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Matthew 27

1 And when it was morning, all the chief·​·priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put· Him ·to·​·death;
2 and binding Him, they led· Him ·away, and delivered· Him ·up to Pontius Pilate the governor.
3 Then Judas, who betrayed Him, seeing that He was condemned, being·​·remorseful, returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief·​·priests and the elders,
4 saying, I have sinned, in that I have delivered·​·up innocent blood. But they said, What is it to us? Thou shalt see.
5 And throwing·​·down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed, and going·​·away hanged himself.
6 And the chief·​·priests taking the pieces of silver, said, It is not permitted to cast them into the korbanan1, since it is the price of blood.
7 And taking counsel, they bought with them the field of the potter, for a sepulcher for sojourners.
8 Wherefore that field was called field of blood, unto this day.
9 Then was fulfilled what was declared through Jeremiah the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of Him who was honored, whom they of the sons of Israel honored;
10 and gave them for the field of the potter, as the Lord directed me.2
11 And Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked Him, saying, Art Thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus declared to him, Thou sayest.
12 And when He was accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing.
13 Then says Pilate to Him, Hearest Thou not how many things they witness against Thee?
14 And He did not answer him to one saying, so that the governor marveled greatly.
15 And at the festival the governor was accustomed to release one prisoner to the crowd, whom they would.
16 And they had then a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas.
17 When therefore they were gathered, 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 when he was seated on the tribunal, his wife sent to him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just One, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him.
20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds, that they should ask·​·for Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
21 And the governor answering said to them, Which of the two will ye that I release to you? And they said, Barabbas.
22 Pilate says to them, What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ? They all say to him, Let Him be crucified.
23 And the governor declared, Why, what evil has He done? But they cried out exceedingly, saying, Let Him be crucified!
24 And Pilate, seeing that he profits nothing, but more of an uproar was·​·made, taking water he washed·​·off his hands opposite the crowd, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just Man; you shall see.
25 And all the people answering said, His blood be upon us, and upon our children.
26 Then released he Barabbas to them; but delivered Jesus up, when he had whipped Him, to be crucified.
27 Then the soldiers of the governor, taking Jesus into the praetorium, gathered against Him the whole band of soldiers.
28 And stripping Him, they cast around Him a scarlet mantle.
29 And braiding a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right·​·hand; and kneeling·​·before Him, mocked Him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
30 And spitting upon Him, they took the reed, and struck Him on His head.
31 And when they had mocked Him, they took the mantle off Him, and put· His own garments ·on Him, 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 take His cross.
33 And when they were come to a place called Golgotha, which is called Place of a Skull,
34 they gave Him vinegar to drink, mingled with gall, and when He had tasted, He would not drink.
35 And when they had crucified Him, they divided His garments, casting a lot, that it might be fulfilled which was declared by the prophet, They divided My garments among them, and upon My vesture they cast a lot.3
36 And sitting down they kept watch over Him there;
37 and set over His head His charge written, This is Jesus the King of the Jews.
38 Then were two robbers crucified with Him, one on the right·​·hand, and the other on the left.
39 And they who went·​·by blasphemed Him, moving their heads,
40 and saying, Thou who undoest the temple, and in three days buildest it, save Thyself. If Thou be the Son of God, step·​·down from the cross.
41 And likewise also the chief priests, mocking with the scribes and elders, said,
42 He saved others, Himself He cannot save. If He be the King of Israel, let Him step·​·down now from the cross, and we will believe Him.
43 He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now, if He delights in Him4; for He said, I am the Son of God.
44 And for the same thing the robbers also, who were crucified with Him, reproached Him.
45 And from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried·​·out with a great voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That·​·is, My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?5
47 And some standing there, hearing it, said, This Man calls for Elijah.
48 And straightway one of them running, and taking a sponge, and filling it with vinegar, and placing it on a reed, gave Him to drink.
49 But the rest said, Let·​·be, let us see if Elijah will come to save Him.
50 And Jesus again crying with a great voice, let forth the spirit.
51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was ripped in two, from the top to the bottom; and the earth was shaken; and the rocks were ripped open;
52 and the sepulchers were opened, and many bodies of the holy ones who slumbered arose,
53 and coming out of the sepulchers after His resurrection, entered into the holy city, and appeared to many.
54 And the centurion, and they who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and those things that were·​·done, feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
55 And many women were there, beholding from afar·​·off, who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him,
56 among whom was Mary Magdalene, 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 rich man from Arimathea, whose name was Joseph, who also himself was·​·a·​·disciple of Jesus.
58 He coming to Pilate asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered the body to be given·​·back.
59 And Joseph taking the body, wrapped it in a clean cloth,
60 and put it in his new sepulcher, which he had hewn in the rock; and rolling· a great stone ·onto the door of the sepulcher, he went away.
61 And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the tomb.
62 And on·​·the·​·morrow, which is the day after the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees were gathered together to Pilate,
63 saying, Lord, we remember that the deceiver said, while He was yet living, After three days I will arise.
64 Order therefore that the tomb be secured until the third day, lest His disciples coming by night steal Him, and say to the people, He is risen from the dead; and the last error shall be worse than the first.
65 And Pilate declared to them, You have a guard6; go, secure it as you know how.
66 And going they secured the tomb, sealing the stone, with the guard.

1Aramaic word for the offering given to the priests (cf. Mark 7:11)

2Jeremiah 32:6-9; see also Zechariah 11:12-13, AC 2276:2-3, 2966:3

3Psalms 22:18

4literally, “wills for Him”, but see Psalm 22:8

5Psalms 22:1

6This is Greek κουστωδια, the Roman word for guard.