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bellion': and behold, I have examined him before 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 pris20 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 bere 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 parted 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.

railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save 40 thyself and us. But the other answering, re

buked him, saying, Dost thou not fear God,

seeing thou art in the same condemnation ? 41 And we indeed justly ; for we receive the due

reward of our deeds : but this man hath done 42 nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord,

remember me when thou comest into thy king43 dom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say

unto thee, to-day thou shalt be with me in

paradise. 44 And it was about the sixth hour, and there

was darkness over all the earth until the ninth 45 hour.* And the sun was darkened, and the vail

of the temple was rent in the midst. 46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice,

he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my

spirit : and having said thus, he expired. 47 Now, when the centurion saw what was

done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly 48 this was a righteous man. And all the people

that came together to that sight, beholding the

things that were done, smote their breasts, and 49 returned. And all his acquaintance, and the

women that followed him from Galilee, stood

afar off, beholding these things. 50 And, behold, there was a man named Jo

seph, a counsellor, and a worthy, upright man; 51 (the same had not consented to the counsel

and conduct of the Jewish rulers,) he was of

* The Jews reckoned the hours of the day from six in the morning, or at sunrise: so that the sixth hour was the middle of the day. The darkness was probably confined to the land of Judea.

Arimathea, a city of the Jews; who also himself 52 waited for the kingdom of God.*

This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Je53 sus. And he took it down, and wrapped it in

linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn

in stone, wherein never man before was laid. 54 And that day was the preparation, and the sab.

bath drew on.t 55 And the women also, which came with him

from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the 56 sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And

they returned, and prepared spices and ointment; and rested the sabbath-day, according to the commandment.

CHAP. XXIV.

1 NOW, upon the first day of the week, very

early in the morning, they came unto the sep

ulchre, bringing the spices which they had 2 prepared, and certain others with them. And

ihey found the stone rolled away from the sep3 ulchre. And they entered in, and found not 4 the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to

pass, as they were much perplexed at this,

behold two men stood by them in shining gar5 ments. And as they were afraid, and, bowed

down their faces to the earth, ihey said unto them, 6 Why seek ye the living among the dead ? He

is not here, but is risen : remember how he

Was expecting the coming of Christ. † This was the Jewish Saturday, or day next before the Sabbath.

spake unto you when he was yet in Gallec, 7 saying, The Son of man must be delivered into

the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and 8 the third day rise again. And they remembered 9 his words. And returned from the sepulchre,

and told all these things unto the eleven, and 10 to all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene, and

Joanna, and Mary, the mother of James, and

other women that were with them, which told 11 these things unto the apostles. And their

words seemed to them as idle tales, and they

believed them not. 12 Then Peter arose, and ran unto the sepul

chre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to

pass. 13 And, behold, two of them went that same

day to a village called Emmaus, which was 14 from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. And

they talked together of all these things which 15 had happened. And it came to pass, that

while they communed together, and reasoned,

Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. 16 But their eyes were holden, that they should 17 noi know him. And he said unto them, What

manner of communications are these that ye

have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad ? 18 And one of them whose name was Cleopas,

answering, said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things

which are come to pass there in these days? 19 And he said unto them, What things ? And

they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Naz

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