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19 When he was set down on the judgment

seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I

have suffered many things this day in a dream 20 because of him. But the chief priests and

elders persuaded the multitude that they should 21 desire Barabbas, * and destroy Jesus. The

governor answered and said unto them, Wheth

er of the two will ye that I release unto you? 22 They said, Barabbas. Pilate saith unto them,

What shall I do then with Jesus who is called

Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be 23 crucified. And the governor said, Why, what

evil hath he done? But they cried out the

more, saying, Let him be crucified. 24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail

nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the

blood of this just person : be ye witnesses. • 25 Then answered all the perple, and said, His

blood be on us, and on our children.t 26 Then he released Barabbas unto them :

and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered 27 him to be crucified. Then the soldiers of the

governor took Jesus into the common hall,

and gathered unto him the whole band of: 28 soldiers. And they stripped him, and put on

him a scarlet robe. 29 And when they had platted a crown of

The son of Abbas, † A most, inconsiderate and awful imprecation! Ther, curse seems yet to rest upon their posterity.

thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand : and they bowed the knce

before him, and insulted him, saying, “Hail, 30 King of the Jews." And they spit upon him,

and took the reed, and smote him on the head. 31 And after that they had insulted him, they

took the robe off from him, and put his own

raiment on him, and led him away to crucify 32 him. And as they came out, they found a

man of Cyrene, Simon by name : him they 33 compelled to bear his cross. And when they

were come unto a place called Golgotha, that 34 is to say, A place of a skull; They gave

him vinegar to drink, mingled with gall :

and when he had tasted thereof, he would 35 not drink. And they crucified him, and

parted his garments, casting lots ; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, “They parted my garments among

them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots." 36 And sitting down, they watched him there : 37 And set up over his head his accusation written,

This is Jesus, THE KING OF THE Jews. 38 And there were two thieves crucified with

him :. one on the right hand, and another on the left.

, 39 And they that passed by reviled him, wag. 40 ging their heads, and saying, “Thou that des

troyest the temple, and buildest it in three

days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, 41 come down from the cross.” The chief priests

likewise mocking him, with the scribes and 42 elders, said, He saved others ; cannot he save

himself? If he be the King of Israel, let him

now come down from the cross, and we will 43 believe him. He trusted in God; let him

deliver him now, if he will have him : for he 44 said, I am the Son of God. The thieves also

who were crucified with him cast the same in 45 his teeth. * Now from the sixth hour there

was darkness over all the land until the ninth 46 hour.t And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried

with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama

sabachthani ? that is to say, My God, my 47 God, why hast thou forsaken me? Some of

them that stood there, when they heard that, 48 said, This man calleth for Elias. And straight

way one of them ran, and took a spunge, and

filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and 49 gave him to drink. The rest said, Let be, let

us see whether Elias will come to save him. I 50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud 51 voice, yielded up the ghost. And behold, the

vail of the temple was rent in twain from the

top to the bottom :: and the earth did quake, 52 and the rocks rent; and the graves were

opened ; and many bodies of saints which 53 slept arose, and came out of the graves after

his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and 54 appeared unto many. Now when the centurion,

and they who were with him watching * Only one of the thieves upbraided him, as appears by St. Luke.

| The darkness mentioned in the 45th, and the earthquake in the 51st verse, are also related by Phłegon, a. heathen writer of Trallium in Lydia, who lived in the time of the emperor Adrian, the age immediately after the apostles.

Others said, let him alone.

Galilee, my Magdalenand the

Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things

which were done, they feared greatly, saying, 55 Truly this was the Son of God. And many

women were there, beholding afar off, who fol.

lowed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him: 56 Among which was Mary Magdalene, and

Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the 57. mother of Zebedee's children. When the

even was come, there came a rich man of

Arimathea, named Joseph, who also himself 58 was Jesus' disciple: He went to Pilate, and

begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate com59 manded the body to be delivered. And when

Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in 60 a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new

tomb, which he had hewn out of the rock :

and he rolled a great stone to the door of the 61 sepulchre, and departed. And there was • Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting

over against the sepulchre. 62 Now the next day that followed the day of

the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees. 63 came together unto Pilate, saying, Sir, we

remember that that deceiver said, while he was

yet alive, After three days I will rise again. 64 Command therefore that the sepulchre be made

sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night and steal him away, and say unto the

people, He is risen from the dead: so the last 65 error shall be worse than the first. Pilate said

unto them, Ye have a watch: Go your way, 66 make it as sure as you can. So they went.

and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone. and setting a watch.

CHAP. XXVIII.*

5 Suard white as was like and sat rolled, descendant

1 AT the end of the sabbath, as it began to

dawn towards the first day of the week, came

Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, to see 2 the sepulchre. And behold, there was a great

earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the 3 stone from the door, and sat upon it. His

countenance was like lightning, and his rai4 ment white as snow. And for fear of him the

guard were alarmed, and became as dead 5 men. And the angel spake and said unto the

women, Fear not : for I know that ye seek 6 Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here :

for he is risen as he said : Come, see the place 7 where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and

tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead : and behold, he goeth before you into Galilee;

there shall ye see him. Lo, I have told you. 8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre,

with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. 9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And

they came, and held him by the feet, and 10 worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them,

Be not afraid : go tell my brethren that they

go into Galilee, and there shall they see me. 11 Now, when they were going, behold, some

of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were

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