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Section XXXVI.

[1] 24562456    John viii. 51.Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever keepeth my word shall not see death [2] for ever.  24572457    John viii. 52.The Jews said unto him, Now we know that thou hast demons.  Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, Whosoever keepeth my word shall not [3] taste death for ever.  24582458    John viii. 53.Art thou haply greater than our father Abraham, who is [4] dead, and than the prophets, which are dead? whom makest thou thyself?  24592459    John viii. 54.Jesus said unto them, If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing:  my Father is he that [5] glorifieth me; of whom ye say, that he is our24602460    cf. Peshitta.  The Sinaitic omits our. God; 24612461    John viii. 55.and yet ye have not known him:  but I know him; and if I should say that I know him not, I should become [6] [Arabic, p. 137] a liar like you:  but I know him, and keep his word.  24622462    John viii. 56.Abraham your father [7] longed to see my day; and he saw, and rejoiced.  24632463    John viii. 57.The Jews said unto him, [8] Thou art now not fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?  24642464    John viii. 58.Jesus said unto [9] them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.  24652465    John viii. 59.And they take24662466    The Vat. ms. has took him, probably omitting stones, though Ciasca does not say so.  Take is probably a copyist’s error (change in diacritical paints) for took. stones to stone him:  24672467    John viii. 60 [reckoned to verse 59 in the Greek.].but Jesus concealed himself, and went out of the temple.  And he passed through them, and went his way.

99[10] 24682468    John ix. 1.And as he passed, he saw a man blind from his mother’s womb.  24692469    John ix. 2.And his [11] disciples asked him, and said, Our Master, who sinned, this man, or his parents, so [12] that he was born blind?24702470    A different word in Arabic from that used in verses 1 and 6.  24712471    John ix. 3.Jesus said unto them, Neither did he sin, nor his parents:  [13] but that the works of God may be seen in him.24722472    The Vat. ms. has that we may see the works of God in him.  By the addition of a diacritical point this would give the same sense as in the text above, and more grammatically.  24732473    John ix. 4.It is incumbent on me to do the deeds of him that sent me, while it is day:  a night will come, and no man will be [14] able to busy himself.  24742474    John ix. 5.As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.  [15] 24752475    John ix. 6.And when he said that, he spat upon the ground, and made clay of his spittle, and [16] smeared it on the eyes of the blind man, and said unto him, 24762476    John ix. 7.Go and wash thyself in [17] the pool24772477    The Arabic word properly means baptism.  The Syriac has both meanings. of Siloam.24782478    Lit. Shiloha, as in Syriac.  24792479    John ix. 8.And he went and washed, and came seeing.  And his neighbours, which saw him of old begging, said, Is not this he that was sitting begging?  [18] 24802480    John ix. 9.And some said, It is he; and others said, Nay, but he resembles him much.  He [19, 20] said, I am he.  24812481    John ix. 10.They said unto him, How then were thine eyes opened?  24822482    John ix. 11.He answered and said unto them, A man named Jesus made clay, and smeared it on my eyes, and said unto me, Go and wash in the water of Siloam:  and I went and [21] washed, and received sight.24832483    Lit. saw.  24842484    John ix. 12.They said unto him, Where is he?  He said, I know not.  [22, 23] [Arabic, p. 138] 24852485    John ix. 13.And they brought him that was previously blind to the Pharisees.  24862486    John ix. 14.And the day in which Jesus made clay and opened with it his eyes was a sabbath [24] day.  24872487    John ix. 15.And again the Pharisees asked him, How didst thou receive sight?  And he said [25] unto them, He put clay on mine eyes, and I washed, and received sight.  24882488    John ix. 16.The people24892489    An easy clerical error for Some. of the Pharisees said, This man is not from God, for he keepeth not the sabbath.  And others said, How can a man that is a sinner do these signs?  And there came [26] to be a division amongst them.  24902490    John ix. 17.And again they said to that blind man, Thou, then, what sayest thou of him that opened for thee thine eyes?  He said unto them, [27] I say that he is a prophet.  24912491    John ix. 18.And the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he was blind, and received sight, until they summoned the parents of him who received [28] sight, and asked them, 24922492    John ix. 19.Is this24932493    Lit. them, whether this be. your son, of whom ye said that he was born blind? [29] how then, behold, doth he now see?  24942494    John ix. 20.His parents answered and said, We know [30] that this is our son, and that he was born blind:  24952495    John ix. 21.but how he has come to see now, or who it is that opened his eyes, we know not:  and he also has reached his prime; [31] ask him, and he will speak for himself.  24962496    John ix. 22.This said his parents, because they were fearing the Jews:  and the Jews decided, that if any man should confess of him that [32] he was the Messiah, they would put him out of the synagogue.  24972497    John ix. 23.For this reason [33] said his parents, He hath reached his prime; ask him.  24982498    John ix. 24.And they called the man a second time, him that was blind, and said unto him, Praise God:  we know that this [34] man is a sinner.  24992499    John ix. 25.He answered and said unto them, Whether he be a sinner, I know [35] not:  I know one thing, that I was blind, and I now see.  25002500    John ix. 26.They said unto him again, [36] [Arabic, p. 139] What did he unto thee? how opened he for thee thine eyes?  25012501    John ix. 27.He said unto them, I said unto you, and ye did not hear:  what25022502    Or, why (cf. note, § 7, 38). wish ye further to hear? [37] ye also, do ye wish to become disciples to him?  25032503    John ix. 28.And they reviled him, and said unto him, Thou art the disciple25042504    Disciples is probably simply a misprint in Ciasca’s text. of that man; but as for us, we are the disciples of [38] Moses.  25052505    John ix. 29.And we know that God spake unto Moses:  but this man, we know not [39] whence he is.  25062506    John ix. 30.The man answered and said unto them, From this is the wonder, [40] because ye know not whence he is, and mine eyes hath he opened.  25072507    John ix. 31.And we know that God heareth not the voice of sinners:  but whosoever feareth him, and doeth [41] his will, him he heareth.  25082508    John ix. 32.From eternity hath it not been heard of, that a man [42] opened the eyes of a blind man, who had been born in blindness.  25092509    John ix. 33.If then this man [43] were not from God, he could not do that.  25102510    John ix. 34.They answered and said unto him, Thou wast all of thee born in sins, and dost thou teach us?  And they put him forth without.

[44] 25112511    John ix. 35.And Jesus heard of his being put forth without, and found him, and said unto [45] him, Dost thou believe in the Son of God?  25122512    John ix. 36.He that was made whole answered [46] and said, Who is he, my Lord, that I may believe in him?  25132513    John ix. 37.Jesus said unto him, [47] Thou hast seen him, and he that speaketh to thee is he.  25142514    John ix. 38.And he said, I believe, my Lord.  And he fell down worshipping him.

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