How Jesus Fled From Fools

         The escaping of Jesus, (may the) peace (of God) be upon him,

        to the top of a mountain (to flee) from fools.

 

    Jesus, (the son) of Mary, was running away to a mountain. You

might say (that) a lion was wanting to spill his blood.

    Someone ran behind (him) and said, "(May you be) well! There

isn't anyone following you, (so) why are you fleeing like a bird?"

    (But) he kept running in the same manner, bound to urgency, (so)

that he didn't answer him, because of his own haste.

    (The man) pressed forward following Jesus (for) one or two

(more) fields. Then he called (out) to Jesus with great seriousness,

    Saying, "For the sake of God's approval, stop for a moment! --

since I have a problem in (understanding this) fleeing of yours.

    "O noble and generous one! Who are you running from (in) this

direction? (There's) no lion or enemy following you, and no fear or

dread."

    He answered, "I am escaping from a fool. Go (away)! I'm

rescuing myself, (so) don't restrain me!"

    (The man) said, "But aren't you the Messiah,(1) by whom blind

and deaf (people) become normal?"

    "Yes," he replied. (The man) asked, "Aren't you the (spiritual)

king who (is) the dwelling place for mysterious spells and

incantations?(2) --

    "(So that) if you recite a spell upon a (man's) corpse, he leaps

up (joyfully) like a lion (who has) brought back prey."

    "Yes," he answered, "I am that one." (The other) said, "O

beautiful faced one! Don't you make (living) birds out of clay?"(3)

    "Yes," he replied. (The other) said, "O pure spirit! Then you can

make (happen) whatever you wish-- (so) who are you afraid of?

    "With evidence such as this,(4) who is there in the world who

wouldn't be among your (devoted) slaves?"

    Jesus said, "By the Holy Essence of God, the Originator of the

body, the Creator of the soul in (its) superiority!(5)

    "(And in) reverence for His Holy Essence and Attributes, (for)

whom the collar of the heavens is torn (in ecstasy)(6):

    "(I affirm) that those incantations, as well as the greatest Name

(of God),(7) which I spoke over the deaf and over the blind, were

beneficial.

    "I recited (the words) over the rocky mountain (and) it became

split, tearing the robe (which was) upon itself (down) to the navel.

    "I spoke (the words) over a dead body (and) it became alive. I

said (them) over a point of nothingness (and) it became something.

    "(But) I said those (words) a hundred thousand times with

loving-kindness over the heart of a fool and it was not a cure.(8)

    "(Instead), it became(9) a hard rock and didn't change from that

habit; it became sand, from which no seed grows."

    (The man) said, "(Then) what is the wisdom that the Name of God

was beneficial in those places, (but) here it had no superiority?(10)

    "That is also (a case) of disease, and this is an affliction.

(So) why was it(11) a cure for that (but) not for this?"

    (Jesus) replied, "The affliction of foolish stupidity is (caused

by) the overwhelming anger of God. (Normal) afflictions and blindness

are not (from God's) anger-- those are tests and trials."

    Trials and hardships are an affliction which [eventually] brings

(Divine) Mercy. (But) ignorant foolishness brings blows and

wounds.

    That which is his scarring has been produced by His seal,(12)

(and) no supporting hand can bring a remedy to it.

    (Therefore), escape from foolish people just as Jesus escaped.

(For) companionship with fools has spilled so much blood!

    The air steals water very gradually,(13) (and) the fool steals

religion from you also in the same way.

    He steals your warmth and gives you cold (in its place), just like

one who puts a rock under (your) bottom.

    The escaping of Jesus is not because of (real) fear, (for) he is

secure (from such). (But) is for the sake of teaching (a lesson).(14)

    Even if intense cold filled (all) the horizons of the world, what

grief would there be for the radiant sun?

 

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