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Copyright 1901 by Thomas Nelson & Sons
Copyright 1929 by the International Council of Religious Education

Chapter 22

[1]And Jesus answered and spake again in parables unto them, saying, [2]The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a certain king, who made a marriage feast for his son, [3]and sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the marriage feast: and they would not come. [4]Again he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them that are bidden, Behold, I have made ready my dinner; my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come to the marriage feast. [5]But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his merchandise; [6]and the rest laid hold on his servants, and treated them shamefully, and killed them. [7] But the king was wroth; and he sent his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. [8]Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they that were bidden were not worthy. [9]Go ye therefore unto the partings of the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage feast. [10]And those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was filled with guests. [11]But when the king came in to behold the guests, he saw there a man who had not on a wedding-garment: [12]and he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding-garment? And he was speechless. [13]Then the king said to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and cast him out into the outer darkness; there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth. [14]For many are called, but few chosen.

[15]Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might ensnare him in [his] talk. [16]And they send to him their disciples, with the Herodians, saying, Teacher, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, and carest not for any one: for thou regardest not the person of men. [17]Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? [18]But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why make ye trial of me, ye hypocrites? [19]Show me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a denarius. [20]And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? [21]They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's. [22]And when they heard it, they marvelled, and left him, and went away.

[23]On that day there came to him Sadducees, they that say that there is no resurrection: and they asked him, [24] saying, Teacher, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. [25]Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first married and deceased, and having no seed left his wife unto his brother; [26]in like manner the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. [27]And after them all, the woman died. [28]In the resurrection therefore whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her. [29]But Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. [30]For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as angels in heaven. [31]But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, [32]I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not [the God] of the dead, but of the living. [33]And when the multitudes heard it, they were astonished at his teaching.

[34]But the Pharisees, when they heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, gathered themselves together. [35] And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, trying him: [36]Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law? [37]And he said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. [38]This is the great and first commandment. [39] And a second like [unto it] is this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. [40]On these two commandments the whole law hangeth, and the prophets.

[41]Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, [42]saying, What think ye of the Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, [The son] of David. [43]He saith unto them, How then doth David in the Spirit call him Lord, saying, [44]The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Till I put thine enemies underneath thy feet? [45]If David then calleth him Lord, how is he his son? [46]And no one was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.

Chapter 23

[1]Then spake Jesus to the multitudes and to his disciples, [2]saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses seat: [3]all things therefore whatsoever they bid you, [these] do and observe: but do not ye after their works; for they say, and do not. [4]Yea, they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with their finger. [5]But all their works they do to be seen of men: for they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders [of their garments], [6]and love the chief place at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, [7]and the salutations in the marketplaces, and to be called of men, Rabbi. [8]But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your teacher, and all ye are brethren. [9]And call no man your father on the earth: for one is your Father, [even] he who is in heaven. [10]Neither be ye called masters: for one is your master, [even] the Christ. [11]But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. [12]And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be humbled; and whosoever shall humble himself shall be exalted.

[13]But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye shut the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye enter not in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering in to enter. [ [14]Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, even while for a pretence ye make long prayers: therefore ye shall receive greater condemnation.] [15]Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he is become so, ye make him twofold more a son of hell than yourselves. [16]Woe unto you, ye blind guides, that say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor. [17]Ye fools and blind: for which is greater, the gold, or the temple that hath sanctified the gold? [18]And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gift that is upon it, he is a debtor. [19]Ye blind: for which is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? [20]He therefore that sweareth by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon. [21]And he that sweareth by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein. [22]And he that sweareth by the heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.

[23]Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye tithe mint and anise and cummin, and have left undone the weightier matters of the law, justice, and mercy, and faith: but these ye ought to have done, and not to have left the other undone. [24]Ye blind guides, that strain out the gnat, and swallow the camel! [25]Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye cleanse the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full from extortion and excess. [26]Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup and of the platter, that the outside thereof may become clean also. [27]Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which outwardly appear beautiful, but inwardly are full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. [28]Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but inwardly ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

[29]Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and garnish the tombs of the righteous, [30]and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we should not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. [31]Wherefore ye witness to yourselves, that ye are sons of them that slew the prophets. [32]Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. [33]Ye serpents, ye offspring of vipers, how shall ye escape the judgment of hell? [34]Therefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: some of them shall ye kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city: [35]that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of Abel the righteous unto the blood of Zachariah son of Barachiah, whom ye slew between the sanctuary and the altar. [36]Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.

[37]O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killeth the prophets, and stoneth them that are sent unto her! how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! [38]Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. [39]For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed [is] he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Chapter 24

[1]And Jesus went out from the temple, and was going on his way; and his disciples came to him to show him the buildings of the temple. [2]But he answered and said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

[3]And as he sat on the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what [shall be] the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? [4]And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man lead you astray. [5]For many shall come in my name, saying, I am the Christ; and shall lead many astray. [6]And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that ye be not troubled: for [these things] must needs come to pass; but the end is not yet. [7]For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines and earthquakes in divers places. [8]But all these things are the beginning of travail. [9]Then shall they deliver you up unto tribulation, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all the nations for my name's sake. [10] And then shall many stumble, and shall deliver up one another, and shall hate one another. [11]And many false prophets shall arise, and shall lead many astray. [12]And because iniquity shall be multiplied, the love of the many shall wax cold. [13]But he that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved. [14]And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a testimony unto all the nations; and then shall the end come.

[15]When therefore ye see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let him that readeth understand), [16]then let them that are in Judaea flee unto the mountains: [17]let him that is on the housetop not go down to take out things that are in his house: [18]and let him that is in the field not return back to take his cloak. [19]But woe unto them that are with child and to them that give suck in those days! [20] And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on a sabbath: [21]for then shall be great tribulation, such as hath not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, nor ever shall be. [22]And except those days had been shortened, no flesh would have been saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. [23]Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is the Christ, or, Here; believe [it] not. [24] For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. [25]Behold, I have told you beforehand. [26]If therefore they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the wilderness; go not forth: Behold, he is in the inner chambers; believe [it] not. [27]For as the lightning cometh forth from the east, and is seen even unto the west; so shall be the coming of the Son of man. [28] Wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

[29]But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: [30]and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. [31]And he shall send forth his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

[32]Now from the fig tree learn her parable: when her branch is now become tender, and putteth forth its leaves, ye know that the summer is nigh; [33]even so ye also, when ye see all these things, know ye that he is nigh, [even] at the doors. [34]Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all these things be accomplished. [35]Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. [36]But of that day and hour knoweth no one, not even the angels of heaven, neither the Son, but the Father only. [37] And as [were] the days of Noah, so shall be the coming of the Son of man. [38]For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, [39] and they knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall be the coming of the Son of man. [40]Then shall two man be in the field; one is taken, and one is left: [41]two women [shall be] grinding at the mill; one is taken, and one is left. [42]Watch therefore: for ye know not on what day your Lord cometh. [43]But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what watch the thief was coming, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken through. [44]Therefore be ye also ready; for in an hour that ye think not the Son of man cometh.

[45]Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath set over his household, to give them their food in due season? [46]Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. [47]Verily I say unto you, that he will set him over all that he hath. [48]But if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord tarrieth; [49]and shall begin to beat his fellow-servants, and shall eat and drink with the drunken; [50]the lord of that servant shall come in a day when he expecteth not, and in an hour when he knoweth not, [51]and shall cut him asunder, and appoint his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.

Chapter 25

[1]Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. [2]And five of them were foolish, and five were wise. [3]For the foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them: [4]but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. [5]Now while the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. [6]But at midnight there is a cry, Behold, the bridegroom! Come ye forth to meet him. [7]Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. [8]And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are going out. [9]But the wise answered, saying, Peradventure there will not be enough for us and you: go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. [10]And while they went away to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage feast: and the door was shut. [11]Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. [12]But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. [13]Watch therefore, for ye know not the day nor the hour.

[14]For [it is] as [when] a man, going into another country, called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. [15]And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his several ability; and he went on his journey. [16]Straightway he that received the five talents went and traded with them, and made other five talents. [17]In like manner he also that [received] the two gained other two. [18]But he that received the one went away and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. [19]Now after a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and maketh a reckoning with them. [20]And he that received the five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: lo, I have gained other five talents. [21]His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord. [22]And he also that [received] the two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: lo, I have gained other two talents. [23]His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord. [24]And he also that had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou didst not sow, and gathering where thou didst not scatter; [25]and I was afraid, and went away and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, thou hast thine own. [26] But his lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I did not scatter; [27]thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the bankers, and at my coming I should have received back mine own with interest. [28]Take ye away therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him that hath the ten talents. [29]For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken away. [30]And cast ye out the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.

[31]But when the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the angels with him, then shall he sit on the throne of his glory: [32]and before him shall be gathered all the nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as the shepherd separateth the sheep from the goats; [33]and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. [34] Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: [35]for I was hungry, and ye gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in; [36]naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me. [37]Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, and fed thee? or athirst, and gave thee drink? [38]And when saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? [39]And when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? [40]And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these my brethren, [even] these least, ye did it unto me. [41]Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels: [42]for I was hungry, and ye did not give me to eat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink; [43]I was a stranger, and ye took me not in; naked, and ye clothed me not; sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. [44]Then shall they also answer, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? [45]Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not unto one of these least, ye did it not unto me. [46]And these shall go away into eternal punishment: but the righteous into eternal life.

Chapter 26

[1]And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these words, he said unto his disciples, [2]Ye know that after two days the passover cometh, and the Son of man is delivered up to be crucified. [3]Then were gathered together the chief priests, and the elders of the people, unto the court of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas; [4]and they took counsel together that they might take Jesus by subtlety, and kill him. [5]But they said, Not during the feast, lest a tumult arise among people.

[6]Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, [7]there came unto him a woman having an alabaster cruse of exceeding precious ointment, and she poured it upon his head, as he sat at meat. [8]But when the disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? [9]For this [ointment] might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. [10]But Jesus perceiving it said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. [11]For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. [12]For in that she poured this ointment upon my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. [13]Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, that also which this woman hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.

[14]Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, [15]and said, What are ye willing to give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they weighed unto him thirty pieces of silver. [16]And from that time he sought opportunity to deliver him [unto them.]

[17]Now on the first [day] of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, Where wilt thou that we make ready for thee to eat the passover? [18]And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Teacher saith, My time is at hand; I keep the passover at thy house with my disciples. [19]And the disciples did as Jesus appointed them; and they made ready the passover. [20]Now when even was come, he was sitting at meat with the twelve disciples; [21]and as they were eating, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. [22] And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began to say unto him every one, Is it I, Lord? [23]And he answered and said, He that dipped his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. [24]The Son of man goeth, even as it is written of him: but woe unto that man through whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had not been born. [25]And Judas, who betrayed him, answered and said, Is it I, Rabbi? He saith unto him, Thou hast said.

[26]And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it; and he gave to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. [27]And he took a cup, and gave thanks, and gave to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; [28] for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many unto remission of sins. [29]But I say unto you, I shall not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.

[30]And when they had sung a hymn, they went out unto the mount of Olives. [31]Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended in me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. [32] But after I am raised up, I will go before you into Galilee. [33]But Peter answered and said unto him, If all shall be offended in thee, I will never be offended. [34]Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, that this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. [35]Peter saith unto him, Even if I must die with thee, [yet] will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.

[36]Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto his disciples, Sit ye here, while I go yonder and pray. [37]And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and sore troubled. [38]Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: abide ye here, and watch with me. [39]And he went forward a little, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass away from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt. [40]And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? [41]Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. [42]Again a second time he went away, and prayed, saying, My Father, if this cannot pass away, except I drink it, thy will be done. [43]And he came again and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. [44]And he left them again, and went away, and prayed a third time, saying again the same words. [45]Then cometh he to the disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. [46]Arise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that betrayeth me.

[47]And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priest and elders of the people. [48]Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that is he: take him. [49]And straightway he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, Rabbi; and kissed him. [50]And Jesus said unto him, Friend, [do] that for which thou art come. Then they came and laid hands on Jesus, and took him. [51]And behold, one of them that were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and smote the servant of the high priest, and struck off his ear. [52]Then saith Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into its place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. [53]Or thinkest thou that I cannot beseech my Father, and he shall even now send me more than twelve legions of angels? [54]How then should the scriptures be fulfilled that thus it must be? [55]In that hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a robber with swords and staves to seize me? I sat daily in the temple teaching, and ye took me not. [56]But all this is come to pass, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples left him, and fled.

[57]And they that had taken Jesus led him away to [the house of] Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together. [58]But Peter followed him afar off, unto the court of the high priest, and entered in, and sat with the officers, to see the end. [59]Now the chief priests and the whole council sought false witness against Jesus, that they might put him to death; [60]and they found it not, though many false witnesses came. But afterward came two, [61]and said, This man said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. [62]And the high priest stood up, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? [63]But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou art the Christ, the Son of God. [64]Jesus said unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Henceforth ye shall see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven. [65]Then the high priest rent his garments, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy: what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard the blasphemy: [66]what think ye? They answered and said, He is worthy of death. [67]Then did they spit in his face and buffet him: and some smote him with the palms of their hands, [68] saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ: who is he that struck thee?

[69]Now Peter was sitting without in the court: and a maid came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus the Galilaean. [70]But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest. [71]And when he was gone out into the porch, another [maid] saw him, and saith unto them that were there, This man also was with Jesus of Nazareth. [72]And again he denied with an oath, I know not the man. [73]And after a little while they that stood by came and said to Peter, Of a truth thou also art [one] of them; for thy speech maketh thee known. [74]Then began he to curse and to swear, I know not the man. And straightway the cock crew. [75]And Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

Chapter 27

[1]Now when morning was come, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: [2]and they bound him, and led him away, and delivered him up to Pilate the governor.

[3]Then Judas, who betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, [4]saying, I have sinned in that I betrayed innocent blood. But they said, What is that to us? see thou [to it]. [5]And he cast down the pieces of silver into the sanctuary, and departed; and he went away and hanged himself. [6]And the chief priests took the pieces of silver, and said, It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is the price of blood. [7]And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in. [8]Wherefore that field was called, the field of blood, unto this day. [9]Then was fulfilled that which was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was priced, whom [certain] of the children of Israel did price; [10]and they gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me.

[11]Now Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest. [12]And when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. [13]Then saith Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? [14]And he gave him no answer, not even to one word: insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly. [15]Now at the feast the governor was wont to release unto the multitude one prisoner, whom they would. [16]And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. [17]When therefore they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ? [18]For he knew that for envy they had delivered him up. [19]And while he was sitting on the judgment-seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that righteous man; for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him. [20]Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. [21]But the governor answered and said unto them, Which of the two will ye that I release unto you? And they said, Barabbas. [22]Pilate saith unto them, What then shall I do unto Jesus who is called Christ? They all say, Let him be crucified. [23]And he said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out exceedingly, saying, Let him be crucified. [24]So when Pilate saw that he prevailed nothing, but rather that a tumult was arising, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this righteous man; see ye [to it]. [25]And all the people answered and said, His blood [be] on us, and on our children. [26]Then released he unto them Barabbas; but Jesus he scourged and delivered to be crucified.

[27]Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium, and gathered unto him the whole band. [28]And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. [29]And they platted a crown of thorns and put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand; and they kneeled down before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! [30]And they spat upon him, and took the reed and smote him on the head. [31]And when they had mocked him, they took off from him the robe, and put on him his garments, and led him away to crucify him.

[32]And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to go [with them], that he might bear his cross. [33]And they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, The place of a skull, [34]they gave him wine to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted it, he would not drink. [35]And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments among them, casting lots; [36]and they sat and watched him there. [37]And they set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. [38] Then are there crucified with him two robbers, one on the right hand and one on the left. [39]And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, [40]and saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself: if thou art the Son of God, come down from the cross. [41]In like manner also the chief priests mocking [him], with the scribes and elders, said, [42]He saved others; himself he cannot save. He is the King of Israel; let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe on him. [43]He trusteth on God; let him deliver him now, if he desireth him: for he said, I am the Son of God. [44]And the robbers also that were crucified with him cast upon him the same reproach.

[45]Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. [46]And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? [47]And some of them stood there, when they heard it, said, This man calleth Elijah. [48]And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. [49]And the rest said, Let be; let us see whether Elijah cometh to save him. [50]And Jesus cried again with a loud voice, and yielded up his spirit. [51]And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake; and the rocks were rent; [52]and the tombs were opened; and many bodies of the saints that had fallen asleep were raised; [53]and coming forth out of the tombs after his resurrection they entered into the holy city and appeared unto many. [54]Now the centurion, and they that were with him watching Jesus, when they saw the earthquake, and the things that were done, feared exceedingly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God. [55]And many women were there beholding from afar, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him: [56]among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

[57]And when even was come, there came a rich man from Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: [58]this man went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded it to be given up. [59]And Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, [60]and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb, and departed. [61]And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.

[62]Now on the morrow, which is [the day] after the Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees were gathered together unto Pilate, [63]saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said while he was yet alive, After three days I rise again. [64]Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest haply his disciples come and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: and the last error will be worse than the first. [65]Pilate said unto them, Ye have a guard: go, make it [as] sure as ye can. [66]So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, the guard being with them.

Chapter 28

[1]Now late on the sabbath day, as it began to dawn toward the first [day] of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. [2]And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled away the stone, and sat upon it. [3]His appearance was as lightning, and his raiment white as snow: [4]and for fear of him the watchers did quake, and became as dead men. [5]And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye; for I know that ye seek Jesus, who hath been crucified. [6]He is not here; for he is risen, even as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. [7]And go quickly, and tell his disciples, He is risen from the dead; and lo, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. [8]And they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring his disciples word. [9]And behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and took hold of his feet, and worshipped him. [10] Then saith Jesus unto them, Fear not: go tell my brethren that they depart into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

[11]Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city, and told unto the chief priests all the things that were come to pass. [12]And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave much money unto the soldiers, [13]saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. [14]And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and rid you of care. [15]So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying was spread abroad among the Jews, [and continueth] until this day.

[16]But the eleven disciples went into Galilee, unto the mountain where Jesus had appointed them. [17]And when they saw him, they worshipped [him]; but some doubted. [18]And Jesus came to them and spake unto them, saying, All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth. [19]Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: [20]teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.