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Matthew 27

1. AND when morning was come, all the chief priests and ancients of the people took counsel against Jesus, that they might put him to death. 2 And they brought him bound, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.

3 Then Judas, who betrayed him, seeing that he was condemned, repenting
himself, brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and

4 Saying: I have sinned in betraying innocent blood. But they said: What
is that to us? look thou to it.

5 And casting down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed: and
went and hanged himself with an halter.

6 But the chief priests having taken the pieces of silver, said: It is not
lawful to put them into the corbona, because it is the price of blood.

7 And after they had consulted together, they bought with them the
potter's field, to be a burying place for strangers.

8 For this cause the field was called Haceldama, that is, The field of
blood, even to this day.

9 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremias the prophet,
saying: And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that
was prized, whom they prized of the children of Israel.

10 And they gave them unto the potter's field, as the Lord appointed to

11 And Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him,
saying: Art thou the king of the Jews? Jesus saith to him: Thou sayest it.

12 And when he was accused by the chief priests and ancients, he answered

13 Then Pilate saith to him: Dost not thou hear how great testimonies they
allege against thee?

14 And he answered him to never a word; so that the governor wondered

15 Now upon the solemn day the governor was accustomed to release to the
people one prisoner, whom they would.

16 And he had then a notorious prisoner, that was called Barabbas.

17 They therefore being gathered together, Pilate said: Whom will you that
I release to you, Barabbas, or Jesus that is called Christ?

18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

19 And as he was sitting in the place of judgment, his wife sent to him,
saying: Have thou nothing to do with that just man; for I have suffered
many things this day in a dream because of him.

20 But the chief priests and ancients persuaded the people, that they
should ask Barabbas, and make Jesus away.

21 And the governor answering, said to them: Whether will you of the two
to be released unto you? But they said, Barabbas.

22 Pilate saith to them: What shall I do then with Jesus that is called
Christ? They say all: Let him be crucified.

23 The governor said to them: Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried
out the more, saying: Let him be crucified.

24 And Pilate seeing that he prevailed nothing, but that rather a tumult
was made; taking water washed his hands before the people, saying: I am
innocent of the blood of this just man; look you to it.

25 And the whole people answering, said: His blood be upon us and our

26 Then he released to them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered
him unto them to be crucified.

27 Then the soldiers of the governor taking Jesus into the hall, gathered
together unto him the whole band;

28 And stripping him, they put a scarlet cloak about him.

29 And platting a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed
in his right hand. And bowing
the knee before him, they mocked him, saying: Hail, king of the Jews.

30 And spitting upon him, they took the reed, and struck his head.

31 And after they had mocked him, they took off the cloak from him, and
put on him his own garments, and led him away to crucify him.
32 And going out, they found a man of Cyrene, named Simon: him they forced
to take up his cross.

33 And they came to the place that is called Golgotha, which is the place
of Calvary.

34 And they gave him wine to drink mingled with gall. And when he had
tasted, he would not drink.

35 And after they had crucified him, they divided his garments, casting
lots; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:
They divided my garments among them; and upon my vesture they cast lots.

36 And they sat and watched him.

37 And they put over his head his cause written: THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF

38 Then were crucified with him two thieves: one on the right hand, and
one on the left.

39 And they that passed by, blasphemed him, wagging their heads,

40 And saying: Vah, thou that destroyest the temple of God, and in three 
days dost rebuild it: save thy own self: if thou be the Son of God, come
down from the cross.

41 In like manner also the chief priests, with the scribes and ancients,
mocking, said:

42 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the king of Israel,
let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.

43 He trusted in God; let him now deliver him if he will have him; for he
said: I am the Son of God.

44 And the selfsame thing the thieves also, that were crucified with him,
reproached him with.

45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over the whole earth, until
the ninth hour.

46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying: Eli,
Eli, lamma sabacthani? that is, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

47 And some that stood there and heard, said: This man calleth Elias.

48 And immediately one of them running took a sponge, and filled it with
vinegar; and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.

49 And the others said: Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to
deliver him.

50 And Jesus again crying with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

51 And behold the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top even to
the bottom, and the earth quaked, and the rocks were rent.

52 And the graves were opened: and many bodies of the saints that had
slept arose,

53 And coming out of the tombs after his resurrection, came into the holy
city, and appeared to many.

54 Now the centurion and they that were with him watching Jesus, having
seen the earthquake, and the things that were done, were sore afraid,
saying: Indeed this was the Son of God.

55 And there were there many women afar off, who had followed Jesus from
Galilee, ministering unto him:

56 Among whom was Mary Magdalen, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph,
and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

57 And when it was evening, there came a certain rich man of Arimathea,
named Joseph, who also himself was a disciple of AJesus.

58 He went to Pilate, and asked the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded
that the body should be delivered.

59 And Joseph taking the body, wrapped it up in a clean linen cloth.

60 And laid it in his own new monument, which he had hewed out in a rock.
And he rolled a great
stone to the door of the monument, and went his way.

61 And there was there Mary Magdalen, and the other Mary sitting over
against the sepulchre.

62 And the next day, which followed the day of preparation, the chief
priests and the Pharisees came together to Pilate,

63 Saying: Sir, we have remembered, that that seducer said, while he was
yet alive: After three days I will rise again.

64 Command therefore the sepulchre to be guarded until the third day: lest
perhaps his disciples come and steal him away, and say to the people: He
is risen from the dead; and the last error shall be worse than the first.

65 Pilate saith to them: You have a guard; go, guard it as you know.

66 And they departing, made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and
setting guards.

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Updated by Jane Vadnal, February, 1998