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spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? Behold, ye have now heard his blasphemy. 66 What think ye? They answered and said: He is 67 guilty of death. Then spit they in his face, and

buffeted him; and others smote him, saying: 68 Prophesy to us, O Christ, who is he that struck thee?


Now Peter was sitting without in the court. And a damsel came to him, saying: Thou also wast 70 with Jesus the Galilean. But he denied before all, 71 saying: I know not what thou sayest. And when

he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said to them that were there: This man 72 also was with Jesus the Nazarene. And again he 73 denied with an oath, I do not know the man. And

after a little while, they that stood by came and said to Peter: Surely thou also art one of them; for 74 thy speech betrays thee. Then began he to invoke curses, and to swear, I know not the man. And 75 immediately the cock crowed. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus when he said: Before the cock crows, thou wilt thrice deny me. And he went out, and wept bitterly.


XXVII. AND when morning was come, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took coun2 sel against Jesus, so as to put him to death. And having bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.

Then Judas, who betrayed him, when he saw that 3 he was condemned, repenting brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying: I sinned in betraying innocent blood. 4 And they said: What is it to us? Look thou to it. And casting down the pieces of silver in the temple, 5 he departed; and he went away and hanged himself. 6 And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said: It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is the price of blood. And they took counsel, and 7 bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field was called the field of 8 blood, unto this day.

Then was fulfilled that which was spoken through 9 Jeremiah the prophet, saying: And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was priced, whom they of the children of Israel did price; and gave them for the potter's field, as the 10 Lord appointed to me.

And Jesus stood before the governor. And the 11 governor questioned him, saying: Art thou the king of the Jews? And Jesus said to him: Thou sayest it. And when he was accused by the chief 12 priests and the elders, he made no answer. Then 13 said Pilate to him: Hearest thou not what things they witness against thee? And he made him no 14 answer, not even to one word; so that the governor greatly wondered.

Now at the feast the governor was wont to release 15

to the multitude one prisoner, whom they would. 16 And they had then a noted prisoner, called Barab17 bas. When therefore they were gathered together,

Pilate said to them: Whom will ye that I release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ? 18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him up.



And as he sat on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying: Have nothing to do with that just man; for I have suffered much this day in a dream because of him.

And the chief priests and the elders persuaded the multitudes, that they should ask for Barabbas, 21 and should destroy Jesus. And the governor an

swering 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: 23 Let him be crucified. And the governor said: What evil then has he done? But they cried the more, saying: Let him be crucified.

24 And Pilate, seeing that it avails nothing, but rather that a tumult is made, took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying: I am innocent of the blood of this just man. Look ye to 25 it. And all the people answering said: His blood 26 be on us, and on our children. Then he released to

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them Barabbas; but Jesus he scourged, and delivered up to be crucified.

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into 27 the Praetorium, and gathered to him the whole band. And they stripped him, and put on him a 28 scarlet robe. And having platted a crown of thorns, 29 they put it on his head, and a reed in his right hand; and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying: Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and 30 smote him on the head. And when they had mock- 31 ed him, they took off the robe from him, and put on him his own garments, and led him away to crucify him. And as they came out they found a man of 32 Cyrene, Simon by name; him they compelled to bear his cross.

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And when they were come to a place called Gol- 33 gotha (which is called, Place of a skull), they gave 34 him vinegar to drink mingled with gall; and when · he had tasted, he would not drink. And having 35 crucified him, they divided his garments among them, casting lots. And sitting down, they watch- 36 ed him there. And they set up over his head his 37 accusation, written: THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS..

Then were two robbers crucified with him; one 38 on the right hand, and one on the left. And they 39

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that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, and 40 saying: Thou that destroyest the temple, and build

est it in three days, save thyself. If thou art the 41 Son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise

also the chief priests mocking, with the scribes and 42 elders, said: He saved others, himself he can not save. If he is King of Israel, let him now come down 43 from the cross, and we will believe on him. He trusts in God; let him now deliver him, if he desires 44 him; for he said, I am the Son of God. And also the robbers, who were crucified with him, reproached him with the same thing.

45 And from the sixth hour, there was darkness over 46 all the land, unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying: Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani? That is: My God, my 47 God, why hast thou forsaken me? Some of them that stood there, hearing it, said: This man calls 48 for Elijah. And straightway one of them ran, and

took a sponge, and having filled it with vinegar and 49 put it on a reed, gave him to drink. But the rest said: Let alone; let us see whether Elijah comes to save him.

50 And Jesus, again crying with a loud voice, yield51 ed up his spirit. And behold, the vail of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were rent.

V. 47. Elijah: in their form of address, Elia

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