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with Jesus, which is called Christ? They all said unto him, Let him be crucified ! The deputy said, What evil hath he done? But * they cried the more, saying, Let him be crucified! When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that more business was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the people, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person : Yye shall see. Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. Then let he Barabbas loose unto them, and scourged Jesus, and delivered him to be crucified. Then the soldiers of the deputy took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him all the company. And they stripped him, and put on him a purple robe, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand : and bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! And when they had spit upon him, they took the reed, and smote him on the head. And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off him again, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene (named Simon); him they compelled to bear his cross. And they came unto the place which is called Golgotha, (that is to say, a place of dead men's skulls,) and gave himn z vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. When they had crucified him, they parted his garments, and did cast 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. And they sat and watched him there, and set up over his head the cause of his death, written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. Then were there two thieves crucified with him ; one on the right hand, and another on the left. They that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, and saying, Thou that destroyedst the temple of God, and didst build it in three days, save thyself: if thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise also the high priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved other, himself he cannot save : If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. From the sixth hour was there darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about
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The Epistle. Isaiah lxiii. What is he this that cometh from Edom, with red-coloured clothes of Bozra, (which is so costly cloth,) and cometh in so mightily with all his strength ? I am he that teacheth righteousness, and am of power to help. Wherefore then is thy clothing red, and thy raiment like his that treadeth in the wine press ? I have trodden the press myself alone, and of all people there is not one with me. Thus will I tread down niine enemies in my wrath, and set my feet upon them in mine indignation ; and their blood shall bespring my clothes, and so will I stain all my raiment. For the day of vengeance is assigned in my heart, and the year when my people shall be delivered is come. I looked about me, and there was no man to shew me any help; I marvelled that no man held me up: then I held me by mine own arm, and my ferventness sustained me. And thus will I tread down the people in my wrath, and bathe them in my displeasure, and upon the earth will I lay their strength. I will declare the goodness of the Lord, yea and the praise of the Lord, for all
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that he hath given us, for the great good that he hath done for Israel, which he hath given them of his own favour, and according to the multitude of his bloving-kindnesses. For he said, These no doubt are my people, and no shrinking children ; and so he was their Saviour. In their troubles he was also troubled with thein, and the angel that went forth from his presence delivered them : of very love and kindness that he had unto them he redeemed them : he hath borne them, and carried them up, ever since the world began. But after they provoked him to wrath, and vexed his holy mind, he was their enemy, and fought against them himself. Yet remembered Israel the old time of Moses and his people, saying, Where is he that brought them from the water of the sea, with them that fed his sheep? where is he that hath given his Holy Spirit among them ? he led them by the right hand of Moses, with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, (whereby he gat himself an everlasting name ;) he led them in the deep as an horse is led in the plain, that they should not stumble; as a tame beast goeth in the field : and the breath given of God giveth him rest. Thus (O God) hast thou led thy people, to make thyself a glorious name withal. Look down then from heaven, and behold the dwellingplace of thy sanctuary and thy glory. How is it that thy jealousy, thy strength, the multitude of thy mercies, and thy loving-kindness, will not be entreated of us? Yet art thou our Father: for Abraham knoweth us not, neither is Israel acquainted with us: but thou, Lord, art our Father and Redeemer, and thy name is everlasting. O Lord, wherefore hast thou led us out of thy way? wherefore hast thou hardened our hearts, that we fear thee not? Be at one with us again, for thy servants' sake, and for the generation of thine heritage. Thy people have had but a little of thy sanctuary in possession : for our enemies have trodden down the holy place. And we were thine from the beginning, when thou wast not their Lord, for they have not called upon thy name.
The Gospel. Mark xiv. · After two days was Easter, and the days of sweet bread : and the high priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death. But they said, Not in the feast day, lest any business arise among the people. And when he was Cat Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, even as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box b loving-kindness 1552.
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of ointment called nard, that was pure and costly; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head. And there were some that were not content within themselves, and said, What needed this waste of ointment? for it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given unto the poor : and they grudged against her. And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath done a good work on me: for ye have poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good; but me have ye not always. She hath done that she could; she came aforehand to anoint my body to the burying. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be rehearsed in remembrance of her. And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went away unto the high priests to betray him unto them. When they heard that they were glad, and promised that they would give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him. And the first day of sweet bread, (when they offered e passover,) his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare, that thou mayest eat the passover? And he sent forth two of his disciples, and said unto them, Go ye unto the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water; follow him. And whithersoever he goeth in, say ye unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guest-chamber, where I shall eat e passover with my disciples? And he will shew you a great parlour paved and prepared: there make ready for us. And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover. And when it was now eventide he came with the twelve. And as they sat at board, and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you (that eateth with me) shall betray me. And they began to be sorry, and to say to him one by one, Is it I? and another said, Is it I? He answered and said unto them, It is one of the twelve, even he that dippeth with me in the platter. The Son of man truly goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed : good were it for that man if he had never been born. And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks he brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks he took it to them: and they all drank of it. And he d upon his head 1552.
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said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God. And when they had said grace, they went out to & mount Olivet. And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered. But after that I am risen again, I will go into Galilee before you. Peter said unto him, And though all men be offended, yet will not I. And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me three times. But he spake more vehemently, No, if I should die with thee, I will not deny thee. Likewise also said they all. And they came into a place which was named Gethsemane: and he said to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I go aside and pray. And he taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and began to wax abashed, and to be in an agony, and said unto them, My soul is heavy even unto the death; tarry ye here, and watch. And he went forth a little, and fell down flat on the ground, and prayed, that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me; nevertheless, "not that I will, but that thou wilt be done. And he came and found them sleeping, and saith to Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldst not thou watch one hour? Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation : the spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. And again he went aside and prayed, and spake the same words. And he returned and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy, neither wist they what to answer him. And he came the third time, and said unto them, Sleep henceforth, and take your ease: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand. And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, (which was one of the twelve,) and with him a great number of people with swords and staves, from the high priests, and scribes, and elders. And he that betrayed him had given them a general token, saying, Whosoever I do kiss, the same is he; itake him, and lead him away warily. And as soon as he was come he goeth straightway to him, and saith unto him, Master, master; and kissed him. And they laid their hands on
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