it be salted?  17791779    Luke xiv. 34b; Luke xiv. 35.It is fit neither for the land nor for dung, but they cast it out.  He that hath ears to hear, let him [26] hear.  17801780    Mark ix. 50c.Have ye salt in yourselves, and be in peace one with another.

[27] 17811781    Mark x. 1.And he arose from thence, and came to the borders of Judæa beyond Jordan:  and there went unto him thither great multitudes, and he healed them; and he taught [28] them also, according to his custom.  17821782    Mark x. 2.And the Pharisees came unto him, tempting [29] him, and asking him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife?  17831783    Mark x. 3.He said, What [30] did Moses command you?  17841784    Mark x. 4.They said, Moses made it allowable for us, saying, Whosoever [31] will, let him write a writing of divorcement, and put away his wife.  17851785    Mark x. 5a.Jesus 83answered and said unto them, 17861786    Matt. xix. 4.Have ye not read, He that made them from the beginning [32] made them male and female, and said, 17871787    Matt. xix. 5.For this reason shall the man leave his father [Arabic, p. 99] and his mother, and cleave to his wife; and they both shall be one body?  [33] 17881788    Matt. xix. 6.So then they are not twain, but one body; the thing, then, which God hath [34] joined together, let no man put asunder.  17891789    Matt. xix. 7.And those Pharisees said unto him, Why did Moses consent17901790    So the Arabic; but the Syriac versions follow the Greek, and consent is doubtless a (very easy, and, in view of the succeeding context, natural) clerical error for an original Arabic charge. that a man should give a writing of divorcement and put her away?  [35] 17911791    Matt. xix. 8.Jesus said unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts gave you leave [36] to divorce your wives; but in the beginning it was not so.  17921792    Matt. xix. 9a.I say unto you, Whosoever putteth away17931793    Or, leaveth. his wife without fornication, and marrieth another, hath exposed [37] her to adultery.  17941794    Mark x. 10.And his disciples, when he entered the house, asked him again [38] about that.  17951795    Mark x. 11.And he said unto them, Every one who putteth away his wife, and [39] marrieth another, hath exposed her to adultery.  17961796    Mark x. 12.And any woman that leaveth her husband, and becometh another’s, hath committed adultery.  17971797    Matt. xix. 9b.And whosoever marrieth [40] her that is divorced hath committed adultery.  17981798    Matt. xix. 10.And his disciples said unto him, If there be between the man and the woman such a case17991799    Lit. blame, a mistranslation (found also in the Brit. Mus. text of Ibn-at-Tayyib’s Commentary) of the Syriac word, which is ambiguous (cf. even the Greek).  For a somewhat similar case see § 50, 11, note. as this, it is not good for [41] a man to marry.  18001800    Matt. xix. 11.He said unto them, Not every man can endure this saying, except [42] him to whom it is given.  18011801    Matt. xix. 12.There are eunuchs which from their mother’s womb18021802    Lit. wombs. were born so; and there are eunuchs which through men became eunuchs; and there are eunuchs which made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.  He that is able to be content, let him be content.

[43] 18031803    Matt. xix. 13a.Then they brought to him children, that he should lay his hand upon them, and [44] pray:  and his disciples were rebuking those that were bringing them.  18041804    Mark x. 13b; Mark x. 14.And Jesus saw, and it was distressing to him; and he said unto them, Suffer the children to [Arabic, p. 100] come unto me, and prevent them not; for those that are like these have [45] the kingdom of God.  18051805    Mark x. 15.Verily I say unto you, Whosoever receiveth not the [46] kingdom of God as this child, shall not enter it.  18061806    Mark x. 16.And he took them in his arms, and laid his hand upon them, and blessed them.

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