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The Diatessaron (Section 36)

1 John 8:51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever keeps my word shall not see death 2 for ever. John 8:52 The Jews said unto him, Now we know that you have demons. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and you say, Whosoever keeps my word shall not 3 taste death for ever. John 8:53 Are you haply greater than our father Abraham, who is 4 dead, and than the prophets, which are dead? Whom makest you yourself? John 8:54 Jesus said unto them, If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing: my Father is he that 5 glorifies me; of whom you say, that he is our God; John 8:55 and yet you 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. John 8:56 Abraham your father 7 longed to see my day; and he saw, and rejoiced. John 8:57 The Jews said unto him, 8 You are now not fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham? John 8:58 Jesus said unto 9 them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. John 8:59 And they take stones to stone him: but Jesus concealed himself, and went out of the temple. And he passed through them, and went his way.

10 John 9:1 And as he passed, he saw a man blind from his mother's womb. John 9:2 And his 11 disciples asked him, and said, Our Master, who sinned, this man, or his parents, so 12 that he was born blind? John 9:3 Jesus said unto them, Neither did he sin, nor his parents: 13 but that the works of God may be seen in him. John 9:4 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. John 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. 15 John 9:6 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, John 9:7 Go and wash yourself in 17 the pool of Siloam. John 9:8 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 John 9:9 And some said, It is he; and others said, Nay, but he resembles him much. He 19, 20 said, I am he. John 9:10 They said unto him, How then were your eyes opened? John 9:11 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. John 9:12 They said unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not. 22, 23 [Arabic, p. 138] John 9:13 And they brought him that was previously blind to the Pharisees. John 9:14 And the day in which Jesus made clay and opened with it his eyes was a sabbath 24 day. John 9:15 And again the Pharisees asked him, How did you receive sight? And he said 25 unto them, He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and received sight. John 9:16 The people of the Pharisees said, This man is not from God, for he keeps 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 among them. John 9:17 And again they said to that blind man, You, then, what do you say of him that opened for you your eyes? He said unto them, 27 I say that he is a prophet. John 9:18 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, John 9:19 Is this your son, of whom you said that he was born blind? 29 how then, behold, does he now see? John 9:20 His parents answered and said, We know 30 that this is our son, and that he was born blind: John 9:21 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. John 9:22 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. John 9:23 For this reason 33 said his parents, He has reached his prime; ask him. John 9:24 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. John 9:25 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. John 9:26 They said unto him again, 36 [Arabic, p. 139] What did he unto you? How opened he for you your eyes? John 9:27 He said unto them, I said unto you, and you did not hear: what wish ye further to hear? 37 ye also, do ye wish to become disciples to him? John 9:28 And they reviled him, and said unto him, You are the disciple of that man; but as for us, we are the disciples of 38 Moses. John 9:29 And we know that God spoke unto Moses: but this man, we know not 39 whence he is. John 9:30 The man answered and said unto them, From this is the wonder, 40 because ye know not whence he is, and my eyes has he opened. John 9:31 And we know that God hears not the voice of sinners: but whosoever fears him, and does 41 his will, him he hears. John 9:32 From eternity has it not been heard of, that a man 42 opened the eyes of a blind man, who had been born in blindness. John 9:33 If then this man 43 were not from God, he could not do that. John 9:34 They answered and said unto him, You were all of you born in sins, and do you teach us? And they put him forth without.

44 John 9:35 And Jesus heard of his being put forth without, and found him, and said unto 45 him, Do you believe in the Son of God? John 9:36 He that was made whole answered 46 and said, Who is he, my Lord, that I may believe in him? John 9:37 Jesus said unto him, 47 You have seen him, and he that speaks to you is he. John 9:38 And he said, I believe, my Lord. And he fell down worshipping him.

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Source. Translated by Hope W. Hogg. From Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 9. Edited by Allan Menzies. (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1896.) Revised and edited for New Advent by Kevin Knight. <http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/100236.htm>.

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