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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 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: 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.


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

V. 24. or, he avails nothing

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.

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

V. 34. In some ancient copies; gave him wine

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.


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

And the graves were opened, and many bodies of the 52 saints who slept arose; and coming out of the 53 graves, after his resurrection, they went into the holy city, and appeared to many.

And when the centurion, and they that with him 54 were watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and the things that were done, they were exceedingly afraid, saying: Truly this was the Son of God.

And many women were there beholding afar off, 55 they who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him; among whom was Mary the Magdalene, 56 and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

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

And on the morrow, which is after the prepara- 62 tion, the chief priests and the Pharisees came together to Pilate, saying: Sir, we remember that 63 that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise. Command, therefore, that 64

the sepulchre be made secure until the third day; lest his disciples come by night and steal him away, and say to the people, He is risen from the dead; 65 and the last error will be worse than the first. Pilate said to them: Ye have a watch; go your way, 66 make secure, as ye know how. So they went, and made the sepulchre secure, sealing the stone, together with the watch.


XXVIII. AND late in the sabbath, as it was dawning into the first day of the week, came Mary the Magdalene and the other Mary to view the 2 sepulchre. And behold, there was a great earthquake. For an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from 3 the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was 4 like lightning, and his raiment white as snow. And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as 5 dead men. And the angel answered and said to the women: Fear not ye; for I know that ye are seek6 ing Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where 7 the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead. And behold, he goes before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him. Behold, I have told you.


And going out quickly from the sepulchre, with fear and great joy, they ran to bring his disciples 9 word. And behold, Jesus met them, saying: All

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