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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol IX:
The Diatessaron of Tatian.: Section XXX

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Section XXX.

[1]  2054 And he spake a parable unto those which were bidden there, because he saw [2] them choose the places that were in the highest part of the sitting room:   2055 When a man invites thee to a feast, do not go and sit at the head of the room; lest there [3] be there a man more honourable than thou,  2056 and he that invited you come and say unto thee, Give the place to this man:  and thou be ashamed when thou risest and [4] takest 2057 another place.   2058 But when thou art invited, go and sit last; so that when he that invited thee cometh, he may say unto thee, My friend, go up higher:  and [5] thou shalt have praise before all that were invited with thee.   2059 For every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and every one that abaseth himself shall be exalted.

[6]  2060 And he said also to him that had invited him, When thou makest a feast 2061 or a banquet, 2062 do not invite thy friends, nor even thy brethren, nor thy kinsmen, nor thy [7] rich neighbours; lest haply they also invite thee, and thou have this reward.   2063 But when thou makest a feast, invite the poor, and those with withered hand, and the [8] lame, and the blind:   2064 and blessed art thou, since they have not the means to reward [9] thee; that thy reward may be at the rising of the righteous.   2065 And when one of them that were invited heard that, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.

[10, 11]  2066 Jesus answered again in parables, and said,  2067 The kingdom of heaven hath been likened [Arabic, p. 115] to 2068 a certain king, which made a feast 2069 for his son, and prepared a [12] great banquet, 2070 and invited many:  and he sent his servants at the time of the feast to inform them that were invited,  2071 Everything is made ready for you; come.  And [13] they would not come, but began all of them with one voice to make excuse.   2072 And the first said unto them, Say to him, I have bought a field, and I must needs go out [14] to see it:   2073 I pray thee to release 2074 me, for I ask to be excused.  And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to examine them:  I pray thee [15] to release me, for I ask to be excused.   2075 And another said, I have married a wife, [16] and therefore I cannot come.   2076 And the king sent also other servants, and said, Say to those that were invited, that my feast is ready, and my oxen and my fatlings are [17] slain, and everything is ready:  come to the feast.   2077 But they made light of it, and [18] went, one to his field, and another to his merchandise:   2078 and the rest took his [19] servants, and entreated them shamefully, and killed them.   2079 And one of the servants [20] came, and informed his lord of what had happened.   2080 And when the king heard, he became angry, and sent his armies; and they destroyed those murderers, and [21] burned their cities.   2081 Then he said to his servants, The feast is prepared, but those [22] that were invited were not worthy.   2082 Go out quickly into the markets and into the p. 90 partings of the ways of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and those with pains, and the lame, and the blind.  And the servants did as the king commanded them.  [23]  2083 And they came, and said unto him, Our lord, we have done all that thou commandedst [24] us, and there is here still room.   2084 So the lord said unto his servants, Go out into the roads, and the ways, and the paths, and every one that ye find, invite [25] [Arabic, p. 116] to the feast, and constrain them to enter, till my house is 2085 filled.   2086 I say unto you, that no one of those people that were invited shall taste of my feast.  [26]  2087 And those servants went out into the roads, and gathered all that they found, good and [27] bad:  and the banquet-house was filled with guests.   2088 And the king entered to see those [28] who were seated, and he saw there a man not wearing a festive garment:   2089 and he said unto him, My friend, how didst thou come in here not having on festive garments?  [29]  2090 And he was silent.  Then the king said to the servants, Bind his hands and his feet, and put him forth into the outer darkness; there shall be weeping and [30] gnashing of teeth.   2091 The called are many; and the chosen, few.

[31]  2092 And after that, the time of the feast of unleavened bread of the Jews arrived, [32] and Jesus went out to go to Jerusalem.   2093 And as he went in the way, there met him [33] ten persons who were lepers, and stood afar off:   2094 and they lifted up their voice, and [34] said, Our Master, Jesus, have mercy upon us.   2095 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go and shew yourselves unto the priests.  And when they went, they [35] were cleansed.   2096 And one of them, when he saw himself cleansed, returned, and [36] was praising God with a loud voice;  2097 and he fell on his face before the feet of [37] Jesus, giving him thanks:  and this man was a Samaritan.   2098 Jesus answered and said, [38] Were not those that were cleansed ten? where then are the nine?   2099 Not one of them turned aside to come and praise God, but this man who is of a strange [39] people.   2100 He said unto him, Arise, and go thy way; for thy faith hath given thee life. 2101

[40]  2102 And while they were going up in the way to Jerusalem, Jesus went in front of them; and they wondered, and followed him fearing.  And he took his twelve disciples apart, [41] and began to tell them privately 2103 what was about to befall him.   2104 And he said unto [Arabic, p. 117] them, We are going up to Jerusalem, and all the things shall be fulfilled [42] that are written in the prophets concerning the Son of man.   2105 He shall be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, [43] and deliver him to the peoples; 2106    2107 and they shall treat him shamefully, and scourge [44] him, and spit in his face, and humble him, 2108 and crucify him, and slay him:   2109 and on [45] the third day he shall rise.   2110 But they understood not one thing of this; but this word was hidden from them, and they did not perceive these things that were addressed to them.

[46]  2111 Then came near to him the mother of the (two) sons of Zebedee, she and her (two) sons, and worshipped him, and asked of him a certain thing.   2112 And he said [47] unto her, What wouldest thou?   2113 And James and John, her two sons, came forward, and said unto him, Teacher, we would that all that we ask thou wouldest [48] do unto us.   2114 He said unto them, 2115 What would ye that I should do unto you?  [49]  2116 They said unto him, Grant us that we may sit, the one on thy right, and the other [50] on thy left, in thy kingdom and thy glory.   2117 And Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask.  Are ye able to drink the cup that I am to drink? and with the [51] baptism that I am to be baptized with, will ye be baptized?   2118 And they said unto him, We are able.  Jesus said unto them, The cup that I drink ye shall drink; and [52] with the baptism wherewith I am baptized ye shall be baptized:   2119 but that ye should sit on my right and on my left is not mine to give; but it is for him for whom my Father hath prepared it.



Luke xiv. 7.


Luke xiv. 8.


Luke xiv. 9.


Lit. at thy rising and taking.


Luke xiv. 10.


Luke xiv. 11.


Luke xiv. 12.


Practically synonymous words.


Practically synonymous words.


Luke xiv. 13.


Luke xiv. 14.


Luke xiv. 15.


Matt. 22:1, 2.


Luke xiv. 16b.


Borg. ms., is like.


Used specially of a marriage feast.


Lit. bread, the Syriac word for which (not that in the versions) means also feast.


Luke 14:17, Matt. 22:3b.


Luke xiv. 18.


Luke xiv. 19.


Or, omit.


Luke xiv. 20.


Matt. xxii. 4.


Matt. xxii. 5.


Matt. xxii. 6.


Luke xiv. 21a.


Matt. xxii. 7.


Matt. xxii. 8.


Luke xiv. 21c.


Luke xiv. 22.


Luke 14:23, Matt. 22:9.


Or, that my house may be.


Luke 14:23, 24.


Matt. xxii. 10.


Matt. xxii. 11.


Matt. xxii. 12.


Matt. xxii. 13.


Matt. xxii. 14.


John v. 1a.


Luke 17:11, 12.


Luke xvii. 13.


Luke xvii. 14.


Luke xvii. 15.


Luke xvii. 16.


Luke xvii. 17.


Luke xvii. 18.


Luke xvii. 19.


Or, saved thee.


Mark x. 32.


Lit. between himself and them.


Luke xviii. 31b.


Mark x. 33b.


i.e., Gentiles.


Mark x. 34a.


An obscure expression; perhaps it was originally a repetition of the preceding clause.  It might be emended into point at him (the finger of scorn).


Luke xviii. 33.


Luke xviii. 34.


Matt. xx. 20.


Matt. xx. 21a.


Mark x. 35.


Mark x. 36.


Lit. of course the two of them, and so all through the conversation.


Mark x. 37.


Mark x. 38.


Mark x. 39.


Mark x. 40.

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