22 – A Proclamation of War in the World (John Predicts the Coming of Muhammad)

John teaches in the nights,
John in the evenings of the nights.
John teaches in the nights:
“A proclamation of war in the world.”
and he says,

“Oh, they come standing in evil.
Buy a way for yourselves!
Oh, they come practicing usury.
Buy a way for yourselves!
Oh, they come lying in fragrant wreaths
Buy a way for yourselves!
Oh, they come dressing in roses and silk !
Buy a way for yourselves!
Oh, they come lying down in flattery [literally “in beauty of face”]
Buy a way for yourselves!

Because the chosen and righteous sons rise up (and leave earth),
the voice of life will not draw near in the world.
Sacramental meals/masses will be offered,
Without putting on a clean turban.
Living baptism will be performed,
Without the transcendent/sublime sign”
When John said these things, Joseph and Benjamin spoke, and Miriai said to John in Jerusalem,
“I adjure you, John, by the Life that you worship
After that, I adjure you, John, by the dawn of the day whose name is dear
Will chosen and righteous sons rise up (= depart the world),
and the voice of Life not draw near in the world?
Will sacramental meals/masses be offered
without putting on a clean turban?
Will a living baptism performed
without the sublime/transcendent sign?”

When she said these things, (Jacob and Benjamin and) Mariai,
John said to them in Jerusalem
“When all the priests are slain and will be no more
And the sons of Israel are slain,
Ahmed the Arab son of Arbuia son of divorce son of Arbuia Samuel son of the bondwoman of Abdullah will be born
He calls to the world
He removes all Mandaean places of worship,
and mosques increase in the world
He removes stability (or orthodox institutions) and peace,
and deception and sin increase in the world
He removes weddings and invitations
He removes faith from the world
He joins to ritual uncleanness,
he does not diminish (it).
No bell sounds in the world, and they do not ring
All the sons of the lie, of falsehood, of wickedness in the world
commit adultery – they commit adultery and they steal
They practice usury
and they give one and take nine
They falsify their scales
they increase their measure
some of them fornicate their heads
Some of them loose their hair
some of them loose their hair
some of them dye their beards with henna
some of them dye their beards with henna
and they stand up and degrade their mosques.
When they see a man putting on a girdle [of the characteristic sort worn by Mandaean priests]
Their whole body/stature is clothed in great sickness.
They stand questioning and they say, “Who is your prophet ?
Tell us, who is your prophet?
And tell us, Which is your Scripture ?
Tell us, which is your Scripture ?
and tell us whom you worship.”
They do not know and they do not understand.
(They are) accursed and disgraceful.
They do not know and they do not understand.
Our Lord, the King of Light on high,
He is ONE.

Life is victorious

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About James F. McGrath

Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature, Butler University.
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