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phet? He answered: No. They said : Tell then who thou 23 art, that we may return an answer to them who sent us. What Matt. 3. 3.

sayest thou of thyself ? He answered: I am he whose voice Lu. 3. 4.

proclaimeth in the wilderness, “ Make straight the way of the 24 Lord,”** as said the prophet Isaiah. Now they who were sent 25 were of the Pharisees : and they questioned him further : Why 26 then dost thou baptize, if thou be not the Messiah, nor Elijah, Matt. 3. 11.

nor the prophet? John answered : I baptize in water, but Lu. 3. 16. 27 there is one amongst you whom ye know not. It is he who

cometh after me, and was before me, whose shoe-latchet I am & 19: 4. not worthy to loose. This happened at Bethany, upon the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

On the morrow John seeth Jesus coming to him, and saith : Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the 30 world. This is he concerning whom I said, " Aster me cometh 31 a man who is preferred to me; for he was before me.” As for

me, I knew him not; but to the end that he may be discovered 32 to Israel, I am come baptizing in water. John testified further, Matt. 3. 16.

saying : I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, Lu. 3. 2. 33 and remaining upon him. For my part, I should not have

known him, had not he who sent me to baptize in water told me, • Upon whomsoever thou shalt see the Spirit descending and

remaining, the same is he who baptizeth in the Holy Ghost.' 34 Having therefore seen this, I testify that he is the Son of God. 35. The next day John being with two of his disciples, observed 37 Jesus passing, and said : Behold the Lamb of God. The two 38 disciples hearing this, followed Jesus. And Jesus turning about 39 saw them following, and said to them, What seek ye? They

answered: Rabbi, (which signifieth Doctor), Where dwellest 40 thou? He replied: Come and see. They went and saw

where he dwelt; and it being about the tenth hour,t abode 41 with him that day. One of the two who, having heard John, 42 followed Jesus, was Andrew the brother of Simon Peter. The

first he met was his own brother Sirnon, to whom he said : We 43 have found the Messiah, I (a name equivalent to Christ). I And

he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looking upon him, said : Thou art Simon, the son of Jona; thou shalt be called Cephas, $

which denoteth the same as Peter. 44 The next day Jesus resolved to go to Galilee, and meeting 45 Philip, said to him: Follow me. Now Philip was of Beth46 saida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip meeteth Nathanael, and saith unto him: We have found the person described Gen. 49. 10.

Deut. 18: le by Moses in the law and by the prophets, Jesus the son of Jer. 23. 5.

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47 Joseph, from Nazareth. Nathanael saith unto him : Out of

Nazareth can any good thing coine ? Philip answered : Come, 48 and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said con

cerning him : Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile. 49 Nathanael said unto him : Whence knowest thou me? Jesus

answered : I saw thee when thou wast under the fig-tree, be50 fore Philip called thee. Nathanael replying, said unto him:

Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. 51 Jesus answered him, saying: Because I told thee that I saw

thee under the fig-tree, thou believest : thou shalt see greater 52 things than this. He added: Verily, verily, I say unto you,

Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the messengers of God ascending from the Son of man, and descending to him.


I. THREE days after, there was a marriage in Cana of Gal2 ilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also and his 3 disciples, were invited to the marriage. The wine falling short, 4 the inother of Jesus said to him: They have no wine. Jesus

answered : Woman, what hast thou to do with me? My time 5 is not yet come. His mother said to the servants : Do whatev6 er he shall bid you. Now there were six water-pots of stone,

containing two or three baths* apiece, placed there for the Jew7 ish rites of cleansing. Jesus said to them: Fill the pots with 8 water. And they filled them to the brim. Then he said : Draw 9 now, and carry to the director of the feast. And they did so.

When the director of the feast had tasted the wine made of wa

ter, not knowing whence it was, (but the servants who drew the 10 water knew), he said, addressing the bridegroom : Every body

presenteth the best wine first, and the worse wine afterwards,

when the guests have drunk largely; but thou hast reserved the 11 best until now. The first miracle Jesus wrought in Cana of

Galilee, displaying his glory : and his disciples believed on him. 12 Afterwards he went to Capernaum, he and his mother, and

his brothers, and his disciples; but they stayed not there many - days. 13 AND the Jewish passover being nigh, Jesus went to Jeru14 salem ; and finding changers sitting in the temple, and people 15 who sold cattle, and sheep, and doves, he made a whip of cords,

and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the

catile, scattering the coin of the changers, and oversetting their 16 tables; and said to them who sold doves : Take these things

* A bath contained about 7 gallons.

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17 hence : Make not my Father's house a house of traffic. Then Ps. 69: 9.

his disciples remembered these words of Scripture, “ My zeal

for thy house consumeth me." 18 Hereupon the Jews said to bim : By what miracle dost thou 19 show us the title to do these things ? Jesus answering, said Matt. 26. 61.

unto them: Destroy this temple, and I will rear it again in Mar. 14. 58. 20 three days. The Jews replied: Forty and six years was this &

temple in building ; and thou wouldst rear it in three days? 21 But by the temple he meant his body. When therefore he was 22 risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said

this: and they understood the Scripture, and the word which

Jesus had spoken. 23 While he was at Jerusalem, during the feast of the passover,

many believed on him, when they saw the miracles which he 24 performed. But Jesus did not trust himself to them, because 25 he knew them all. He needed not to receive from others a

character of any man, for he knew what was in man. III. NOW there was a pharisee, named Nicodemus, a ruler of, 2 the Jews, who came to Jesus by night, and said to him : Rabbi,

we know that thou art a teacher come from God; for no man

can do these miracles which thou dost, unless God be with him. 3 Jesus answering, said unto him : Verily, verily, I say unto thee,

unless a man be born again, he cannot discern the reign of God. 4 Nicodemus replied : How can a grown man be born ? Can he 5 enter his mother's womb anew, and be born? Jesus answered :

Verily, verily, I say unto thee, unless a man be born of water 6 and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which

is born of the flesh is flesh; that which is born of the spirit is 7 spirit. Wonder not then, that I said to thee, Ye must be born 8 again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the

sound thereof, but knowest not whence it cometh or whither it 9. goetb; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit. Ni

codemus answered : How can these things be? Jesus replied :

Art thou the teacher of Israel, and knowest not these things? 11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, we speak what we know, and

testify what we have seen; yet ye receive not our testimony. 12 If ye understood not when I told you earthly things, how will 13 ye understand when I tell you heavenly things ? For none as

cendeth into heaven, but he who descended from heaven; the 14 Son of Man, whose abode is heaven. As Moses placed on Numb. 21. 9. 15 high the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be

placed on high, that whosoever believeth on him may not per16 ish, but obtain eternal life : for God hath so loved the world, as

to give his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him 1 Jo. 4. 9. 17 may not perish but obtain eternal life. For God hath sent his ch. 12. 47.

Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the

world, bround of

ch, 4. 2.

18 world may be saved by him. He who believeth on him shall

not be condemned; he who believeth not is already condemned,

because he hath not believed on the name of the only begotten ch. 1. 4. 19 Son of God. Now this is the ground of condemnation, that

the light is come into the world, and men have preferred the 20 darkness to the light, because their deeds were evil. For who

soever doth evil, hateth the light, and shunneth it, lest his deeds 21 should be detected. But he who obeyeth the truth, cometh to

the light, that it may be inanifest that his actions are agreeable

to God. ch. 4. 2 22 After this Jesus went with his disciples into the territory

23 of Judea, where he remained with them, and baptized. John

also was baptizing in Enon near Salim, because there was much 24 water there ; and the people came thither and were baptized.

For John was not yet cast into prison.' 25 Now John's disciples had a dispute with a Jew about puri26 fication. Whereupon they went to John, and said to him:

Rabbi, he who was with thee near the Jordan, of whom thou ch. 1. 27, 30.

gavest so great a character, he too baptizeth, and the people 27 flock to him. John answered: A man can have no power but

28 what he deriveth from heaven. Ye yourselves are witnesses ch. 1. 20. for me, that I said, “I am not the Messiah, but am sent before

29 him.' The bridegroom is he who hath the bride ; but the

friend of the bridegroom, who assisteth him, rejoiceth to hear the 30 bridegroom's voice ; this my joy therefore is complete. He must 31 increase, wbile I decrease. He who cometh from above, is

above all. He who is from the earth is eartbly, and speaketh

as being froin the earth. He who cometh from heaven is 32 above all. What be testifieth is what he hath seen and heard ; 33 yet his testimony is not received. He who receiveth his lesti34 mony, voucheth the veracity of God. For he whom God

hath commissioned, relateth God's own words; for to him God 35 giveth not the Spirit by measure. The Father loveth the Son, 36 and hath subjected all things to him. He who believeth on the

Son hath life eternal; he who rejecteth the Son shall not see life, but the vengeance of God awaiteth him.


IV. JESUS, knowing that the Pharisees were informed that he 2 inade and baptized more disciples than John, (though it was not 3 Jesus himself, but his disciples, who baptized), left Judea, and

returned to Galilee. 4. Being obliged to pass through Samaria, he canie to a Samari

tan city called Sychar,* near the heritage which Jacob gave his 6 son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. And Jesus, wea-Gen. 33. 19.

ried with the journey, sat down by the well, it being about the 509. 24.32.

sixth hour.t7 A woman of Samaria having come to draw water, Jesus said 8 to her: Give me to drink, (for his disciples were gone into the 9 city to buy food). The Samaritan woman answered : How is

it that thou, who art a Jew, askest drink of me who am a Sa

maritan? (for the Jews have no friendly intercourse with the 10 Samaritans). Jesus replied: If thou knewest the bounty of

God, and who it is that saith to thee. Give me to drink,' thou

wouldst have asked him, and he would have given thee living 11 water. She answered: Sir, thou hast no bucket, and the well 12 is deep: whence then hast thou the living water? Art thou

greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank 13 thereof himself, and his sons, and his cattle? Jesus replied : 14 Whoso drinketh of this water, will thirst again ; but whoever

shall drink of the water which I shall give him, shall never

thirst more; but the water which I shall give shall be in him a 15 fountain springing up to everlasting life. The woman answer

ed: Sir, give me this water, that I may never be thirsty, nor 16• come hither to draw. Jesus said to her : Go, call thy hus18 band, and come back. She answered: I have no husband. Je

sus replied: Thou sayest well, 'I have no husband; for thou

hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast, is not 19 thy husband : in this thou hast spoken truth. The woman 20 said : Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers Deut. 12 5.

worshipped on this mountain ; and ye say that in Jerusalem is 21 the place where men ought to worship. Jesus answered: Wo

man, believe me, the time approacheth, when ye shall neither

come to this mountain, nor go to Jerusalem, to worship the Fa22 ther. Ye worship what ye know not; we worship what we 23 know: for salvation is from the Jews. But the time cometh,

or rather is come, when the true worshippers shall worship the

Father in spirit and truth : for such are the worshippers whom 24 the Father requireth. God is a spirit, and they that worship 2 Cor. 3. 17. 25 him must worship him in spirit and truth, The woman replied:

I know that the Messiaht cometh, (that is, the Christ) :I when 26 he is come, he will teach us all things. Jesus said unto her:

I who speak unto thee am he. 27 Upon this bis disciples came, and wondered that he talked

with a woman; yet none of them said, 'What seekest thou ? 28 or why talkest thou with her ?' Then the woman left her

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26 he is comment the Messiaht spirit and truth and th

f Twelve o'clock, noon.

* In the Old Testament called Shechem.

The anointed.

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