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Matt. xxvii, 5–14. Mark xv, 1–5. Luke xxiii, 1–5. John xviii, 28–38.


"departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day. Then was fulfilled that 5 which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value ; and gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed me.

*Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas, Sand led, ?and delivered him 10 to 'Pontius Pilate the governor, *unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment-hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover.

*Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this man? They answered and said unto him, If he were not 15 a malefactor, we would not have delivered him up unto thee. 3And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Cæsar, saying that he himself is Christ a King.

*Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according 20 to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death : that the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying what death he should die. "Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus,

, land Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor, 'Pilate asked 25 him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews ? 4Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me? Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done? Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world : if my kingdom were of this world, then 30 would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews : but now is my kingdom not from hence. Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, 3Thou sayest it, thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every 35 one that is of the truth heareth


voice. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man, 'I find in him no fault at all.

2 And the chief priests accused him of many things, 'and when he was 40 accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee ? ?and Pilate asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? behold how many things they witness against thee. But Jesus yet answered nothing, 'he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the 45 governor, ?Pilate 'marvelled greatly.

And they were the more fierce, saying, He stirreth up the people,


Matt. xxvii, 15–21. Mark xv, 6–12. Luke xxiii, 5—20. John xviii, 39, 40.

#teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this place.

3 When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilæan. And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time.

5 And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him ; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.

3Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing. And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently ac- 10 cused him.

3 And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.

And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together : for before they were at enmity between themselves.

15 And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people; and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him: no, nor yet Herod : for I sent you to him; and, 20 lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him. I will therefore chastise him, and release him.

Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they desired. And there was one, 'they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas, 25 ?which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection. And therefore when they were gathered together, 'the multitude crying aloud began to desire him to do as he had ever done unto them. *(For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.) ?But Pilate answered them, saying, 30 Aye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the passover, 1whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ? Awill ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews ? ?For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy.

When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.

?But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them, 'the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. 4Then cried 40 they all again, 'and they cried out all at once, saying, ‘Not this man, saway with this man, and release unto us Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber, (who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.) The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? said, Barabbas.

3Pilate, therefore, willing to release Jesus, 'answered and said again



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Matt. xxvii, 22—30. Mark xv, 12—19. Luke xxiii, 21–25. John xix, 1--11.

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Punto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews ? 'what shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, 'and they cried out again, 'Let him be crucified, 'crucify him, crucify him.

?Then Pilate, the governor, 'said unto them, sthe third time, Why, 5 what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go. But they cried out the more, Pexceedingly, Crucify him. And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified.

When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a 10 tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person : see ye to it. Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed.

?And 80 Pilate, willing to content the people, 3gave sentence that it 15 should be as they required. And he released ?Barabbas unto them, him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired ; but he delivered Jesus, 'when he had scourged him, to their will, ato be crucified. *Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him.

20 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus, "and the soldiers led

into the 'common hall, "called Prætorium; and they call together land gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.

*And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, 'and they stripped him, "and they clothed him with purple, 'and put on him a scarlet, *a purple 25 robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon, 2about his head, 'and a reed in his right hand; and they bowed the knee before him, 'and began to salute him, 'and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands. And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head, land bow- 30 ing their knees worshipped him.

*Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him. Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!

35 *When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him : for I find no fault in him.

*The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God. 4 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid

; and went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer. Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? Jesus answered, Thou 45 couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee bath the greater sin.


Matt. xxvii, 31–35. Mark xv, 20—28. Luke xxiii, 26–34. John xix, 12—23.

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*And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him : but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Cæsar's friend : whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Cæsar.

* When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pave- 5 ment, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha.

*And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour.

*And he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King ?

*The chief priests answered, We have no king but Cæsar.
*Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified.

And when, 'and after that they had mocked him, 'they took off the purple 'robe ?from himn, and put his own clothes, 'his own raiment on him, 'and led him out, 'and led him away to crucify him.

15 4 And they took Jesus, and led him away. And he bearing his cross went forth, and 'as they came out, 'as they led him away, 'they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name, 'they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, ?who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, 'him they compelled to bear his cross, and on him 20 they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.

3 And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For, behold, the days are coming, in the which 25 they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the

paps which never gave suck. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us. For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry ?

And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put 30 to death.

?And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, 'and when they were come unto a place called 'in the Hebrew 'Golgotha, that is to say, being interpreted, 'a place of a skull, "to the place where they crucified him, 'which is called Calvary, 'they gave him vinegar to drink mingled with 35 gall, 'wine mingled with myrrh, 'and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink, 'he received it not.

*There they crucified him. Then were there two thieves, Sthe malefactors 'crucified with him, Sone on the right hand, and the other on the left, *on either side one, and Jesus in the midst. "And the 40 scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.

'Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.

And they crucified him.

Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took 'and parted his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also


Matt. xxvii, 36–44. Mark xv, 24--32. Luke xxiii, 34 -43. John xix, 23, 24, 19–22.

his coat: now the coat was without seam, woren from the top throughout. They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shalł be. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take, that the scripture might be fulfilled, which 5. saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did. And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.

And sitting down they watched him there.

*And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross, "and set up over his 10 head his accusation written, 'and the superscription of his accusation was written 'over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew ; tand the writing was,



This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, 20 and Latin. Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews. Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.

And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, 25 the chosen of God. And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar, and saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.

'And they that passed by railed on him, 'reviled him, wagging their heads, and saying, "Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it 35 in three days, save thyself, and come down from the cross, 'if thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.

*Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, 'said among themselves, 'He saved others ; himself he cannot

?Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that 35 we may see and believe, lif he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God ; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.

?And 'the thieves also, they that were crucified with him reviled him, cast the same in his teeth, 'and one of the malefactors which were hang- 40 ed railed on hiin, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation ? and we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.

And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into 45 thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.


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