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49 kiss? When they who were about hiin saw

what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, 50 shall we smite with the sword ? And one of

them smote the servant of the high priest, and 51 cut off his right ear. * And Jesus said, Let

this suffice: And he touched his ear, and 52 healed him. Then Jesus said unto the

chief priests and captains of the temple, and the elders, who came to him, Are ye come out

as against a thief, with swords and clubs? $3 When I was daily with you in the temple, ye

stretched forth no hands against me: but this

is your hour, and the power of darkness. 54 Then they seized him, and led him away,

and brought him into the high priest's house. 55 And Peter followed afar off. And when they

had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and

were sat down together, Peter sat down among 56 them. But a certain maid beheld him as he

sat by the fire, and looking attentively at him, 57 said, This man was also with him. And he

denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not. 58 And after a little while another saw him, and

said, Thou art also of thein. And Peter said, 59 Man, I am not. And about the space of one

hour after, another confidently affirmed, saying,

Of a truth this inan also was with him : for he 60 is a Galilean. And Peter said, Man, I know

not what thou sayest. And immediately, while 61 he yet spake, the cock crew. And the Lord

turned, and looked upon Peter And Peter

* This was said and done in a moment of great consterva'ion; but without the approbation of Jesus.

remembered the word of the Lord, how he had

said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou 62 shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out,

and wept bitterly. 63 And the men who held Jesus, mocked him, 64 and smote him. And when they had blind

folded him, they struck him on the face, and

said to him, Prophesy, who it is that smote 65 thee. And they spake many other things

blasphemeously against him. 66 And when it was day, the elders of the peo

ple, and the chief priests and scribes, came to67 gether, and led him into their council, and said,

Tell us, if thou art the Messiah. And he said

unto them, If I tell you, ye will not believe. 68 And if I also ask any thing, ye will not answer 69 me, nor release me. Hereafter the Son of man

shall sit on the right hand of the power of God. * 70 Then they all said, Art thou then the Son of

God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I 71 am.t And they said, Why need we any

further witness ? for we ourselves have heard from his own mouth.

CHAP. XXIII.

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AND the whole multitude of them arose, 2 and led him unto Pilate. And they began to

accuse hiin, saying, We found this man per-,

* See John V. 22; Acts ii. 36 ; v. 31. + I do not deny it-or, what ye say is true; I am the Messiah,

verting the nation, and forbidding to give tri

bute to Cæsar, saying, that he himself is Christ 3 a King: * And Pilate asked him, saying, Art

thou the king of the Jews ? And he answered 4 him, and said, Thou sayest it. Then said Pil

ate to the chief priests, and to the people, I find 5 no fault in this man. And they were the more

earnest, saying, He causeth the people to rebel, teaching throughout all Judea even from Galilee to this place. When Pilate heard of

Galilee, he asked whether the man was a Gal7 lilean. And as soon as he knew that he be

longed to Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to

Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time. 8 And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceed.

ingly glad : for he had long been desirous to see him, because he had heard many

things of him ; and he hoped to have 9 seen some miracle done by him. Then he

proposed many questions to him : but he 10 answered him nothing. And the chief priests

and scribes stood and vehemently accused him. 11 And Herod with his military men derided and

insulted him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous

robe, and sent him again to Pilate. 12 And the same day Pilate and Herod were

made friends together : for before they were

at enmity with each other. 13 And when Pilate had called together the

chief priests, and the rulers, and the people, 14 he said unto them, Ye have brought this man

unto me, as one who exciteth the people to re* This was a false charge; he had not forbidden then to give tribute to Cæsar,

bellion : and behold, I have examined him be. fore you, but find no fault in this man, touch

ing those things whereof you accuse him : 15 Nor has even Herod ; for I sent you to him ;

and it appears nothing deserving death has been 16 done by him : I will therefore chastise him, 17 and release him. (For of necessity, according

to custom, he must release one unto. them at 18 the feast.) And they all cried out with one

· voice, saying, Away with this man, and release 19 unto us Barabbas: (Who for some sedition made

in the city, and for murder, was cast into prise 20 on.) Pilate, however, desirous to release Jesus, 21 spake again to them. But they still cried out, 22 Crucify him, crucify him. Then he said unto

them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him :

I will therefore chastise him, and let him go. 23. And they arose, and with loud voices required

that he should be crucified : and the voices of 24 of them and of the chief priests prevailed. And

Pilate decreed that it should be according to

their request. 25 And he released unto them him that for

sedition and murder was cast into prison ; 26 but he delivered Jesus to their will. And

as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might

carry it after Jesus. * 27 And there followed him a great company of

* It was usual to make the condemned person take his own cross to the place of execution. But the officer seemed to have pity on Jesus, and obliged the man here mentioned to carry it for him.

people, and of women, who also bewailed and 28 lamented him. But Jesus turning unto them,

said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me,

but weep for yourselves, and for your children. 29 For behold, the days are coming, in which it

shall be said, Blessed are the barren, and the

wombs which never bare, and the breasts which 30 never gave suck. Then they will begin to say

to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, 31 Cover us. Now if they do these things in a

green tree, what shall be done in the dry ?* 32 And there were also two other malefactors led 33 with him to be put to death. And when they

were come to the place which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors; one on the right hand, and the other on the

left. 34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them, for they

know not what they do. And they párted his 35 raiment, and cast lots. And the people stood

beholding: and the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others, let him

save himself, if he be the Christ, the chosen of 36 God. And the soldiers also mocked him, 37 coming to him, and offering him vinegar, and

saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save 38 thyself. And a superscription also was written

over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE

JEWS. 39 And one of the malefactors, who were hanged,

* If such evils come upon the innocent, how great will be the sufferings of the unbelieving and impenitent Jews.

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