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ⅩⅨ, 25-40.
the chapter of mary.

gather ; so eat, and drink, and cheer thine eye ; and if thou shouldst see any mortal say, “Verily, I have vowed to the Merciful One a fast, and I will not speak to-day with a human being.”’

Then she brought it to her people, carrying it ; said they, ‘ O Mary! thou hast done an extraordinary thing ! O sister of Aaron[1]! thy father was not a bad man, nor was thy mother a harlot !’

30 And she pointed to him, and they said, ‘ How are we to speak with one who is in the cradle a child? ’ He said, ‘ Verily, I am a servant of God ; He has brought me the Book, and He has made me a prophet, and He has made me blessed wherever I be ; and He has required of me prayer and almsgiving so long as I live, and piety towards my mother, and has not made me a miserable tyrant ; and peace upon me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall be raised up alive.

35 That is, Jesus the son of Mary, — by the word of truth whereon ye do dispute !

God could not take to himself any son ! celebrated be His praise ! when He decrees a matter He only says to it, ‘ BE,’ and it is ; and, verily, God is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him ; this is the right way.

And the parties have disagreed amongst themselves, but woe to those who disbelieve, from the witnessing of the mighty day ! they can hear and they can see[2], on the day when they shall come to us; but the evildoers are to-day in obvious error !

40 And warn them of the day of sighing, when

  1. See note 1, Part Ⅰ, p. 50.
  2. See note 3, p. 16.