The Annunciation of Luke the Evangelist – Chapter 22
1 And the feast of unleavened cakes, which is called the passover, drew near.
2 And the chief priests and Scribes sought how they might kill him, for they were afraid of the people.
3 And Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve.
4 And he went and conferred with the chief priests and Scribes, and the military commanders of the temple, how he might betray him to them.
5 And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money.
6 And he promised them, and sought opportunity to betray him to them, in the absence of the multitude.
7 And the day of unleavened cakes arrived, on which it was customary for the passover to be slain.
8 And Jesus sent Cephas and John, and said to them;
Go, prepare for us the passover, that we may eat it.
9 And they said to him:
Where wilt thou, that we prepare ?
10 He said to them:
Lo, when ye enter the city, there will a man meet you, bearing a vessel of water. Go after him;
11 and where he entereth, say ye to the lord of the house:
Our Rabbi saith, Is there a place of refreshment, in which I may eat the Passover, with my disciples?
12 And lo, he will show you a large upper room that is furnished; there prepare ye.
13 And they went, and found as he had said to them:
and they made ready the passover.
14 And when the time arrived, Jesus came and reclined; and the twelve Legates with him.
15 And he said to them:
I have greatly desired to eat this passover with you, before I suffer.
16 For I say to you, That henceforth I shall not eat it, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
17 [And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said:
19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to them, and said:
This is my body, which is given for your sakes. This do ye, in remembrance of me.
20 And in like manner also concerning the cup, after they had supped, he said:
This cup is the new testament in my blood, which, for your sakes, is poured out !
21 But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is on the table.
22 And the Son of man goeth, as it was determined; but woe to that man, by whom he is betrayed.
23 And they began to inquire among themselves, which of them it was, that would do this.
24 And there was contention also among them, who among them would be greatest.
25 And Jesus said to them:
The kings of the nations, are their lords; and those exercising authority over them, are called benefactors.
26 But ye, not so:
but he that is great among you, must be as the least; and he that is chief, as the servitor.
27 For, which is the greater, he that reclineth, or he that serveth? Is not he that reclineth? But I am among you, as he that serveth.
28 Ye are they who have continued with me in my trials:
29 and I promise to you, as my Father hath promised to me, a kingdom:
30 that ye may eat and drink at the table of my kingdom, and may sit on thrones, and judge the twelve tribes of Israel.
31 And Jesus said to Simon:
Simon, lo, Satan hath desired to sift thee, as wheat:
32 but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith may not fail. And thou also, in time, turn; and confirm thy brethren.
33 And Simon said to him:
My Lord, with thee I am ready, both for prison and for death.
34 Jesus said to him:
I tell thee, Simon, the cock will not crow this day, until thou hast three times denied that thou knowest me.
35 And he said to them:
When I sent you without purses, without wallets and shoes, lacked ye any thing?
They say to him:
36 He said to them:
Henceforth, let him that hath a purse, take it; and so likewise a wallet. And let him that hath no sword, sell his garment, and buy himself a sword.
37 For I say to you, That this also, which was written, must be fulfilled in me:
I shall be numbered with transgressors. For, all that relates to me, will be fulfilled.
38 And they said to him:
Our Lord, lo, here are two swords.
He said to them:
They are sufficient.
39 And he went out, and proceeded, as was his custom, to the mount of the place of Olives; and his disciples followed him.
40 And when he arrived at the place, he said to them:
Pray ye, that ye enter not into temptation.
41 And he retired from them, about a stone’s throw; and kneeled down, and prayed,
42 and said:
Father, if it please thee, let this cup pass from me. Yet not my pleasure, but thine, be done.
43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, who strengthened him.
44 And as he was in fear, he prayed earnestly; and his sweat was like drops of blood; and it fell on the ground.
45 And he arose from his prayer, and came to his disciples:
and he found them sleeping, from sorrow.
46 And he said to them:
Why sleep ye? Arise, and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.
47 And while he was speaking, lo, a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, came at their head. And he came up to Jesus, and kissed him. For he had given them this sign:
Whom I shall kiss, he it is.
48 Jesus said to him:
Judas, is it with a kiss thou betrayest the Son of man?
49 And when they that were with him, saw what occurred, they said to him:
Our Lord, shall we smite them with the sword?
50 And one of them smote a servant of the high priest, and took off his right ear.
51 And Jesus answered and said:
Sufficient, thus far. And he touched the ear of him that was smitten, and healed him.
52 And Jesus said to those who had come upon him, the chief priests and Elders and military captains of the temple:
Have ye come out against me, as against a robber, with swords, and with clubs, to take me ?
53 I was with you daily in the temple, and ye laid not hands upon me. But this is your hour, and the reign of darkness.
54 And they took him, and conducted him to the house of the high priest. And Simon followed after him, at a distance.
55 And they kindled a fire in the middle of the court, and sat around it; and Simon also sat among them.
56 And a certain maid saw him sitting at the fire, and she looked upon him, and said:
This man also was with him.
57 But he denied, and said:
Woman, I have not known him.
58 And a little after, another [person] saw him, and said to him:
Thou too art one of them.
And Cephas said:
I am not.
59 And an hour after, another contended and said:
Certainly, this man also was with him, for he likewise is a Galilean.
60 Cephas said:
Man, I know not what thou sayest.
And immediately, while he was speaking, the cock crew.
61 And Jesus turned, and looked upon Cephas. And Simon remembered the word of our Lord, which he spoke to him:
Before the cock shall crow, thou wilt deny me three times.
62 And Simon went out, and wept bitterly.
63 And the men who had taken Jesus, insulted him , and blinded him,
64 and smote him on his face, and said:
Prophesy thou, who smote thee?
65 And many other things they revilingly uttered, and spoke against him.
66 And when the day dawned, the Elders and chief priests and Scribes assembled together; and they led him to the place of their meeting,
67 and said to him:
If thou art the Messiah, tell us.
He said to them:
If I tell you, ye will not believe in me.
68 And if I should ask you, ye will not return me an answer; nor will ye release me.
69 From this time, the Son of man will sit on the right hand of the majesty of God.
70 And they all said:
Thou art then, the Son of God?
Jesus said to them:
Ye say that I am.
71 They say:
What further need have we of witnesses? For we have heard from his own mouth.
* Adler says, verses 17, 18, are wanting in all MSS. of the Peshito.
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1 And king Astyages was gathered to his fathers, and Cyrus of Persia received his kingdom.
2 And Daniel conversed with the king, and was honoured above all his friends.
3 Now the Babylonians had an idol, called Bel, and there were spent upon him every day twelve great measures of fine flour, and forty sheep, and six vessels of wine.
4 And the king worshipped it and went daily to adore it: but Daniel worshipped his own God. And the king said unto him, Why dost not thou worship Bel?
5 Who answered and said, Because I may not worship idols made with hands, but the living God, who hath created the heaven and the earth, and hath sovereignty over all flesh.
6 Then said the king unto him, Thinkest thou not that Bel is a living God? seest thou not how much he eateth and drinketh every day?
7 Then Daniel smiled, and said, O king, be not deceived: for this is but clay within, and brass without, and did never eat or drink any thing.
8 So the king was wroth, and called for his priests, and said unto them, If ye tell me not who this is that devoureth these expenses, ye shall die.
9 But if ye can certify me that Bel devoureth them, then Daniel shall die: for he hath spoken blasphemy against Bel. And Daniel said unto the king, Let it be according to thy word. 10 Now the priests of Bel were threescore and ten, beside their wives and children. And the king went with Daniel into the temple of Bel.
11 So Bel’s priests said, Lo, we go out: but thou, O king, set on the meat, and make ready the wine, and shut the door fast and seal it with thine own signet;
12 And to morrow when thou comest in, if thou findest not that Bel hath eaten up all, we will suffer death: or else Daniel, that speaketh falsely against us.
13 And they little regarded it: for under the table they had made a privy entrance, whereby they entered in continually, and consumed those things.
14 So when they were gone forth, the king set meats before Bel. Now Daniel had commanded his servants to bring ashes, and those they strewed throughout all the temple in the presence of the king alone: then went they out, and shut the door, and sealed it with the king’s signet, and so departed.
15 Now in the night came the priests with their wives and children, as they were wont to do, and did eat and drink up all.
16 In the morning betime the king arose, and Daniel with him.
17 And the king said, Daniel, are the seals whole? And he said, Yea, O king, they be whole.
18 And as soon as he had opened the dour, the king looked upon the table, and cried with a loud voice, Great art thou, O Bel, and with thee is no deceit at all.
19 Then laughed Daniel, and held the king that he should not go in, and said, Behold now the pavement, and mark well whose footsteps are these.
20 And the king said, I see the footsteps of men, women, and children. And then the king was angry,
21 And took the priests with their wives and children, who shewed him the privy doors, where they came in, and consumed such things as were upon the table.
22 Therefore the king slew them, and delivered Bel into Daniel’s power, who destroyed him and his temple.
23 And in that same place there was a great dragon, which they of Babylon worshipped.
24 And the king said unto Daniel, Wilt thou also say that this is of brass? lo, he liveth, he eateth and drinketh; thou canst not say that he is no living god: therefore worship him.
25 Then said Daniel unto the king, I will worship the Lord my God: for he is the living God.
26 But give me leave, O king, and I shall slay this dragon without sword or staff. The king said, I give thee leave.
27 Then Daniel took pitch, and fat, and hair, and did seethe them together, and made lumps thereof: this he put in the dragon’s mouth, and so the dragon burst in sunder: and Daniel said, Lo, these are the gods ye worship.
28 When they of Babylon heard that, they took great indignation, and conspired against the king, saying, The king is become a Jew, and he hath destroyed Bel, he hath slain the dragon, and put the priests to death.
29 So they came to the king, and said, Deliver us Daniel, or else we will destroy thee and thine house.
30 Now when the king saw that they pressed him sore, being constrained, he delivered Daniel unto them:
31 Who cast him into the lions’ den: where he was six days.
32 And in the den there were seven lions, and they had given them every day two carcases, and two sheep: which then were not given to them, to the intent they might devour Daniel.
33 Now there was in Jewry a prophet, called Habbacuc, who had made pottage, and had broken bread in a bowl, and was going into the field, for to bring it to the reapers.
34 But the angel of the Lord said unto Habbacuc, Go, carry the dinner that thou hast into Babylon unto Daniel, who is in the lions’ den.
35 And Habbacuc said, Lord, I never saw Babylon; neither do I know where the den is.
36 Then the angel of the Lord took him by the crown, and bare him by the hair of his head, and through the vehemency of his spirit set him in Babylon over the den.
37 And Habbacuc cried, saying, O Daniel, Daniel, take the dinner which God hath sent thee.
38 And Daniel said, Thou hast remembered me, O God: neither hast thou forsaken them that seek thee and love thee.
39 So Daniel arose, and did eat: and the angel of the Lord set Habbacuc in his own place again immediately.
40 Upon the seventh day the king went to bewail Daniel: and when he came to the den, he looked in, and behold, Daniel was sitting.
41 Then cried the king with a loud voice, saying, Great art Lord God of Daniel, and there is none other beside thee.
42 And he drew him out, and cast those that were the cause of his destruction into the den: and they were devoured in a moment before his face.
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