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[1] [Arabic, p. 26] 523523    Mark i. 35.And in the morning of that day he went out very early, and went to a [2] desert place, and was there praying.  524524    Mark i. 36.And Simon and those that were with [3] him sought him.  525525    Mark i. 37.And when they found him, they said unto him, All the people seek for [4] thee.  526526    Mark i. 38.He said unto them, Let us go into the adjacent villages and towns, that I may [5] preach there also; for to this end did I come.  527527    Luke iv. 42.And the multitudes were seeking him, and came till they reached him; and they took hold of him, that he should not [6] go away from them.  528528    Luke iv. 43.But Jesus said unto them, I must preach of the kingdom of [7] God in other cities also:  for because of this gospel was I sent.  529529    Matt. ix. 35.And Jesus was going about all the cities and the villages, and teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all the diseases and all the sicknesses, [8] 530530    Mark i. 39.and casting out the devils.  531531    Luke iv. 14b.And his fame became known 532532    Luke iv. 15.that533533    This may represent a Syriac as. he was teaching in [9] every place and being glorified by every man.  534534    Mark ii. 14.And when he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphæus sitting among the tax-gatherers;535535    See above, note to § 6, 46, which applies, although the Arabic words are different. and he said unto him, Follow [10] me:  and he rose and followed him.  536536    Matt. iv. 24.And the news of him was heard of in all the land of Syria:  and they brought unto him all those whom grievous ills had befallen through divers diseases, and those that were enduring torment, and those that were possessed, and lunatics,537537    Lit. son-of-the-roofs, a Syriac expression (cf. § 24, 31, note). and paralytics; and he healed them.

[11, 12] 538538    Mark ii. 1.And after some days Jesus entered into Capernaum again.  539539    Mark ii. 2.And when they heard that he was in the house,540540    This is the end of verse 1 in the Greek. many gathered, so that it could not hold them, even about [13] [Arabic, p. 27] the door; and he made known to them the word of God.  541541    Luke v. 17b.And there were there some of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, sitting, come from all the villages of Galilee, and Judæa, and Jerusalem; and the power of the Lord was [14] present to heal them.  542542    Luke v. 18.And some men brought a bed with a man on it who was paralytic.  [15] And they sought to bring him in and lay him before him.  543543    Luke v. 19.And when they found no way to bring him in because of the multitude of people, they went up to the roof, and let him down with his bed from the roofing,544544    This word may be either a singular or a plural. into the midst before Jesus.  [16] 545545    Luke v. 20.And when Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the paralytic, My son, thy sins are forgiven [17] thee.  546546    Luke v. 21.And the scribes and Pharisees began to think within their hearts, Why doth this man blaspheme?547547    This word ordinarily means to forge lies against; but our translator uses it regularly as here.  Who is it that is able to forgive sins, but God alone?  [18] 548548    Mark ii. 8.And Jesus knew by the spirit that they were thinking this within themselves, and he [19] said unto them, Why do ye think this within your heart?  549549    Mark ii. 9.Which is better,550550    Peshitta has easier. that it should be said to the paralytic, Thy sins are forgiven thee, or that it should be said [20] to him, Arise, and take thy bed, and walk?  551551    Mark ii. 10.That ye may know that the Son of man [21] is empowered on earth to forgive sins (and he said to the paralytic), 552552    Mark ii. 11.I say unto thee, [22] Arise, take thy bed, and go to thine house.  553553    Mark ii. 12a.And he rose forthwith, and took his bed, and went out in the presence of all.  554554    Luke v. 25b.And he went to his house praising God.  [23] 555555    Matt. ix. 8a.And when those multitudes saw, they feared; 556556    Luke v. 26a.and amazement took possession of [24] them, 557557    Matt. ix. 8b.and they praised God, who had given such power to men.  558558    Luke v. 26c.And they said, We have seen marvellous things to-day, 559559    Mark ii. 12c.of which we have never before seen the like.

[25] [Arabic, p. 28] 560560    Luke v. 27.And after that, Jesus went out, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting [26] among the publicans:561561    See above, note to § 6, 46.  and he said unto him, Follow me.  562562    Luke v. 28.And he left [27] everything, and rose, and followed him.  563563    Luke v. 29.And Levi made him a great feast in his house.  And there was a great multitude of the publicans and others sitting with him.  [28] 564564    Luke v. 30.And the scribes and Pharisees murmured, and said unto his disciples, Why do ye eat [29] and drink with the publicans and sinners?  565565    Luke v. 31.Jesus answered and said unto them, The physician seeketh not those who are well, but those that are afflicted with grievous [30, 31] sickness.566566    A Syriacism.  567567    Luke v. 32.I came not to call the righteous, but the sinners, to repentance.  568568    Luke v. 33.And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast always, and pray, and the [32] Pharisees also, but thy disciples eat and drink?  569569    Luke v. 34.He said unto them, Ye cannot make [33] the sons of the marriage feast570570    The Arabic word, which occurs here in many of the Arabic versions, could also be read bridegroom.  The Syriac word for marriage chamber is also used in the sense of marriage feast. fast, while the bridegroom is with them.  571571    Luke v. 35.Days will 55come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them; then will they fast in those [34] days.  572572    Luke v. 36a.And he spake unto them a parable:  573573    Mark ii. 21.No man inserteth a new patch and seweth it in a worn garment, lest the newness of the new take from the worn, and [35] there occur a great rent.  574574    Mark ii. 22.And no man putteth fresh wine into old skins, lest the wine burst the skins, and the skins be destroyed, and the wine spilled; but they put [36] the fresh wine in the new skins, and both are preserved.  575575    Luke v. 38, 39.And no man drinketh old wine and straightway desireth fresh; for he saith, The old is better.

[37] 576576    Matt. xii. 1.And while Jesus was walking on the sabbath day among the sown fields, his disciples [Arabic, p. 29] hungered.  And they were rubbing the ears with their hands, and [38] eating.  577577    Matt. xii. 2a.But some of the Pharisees, when they saw them, 578578    Mark ii. 24.said unto him, See, [39] why579579    Syr.  In Arab. it means what? do thy disciples on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?  580580    Mark ii. 25.But Jesus said unto them, Have ye not read in olden time what David did, when he had need and [40] hungered, he and those that were with him? 581581    Mark ii. he entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the table of the Lord, which it was not lawful that any should eat, save the priests, and gave to them that were with him also?  [41] 582582    Mark ii. 27.And he said unto them, The sabbath was created because of man, and man was not [42] created because of the sabbath.  583583    Matt. xii. 5.Or have ye not read in the law, that the priests in [43] the temple profane the sabbath, and yet they are blameless?  584584    Matt. xii. 6.I say unto you now, [44] that here is what585585    This may be simply a misinterpretation of the ordinary Syriac reading, which in all probability agrees with the masculine reading found in the Text. Rec. of the Greek. is greater than the temple.  586586    Matt. xii. 7.If ye had known this:587587    Is it possible that the Arabic word after known is not meant simply to introduce the quotation, but is to be taken in the adverbial sense, how representing the Syriac what that is?  I love mercy, [45] not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned588588    See § 10, 13, note. those on whom is no blame.  589589    Matt. xii. 8.The [46] Lord of the sabbath is the Son of man.  590590    Mark iii. 21.And his relatives heard, and went out to take him, and said, He hath gone out of his mind.

[47] 591591    Luke vi. 6.And on the next592592    Lit. other.  The definite article is a mistake of the translator. sabbath day he entered593593    Here, at the end of leaf 17 of Vat. ms., is a note by a later hand:  “Here a leaf is missing.”  This first lacuna extends from § 7, 47 to § 8, 17. into the synagogue and was teaching.  [48] 594594    Luke vi. 7.And there was there a man whose right hand was withered.  And the scribes and the Pharisees were watching him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day, [49] that they might find the means of accusing him.  595595    Luke vi. 8.But he knew their thoughts, and said unto the man whose hand was withered, Rise and come near into the midst of [50] the synagogue.  596596    Luke vi. 9.And when he came and stood, Jesus said unto them, I ask you, which is lawful to be done on the sabbath day, good or evil? shall lives be saved or [51] [Arabic, p. 30] destroyed?  597597    Mark iii. 4b.But they were silent.  598598    Mark iii. 5.Regarding599599    An easy clerical error for And so he regarded (cf. Peshitta). them with anger, being grieved because of the hardness of their hearts.  And he said unto the man, Stretch out thy hand.  And he stretched it out:  and his hand became straight.  [52] 600600    Matt. xii. 11.Then he said unto them, What man of you shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a [53] well on the sabbath day, will not take it and lift it out?  601601    Matt. xii. 12.And how much is man better than a sheep!  Wherefore it is lawful on the sabbath to do good.

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