The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,…
Xenophon, the loving disciple of Socrates, has given an account of the last sayings of that great man, after he was imprisoned and condemned to death; and in all ages the "Memorabilia" has been regarded as one of the most precious records which classical antiquity has sent down to us. But sublime and heroic as they were, how immeasurably do these last utterances of the Grecian stage fall below the moral grandeur and the deathless interest inspired by the last words of Jesus. The nearer we stand to the Cross, and the more we enter into the spirit of its great central character, the more do we feel the force of Rousseau's eloquent eulogium, "Socrates lived and died like a philosopher; but Jesus Christ like a God."
Parallel VersesKJV: The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,