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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.f 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 straight

way one of them ran, and took a spunge, and

filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and 49 gave him to drink. The rest said, Let be, let

us see whether Elias will come to save him.I 50 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.

And many

Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things

which were done, they feared greatly, saying, 55 Truly this was the Son of God.

women were there, beholding afar off, who fol

lowed 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.

CHAP. XXVIII.*

5 men.

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 descend

ed 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

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 láy. 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.

And as they went to tell his disciples, behold Jesus met them, saying, All bail. 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. 11 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

12 done. And when they were assembled with

the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave 13 large money unto the soldiers, saying to

them, Do ye say, His disciples came by night, 14 and stole him away while we slept.* And if

this come to the governor's ears, we will per15 suade him, and secure you. So they took

the money, and did as they were taught : and this saying is commonly reported among the

Jews until this day. 16 Then the eleven disciples went away into

Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had 17 appointed them. And when they saw him,

they worshipped him : but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came, and spake unto them, saying,

All power is given unto me in heaven and in

earth. 19 Go ye therefore and make disciples of all

nations, baptizing them in the name of the

Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit ;t 20 teaching them to observe all things whatsoever

I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

* A most absurd story.

† An allusion, perhaps, to the practice of the Jews with their proselytes--they were baptized in the presence of three persons.

PREFACE TO MARK'S GOSPEL.

ST. MARK, the writer of this gospel, was not one of the twelve apostles; nor is it probable that he was one of those who were personally favored with the preaching of Christ. But according to the general opinion of the primitive Christians, he wrote his narrative of the life and miracles of our Savior by direction of the apostle Peter, with whom, after the death of Christ, he was often associated in preaching the gospel. Being long a companion of Peter, and receiving a particular account from him of the miracles and doctrines of Jesus, he was qualified to give a true and correct relation. He is probably the person mentioned by Peter in his first epistle, chap. v. 13. Whether he were the same who is spoken of in Acts, chap. xii. 12. chap. xiii. 5, 13, who is also called John, learned men are not agreed. Dr. Lardner, however, supposes he was.

If he were the saine, he was also after a companion of Paul and Barnabas in their travels to preach the gospel. But it is sufficient for all the purposes of establishing the genuineness and authenticity of his history, that he was long intimate with the apostle Peter, and from him directly received the account he has given us in his gospel respecting the miracles and discourses of Christ.

Some have supposed St. Mark's gospel was merely an abridgment of St. Matthew's. But it is not probable, that Mark had seen the gospel of Matthew, when he wrote his history. We learn from early ecclesiastical writers, that Mark wrote his gospel at Rome, at the request of the converts there, who had been instructed in the Christian faith by St. Peter, whom Mark attended : and that he wrote about the same time Matthew's gospel was written in Judea for the benefit of the Jews. It is evidently not an abridgment of Matthew. For he not only passes over some things related by Matthew; but narrates many events and miracles not noticed in the history of that evangelist.

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