And Jesus Six Days Before the Passover...
[1] [2653] And Jesus six days before the passover [2654] came to Bethany, where was Lazarus, [2] whom Jesus raised from among the dead. [2655] And they made [2656] a feast for him there: [3] and Martha was serving; while Lazarus was one of them that sat with him. [2657] And [4] at the time of Jesus' being at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, [2658] great multitudes of the Jews heard that Jesus was there: and they came, not because of Jesus alone, but [Arabic, p.147] that they might look also on Lazarus, whom he raised from among the dead. [5, 6] [2659] And the chief priests considered how they might kill Lazarus also; [2660] because [7] many of the Jews were going on his account, and believing in Jesus. [2661] And Mary took a case of the ointment of fine nard, of great price, [2662] and opened it, and poured [8] it out on the head of Jesus as he was reclining; [2663] and she anointed his feet, and wiped them with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. [9, 10] [2664] But Judas Iscariot, one of the disciples, he that was to betray him, said, [2665] Why was [11] not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given unto the poor? [2666] This he said, not because of his care for the poor, but because he was a thief, and the chest [12] was with him, and what was put [2667] into it he used to bear. [2668] And that displeased the rest of the disciples also within themselves, and they said, Why went this ointment [13] to waste? [2669] It was possible that it should be sold for much, and the poor be given [14] it. [2670] And they were angry with [2671] Mary. [2672] And Jesus perceived it, and said unto them, [2673] Leave her; why molest ye her? a good work hath she accomplished on me: [2674] for the [15] day of my burial kept she it. [2675] At all times the poor are with you, and when ye [16] wish ye can do them a kindness: [2676] but I am not at all times with you. [2677] And for this cause, when she poured [2678] this ointment on my body, it is as if she did it for my burial, [17] and anointed my body beforehand. [2679] And verily I say unto you, In every place where this my gospel shall be proclaimed in all the world, what she did shall be told for a memorial of her.

[18, 19] [Arabic, p.148] [2680] And when Jesus said that, he went out leisurely to go to Jerusalem. [2681] And when he arrived at Bethphage and at Bethany, beside the mount which is [20] called the mount of Olives, [2682] Jesus sent two of his disciples, and he said unto them, Go [21] into this village that is opposite you: [2683] and when ye enter it, ye shall find an ass tied, and [22] a colt with him, [2684] which no man ever yet mounted: loose him, and bring them [2685] unto me. [2686] And if any man say unto you, Why loose ye them? say unto him thus, We [23] seek them for our Lord; and straightway send them hither. [2687] All this was, that what was said in the prophet might be fulfilled, which said,

[24] [2688] Say ye unto the daughter of Zion,

Behold, thy King cometh unto thee,

Meek, and riding upon an ass,

And upon a colt the foal of an ass.

[25] [2689] And the disciples did not know this at that time: but after that Jesus was glorified, his disciples remembered that these things were written of him, and that this [26] they had done unto him. [2690] And when the two disciples went, they found as he had [27] said unto them, and they did as Jesus charged them. [2691] And when they loosed them, [28] their owners said unto them, Why loose ye them? [2692] They said unto them, We seek [29] them for our Lord. [2693] And they let them go. And they brought the ass and the colt, [30] and they placed on the colt their garments; and Jesus mounted it. [2694] And most of the multitudes spread their garments on the ground before him: and others cut branches [31] from the trees, and threw them in the way. [2695] And when he neared his [2696] descent from [Arabic, p.149] the mount of Olives, all the disciples began to rejoice and to praise God with [32] a loud voice for all the powers which they had seen; [2697] and they said, Praise in the highest; Praise to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name [33] of the Lord; [2698] and blessed [2699] is the kingdom that cometh, that of [2700] our father David: [2701] Peace in heaven, and praise in the highest.

[34] [2702] And a great multitude, that which came to the feast, when they heard that Jesus [35] was coming to Jerusalem, took young palm branches, [2703] [2704] and went forth to meet him, and cried and said, Praise: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord, the [36] King of Israel. [2705] Certain therefore of the Pharisees from among the multitudes [37] said unto him, Our Master, rebuke thy disciples. [2706] He said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If these were silent, the stones would cry out.

[38, 39] [2707] And when he drew near, and saw the city, he wept over it, and said, [2708] Would that thou hadst known the things that are [2709] for thy peace, in this thy day! now that is [40] hidden from thine eyes. [2710] There shall come unto thee days when thine enemies [41] shall encompass thee, and straiten thee from every quarter, [2711] and shall get possession of [2712] thee, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee a stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

[42] [2713] And when he entered into Jerusalem, the whole city was agitated, and they said, [43] Who is this? [2714] And the multitudes said, This is Jesus, the prophet that is from Nazareth [44] of Galilee. [2715] And the multitude which was with him bare witness that he called [45] Lazarus from the grave, and raised him from among the dead. [2716] And for this cause great multitudes went out to meet him, because they heard the sign which he did.


[2653] John 12:1.

[2654] cf. the Greek phrase.

[2655] John 12:2.

[2656] Lit. he made (cf. first note to 38, 43, last sentence).

[2657] Mark 14:3a.

[2658] John 12:9.

[2659] John 12:10.

[2660] John 12:11.

[2661] John 12:3a.

[2662] Mark 14:3b.

[2663] John 12:3b.

[2664] John 12:4.

[2665] John 12:5.

[2666] John 12:6.

[2667] Lit. fell (cf. 25, 18).

[2668] Mark 14:4.

[2669] Matthew 26:9.

[2670] Mark 14:5b.

[2671] Or, spake angrily to.

[2672] Matthew 26:10a.

[2673] Mark 14:6b.

[2674] John 12:7b.

[2675] John 12:8a.

[2676] Mark 14:7b.

[2677] Matthew 26:12.

[2678] Lit. cast, as in Greek.

[2679] Mark 14:8b; Mark 14:9.

[2680] Luke 19:28.

[2681] Luke 19:29a; Matthew 21:1b.

[2682] Matthew 21:2a; Mark 11:2b.

[2683] Matthew 21:2b; Luke 19:30b.

[2684] Sic.

[2685] Dual in Arabic.

[2686] Matthew 21. Luke 19:31a.

[2687] Matthew 21:3b; Matthew 21:4.

[2688] Matthew 21:5.

[2689] John 12:16.

[2690] Matthew 21:6a; Luke 19:32b.

[2691] Matthew 21:6b; Luke 19:33.

[2692] Luke 19:34.

[2693] Mark 11:6b; Matthew 21:7.

[2694] Matthew 21:8.

[2695] Luke 19:37.

[2696] The Syriac versions have the.

[2697] Matthew 21:9b [or better Luke 19:38a.].

[2698] Mark 11:10a.

[2699] Or, and, Blessed.

[2700] The Arabic has to, but it probably represents the Syriac text with the meaning given above.

[2701] Luke 19.

[2702] John 12:12b.

[2703] Lit. the heart (or, pith) of the palm. The word pith, which occurs also in the Æhiopic version (Ezekiel 27:25; Jubilees, ch. 16) and in Ibn-at-Tayyib's exposition, though not in the Brit. Mus. gospel text, is perhaps used here of the inner branches from its resemblance to the post-biblical Hebrew word employed in accounts of the Feast of Tabernacles.

[2704] John 12:13.

[2705] Luke 19:39.

[2706] Luke 19:40.

[2707] Luke 19:41.

[2708] Luke 19:42.

[2709] Lit. are found, a rendering due to the Syriac.

[2710] Luke 19:43.

[2711] Luke 19:44.

[2712] So Ciasca's text, following Vat. ms. The other ms. has drag, which by restoring a diacritical point to the third radical would give destroy, the reading of the Syriac versions. Ibn-at-Tayyib's Commentary has hide.

[2713] Matthew 21:10.

[2714] Matthew 21:11.

[2715] John 12:17.

[2716] John 12:18.

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