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Matthew 27

Christ is delivered bound to Pilate.

Matthew 27:1 When the mornyng was come, all the chiefe priestes, and the elders of the people, helde a councell agaynst Iesus to put hym to death. Matthew 27:2 And brought hym bounde, and deliuered hym to Pontius Pilate the deputie.

Judas hangeth himself.

Matthew 27:3 Then Iudas, whiche had betrayed hym, seyng that he was condempned, repented hym selfe, and brought agayne the thirtie peeces of syluer, to the chiefe priestes and elders, Matthew 27:4 Saying: I haue synned, betraying the innocent blood. And they said: what is that to vs? see thou to that. Matthew 27:5 And he cast downe the peeces of siluer in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged hym selfe. Matthew 27:6 And the chiefe priestes toke the peeces of syluer, and sayde: It is not lawfull for to put the into the treasurie, because it is the price of blood. Matthew 27:7 And they toke councell, and bought with them a potters fielde, to burye straungers in. Matthew 27:8 Wherfore that fielde is called the fielde of blood, vntyll this day. Matthew 27:9 (Then was fulfylled that, which was spoken by Ieremie the prophet, saying: And they toke thirtie siluer peeces, the price of hym that was valued, whom they bought of the children of Israel: Matthew 27:10 And gaue them for the potters fielde, as the Lorde appoynted me.) Matthew 27:11 Iesus stode before the deputie, and the deputie asked him, saying: Art thou the king of the Iewes? Iesus saith vnto hym: thou sayest. Matthew 27:12 And when he was accused of the chiefe priestes and elders, he aunswered nothyng. Matthew 27:13 Then sayth Pilate vnto him: hearest thou not how many witnesses they lay agaynst thee? Matthew 27:14 And he aunswered hym to neuer a worde: insomuch, that the deputie marueyled greatly. Matthew 27:15 At that feast, the deputie was wont to delyuer vnto the people a prysoner, whom they woulde desire. Matthew 27:16 He had then a notable prysoner, called Barabbas. Matthew 27:17 Therfore, when they were gathered together, Pilate saide vnto them: whether wyll ye that I geue loose vnto you Barabbas, or Iesus, whiche is called Christe? Matthew 27:18 For he knewe, that for enuy they had delyuered hym.

Pilate, admonished of his wife,

Matthew 27:19 When he was set downe to geue iudgment, his wyfe sent vnto hym, saying: haue thou nothing to do with that iuste man: For I haue suffred many thynges this day in a dreame because of him. Matthew 27:20 But the chiefe priestes & elders perswaded the people, that they shoulde aske Barabbas, and destroy Iesus. Matthew 27:21 The deputie aunswered, and saide vnto them: Whether of the twayne wyll ye that I let loose vnto you? They saide, Barabbas. Matthew 27:22 Pilate sayde vnto them: What shall I do then with Iesus, whiche is called Christe? They all sayde vnto hym: let hym be crucified. Matthew 27:23 The deputie sayde: What euyll hath he done? But they cryed the more, saying: let hym be crucified.

washeth his hands:

Matthew 27:24 When Pilate sawe that he coulde preuayle nothyng, but that more busynesse was made, he toke water, and washed his handes before the people, saying: I am innocent of the blood of this iust person, see ye to it. Matthew 27:25 Then aunswered all the people, and sayde: His blood be on vs, and on our chyldren.

and looseth Barabbas.

Matthew 27:26 Then let he Barabbas loose vnto them, and scourged Iesus, and deliuered hym to be crucified. Matthew 27:27 Then the souldiours of the deputie toke Iesus in the common hall, and gathered vnto hym all the bande [of souldiours.] Matthew 27:28 And they stripped hym, and put on hym a skarlet robe:

Christ is crowned with thorns,

Matthew 27:29 And platted a crowne of thornes, and put vppon his head, and a reede in his right hande, and bowed the knee before hym, and mocked hym, saying: Hayle kyng of the Iewes. Matthew 27:30 And when they had spyt vpon hym, they toke the reede, and smote hym on the head. Matthew 27:31 And after that they had mocked him, they toke the robe of hym agayne, and put his owne rayment on hym, and led hym away, to crucifie hym. Matthew 27:32 And as they came out, they founde a man of Cyrene, named Simon: hym they compelled to beare his crosse. Matthew 27:33 And they came vnto the place, which is called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of [dead mens] skulles.


Matthew 27:34 And gaue him vineger to drinke, mingled with gall: And when he had tasted therof, he woulde not drynke. Matthew 27:35 When they had crucified hym, they parted his garmentes, & did cast lottes, that it myght be fulfylled whiche was spoken by the prophete: They departed my garmentes among them, & vpon my vesture dyd they cast lottes. Matthew 27:36 And they sate, & watched him there. Matthew 27:37 And set vp ouer his head, the cause [of his death] written: This is Iesus, the king of the Iewes. Matthew 27:38 Then were there two thieues crucified with hym: one on the ryght hande, and another on the left.

Matthew 27:39 They that passed by, reuyled hym, waggyng their heades,


Matthew 27:40 And saying: Thou that destroyedst the temple, & buyldest it in three dayes, saue thy selfe. If thou be the sonne of God, come downe from the crosse. Matthew 27:41 Lykewyse also the hye priestes, mockyng hym, with the scribes, and elders, [and pharisees] sayde: Matthew 27:42 He saued other, hym selfe can he not saue. If he be the kyng of Israel, let him nowe come downe from the crosse, and we wyll beleue hym. Matthew 27:43 He trusted in God, let hym delyuer hym nowe, yf he wyll haue hym: for he sayde, I am the sonne of God. Matthew 27:44 The thieues also which were crucified with hym, cast the same in his teeth. Matthew 27:45 Fro the sixth houre, was there darknesse ouer all the lande, vnto the nynth houre. Matthew 27:46 And about the nynth houre, Iesus cried with a loude voyce, saying: Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani, that is to say: My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Matthew 27:47 Some of them that stode there, when they hearde that, saide: This man calleth for Elias. Matthew 27:48 And straightway one of them ranne, and toke a sponge, and when he had filled it full of vineger, he put it on a reede, and gaue hym to drynke. Matthew 27:49 Other sayde, let be, let vs see whether Elias wyll come and saue hym.

dieth, and is buried:

Matthew 27:50 Iesus, when he had cryed agayne with a loude voyce, yeelded vp ye ghost. Matthew 27:51 And beholde, the vayle of the temple dyd rent into two partes, fro the toppe to the bottome, and the earth did quake and the stones rent. Matthew 27:52 And graues dyd open, and many bodyes of saintes which slept, arose: Matthew 27:53 And went out of the graues, after his resurrection, and came into the holy citie, and appeared vnto many. Matthew 27:54 When the Centurion, and they that were with hym watchyng Iesus, sawe the earthquake, and those thynges that were done, they feared greatly, saying: truely, this was the sonne of God. Matthew 27:55 And many wome were there (beholdyng hym a farre of) whiche folowed Iesus fro Galilee, ministring vnto him. Matthew 27:56 Among which, was Marie Magdalene, and Marie the mother of Iames and Ioses, & the mother of Zebedees chyldren. Matthew 27:57 When the euen was come, there came a ryche man of Aramathia, named Ioseph, which also hym selfe was Iesus disciple. Matthew 27:58 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Iesus. Then Pilate comaunded the body to be delyuered. Matthew 27:59 And when Ioseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a cleane lynnen cloth: Matthew 27:60 And layde it in his newe tombe, which he had hewen out, euen in the rocke, and rolled a great stone to the dore of the sepulchre, and departed. Matthew 27:61 And there was Marie Magdalene, & the other Marie, syttyng ouer against the sepulchre.

Matthew 27:62 The next day that folowed the day of preparyng, the hye priestes and pharisees came together vnto Pilate, Matthew 27:63 Saying. Sir, we remember that this deceauer sayde whyle he was yet aliue: After three dayes I wil arise agayne. Matthew 27:64 Commaunde therfore, that the sepulchre be made sure, vntyll the thirde day: lest his disciples come by nyght & steale hym away, and say vnto the people, he is rysen from the dead: & the last error shalbe worse then the first. Matthew 27:65 Pilate sayde vnto them: Ye haue the watche, go your way, make it as sure as ye knowe.

his sepulchre is sealed, and watched.

Matthew 27:66 So they went, and made the sepulchre sure with the watch, and sealed the stone.

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