Part 14 - How the vizier brought the Christians into doubt and perplexity

    348   Then I will say (to them), ‘I am secretly a Christian. O God who knowest (all) things hidden, Thou knowest me. 349   The king was informed of my (Christian) faith and from...


Part 14 - How the vizier brought the Christians into doubt and perplexity

 

 

348

 

Then I will say (to them), ‘I am secretly a Christian. O God who knowest (all) things hidden, Thou knowest me.

349

 

The king was informed of my (Christian) faith and from bigotry sought to take my life.

350

 

I wished to hide my religion from the king and profess his religion

351

 

(But) the king got a scent of my inmost beliefs, and my words were suspected (when I stood) before the king

352

 

He said, “Your words are like a needle in bread (specious but pernicious); there is a window between my heart and yours.

353

 

Through that window I have seen your (real) state: I see your state and will not heed your words.”

354

 

Had not the spirit of Jesus been my aid, he would in Jewish fashion have torn me to pieces.

355

 

For Jesus' sake I would yield my life and give my head and lay on myself (confess) myriads of obligations to him.

356

 

I do not grudge Jesus my life, but full well am I versed in the knowledge of his religion.

357

 

Grief was coming over me (it seemed to me a pity) that that holy religion should perish amongst those who are ignorant (of it).

358

 

Thanks be to God and to Jesus that I have become a guide to the true faith.

359

 

I have escaped from Jews and Judaism so (entirely) that I have bound my waist with a (Christian) girdle.

360

 

The (present) epoch is the epoch of Jesus. O men, hearken with your souls unto the mysteries of his religion!’”

361

 

The king did to him that deed (mutilation) which he had proposed: the people remained in amazement at that hidden (mysterious) plot.

362

 

He (the king) drove him away to the Christians. After that, he (the vizier) began to proselytise.

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