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The Gospel According to Matthew (XXII - XXVIII)

Full Text The Gospel According to Matthew (XXII - XXVIII)

XXII.  

And Jesus answering spoke to them again in parables, saying:

2The kingdom of heaven is like to a certain king, who made a marriage for his son. 3And he sent forth his servants to call those who were bidden to the wedding; and they would not come. 4Again he sent forth other servants, saying: Tell those who are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready; come to the marriage. 5But they made light of it, and went away, one to his farm, another to his merchandise. 6And the rest laid hold of his servants, and ill-treated and slew them. 7And the king, hearing it, was angry; and sending forth his armies, he destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. 8Then he says to his servants: The wedding is ready, but they who were bidden were not worthy. 9Go therefore into the thoroughfares, and as many as ye find, bid to the marriage. 10And those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good; and the wedding was furnished with guests.

11And the king, coming in to view the guests, saw there a man not clothed with a wedding garment; 12and he says to him: Friend, how camest thou in hither, not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. 13Then the king said to the attendants: Bind him hand and foot, and cast him forth into the outer darkness. There will be the weeping, and the gnashing of teeth! 14For many are called, but few are chosen.

15Then the Pharisees went and took counsel, how they might ensnare him with a word. 16And they send out to him their disciples, with the Herodians, saying: Teacher, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth; neither carest thou for any one, for thou regardest not the person of men. 17Tell us, therefore, what thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute to Cæsar, or not? 18But Jesus, knowing their wickedness, said: Why tempt ye me, hypocrites! 19Show me the tribute money. And they brought to him a denáry. 20And he says to them: Whose is this image, and the inscription? 21They say to him: Cæsar's. Then says he to them; Render therefore to Cæsar the things that are Cæsar's, and to God the things that are God's. 22And hearing it they wondered, and left him and went away.

23On that day came to him Sadducees, who say that there is no resurrection, and asked him, 24saying: Teacher, Moses said, If any one die having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed to his brother. 25Now there were with us seven brothers; and the first married and died, and having no seed left his wife to his brother. 26Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. 27And last of all the woman died also. 28In the resurrection therefore, of which of the seven shall she be wife? For they all had her.

29Jesus answering said to them: Ye err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God. 30For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. 31But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken to you by God, saying: 32I 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. 33And the multitudes, hearing it, were astonished at his teaching.

34And the Pharisees, hearing that he had put the Sadducees to silence, collected together; 35and one of them, a lawyer, asked, tempting him and saying: 36Teacher, what commandment is great in the law? 37Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38This is the great and first commandment. 39And the second is like to it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thy self. 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

41While the Pharisees were collected together, Jesus asked them, 42saying: What think ye concerning the Christ? Of whom is he the son? They say to him: Of David. 43He says to them: How then does David, in the Spirit, call him Lord, saying:

44The Lord said to my Lord,

Sit on my right hand,

Till I put thine enemies under thy feet.

45If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son? 46And no one was able to answer him a word; nor durst any one from that day question him any more.

XXIII.  

Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes, and to his disciples, 2saying: The scribes and the Pharisees sat down in Moses' seat. 3All, therefore, whatever they bid you, do and observe; but do not according to their works, for they say and do not. 4For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders, but will not move them with their finger. 5But all their works they do to be seen by men; they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the fringes; 6and love the first place at feasts, and the first seats in the synagogues, 7and the greetings in the markets, and to be called by men, Rabbi, Rabbi. 8But be not ye called Rabbi; for one is your Teacher, and all ye are brethren. 9And call not any your father on the earth; for one is your Father, he who is in heaven. 10Neither be called leaders; for one is your leader, the Christ. 11But the greatest of you shall be your servant. 12And whoever shall exalt himself shall be humbled; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

13But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for ye go not in, nor suffer those who are entering to go in:

15Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye traverse sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more a child of hell than yourselves.

16Woe to you, blind guides, who say: Whoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is bound. 17Fools and blind; for which is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifies the gold? 18And, Whoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever shall swear by the gift that is upon it, he is bound. 19Fools and blind; for which is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifies the gift?

20He therefore who swears by the altar, swears by it, and by all things thereon. 21And he that swears by the temple, swears by it, and by him who dwells therein. 22And he that swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God, and by him who sits thereon.

23Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye pay tithe of the mint and the dill and the cumin, and omitted the weightier things of the law, judgment, and mercy, and faith; these ought ye to have done, and not leave those undone.

24Blind guides! that strain out the gnat, and swallow the camel.

25Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye cleanse the outside of the cup and the platter, but within they are full of rapacity and excess. 26Blind Pharisee! Cleanse first the inside of the cup and the platter, that its outside also may become clean.

27Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye are like to whited sepulchres, which outwardly indeed appear beautiful, but within are full of bones of the dead, and of all uncleanness. 28So also ye outwardly indeed appear righteous to men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

29Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and adorn the tombs of the righteous, and say: 30If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. 31So that ye witness to yourselves, that ye are sons of those who killed the prophets; 32and fill ye up the measure of your fathers!

33Serpents! Brood of vipers! How can ye escape the judgment of hell?

34Therefore, behold, I send forth to you prophets, and wise men, and scribes; and some of them ye will kill and crucify, and some of them ye will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city; 35that on you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Barachiah, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. 36Verily I say to you, all these things shall come upon this generation.

37Jerusalem! Jerusalem! that killest the prophets, and stonest those sent to her; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 38Behold, your house is left to you desolate. 39For I say to you, ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say: Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.

XXIV.  And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple; and his disciples came to him, to show him the buildings of the temple. 2And he answering said to them: See ye not all these things? Verily I say to you, there shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

3And as he sat on the mount of the Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying: Tell us, when will these things be, and what is the sign of thy coming and of the end of the world? 4And Jesus answering said to them: Take heed, lest any one lead you astray. 5For many will come in my name, saying: I am the Christ; and will lead astray many. 6And ye will hear of wars, and rumors of wars. Take heed, be not troubled; for all must come to pass; but not yet is the end! 7For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there will be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8But all these are the beginning of sorrows. 9Then will they deliver you up unto affliction, and will kill you; and ye will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. 10And then will many be offended, and will deliver up one another, and will hate one another. 11And many false prophets will arise, and will lead many astray. 12And because iniquity abounds, the love of the many will become cold. 13But he that has endured to the end, the same shall be saved. 14And this good news of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world, for a testimony to all nations; and then shall come the end.

15When therefore ye see the abomination of desolation, spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let him that reads mark!) 16then let those in Judæa flee to the mountains; he that is upon the house, 17let him not come down to take the things out of his house; 18and he that is in the field, let him not turn back to take his garments. 19But woe to those who are with child, and to those who give suck in those days! 20And pray that your flight be not in winter, nor on a sabbath. 21For then will be great affliction, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no nor shall be. 22And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the sake of the chosen, those days shall be shortened. 23Then if any one say to you: Lo, here is the Christ, or, Here, believe it not. 24For there will arise false Christs, and false prophets, and will show great signs and wonders; so as, if possible, to lead even the chosen astray. 25Behold, I have told you before.

26If therefore they say to you: Behold, he is in the desert, go not forth; Behold, he is in the secret chambers, believe it not. 27For as the lightning comes forth from the east, and shines even unto the west, so shall be the coming of the Son of man. 28For wherever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

29And immediately, after the affliction 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 heaven shall be shaken. 30And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven; and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and shall see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.

31And he will send forth his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his chosen from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

32And learn the parable from the fig-tree: When its branch is already become tender, and puts forth leaves, ye know that the summer is near. 33So also ye, when ye see all these things, know that it is near, at the doors.

34Verily I say to you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things are done. 35Heaven and earth shall pass away; but my words shall not pass away.

36But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 37But as the days of Noah, so shall be also the coming of the Son of man. 38For as they were in the days before the flood, eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, 39and knew not until the flood came, and took all away; so shall be also the coming of the Son of man. 40Then shall there be two men in the field, one is taken, and one is left; 41two women grinding at the mill, one is taken, and one is left.

42Watch therefore; for ye know not in what day your Lord comes. 43But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken through. 44Therefore be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man comes.

45Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his lord set over his household, to give them their food in due season? 46Happy that servant, whom his lord when he comes shall find so doing! 47Verily I say to you, that he will set him over all his goods. 48But if that evil servant shall say in his heart: My lord delays his coming; 49and shall begin to beat his fellow-servants, and shall eat and drink with the drunken; 50the lord of that servant will come in a day when he looks not for it, and in an hour when he is not aware; 51and will cut him asunder, and appoint his portion with the hypocrites. There will be the weeping, and the gnashing of teeth!

XXV.  

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened to ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2And five of them were wise, and five foolish. 3The foolish, taking their lamps, took no oil with them; 4but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6And at midnight a cry was made: Behold, the bridegroom! Go out to meet him. 7Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8And the foolish said to the wise: Give us of your oil, for our lamps are going out. 9But the wise answered, saying: Not so; there will not be enough for us and you. Go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves. 10And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they who were ready went in with him to the marriage; and the door was shut. 11And afterward come also the rest of the virgins, saying: Lord, Lord, open to us. 12But he answering said: Verily I say to you, I know you not.

13Watch, therefore; because ye know not the day, nor the hour!

14For as a man going abroad called his own servants, and delivered to them his goods; 15and to one gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and straightway went abroad. 16And he that received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained other five talents. 17Likewise also he that received the two gained other two. 18But he that received the one went away and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. 19After a long time the lord of those servants comes, and reckons with them. 20And he that received the five talents came and brought other five talents, saying: Lord, thou deliveredst to me five talents; behold, I gained other five talents beside them. 21His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant; thou wast faithful over a little, I will set thee over much. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 22And he also that received the two talents came and said: Lord, thou deliveredst to me two talents; behold, I gained other two talents beside them. 23His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant; thou wast faithful over a little, I will set thee over much. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 24And he also that 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 strewedst not. 25And fearing, I went and hid thy talent in the earth. Lo, thou hast thine own. 26And his lord answering said to him: Wicked and slothful servant! Thou knewest that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I strewed not? 27Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers; and when I came, I should have received my own with interest. 28Take therefore the talent from him, and give to him that has the ten talents. 29For to every one that has shall be given, and he shall have abundance; but from him that has not, even what he has shall be taken away. 30And cast forth the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be the weeping, and the gnashing of teeth!

31And when the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the angels with him, then will he sit on his throne of glory. 32And before him shall be gathered all the nations; and he will divide them one from another, as the shepherd divides the sheep from the goats. 33And he will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

34Then will the King say to those on his right hand: Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35For 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, 36naked and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came to me.

37Then will the righteous answer him, saying: Lord, when saw we thee hungering and fed thee, or thirsting and gave thee drink? 38And when saw we thee a stranger and took thee in, or naked and clothed thee? 39And when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came to thee? 40And the King will answer and say to them: Verily I say to you, inasmuch as ye did it to one of the least of these my brethren, ye did it to me.

41Then will he say also to those on the left hand: Depart from me, accursed, into the everlasting fire; prepared for the Devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry, and ye did not give me to eat; I was thirsty, and ye did not give me drink; 43I was a stranger, and ye did not take me in; naked, and ye did not clothe me; sick, and in prison, and ye did not visit me.

44Then will they also answer, saying: Lord, when saw we thee hungering, or thirsting, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to thee? 45Then will he answer them, saying: Verily I say to you, inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

46And these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into everlasting life.

XXVI.  

And it came to pass, when Jesus finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples: 2Ye know that after two days comes the passover, and the Son of man is delivered up to be crucified.

3Then assembled together the chief priests, and the elders of the people, in the court of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, 4and consulted together that they might take Jesus by craft, and put him to death. 5But they said: Not at the feast, that there may not be a tumult among the people.

6And Jesus being in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, 7there came to him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head as he reclined at table. 8And his disciples seeing it were displeased, saying: To what purpose is this waste? 9For this might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. 10And Jesus knowing it, said to them: Why trouble ye the woman? For she wrought a good work upon me. 11For the poor ye have always with you; but me ye have not always. 12For she, in pouring this ointment on my body, did it to prepare me for burial. 13Verily I say to you, wherever this good news shall be preached in the whole world, this also that she did shall be told, for a memorial of her.

14Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests, 15and said: What will ye give me, and I will deliver him to you? And they weighed out to him thirty pieces of silver. 16And from that time he sought opportunity to deliver him up.

17And on the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to him: Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover? 18And he said: Go into the city to such a man, and say to him: The Teacher says, my time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples. 19And the disciples did as Jesus directed them, and made ready the passover.

20And when evening was come, he reclined at table with the twelve. 21And as they were eating, he said: Verily I say to you, that one of you will betray me. 22And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and began to say to him, each one: Lord, is it I? 23And he answering said: He that dipped his hand with me in the dish, the same will betray me. 24The Son of man goes indeed, as it is written of him; but woe to that man through whom the Son of man is betrayed! It were good for him, if that man had not been born.

25And Judas, his betrayer, answering said: Rabbi, is it I? He says to him: Thou saidst it.

26And as they were eating, Jesus took the loaf, and blessed, and broke, and gave to the disciples, and said: Take, eat; this is my body. 27And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave to them, saying: Drink all ye of it. 28For this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many, for remission of sins. 29And I say to you, that I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you, in the kingdom of my Father.

30And having sung, they went out into the mount of the Olives.

31Then Jesus says to them: All ye will be offended because of me this night. For it is written: I will smite the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. 32But after I have risen, I will go before you into Galilee.

33Peter answering said to him: Though all shall be offended because of thee, I will never be offended. 34Jesus said to him: Verily I say to thee, that this night, before a cock crows, thou wilt thrice deny me. 35Peter says to him: Even though I should die with thee, I will not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.

36Then Jesus comes with them to a place called Gethsemane, and says to the disciples: Sit ye here, while I go yonder and pray. 37And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful, and to be troubled. 38Then says he to them: My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, unto death. Tarry ye here, and watch with me.

39And going forward a little, he fell on his face, praying, and saying: My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from me. But yet, not as I will, but as thou wilt. 40And he comes to the disciples, and finds them sleeping; and he says to Peter: Were ye so unable to watch with me one hour? 41Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

42Again, a second time, he went away and prayed, saying: My Father, if this can not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. 43And coming he again found them sleeping; for their eyes were heavy.

44And leaving them, he went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. 45Then he comes to his disciples, and says to them: Do ye sleep the remaining time, and take your rest! Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46Rise, let us be going. Behold, he is at hand that betrays me.

47And while he was yet speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48And his betrayer gave them a sign, saying: Whom I shall kiss, that is he; hold him fast. 49And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said: Hail, Rabbi; and kissed him. 50And Jesus said to him: Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then they came, and laid hands on Jesus, and held him fast. 51And, behold, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, and striking the servant of the high priest took off his ear. 52Then says Jesus to him: Put back thy sword into its place; for all they who take the sword shall perish with the sword. 53Thinkest thou that I can not now pray to my Father, and he will send me more than twelve legions of angels? 54How then shall the Scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

55In that hour Jesus said to the multitudes: Are ye come out as against a robber, with swords and staves, to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye did not lay hold of me. 56But all this has been done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then the disciples all forsook him, and fled.

57And they who laid hold of Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. 58And Peter followed him afar off, unto the court of the high priest; and entering in, he sat with the servants, to see the end.

59And the chief priests, and the elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, that they might put him to death; 60and found none, though many false witnesses came. But at last came two, 61and said: This man said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. 62And the high priest arose, and said to him: Answerest thou nothing? What do these witness against thee? 63But Jesus was silent. And the high priest answering said to him: I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou art the Christ, the Son of God. 64Jesus says to him: Thou saidst it. But I say to you, hereafter ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming on the clouds of heaven. 65Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying: He blasphemed! What further need have we of witnesses? Behold, ye now heard his blasphemy. 66What think ye? They answering said: He is guilty of death. 67Then they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him, 68saying: Prophesy to us, O Christ, who is he that struck thee?

69And Peter was sitting without, in the court. And a damsel came to him, saying: Thou also wast with Jesus the Galilæan. 70But he denied before all, saying: I know not what thou sayest. 71And he having gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said to those who were there: This man also was with Jesus the Nazarene. 72And again he denied, with an oath: I do not know the man. 73And after a little while, they that stood by came and said to Peter: Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech betrays thee. 74Then he began to invoke curses, and to swear: I do not know the man. And immediately a cock crowed. 75And Peter remembered the word of Jesus when he said: Before a cock crows, thou wilt thrice deny me. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

XXVII.  

And when morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus, so as to put him to death. 2And having bound him, they led him away, and delivered him up to Pontius Pilate the governor.

3Then Judas, who betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repenting brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, 4saying: I sinned in betraying innocent blood. And they said: What is it to us? Look thou to it. 5And casting down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed; and he went away and hanged himself. 6And 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. 7And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in. 8Wherefore that field was called the field of blood, unto this day.

9Then 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 they of the sons of Israel did price,

10And gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed to me.

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

15Now at the feast the governor was wont to release to the multitude one prisoner, whom they would. 16And they had then a noted prisoner, called Barabbas. 17When therefore they were assembled, Pilate said to them: Whom will ye that I release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ? 18For he knew that through envy they delivered him up.

19And as he sat on the judgment-seat, his wife sent to him, saying: Have nothing to do with that just man; for I suffered much this day, in a dream, because of him.

20And the chief priests and the elders persuaded the multitudes, that they should ask for Barabbas, and should destroy Jesus. 21And the governor answering said to them: Which of the two will ye that I release to you? And they said: Barabbas. 22Pilate says to them: What then shall I do with Jesus, who is called Christ? They all say to him: Let him be crucified. 23And the governor said: What evil then did he? But they cried the more, saying: Let him be crucified.

24And 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 it. 25And all the people answering said: His blood be on us, and on our children. 26Then he released to them Barabbas; but Jesus, having scourged him, he delivered up to be crucified.

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

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

38Two robbers are then crucified with him, one on the right hand, and one on the left. 39And those passing by reviled him, wagging their heads, 40and 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. 41Likewise also the chief priests mocking, with the scribes and elders, said: 42Others he saved, himself he can not save. If he is King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe on him. 43He trusts in God; let him now deliver him, if he desires him; for he said I am the Son of God. 44And also the robbers, who were crucified with him, reproached him with the same thing.

45And from the sixth hour, there was darkness over all the land, unto the ninth hour. 46And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying: Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani? That is: My God, my God, why didst thou forsake me? 47Some of those standing there, hearing it, said: This man calls for Elijah. 48And straightway one of them ran and took a sponge, and having filled it with vinegar and put it on a reed, gave him to drink. 49But the rest said: Let alone; let us see whether Elijah comes to save him.

50And Jesus, again crying with a loud voice, yielded up his spirit. 51And 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; 52and the tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who have fallen asleep arose, 53and coming out of the tombs, after his resurrection, went into the holy city, and appeared to many.

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

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

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

62And on the morrow, which is after the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees came together to Pilate, 63saying: Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive: After three days I will rise. 64Command, therefore, that the sepulchre be made secure until the third day lest his disciples come and steal him away, and say to the people: He is risen from the dead; and the last error will be worse than the first. 65Pilate said to them: Ye have a watch; go, make secure, as ye know how. 66And they went, and made the sepulchre secure, sealing the stone, in connection 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 sepulchre. 2And behold, there was a great earthquake. For an angel of the Lord, descending out of heaven, came and rolled away the stone, and sat upon it. 3His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow; 4and for fear of him the keepers shook, and became as dead men. 5And the angel answering said to the women: Fear not ye; for I know that ye are seeking Jesus, who was crucified. 6He is not here; for he is risen, as he said. Come hither, see the place where the Lord lay. 7And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead. And behold, he goes before you into Galilee; there ye shall see him. Behold, I told you.

8And going out quickly from the sepulchre, with fear and great joy, they ran to bring his disciples word. 9And behold, Jesus met them, saying: All hail! And they, coming to him, laid hold of his feet, and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus says to them: Be not afraid; go, bear word to my brethren, to go away into Galilee, and there they shall see me.

11And as they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and reported to the chief priests all the things that were done. 12And having assembled with the elders, and taken counsel, they gave much money to the soldiers, 13saying: Say, that his disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. 14And if this shall be heard by the governor, we will persuade him, and make you secure. 15And they, taking the money, did as they were taught. And this saying was reported abroad among the Jews, until this day.

16And the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into the mountain where Jesus had appointed them. 17And seeing him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.

18And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying: All power was given to me in heaven and on earth. 19Go therefore, and disciple all the nations, immersing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; 20teaching them to observe all things, whatever I commanded you. And, behold, I am with you alway, unto the end of the world.