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There appears, as the reader will remark, something like abruptness, in the transition from the 21st verse to the 22nd. Some Greek Manuscripts have a few words, as an introduction to the 22d verse,-“And turning to his disciples, he said"—which were approved by Laurentius Valla, and adopted by Robert Stephens. They did not appear in the Vulgate, and were rejected by Erasmus, Colinæus and Beza, the last of whom I think had great weight with the Translators. The Translators left out the words, and gave this marginal note: Many ancient copies add these words, And turning to his disciples, he said."
In the seventeenth chapter of St Luke's Gospel we read in the ordinary type :
36. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken and the other left.
There is a long list of Manuscripts that omit this
It was rejected by Erasmus and Stephens, but received by Beza. The Translators affixed to it the following marginal comment. 6 This 36 verse is wanting in most of the Greek copies.
In 1 John ii. 23. the latter clause of the verse is very powerfully supported by Greek Manuscripts; but it did not appear in some of the earlier editions of the Greek Testament, on account of their having been printed from Manuscripts which omitted the clause. However it was received by Beza. It is singular that in this case the Translators, adopting a different plan from what has already been pointed out, have left no marginal note; but the verse is printed as follows:
23. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: but he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also,
From this mode of printing, it is undoubtedly to be inferred that the Translators considered the latter clause of the verse as of, at least, dubious authority. When the modes of proceeding, in other cases of Various Readings, are taken into account, we cannot but deem what we here find, to be an anomaly ; but as many other anomalies exist in the Text of 1611, which I do not feel myself called upon either to point
or defend, I shall content myself with stating what has occurred to me, and consign the subject to the reader's judgement.
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