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The Diatessaron (Section 1)

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1 John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and God is the [2,3] Word. John 1:2 This was in the beginning with God. John 1:3 Everything was by his hand, and 4 without him not even one existing thing was made. John 1:4 In him was life, and the life 5 is the light of men. John 1:5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness apprehended it not.

6 Luke 1:5 There was in the days of Herod the king a priest whose name was Zacharias, of the family of Abijah; and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name 7 was Elizabeth. Luke 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all his commands, 8 and in the uprightness of God without reproach. Luke 1:7 And they had no son, for 9 Elizabeth was barren, and they had both advanced in age. Luke 1:8 And while he discharged 10 [Arabic, p. 2] the duties of priest in the order of his service before God, Luke 1:9 according to the custom of the priesthood it was his turn to burn incense; so he entered the 11 temple of the Lord. Luke 1:10 And the whole gathering of the people were praying without at the 12 time of the incense. Luke 1:11 And there appeared unto Zacharias the angel of the Lord, standing 13 at the right of the altar of incense; Luke 1:12 and Zacharias was troubled when he saw him, 14 and fear fell upon him. Luke 1:13 But the angel said to him, Be not agitated, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard, and your wife Elizabeth shall bear you a son, and you shall 15 call his name John; Luke 1:14 and you shall have joy and gladness, and many shall rejoice 16 at his birth. Luke 1:15 And he shall be great before the Lord, and shall not drink wine nor strong drink, and he shall be filled with the Holy Spirit while he is in his mother's 17 womb. Luke 1:16 And he shall turn back many of the children of Israel to the Lord their 18 God. Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit, and in the power of Elijah the prophet, to turn back the heart of the fathers to the sons, and those that obey not to the knowledge of the righteous; and to prepare for the Lord a perfect people. 19 Luke 1:18 And Zacharias said to the angel, How shall I know this, since I am an old man 20 and my wife is advanced in years? Luke 1:19 And the angel answered and said to him, I am Gabriel, that stands before God; and I was sent to speak unto you, and give 21 you tidings of this. Luke 1:20 Henceforth you shall be speechless, and shall not be able to speak until the day in which this shall come to pass, because you did not trust 22 this my word, which shall be accomplished in its time. Luke 1:21 And the people were standing [Arabic, p. 3] awaiting Zacharias, and they were perplexed at his delaying in the temple. 23 Luke 1:22 And when Zacharias went out, he was not able to speak unto them: so they knew that he had seen in the temple a vision; and he made signs unto them, and 24 continued dumb. Luke 1:23 And when the days of his service were completed, he departed to his dwelling.

25 Luke 1:24 And after those days Elizabeth his wife conceived; and she hid herself five 26 months, and said, Luke 1:25 This has the Lord done unto me in the days when he looked upon me, to remove my reproach from among men.

27 Luke 1:26 And in the sixth month Gabriel the angel was sent from God to Galilee to a 28 city called Nazareth, Luke 1:27 to a virgin given in marriage to a man named Joseph, of the 29 house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. Luke 1:28 And the angel entered unto her and said to her, Peace be unto you, you who are filled with grace. Our Lord 30 is with you, you blessed among women. Luke 1:29 And she, when she beheld, was agitated 31 at his word, and pondered what this salutation could be. Luke 1:30 And the angel said to 32 her, Fear not, Mary, for you have found favour with God. Luke 1:31 You shall now conceive, 33 and bear a son, and call his name Jesus. Luke 1:32 This shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give him the throne of 34 David his father: and he shall rule over the house of Jacob for ever; Luke 1:33 and to his 35 kingdom there shall be no end. Luke 1:34 Mary said to the angel, How shall this be to 36 me when no man has known me? Luke 1:35 The angel answered and said to her, The [Arabic, p. 4] Holy Spirit will come, and the power of the Most High shall rest upon you, and therefore shall he that is born of you be pure, and shall be called the Son 37 of God. Luke 1:36 And lo, Elizabeth your kinswoman, she also has conceived a son in her old 38 age; and this is the sixth month with her, her that is called barren. Luke 1:37 For nothing is 39 difficult for God. Luke 1:38 Mary said, Lo, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be unto me according unto your word. And the angel departed from her.

40 Luke 1:39 And then Mary arose in those days and went in haste into the hill country, to a 41 city of Judah; Luke 1:40 and entered into the house of Zacharias, and asked for the health of 42 Elizabeth. Luke 1:41 And when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in 43 her womb. Luke 1:42 And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit; and cried with a loud voice and said to Mary, Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the 44 fruit that is in your womb. Luke 1:43 Whence have I this privilege, that the mother of my 45 Lord should come unto me? Luke 1:44 When the sound of your salutation reached my ears, 46 with great joy rejoiced the babe in my womb. Luke 1:45 And blessed is she who believed 47 that what was spoken to her from the Lord would be fulfilled. Luke 1:46 And Mary said,

My soul does magnify the Lord,
48 Luke 1:47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Saviour,
49 Luke 1:48 Who has looked upon the low estate of his handmaiden:
Lo, henceforth, all generations shall pronounce blessing on me.
50 Luke 1:49 For he has done great things for me, who is mighty,
And holy is his name.
51 Luke 1:50 And his mercy embraces them who fear him,
Throughout the ages and the times.
52 [Arabic, p. 5] Luke 1:51 He wrought the victory with his arm,
And scattered them that prided themselves in their opinions.
53 Luke 1:52 He overthrew them that acted haughtily from their thrones,
And raised the lowly.
54 Luke 1:53 He satisfied with good things the hungry,
And left the rich without anything.
55 Luke 1:54 He helped Israel his servant,
And remembered his mercy
56 Luke 1:55 (According as he spoke with our fathers)
Unto Abraham and unto his seed forever.

57 Luke 1:56 And Mary abode with Elizabeth about three months, and returned unto her house.

58, 59 Luke 1:57 And Elizabeth's time of delivery had come; and she brought forth a son. Luke 1:58 And her neighbours and kinsfolk heard that God had multiplied his mercy towards her; 60 and they rejoiced with her. Luke 1:59 And when it was the eighth day, they came to circumcise the child, and called him Zacharias, calling him by the name of his father. 61 Luke 1:60 And his mother answered and said to them, Not so; but he shall be called John. 62 Luke 1:61 And they said to her, There is no man of your kindred that is called by this name. 63, 64 Luke 1:62 And they made signs to his father, saying, How do you wish to name him? Luke 1:63 And he asked for a tablet, and wrote and said, His name is John. And every one wondered. 65 Luke 1:64 And immediately his mouth was opened, and his tongue, and he spoke and 66 praised God. Luke 1:65 And fear fell on all their neighbours: and this was spoken of in all 67 the mountains of Judah. Luke 1:66 And all who heard pondered in their hearts and said, What shall this child be? And the hand of the Lord was with him.

68 Luke 1:67 And Zacharias his father was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied and said,

69 Luke 1:68 Blessed is the Lord, the God of Israel,
Who has cared for his people, and wrought for it salvation;
70 Luke 1:69 And has raised for us the horn of salvation
[Arabic, p. 6] In the house of David his servant
71 Luke 1:70 (As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from eternity),
72 Luke 1:71 That he might save us from our enemies,
And from the hand of all them that hate us.
73 Luke 1:72 And he has performed his mercy towards our fathers,
And remembered his holy covenants,
74 Luke 1:73 And the oath which he swore unto Abraham our father,
75 Luke 1:74 That he would give us deliverance from the hand of our enemies,
And without fear we shall serve before him
76 Luke 1:75 All our days with equity and righteousness.
77 Luke 1:76 And as for you, O child, prophet of the Most High shall you be called.
You shall go forth before the face of the Lord to prepare his way,
78 Luke 1:77 To give the knowledge of salvation unto his people,
For the forgiveness of their sins,
79 Luke 1:78 Through the mercy of the compassion of our God,
With which he cares for us, to appear from on high
80 Luke 1:79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and under the shadow of death,
And to set straight our feet in the way of peace.

81 And the child grew and became strong in the spirit, and abode in the desert until the time of his appearing unto the children of Israel.

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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. <>.

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