Part 19 - How the sagacious among the Christians perceived the guile of the vizier

    446   Whoever was possessed of (spiritual) discernment was feeling a sweet savour in his words and, joined therewith, bitterness. 447   He (the vizier) was saying fine things mixed (with...


Part 19 - How the sagacious among the Christians perceived the guile of the vizier

 

 

446

 

Whoever was possessed of (spiritual) discernment was feeling a sweet savour in his words and, joined therewith, bitterness.

447

 

He (the vizier) was saying fine things mixed (with foul): he had poured some poison into the sugared julep.

448

 

The outward sense of it was saying, “Be diligent in the Way,” but in effect it was saying to the soul, “Be slack.”

449

 

If the surface of silver is white and new, (yet) the hands and dress are blackened by it.

450

 

Although fire is red-faced (bright and glorious) with sparks, look at the black behaviour (displayed) in its action.

451

 

If the lightning appears luminous to the eye, (yet) from its distinctive property it is the robber of sight (it strikes men blind).

452

 

(As for) any (Christian) who was not wary and possessed of discernment, the words of him (the vizier) were (as) a collar on his neck.

453

 

During six years, in separation from the king, the vizier became a refuge for the followers of Jesus.

454

 

To him the people wholly surrendered their religion and their hearts: at his command and decree they were ready to die.

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