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“The Protoevangelium of James, Chapters 11 - 25” - Greek text with English translation
This apocryphal gospel gives an account of
the birth and life of Mary, and the birth of Jesus. The date of likely
composition is between the mid to late second and mid third centuries.
Also called the Protevangelium Jacobi, The Gospel of James, or the Infancy Gospel of James.
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11. And she took the pitcher, and went out to fill it with water. And, behold, a voice saying: Hail, thou who hast received grace; the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women! And she looked round, on the right hand and on the left, to see whence this voice came. And she went away, trembling, to her house, and put down the pitcher; and taking the purple, she sat down on her seat, and drew it out. And, behold, an angel of the Lord stood before her, saying: Fear not, Mary; for thou hast found grace before the Lord of all, and thou shalt conceive, according to His word. And she hearing, reasoned with herself, saying: Shall I conceive by the Lord, the living God? and shall I bring forth as every woman brings forth? And the angel of the Lord said: Not so, Mary; for the power of the Lord shall overshadow thee: wherefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of the Most High. And thou shalt call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins. And Mary said: Behold, the servant of the Lord before His face: let it be unto me according to thy word.
12. And she made the purple and the scarlet, and took them to the priest. And the priest blessed her, and said: Mary, the Lord God hath magnified thy name, and thou shall be blessed in all the generations of the earth. And Mary, with great joy, went away to Elizabeth her kinswoman, and knocked at the door. And when Elizabeth heard her, she threw away the scarlet, and ran to the door, and opened it; and seeing Mary, she blessed her, and said: Whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? for, behold, that which is in me leaped and blessed thee. But Mary had forgotten the mysteries of which the archangel Gabriel had spoken, and gazed up into heaven, and said: Who am I, O Lord, that all the generations of the earth should bless me? And she remained three months with Elizabeth; and day by day she grew bigger. And Mary being afraid, went away to her own house, and hid herself from the sons of Israel. And she was sixteen years old when these mysteries happened.
13. And she was in her sixth month; and, behold,
Joseph came back from his building, and, entering into his house, he discovered
that she was big with child. And he smote his face, and threw himself on the
ground upon the sackcloth, and wept bitterly, saying: With what face shall I
look upon the Lord my God? and what prayer shall I make about this maiden?
because I received her a virgin out of the temple of the Lord, and I have not
watched over her. Who is it that has hunted me down? Who has done this evil
thing in my house, and defiled the virgin? Has not the history of Adam been
repeated in me? For just as Adam was in the hour of his singing praise, and the
serpent came, and found Eve alone, and completely deceived her, so it has
happened to me also. And Joseph stood up from the sackcloth, and called Mary,
and said to her: O thou who hast been cared for by God, why hast thou done this
and forgotten the Lord thy God? Why hast thou brought low thy soul, thou that
wast brought up in the holy of holies, and that didst receive food from the hand
of an angel? And she wept bitterly, saying: I am innocent, and have known no
man. And Joseph said to her: Whence then is that which is in thy womb? And she
said: As the Lord my God liveth, I do not know whence it is to me.
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