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Chapter 59. – Joseph's question about Herod. Maronius Pilla's answer. The crown of suffering and the terrible end of Herod.

59,1. Afterwards Joseph spoke to Maronius: "By the grace of my God and my Lord I have seen that there is no more ill will remaining in you,

59,2. so tell me your views on this, how Herod's heart is disposed to act against the children, whom he murdered because of the new King of the Jews?

59,3. Was it not softened by the innocent blood of the children, from the mothers' lamentations?

59,4. What would he do, if he would receive news that among those many massacred children, he had missed the right one?

59,5. When he would come to know that the right Child still lives safely somewhere in Judea or Palestine?"

59,6. Maronius looked baffled at Joseph and after a while he said:

59,7. "True and most wise man! I can say nothing but this:

59,8. If you would use your wisdom in the most unsavoury way and would demand ten thousand pounds of gold from Herod for revealing with certainty the right child to him;

59,9. indeed, you would receive this enormous amount of gold in advance!

59,10. For gold means nothing to this ruthless tyrant compared to his lust for power.

59,11. Although he has enough gold to build houses with it, he barely appreciates it; but f he could secure the throne he would throw all his gold into the sea and would kill a world full of people for it!

59,12. See, in the beginning he also wanted to bribe me with gold, diamonds, rubies and large pearls;

59,13. only my genuinely Roman patrician virtue kept the old bloodhound strictly at bay!

59,14. But this inflamed his anger even more and he threatened me with Rome on the basis of his supposed patriotism!

59,15. So then I had to do what he wanted as there was no way out for me; for he gave me a document by his own hand, according to which he himself would take up the entire responsibility vis-a-vis Rome.

59,16. For this reason I was forced to act as you surely know.

59,17. But you may rest assured that, to this hour, nothing good is to be expected from his heart!

59,18. I don't think I need to tell you more of this king all furies, this living head of Medusa, because you are a wise man!"

59,19. And Joseph spoke: "The one eternal God shall bless you for your words!

59,20. Believe me, you will see: God the eternal righteous One, will still on this earth put a crown on the head of this detestable man who is so bloodthirsty for it, and the whole world will be amazed!" -

59,21. Hereupon the Infant raised His hand high and spoke again very distinctly: "Herod, Herod! – I have no curse for you, but you shall wear a crown in this world, which will become a great torment to you, and more painful than the burden of paying gold to Rome!"

59,22. At the time the Infant spoke these words in Egypt, Herod was covered with lice and his servants had their hands full with cleaning him from these lice, which kept on multiplying themselves, and this eventually led to his death. – –

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