HERODIAS: Bid him be silent. I will not listen to his voice.
This man is for ever vomiting insults against me.
HEROD: He has said nothing against you. Besides, he is a very
HERODIAS: I do not believe in prophets. Can a man tell what
will come to pass? No man knows it. Moreover, he is for ever
insulting me. But I think you are afraid of him .... I know well
that you are afraid of him.
HEROD: I am not afraid of him. I am afraid of no man.
HERODIAS: I tell you, you are afraid of him. If you are not
afraid of him why do you not deliver him to the Jews, who for
these six months past have been clamouring for him?
A JEW: Truly, my lord, it were better to deliver him into
HEROD: Enough on this subject. I have already given you my
answer. I will not deliver him into your hands. He is a holy
man. He is a man who has seen God.
A JEW: That cannot be. There is no man who hath seen God since
the prophet Elias. He is the last man who saw God. In these days
God doth not show Himself. He hideth Himself. Therefore great
evils have come upon the land.
ANOTHER JEW: Verily, no man knoweth if Elias the prophet did
indeed see God. Peradventure it was but the shadow of God that
A THIRD JEW: God is at no time hidden. He showeth Himself
at all times and in everything. God is in what is evil, even
as He is in what is good.
A FOURTH JEW: That must not be said. It is a very dangerous
doctrine. It is a doctrine that cometh from the schools at Alexandria,
where men teach the philosophy of the Greeks. And the Greeks
are Gentiles. They are not even circumcised.
A FIFTH JEW: No one can tell how God worketh. His ways are
very mysterious. It may be that the things which we call evil
are good, and the things which we call good are evil. There is
no knowledge of anything. We must needs submit to everything,
for God is very strong. He breaketh in pieces the strong together
with the weak, for He regardeth not any man.
FIRST JEW: Thou speaketh truly. God is terrible. He breaketh
the strong and the weak as a man brays corn in a mortar. But
this man hath never seen God. No man hath seen God since the
HERODIAS: Make them be silent. They weary me.
HEROD: But I have heard it said that Jokanaan himself is your
THE JEW: That cannot be. It is more than three hundred years
since the days of the prophet Elias.
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