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 303303 John i. 18.No man hath seen God at any time; the only Son, God,304304 cf. Peshitta, etc. (not Cur.); cf. also Gildemeister, op. cit., p. 29, on Luke ix. 20. which is in the bosom of his Father, he hath told of him.
 305305 John i. 19.And this is the witness of John when the Jews sent to him from Jerusalem priests  and Levites to ask him, Who art thou? 306306 John i. 20.And he acknowledged, and denied not;  and he confessed that he was not the Messiah. 307307 John i. 21.And they asked him again, What then? Art thou Elijah? And he said, I am not he. Art thou a prophet? He  said, No. 308308 John i. 22.They said unto him, Then who art thou? that we may answer them that  sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? 309309 John i. 23.And he said, I am the voice that crieth in  the desert, Repair ye the way of the Lord, as said Isaiah the prophet. 310310 John i. 24.And they  that were sent were from311311 Lit. from the side of. the Pharisees. 312312 John i. 25.And they asked him and said unto him, Why baptizest thou now, when thou art not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor a prophet?  313313 John i. 26.John answered and said unto them, I baptize with314314 Or, in. water: among you is standing  one whom ye know not: 315315 John i. 27.this is he who I said cometh after me and was before  me, the latchets of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose. 316316 John i. 28.And that was in Bethany beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.
 317317 Matt. iii. 4.Now John’s raiment was camel’s hair, and he was girded with skins, and his food  [Arabic, p. 15] was of locusts and honey of the wilderness.318318 On the original Diatessaron reading, honey and milk of the mountains, or, milk and honey of the mountains, which latter Ibn-at-Tayyib cites in his Commentary (folio 44b, 45a) as a reading, but without any allusion to the Diatessaron, see, e.g., now Harris, Fragments of the Com. of Ephr. Syr. upon the Diat. (London, 1895), p. 17 f. 319319 Matt. iii. 5.Then went out unto him the people of Jerusalem, and all Judæa, and all the region which is about the [14, 15] Jordan; 320320 Matt. iii. 6.and they were baptized of him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 321321 Matt. iii. 7.But when he saw many of the Pharisees322322 The translator uses invariably an Arabic word (name of a sect) meaning Separatists. and Sadducees323323 Lit. Zindiks, a name given to Persian dualists and others. coming to be baptized, he said unto them, Ye children of vipers, who hath led you to flee from the wrath to come? [16, 17] 324324 Matt. iii. 8.Do now the fruits which are worthy of repentance; 325325 Matt. iii. 9.and think and say not within yourselves, We have a father, even Abraham; for I say unto you, that God is able to  raise up of these stones children unto Abraham. 326326 Matt. iii. 10.Behold, the axe hath been laid at the roots of the trees, and so every tree that beareth not good fruit shall be taken and  cast into the fire. 327327 Luke iii. 10.And the multitudes were asking him and saying, What shall we do?  328328 Luke iii. 11.He answered and said unto them, He that hath two tunics shall329329 Grammar requires this rendering, but solecisms in this kind of word are very common, and in this work (e.g., § 48, 21) the jussive particle is sometimes omitted. We should therefore probably render let him give, let him do, etc. give to him that  hath not; and he that hath food shall330330 Grammar requires this rendering, but solecisms in this kind of word are very common, and in this work (e.g., § 48, 21) the jussive particle is sometimes omitted. We should therefore probably render let him give, let him do, etc. do likewise. 331331 Luke iii. 12.And the publicans also came  to be baptized, and they said unto him, Teacher, what shall we do? 332332 Luke iii. 13.He said unto  them, Seek not more than what ye are commanded to seek. 333333 Luke iii. 14.And the servants334334 cf. Peshitta, where the word has its special meaning, soldiers. of the guard asked him and said, And we also, what shall we do? He said unto them, Do not violence to any man, nor wrong him; and let your allowances satisfy you.
 335335 Luke iii. 15 .And when the people were conjecturing about John, and all of them thinking  in their hearts whether he were haply336336 Our translator constantly uses this Arabic word (which we render haply, or, can it be? or, perhaps, etc.) to represent the Syriac word used in this place. The latter is used in various ways, and need not be interrogative, as our translator renders it (cf. especially § 17, 6). the Messiah, 337337 Luke iii. 16.John answered and said unto them, I baptize you with water; there cometh one after me who is stronger than I, the latchets of whose shoes I am not worthy to loosen; he will baptize you with the  Holy Spirit and fire: 338338 Luke iii. 17 .who taketh the fan in his hand to cleanse his threshing-floors, [Arabic, p. 16] and the wheat he gathereth into his garners, while the straw he shall burn in fire which can339339 Or, shall. not be put out.
 341341 Matt. iii. 13.Then came Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized of him.  342342 Luke iii. 23a.And Jesus was about thirty years old, and it was supposed that he was the son of  Joseph.343343 The Vat. ms. here gives the genealogy (Luke iii. 23–38), of which we shall quote only the last words: the son of Adam; who (was) from God. If this were not the reading of the Peshitta (against Sin.) and Ibn-at-Tayyib’s Commentary, one might explain from as a corruption of the Arabic son of, the words being very similar. On the Borg. ms. see § 55, 17, note. 344344 John i. 29.And John saw Jesus coming unto him, and said, This is the Lamb of  God, that taketh on itself the burden of the sins of the world! 345345 John i. 30.This is he concerning whom I said, There cometh after me a man who was before me, because he was  before me.346346 cf. § 3, 54, note. 347347 John i. 31.And I knew him not; but that he should be made manifest to Israel,  for this cause came I to baptize with water. 348348 Matt. iii. 14.And John was hindering him and  saying, I have need of being baptized by thee, and comest thou to me? 349349 Matt. iii. 15.Jesus answered him and said, Suffer this now: thus it is our duty to fulfill all righteousness.  Then he suffered him. 350350 Luke iii. 21b.And when all the people were baptized, Jesus also  was baptized. 351351 Matt. iii. 16b.And immediately he went up out of the water, and heaven opened  [Arabic, p. 17] to him,352352 For the statement of Isho’dad (see above, Introduction, 10), “And straightway, as the Diatessaron testifieth, light shone forth,” etc., see Harris, Fragments, etc., p. 43 f. 353353 Luke iii. 22a.and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in the similitude of the  body of a dove; 354354 Matt. iii. 17.and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved  Son, in whom I am well pleased. 355355 John i. 32.And John bare witness and said, I beheld the  Spirit descend from heaven like a dove; and it abode upon him. 356356 John i. 33.But I knew him not; but he that sent me to baptize with water, he said unto me, Upon whomsoever thou shalt behold the Spirit descending and lighting upon him, the same is he that  baptizeth with the Holy Spirit. 357357 John i. 34.And I have seen and borne witness that this is the Son of God.
[42, 43] 358358 Luke iv. 1a.And Jesus returned from the Jordan, filled with the Holy Spirit. 359359 Mark i. 12.And immediately the Spirit took him out into the wilderness, to be tried of the devil;360360 Lit. calumniator. 361361 Mark i. 13b.and he  was with the beasts. 362362 Matt. iv. 2a.And he fasted forty days and forty nights. 363363 Luke iv. 2b.And he ate nothing  in those days, and at the end of them he hungered. 364364 Matt. iv. 2b, 3.And the tempter came and said unto him, If thou art the Son of God, speak, and these stones shall become  bread. 365365 Matt. iv. 4.He answered and said, It is written, Not by bread alone shall man live, but  by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. 366366 Matt. iv. 5.Then the devil367367 Lit. calumniator. brought  him to the holy city, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, 368368 Matt. iv. 6.and said unto him, If thou art the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written,
He shall give his angels charge concerning thee:
And they shall take thee on their arms,
So that thy foot shall not stumble against a stone.
 369369 Matt. iv. 7.Jesus said unto him, And370370 Borg. ms. omits and. it is written also, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy  God. 371371 Luke iv. 5.And the devil372372 Lit. backbiter, a different word from that used above in § 4, 43, 47. took him up to a high mountain, and shewed him all the kingdoms  [Arabic, p. 18] of the earth, and their glory, in the least time; 373373 Luke iv. 6.and the devil374374 Lit. backbiter, a different word from that used above in § 4, 43, 47. said unto him, To thee will I give all this dominion, and its glory, which is delivered to  me that I may give it to whomsoever I will. 375375 Luke iv. 7.If then thou wilt worship before me, all of it shall be thine.
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