THE VOICE OF JOKANAAN
Behold the time is come! That which I foretold has come to pass. The day that I spoke of is at hand.
Bid him be silent. I will not listen to his voice. This man is for ever hurling insults against me.
He has said nothing against you. Besides, he is a very great prophet.
I do not believe in prophets. Can a man tell what will come to pass ? No man knows it. Also he is for ever insulting me. But I think you are afraid of him. . . . I know well that you are afraid of him.
I am not afraid of him. I am afraid of no man.
I tell you, you are afraid of him. If you are not afraid of him why do you not deliver him to the Jews who for these six months past have been clamouring for him?
Truly, my lord, it were better to deliver him into our hands.