But when Simon Cephas Saw this He Fell Before the Feet of Jesus...
[1] [Arabic, p.22] [446] But when Simon Cephas saw this he fell before the feet of Jesus, and said unto him, My Lord, I beseech of thee to depart from me, for I am [2] a sinful man. [447] And amazement took possession of him, and of all who were with him, [3] because of the draught of the fishes which they had taken. [448] And thus also were James and John the sons of Zebedee overtaken, [449] who were Simon's partners. And Jesus said [4] unto Simon, Fear not; henceforth thou shalt be a fisher of men unto life. [450] And they brought the boats to the land; and they left everything, and followed him.

[5] [451] And after that came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judæa; and he went [6] about there with them, and baptized. [452] And John also was baptizing in Ænon, which is beside Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized. [7, 8] [453] And John was not yet come into prison. [454] And there was an inquiry between [9] one of John's disciples and one of the Jews about purifying. [455] And they [456] came unto John, and said unto him, Our master, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom [10] thou hast borne witness, behold, he also baptizeth, and many come to him. [457] John answered and said unto them, [458] A man can receive nothing of himself, except it be [11] given him [459] from heaven. [460] Ye are they that bear witness unto me that I said, I am [12] not the Messiah, but I am one sent [461] before him. [462] And he that hath a bride is a bridegroom: and the friend of the bridegroom is he that standeth and listeneth to him, and rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice. Lo now, [463] behold, [13, 14] [Arabic, p.23] my joy becometh complete. [464] [465] And he must increase and I decrease. [466] For [467] he that is come from above is higher than everything; and he that is of the earth, of the earth he is, and of the earth he speaketh; and he that came down from heaven is [15] higher than all. [468] And he beareth witness of what he hath seen and heard: and no man [16] receiveth his witness. [469] And he that hath received his witness hath asserted [470] that he is [17] truly God. [471] [472] And he whom God hath sent speaketh the words [473] of God: God gave [18] not the Spirit by measure. [474] The Father loveth the Son, and hath put everything in [19] his hands. [475] Whosoever believeth in the Son hath eternal [476] life; but whosoever obeyeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God cometh [477] upon him.

[20] [478] And Jesus learned [479] that the Pharisees had heard that he had received many disciples, [21] and that he was baptizing more than John [480] (not that Jesus was himself baptizing, [22] but his disciples); [481] and so he left Judæa.

[23] [482] And Herod the governor, because he used to be rebuked by John because of Herodias the wife of Philip his brother, and for all the sins which he was committing, [24] added to all that also this, [483] that he shut up John in prison.

[25] [484] And when Jesus heard that John was delivered up, he went away to Galilee. [26] [485] And he entered again into Cana, where he had made the water wine. And there [27] was at Capernaum a king's servant, whose son was sick. [486] And this man heard that Jesus was come from Judæa to Galilee; and he went to him, and besought of him that he would come down and heal his son; for he had come near unto death. [28, 29] [487] Jesus said unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye do [488] not believe. [489] The [Arabic, p.24] king's servant said unto him, My Lord, come down, that the child die not. [30] [490] Jesus said unto him, Go; for thy son is alive. And that man believed the [31] word which Jesus spake, and went. [491] And when he went down, his servants met him [32] and told him, and [492] said unto him, Thy son is alive. [493] And he asked them at what time he recovered. They said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left [33] him. [494] And his father knew that that was at that hour in which Jesus said unto him, [34] Thy son is alive. [495] And he believed, he and the whole people of his house. And this [35] is the second sign [496] which Jesus did when he returned from Judæa to Galilee. [497] And he was preaching in the synagogues of Galilee.

[36] [498] And he left Nazareth, and came and dwelt in Capernaum by the sea shore, in the [37] borders of Zebulun and Naphtali: [499] that it might be fulfilled which was said in Isaiah the prophet, who said,

[38] [500] The land of Zebulun, the land of Naphtali,

The way of the sea, the passage of the Jordan,

Galilee of the nations:

[39] [501] The people sitting in darkness

Saw a great light,

And those sitting in the region and in the shadow of death,

There appeared to them a light.

[40] [502] And he taught them on the sabbaths. [503] And they wondered because of his doctrine: [504] [41] for his word was as if it were authoritative. [505] And there was in the synagogue [42] a man with an unclean devil, and he cried out with a loud voice, and said, [506] Let me alone; what have I to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come for our [43] destruction? I know thee who thou art, thou Holy One of God. [507] And Jesus rebuked him, and said, Stop up thy mouth, and come out of him. And the demon threw him [44] in the midst and came out of him, having done him no harm. [508] And great amazement [Arabic, p.25] took hold upon every man. And they talked one with another, and said, What is this word that orders the unclean spirits with power and [45] authority, and they come out? [509] And the news of him spread abroad in all the region which was around them.

[46] [510] And when Jesus went out of the synagogue, [511] he saw a man sitting among the publicans, [512] named Matthew: and he said unto him, Come after me. And he rose, and followed him.

[47, 48] [513] And Jesus came to the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John. [514] And Simon's wife's mother was oppressed with a great fever, and they besought him for [49] her. [515] And he stood over her and rebuked her fever, and it left her, and immediately [50] she rose and ministered to them. [516] And at even they brought to him many that had [51] demons: and he cast out their devils with the [517] word. [518] And all that had sick, their diseases being divers and malignant, brought them unto him. And he laid his hand [52] on them one by one [519] and healed them: [520] that that might be fulfilled which was said [53] in the prophet Isaiah, who said, He taketh our pains and beareth our diseases. [521] And [54] all the city was gathered together unto the door of Jesus. [522] And he cast out devils also from many, as they were crying out and saying, Thou art the Messiah, the Son of God; and he rebuked them. And he suffered not the demons to speak, because they knew him that he was the Lord the Messiah.


[446] Luke 5:8.

[447] Luke 5:9.

[448] Luke 5:10.

[449] The verb may be active as well as passive, but does not agree in gender with amazement. Mistakes in gender are, however, very common transcriptional errors.

[450] Luke 5:11.

[451] John 3:22.

[452] John 3:23.

[453] John 3:24.

[454] John 3:25.

[455] John 3:26.

[456] Dual.

[457] John 3:27.

[458] Plural. In the Peshitta it is two individuals in verse 25. In Sin. the first is an individual and the second is ambiguous. In Cur. both are plural.

[459] Or, he be given it.

[460] John 3:28.

[461] The ordinary word for apostle.

[462] John 3:29.

[463] See 9, 21, note.

[464] So Ciasca's printed text. The Vat. ms., however, probably represents a past tense.

[465] John 3:30.

[466] John 3:31.

[467] cf. Peshitta.

[468] John 3:32.

[469] John 3:33.

[470] cf. consonants of Syriac text.

[471] Borg. ms., that God is truly, or, assuming a very common grammatical inaccuracy, that God is true or truth, the reading in Ibn-at-Tayyib's Commentary.

[472] John 3:34.

[473] Lit. saying.

[474] John 3:35.

[475] John 3:36.

[476] Lit. the life of eternity; here and everywhere except 21, 40.

[477] i.e., alighteth-and-stayeth.

[478] John 4:1.

[479] Or, knew.

[480] John 4:2.

[481] John 4:3a.

[482] Luke 3:19.

[483] Luke 3:20.

[484] Matthew 4:12.

[485] John 4:46.

[486] John 4:47.

[487] John 4:48.

[488] Or, will.

[489] John 4:49.

[490] John 4:50.

[491] John 4:51.

[492] Or, good news, and.

[493] John 4:52.

[494] John 4:53.

[495] John 4:54.

[496] See 5, 32, note.

[497] Luke 4:44.

[498] Matthew 4:13.

[499] Matthew 4:14.

[500] Matthew 4:15.

[501] Matthew 4:16.

[502] Luke 4:31b.

[503] Luke 4:32.

[504] Perhaps we might here render learning; but see 28, 17, note.

[505] Luke 4:33.

[506] Luke 4:34.

[507] Luke 4:35.

[508] Luke 4:36.

[509] Luke 4:37.

[510] Luke 4:38.

[511] Matthew 9:9b.

[512] So in the Arabic. It is, however, simply a misinterpretation of the expression in the Syriac versions for at the place of toll (cf. Ibn-at-Tayyib's Commentary).

[513] Mark 1:29b.

[514] Luke 4.

[515] Luke 4:39.

[516] Matthew 8:16a.

[517] cf. 1, 40, note 2.

[518] Luke 4:40b.

[519] Or, each.

[520] Matthew 8:17.

[521] Mark 1:33.

[522] Luke 4:41.

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