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asked him, and said to him: Art thou the Christ, the 62 Son of the Blessed? And Jesus said, I am; and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming with the clouds of heaven. 63 And the high priest, rending his clothes, says: What 64 further need have we of witnesses? Ye heard the blasphemy. What think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death.


And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face and buffet him, and say to him, Prophesy. And the officers, with blows, took him charge.

66 And as Peter was below in the court, there comes 67 one of the maid-servants of the high priest; and

seeing Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and said: Thou also wast with Jesus the Nazarene. 68 But he denied, saying: I know not, nor understand I at all, what thou sayest. And he went out into the fore-court; and the cock crowed.


And the maid-servant, seeing him, began again to 70 say to those standing by, This is one of them. And he denied it again.

And a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter Surely thou art one of them; for thou art 71 a Galilean. But he began to invoke curses, and to

swear, I know not this man of whom ye speak. 72 And the cock crowed a second time. And Peter re

membered the word, how Jesus said to him: Before the cock crow twice, thou wilt thrice deny me. And as he thought thereon, he wept.

XV. AND straightway, in the morning, the chief 1 priests with the elders and scribes and the whole council, having held a consultation, bound Jesus and carried him away, and delivered him to Pilate. And 2 Pilate asked him, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answering said to him, Thou sayest it. And 3 the chief priests accused him of many things.

And Pilate asked him again, saying: Answerest 4 thou nothing? Behold what things they testify against thee. But Jesus no longer made any answer; 5 so that Pilate marvelled.

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Now at the feast he released to them one prisoner, 6 whomsoever they asked. And there was the one called 7 Barabbas, bound with his companions in sedition, who in the sedition had committed murder. And 8 coming up, the multitude began to make request, according as he had always done for them. And 9 Pilate answered them, saying: Will ye that I release to you the King of the Jews. For he knew 10 that through envy the chief priests had delivered him up. But the chief priests stirred up the multitude, 11 that he should rather release to them Barabbas. And 12 Pilate answering, said again to them: What will ye then that I shall do to him whom ye call the King of the Jews? And they cried again, Crucify him. 13 And Pilate said to them, What evil then has he 14 done? And they cried the more exceedingly, Crucify him.

And Pilate, willing to satisfy the multitude, re- 15

leased to them Barabbas; and he delivered up Jesus, 16 after scourging him, to be crucified. And the soldiers led him away into the court, which is Pretorium; and they call together the whole band. 17 And they clothe him with purple, and having plat18 ted a crown of thorns, they put it on him. And

they began to salute him: Hail, King of the Jews! 19 And they smote him on the head with a reed, and

spit upon him, and kneeling down, did homage to him. 20. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put on him his own garments. 21 And they lead him out to crucify him. And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who was passing by, coming from the country, the father of Alexander 22 and Rufus, to bear his cross. And they bring him

to the place Golgotha, which is interpreted, place 23 of a skull. And they gave him wine mingled with 24 myrrh; but he took it not. And having crucified

him, they divide his garments, casting lots upon 25 them, what any one should take. And it was 26 the third hour; and they crucified him. And the inscription of the accusation against him was written over: THE KING OF THE JEWS.


And with him they crucify two robbers; one on 28 his right hand, and one on his left. And the scripture was fulfilled, which says, And he was reckoned 29 with transgressors. And they that passed by railed

at him, wagging their heads, and saying : Aha, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three

days; save thyself, and come down from the cross. 30 Likewise also the chief priests, mocking one with 31 another, together with the scribes, said: He saved others, himself he can not save. Let the Christ, the 32 King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reproached him. *

And when the sixth hour was come, there was 33 darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, 34 saying: Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? Which is interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? And some of them that stood by, hear- 35 ing it, said: Behold, he calls Elijah. And one ran 36 and filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying: Let alone; let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.

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And Jesus, uttering a loud cry, expired. And the 37 vail of the temple was rent in twain, from the top 38 to the bottom. And the centurion who was stand- 39 ing near, over against him, seeing that he so cried out and expired, said: Truly this man was the Son of God.

And there were also women looking on afar off; 40 among whom was also Mary the Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome; who also, when he was in Galilee, fol- 41 lowed him, and ministered to him; and many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.


42. And evening having now come, since it was the preparation (which is the day before the sabbath), 43 Joseph from Arimathea, an honorable counselor, who also was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, came and went in boldly to Pilate, and asked 44 for the body of Jesus. And Pilate marvelled, if he

were already dead and calling to him the centurion, 45 he asked him if he had been long dead. And having learned it from the centurion, he gave the dead 46 body to Joseph. And having bought fine linen, he took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone to the door of the sepulchre. 47 And Mary the Magdalene, and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid.

1 XVI. AND the sabbath being past, Mary the Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, that they might come and 2 anoint him. And very early, on the first day of the week, they come to the sepulchre at the rising of 3 the sun. And they said to one another, Who will

roll away the stone for us from the door of the 4 sepulchre? And looking up, they see that the

stone has been rolled away. For it was very great. 5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a white

V. 42. Gr. which is the ante-sabbath.

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