Matthew 27
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1Now when morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus, so that they might put Him to death. 2And after binding Him, they led Him away and delivered Him up to Pontius Pilate, the governor.

3Now when Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He was condemned, he changed his mind and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying, 4"I have sinned and have betrayed innocent blood." But they said, "What is that to us? You see to it yourself." 5And after throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he went out and hanged himself. 6But the chief priests took the pieces of silver and said, "It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is the price of blood." 7And after taking counsel, they bought a potter's field with the pieces of silver, for a burial ground for strangers. 8Therefore that field is called The Field of Blood to this day. 9Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, "And I took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of Him on Whom a price was set, Whom they of the sons of Israel set a price on, 10And gave them for the field of the potter, as the Lord had directed me."

11Then Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor questioned Him, saying, "Are You the King of the Jews?" And Jesus said to him, "It is as you said." 12And when He was accused by the chief priests and the elders, He answered nothing. 13Then Pilate said to Him, "Don't You hear how many things they testify against You?" 14And He did not answer even one word to him, so that the governor was greatly amazed.

15Now at the feast, the governor was accustomed to release one prisoner to the multitude, whomever they wished. 16And they had at that time a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. 17Therefore, when they had gathered together, Pilate said to them, "Whom do you desire that I release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus Who is called Christ?" 18For he understood that they had delivered Him up because of envy.

19Now as he sat on the judgment seat, his wife sent a message to him, saying, "Let there be nothing between you and that righteous Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him." 20But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the multitudes to demand Barabbas, and to destroy Jesus. 21Then the governor answered and said to them, "Which of the two do you desire that I release to you?" And they said, "Barabbas." 22Pilate said to them, "What then shall I do with Jesus Who is called Christ?" They all said to him, "Let Him be crucified!" 23And the governor said, "Why? What evil did He commit?" But they shouted all the more, saying, "Let Him be crucified!"

24Now Pilate, seeing that he was accomplishing nothing, but that a riot was developing instead, took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, "I am guiltless of the blood of this righteous Man. You see to it." 25And all the people answered and said, "His blood be on us and on our children." 26Then he released Barabbas to them; but after scourging Jesus, he delivered Him up so that He might be crucified.

27Then the governor's soldiers, after taking Jesus with them into the Praetorium, gathered the entire band against Him; 28And they stripped Him and put a scarlet cloak around Him. 29And after platting a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a rod in His right hand; and bowing on their knees before Him, they mocked Him, and kept on saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" 30Then, after spitting on Him, they took the rod and struck Him on the head. 31When they were done mocking Him, they took the cloak off Him; and they put His own garments on Him and led Him away to crucify Him.

32Now as they came out, they found a Cyrenean man named Simon; and they compelled him to carry His cross.

33And after coming to a place called Golgotha, which is called Place of a Skull, 34They gave Him vinegar mingled with gall to drink; but after tasting it, He would not drink.

35And when they had crucified Him, they divided His garments by casting lots; so that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, "They divided My garments among themselves, and for My vesture they cast lots." 36And they sat down there to keep guard over Him. 37And they put up over His head His accusation, written, "This is Jesus, the King of the Jews."

38And two robbers were crucified with Him, one at the right hand and one at the left. 39Then those who were passing by railed at Him, shaking their heads, 40And saying, "You Who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself. If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross." 41And in the same way also the chief priests were mocking, with the scribes and elders, saying, 42"He saved others, but He does not have the power to save Himself. If He is the King of Israel, let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe Him. 43He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now, if He will have Him. For He said, 'I am the Son of God. ' " 44And the two robbers who were crucified with Him also reproached Him with the same words.

45Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour, darkness was over all the land. 46And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" That is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" 47And some of those who were standing there heard and said, "This one is calling for Elijah." 48And immediately one of them ran and, taking a sponge, filled it with vinegar and put it on a stick, and gave it to Him to drink. 49But the rest said, "Let Him alone! Let us see if Elijah comes to save Him." Then another took a spear and thrust it into His side, and out came water and blood. 50And after crying out again with a loud voice, Jesus yielded up His spirit. 51Then suddenly the veil of the temple was ripped in two from top to bottom, and the earth shook, and the rocks were split, 52So that the tombs were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had died, were resurrected 53After His resurrection; and they came out of the tombs. Then they entered into the holy city, and appeared to many. 54Then the centurion and those with him who had been keeping guard over Jesus, after seeing the earthquake and the things that took place, were filled with fear, and said, "Truly this was the Son of God!"

55Now there were many women who were watching from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him; 56With whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

57And when evening was coming on, a rich man of Arimathea came, named Joseph, who was himself a disciple of Jesus 58After going to Pilate, he begged to have the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given over to him. 59And after taking the body, Joseph wrapped it in clean linen cloth, 60And placed it in his new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock; and after rolling a great stone to the door of the tomb, he went away. 61But sitting there opposite the sepulcher were Mary Magdalene and the other Mary.

62Now on the next day, which followed the preparation day, the chief priests and the Pharisees came together to Pilate, 63Saying, "Sir, we remember that that deceiver said while He was living, 'After three days I will rise. ' 64Therefore, command that the sepulcher be secured 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'; and the last deception shall be worse than the first." 65Then Pilate said to them, "You have a guard. Go, make it as secure as you know how." 66And they went and made the sepulcher secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard.

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