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thou release this man, thou art not Cæ So when Pilate saw that he prevailed sar's friend: every one that maketh nothing, but rather that a tumult was himself a king speaketh against Cæsar. arising, he took water, and washed his When Pilate therefore heard these words,

hands before the multitude, saying, I am he brought Jesus out, and sat down on

innocent of the blood of this righteous the judgment-seat at a place called The

man; see ye to it. And all the people Pavement, but in Hebrew, Gabbatha.

answered and said, His blood be on us, And he said unto the Jews, Behold, your king! They therefore cried out, Away

and on our children. with him; away with him, crucify him!

And Pilate gave sentence that what Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify they asked for should be done. Then your King? The chief priests answered, therefore he delivered him unto them to We have no king but Cæsar.

be crucified.

FIFTH PART.

The Suffering of Our Lord on Golgotha and His Last Words on the Cross. 1. Jesus on His Way to Calvary. up over his head on the cross his accusaND WHEN THEY had mocked him,

tion; and there was written, JESUS OF AN

NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. This they took off from him the purple

title therefore read many of the Jews, robe, and put on him his garments. And

for the place where Jesus was crucified they led him out to crucify him. And he

was nigh to the city; and it was written went out unto the place which is called Golgotha, bearing the cross for himself.

in Hebrew, and in Latin, and in Greek.

The chief priests of the Jews therefore And when they came out, they compelled

said to Pilate, Write not, The King of one passing by, Simon of Cyrene, com

the Jews; but, that he said, I am King ing from the country, the father of Al

of the Jews. Pilate answered, What I exander and Rufus, to go with them, and

have written I have written. laid on him the cross, to bear it after Jesus.

And the soldiers, when they had cruciAnd there followed him a great multi

fied Jesus, took his garments and made tude of people, and of women who be

four parts, to every soldier a part; and wailed and lamented him. But Jesus

also the coat; now the coat was without turning unto them said, Daughters of

seam, woven from the top throughout. Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep

They said therefore one to another, Let for yourselves, and for your children.

us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose Forbehold, the days are coming, in

it shall be: that the scripture might be which they shall say, Blessed are the

fulfilled, which saith, barren, and the wombs that never bear, They parted my garments among them, and the breasts that never gave suck. And upon my vesture did they cast lots. Then shall they begin to say to the These things therefore the soldiers mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, did; and they sat and watched him there. Cover us. For if they do these things in

But there were standing by the cross the green tree, what shall be done in the

of Jesus his mother, and his mother's dry?

sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and And there were also two others, male

Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore factors, led with him to be put to death.

saw his mother, and the disciple standAnd when they came unto the place

ing by whom he loved, he said unto his called The Skull, they offered him wine

mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then mingled with gall: and when he had

saith he to the disciple, Behold, thy tasted it, he would not drink.

mother? And from that hour the disci

ple took her unto his own home. 2. Jesus Crucified.

And the people stood beholding. And ND THERE they crucified him, and they that passed by railed on him, wag.

the malefactors, one on the right hand ging their heads, and saying, Ha! thou and the other on the left, and Jesus in that destroyest the temple, and buildest the midst. And it was the third hour. it in three days, save thyself; if thou And Jesus said, Father, forgive them ; art the Son of God, come down from the for they know not what they do. And cross. In like manner the chief priests Pilate wrote a title also, and they set mocking him among themselves, with

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the scribes and elders, said, He saved Father, into thy hands I commend my others; himself he cannot save. He is spirit: and having said this, he bowed the King of Israel; let him now come his head and yielded up his spirit. down from the cross, and we will be And behold, the veil of the temple was lieve on him. He trusteth on God; let rent in two from the top to the bottom; him deliver him now, if he desireth him: and the earth did quake, and the rocks for he said, I am the Son of God. And were rent, and the tombs were opened; the robbers also that were crucified with and many bodies of the saints that had him cast upon him the same reproach. fallen asleep were raised; and coming And the soldiers also mocked him, com forth out of the tombs after his resur. ing to him, offering him vinegar, and rection they entered into the holy city saying, If thou art the King of the Jews, and appeared unto many. save thyself.

Now the centurion, and they that were And one of the malefactors that were with him watching Jesus, when they saw hanged railed on him, saying, Art not the earthquake, and the things that were thou the Christ? save thyself and us. done, feared exceedingly, saying, CerBut the other answered, and rebuking tainly this was a righteous man. And him said, Dost thou not even fear God, many women were there beholding from seeing thou art in the same condemna afar, who had followed Jesus from Galition? And we indeed justly; for we re lee, ministering unto him: among whom ceive the due reward of our deeds: but was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the this man hath done nothing amiss. And mother of James and Joses, and Salome, he said, Jesus, remember me when thou the mother of the sons of Zebedee; and comest in thy kingdom. And he said many other women that came up with unto him, Verily, I say unto thee, To-day him unto Jerusalem. And all the multishalt thou be with me in Paradise.

tude that came together to this sight, when they beheld the things that were

done, returned smiting their breasts. 3. The Death of Jesus on the Cross.

The Jews therefore, because it was the

Preparation, that the bodies should not was darkness over the whole land un remain on the cross upon the sabbath til the ninth hour, the sun's light failing. (for the day of that sabbath was a high And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with day), asked of Pilate that their legs a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sa might be broken, and that they might be bachtani, that is, My God, my God, why taken away. The soldiers therefore hast thou forsaken me! And some of came, and brake the legs of the first, them that stood there, when they heard and of the other that was crucified with it, said, This man calleth Elijah.

him: but when they came to Jesus, and After this Jesus, knowing that all saw that he was dead already, they things are now finished, that the scrip brake not his legs: howbeit one of the ture might be accomplished, said, I soldiers with a spear pierced his side, thirst. There was set there a vessel full and straightway there came out blood of vinegar. And straightway one of and water. them ran, and took a sponge, and filled And he that hath seen hath borne it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, witness, and his witness is true: and he and gave him to drink. And the rest knoweth that he saith true, that ye also said, Let be; let us see whether Elijah may believe. For these things came to cometh to save him.

pass, that the scripture might be fulfilled, And when Jesus therefore had A bone of him shall not be broken. And ceived the vinegar, he said, It is finished. again another scripture saith, They shall And crying with a loud voice, he said, look on him whom they pierced,

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SIXTH PART.

The Burial of Jesus. IT

was the Preparation, that is, the day and deed. This man went to Pilate and before the sabbath. And when even asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate was now come, there came a rich man marvelled if he were already dead: and from Arimathæa, named Joseph, a good calling unto him the centurion, he asked and righteous man, who was looking for him whether he had been any while dead. the kingdom of God, being a disciple of And when he learned it of the centurion, Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews. he granted the corpse to Joseph. He He had not consented to their counsel came therefore, and took away his body.

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And there came also Nicodemus, he who prepared spices and ointments. And on at the first came to him by night, bring the sabbath they rested according to the ing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about

commandment. a hundred pounds. So they took the

Now on the morrow, which is the day body of Jesus, and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as the custom of

after the Preparation, the chief priests the Jews is to bury.

and the Pharisees were gathered toNow in the place where he was cruci

gether unto Pilate, saying, Sir, we fied there was a garden; and in the gar

member that that deceiver said while he den a new tomb, which Joseph had hewn was yet alive, After three days I rise out in the rock, wherein never man had again. Command therefore that the yet lain. There then because of the sepulchre be made sure until the third Jews' Preparation (for the tomb was day, lest haply his disciples come, and nigh at hand) they laid Jesus. And they steal him away, and say unto the peorolled a great stone against the door of ple, He is risen from the dead: and the the tomb, and departed. And Mary Mag last error will be worse than the first. dalene was there, and Mary the mother Pilate said unto them, Ye have a guard: of Joses, sitting over against the sepul go, make it as sure as ye can. So they chre, and beheld the tomb, and how his went, and made the sepulchre sure, seal. body was laid. And they returned, and ing the stone, the guard being with them.

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