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let him deliver him now, if he will have him : for 44

he said, I am the Son of God. The thieves also

which were crucified with him, cast the same in his 45 teeth (12). Now from the sixth hour there was dark46 ness over all the land unto the ninth hour (o). And

about the ninth heur Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama fabachthani ? that is to say,

My God, my God, why halt thou forsaken me (o? 47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard 48 that, said, This man calleth for Elias. And itraight

way one of them ran, and took a spunge, and fill

ed it with (9) vinegar, and put it on a reed, and 49 gave him to drink.

The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. 50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud 51 voice (r), yielded up the ghoft. And behold, the vail

of the temple was rent in twain, from the top to

the bottom(s); and the earth did quake, and the 52 rocks rent, And the graves were opened, and many 53 bodies of (t) faints which slept, arofe, And came

out of the grave after his resurrection, and went into 54 the holy city (u), and appeared unto many. Now

when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those

(n) Both at firft; but afterwards one of them was converted. Luảe xxiii. 40.

(0) A miraculous darknefs from noon to three o'clock. (P) See Mark xv. 34•

(9) Vinegar had been for many ages the .common drink of the lower people in the East, (Ruth ii. 14.) and as it was at that time the drink of the Roman soldiers, a vessel of it was placed near at hand for their use.

(r) He said aloud in the hearing of the people, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit. Luke xxiii. 46.

(s) The vail was a kind of curtain that separated the sanctuary from the temple.

(t) Saints was then a general name for Christians, Afts ix. 13, 39. being sanctified in Christ Jesus, 1 Cor.i. 2. and living holy lives. (u) Jerusalem is called the Holy City. F 3


things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, 55 Truly (w) this was the Son of God. And many wo

men were there (beholding afar off) which fol

lowed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him. 56 Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary

the mother of James and Jofes, and the (x) mother 57 of Zebedee's children. When the even was come,

there came a rich man of Arimathea, named Joseph, 58 who also himself was Jesus' difciple : He went to

Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus (y): then 59 Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And

when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in 60 a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new

tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he

rolled a great stone to the door of the fepulchre, and 61 departed. And there was Mary Magdalene, and

the other Mary, fitting over against the sepulchre. 62 Now the next day that followed the day of the

preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came 63 together unto Pilate, Saying, Sir, we remember

that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After 64 three days I will rise again. Command therefore

that the fepulchre be made sure until the third day,
left his disciples come by night, and steal him away,

and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: 65 fo the lait error shall be worse than the first (2). Pilate

said unto them, Ye have a watch, go your way, 66 make it as sure as you can. So they went and made

(w) The first reflection that occurs to the centurion is, that Jesus was innocent of what he suffered for, Luke xxiii. 47. but afterwards. considering more attentively the earthquake and other extraordinary events which followed the crucifixion, he pronouneeth him to be a divine person.

(x) The name of the mother of Zebedee's children was Salome. Mark xv. 40.

(y) See Mark xv. 43:

(z) If the people believe this, his party will be stronger than bea fore.



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IN N the end of the (a) fabbath, as it began to dawn

towards the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, to see the fepulchre. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for the

angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came

and rolled back the stone from the door, and fat 3 upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and 4 his raiment white as snow. And for fear of him

the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. 5

And the angel answered and said unto the women,

Fear not ye : for I know that ye seek Jesus, which 6 was crucified. He is not here : for he is risen, as

he said: come, see the place where the Lord lay (b). 7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen

from the dead; and behold, he goeth before you

into Galilee, there shall ye fee him ; lo, I have told 8 you (). And they departed quickly from the se

pulchre, with fear and great joy, and did run to

bring his disciples word. 9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold,

Jesus met them, faying, All hail (d). And they

came, and held him by the feet, and worshipped 10 him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid:

go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

(a) When the Sabbath was past, Mark xvi. 1. They set out at this time, and arrived at the fepulchre at the rising of the sun. Mark xvi. 2.

(6). Come without fear nearer to the fepulchre, and observe well the place where the Lord's body lay. (c) Thus I have performed the commission I was sent

upon ;

which was, to give you this information. (d) An accustomed mode of falutation. See Luke i. 28.


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II Now when they were going; behold, fome of the

watch came into the city, and shewed unto the 12 chief priests all the things that were done. And

when they were assembled with the elders, and had

taken counsel, they gave large money unto the fol13 diers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, 14 and stole him away while we slept (e). And if this

come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, 15 and secure you. So they took the money, and did

as they were taught : and this saying is commonly

reported among the Jews until this day. 16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee,

into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. 17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him : 18 (f) but fome doubted. And Jesus came, and spake

unto them, faying, All power is given unto me in

heaven and in earth. 19

Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing

them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, 20 and of the holy Ghost (8): Teaching them to observe

all things whatsoever I have commanded you (b): and
lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the
world (1). Amen.

le) For a soldier to be ascep on his poft, was death by the Roman military discipline ; and that all of them should sleep at once, is to the last degree incredible.

(f) St. Thomas having been convinced before, this passage relates not to him; but fome of them who are said Luke xiv. 33. to have been with them, may have been fill in doubt until this laft

appearance of Jesus.

(g) Observe the name is one, and the authority one, in the form of baptisın; which therefore proves the three persons in the blessed Trinity to be equal. This then ought to be our faith,

(k) 'But to be a true disciple of Christ, it is not only necessary to be sound in the faith, but likewise sincerely to obey all the divine commands.

(1) Though not personally, yet by the Spirit.


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HE beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ the

Son of God, As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which 3 shall prepare thy way before thee. The voice of

one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of 4

the Lord, make his paths straight. John did bap

tize in the wilderness, and preached the baptisin of 5 repentance, for the remiffion of fins. And there

went out unto him all the land of Judea, and they

of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the 6 river of Jordan, confessing their fins. And John

was clothed with camels hair, and with a girdle of

a kin about his loins : and he did eat locusts and 7 wild honey (a): And preached, saying, There cometh

one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose

shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. 8 I indeed have baptized you with water : but he Thall

(a) See Matt. iïi. 4. Note.

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