Ante-Nicene Fathers/Volume VIII/Apocrypha of the New Testament/The Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew/Chapter 36

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Chapter 36.

After these things Jesus crossed the Jordan, in the sight of them all, with the lions; and the water of the Jordan was divided on the right hand and on the left.[1]  Then He said to the lions, in the hearing of all:  Go in peace, and hurt no one; but neither let man injure you, until you return to the place whence you have come forth.  And they, bidding Him farewell, not only with their gestures but with their voices, went to their own place.  But Jesus returned to His mother.


  1. Josh. iii. 16; 2 Kings ii. 8.