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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, Whether 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.†
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.
And when they had platted a crown of
*The son of Abbas.
† A most inconsiderate and awful imprecation! Ther eurse 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 knee 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, wag40 ging their heads, and saying, "Thou that destroyest 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.† 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 straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.‡
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 Phlegon, 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.
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 followed 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.
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.
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