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63 thee? But Jesus, held his peace. And the

high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell

us, whether thou be the Christ, the Son of 64 God. Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said

the truth : I am. Moreover I say unto you, hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting

on the right hand of power, and coming in the 65 clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent

his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphe. my: what further need have we of witnesses ?

behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. 66 What think ye? They answered and said, He 67 is guilty of death. Then they spit in his face,

and buffeted him; and others smote him with 68 the palms of their hands, saying, Prophesy

unto us, thou Christ, who is he that smote

thee? 69 Now Peter sat without in the palace : and

a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also 70 wast with Jesus of Galilee. But he denied

before them all, saying, I know not what thou 71 sayest. And when he was gone out into the

porch, another maid saw him, and said unto

them that were there, This man was also with 72 Jesus of Nazareth. And again he denied with 73 an oath, I do not know the man. And after

some time, they who stood by, came to him,

and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of 74 them; for thy speech betrayeth thee. * Then

he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know

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* Galilee was a distance from Jerusalem; and the pronunciation was probably very different.

75 not the man. And immediately the cock crew.

And Peter remembered the words of Jesus, who said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

CHAP. XXVII.

1 WHEN the morning was come, all the

chief priests and elders of the people took

counsel against Jesus to put him to death. 2 And when they had bound him, they led him

away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate, the

Roman governor. 3 Then Judas, who had betrayed him, when

he saw that he was condemned, repented him

self, and brought again the thirty pieces of 4 silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, I

have sinned, in that I have betrayed the inno

cent blood. And they said, What is that to 5 us ? see thou to that. * And he cast down the

pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, 6 and went and hanged himself. And the chief

priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is

not lawful to put them into the treasury, be7 cause it is the price of blood. And they took

counsel, and bought with them the potter's 8 field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore that

field was called, The field of blood, unto this

* This confession of Judas is very important, as it shews and is the conviction of Christ's innocence. He lamented his own treachery, and bore testimony in favor of Jesus.

9 day. * (Then was fulfilled that which was

spoken by Jeremy † the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price

of him that was valued, whom they of the 10 children of Israel did value; and gave them

for the potters' field, as the Lord appointed 11 me.) Now Jesus stood before the governor :

and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou

the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto 12 him, Thou sayest. I And when he was ac

cused of the chief priests and elders, lie an13 swered nothing. Then saith Pilate unto him,

Hearest thou not how many things they wit. 14 ness againt thee? And he answered him

not a word, insomuch that the governor 15 marvelled greatly. Now at that feast, the

governor was wont to release unto the people 16 a prisoner, whom they chose. And they had

then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. 17 Therefore, when they were gathered together,

Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I

release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus who 18 is called Christ ? $ (For he knew that for envy

they had delivered him.)11

* That is, at the time Matthew wrote this gospel.
† Zachariah iv. 12, 13.
# That is, thou sayest the truth.

$ There was a iradition among the Christians in the early ages of the church, that the other prisoner was named Jesus, the son of Abbas_Bar meaning son.

ll What Pilate says here, is worthy remark. We see it was not because they thought that Christ was the enemy of Cæsar, or that he would lead the people to sedition and rebellion, that they conspired his death, but through envy and malice.

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

* Tire son of Abbas.

+ A most inconsiderate and awful imprecaa! The corse 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 upover 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 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) gaid, He saved others ; cannot he save

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

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