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the elders, and scribes, and the whole council, held a consultation, and bound Jesus, and took him away, and deli2 vered him up to Pilate. And Pilate asked him, “Art thou

the king of the Jews?" And he answered and said unto him, 3 "Thou sayest truly." And the chief-priests accused him 4 of many things. Then Pilate asked him again, saying, "Answerest thou nothing? see how many things they wit5 ness against thee." But Jesus no longer answered any thing: so that Pilate wondered.


Now at that feast he was wont to release' unto them one 7 prisoner, whomsoever they asked for. And there was a man named Barabbas, who lay bound with those that had made insurrection with him, men who had committed murder in 8 the insurrection. And the multitude cried aloud, and began to ask that he would do as he had always done unto them. 9 Then Pilate answered them, saying, "Will ye that I release 10 unto you the King of the Jews?" (For he knew that through 11 envy the chief-priests had delivered him up.) But the chief

priests stirred up the people to ask that he would rather re12 lease Barabbas unto them. And Pilate spake, and said again

unto them, "What will ye then that I should do unto him 13 whom ye call the King of the Jews?" And they cried out 14 again, "Crucify him." Then Pilate said unto them, "But

what evil hath he done?" And they cried out exceedingly, 15"Crucify him." So Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him up to be crucified.

And the soldiers led him away into the hall, which is named Pretorium; and they call together the whole band of sol17 diers: and they clothe him with purple, and plat a crown of 18 thorns*, and put it about his head; and they began to salute 19 him, "Hail, King of the Jews." And they struck him on

See Dr. Newcome's note,

the more exceedingly, R. T.


* Or, of acanthus. See Matt. xxvii. 29, note.

the head with a reed, and spat on him, and, bowing their 20 knees, did him obeisance. And when they had derided him, they stripped him of the purple, and put his own clothes on him; and led him out to crucify him.

And one Simon, a Cyrenian, (the father of Alexander and Rufus,) who passed by, coming from the country, they com22 pel to bear his cross. And they bring him to a place called Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, A place of skulls'. 23 And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not.



And when they had crucified him, they part2 among them his garments, casting lots for them, what every man should 25 take. And it was the third hour, when they crucified him. 26 And the inscription of his accusation was written over; THE 27 King of thE JEWS. And with him they crucify two rob28 bers; one on his right hand, and another on his left. [And

the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, "And he was num29 bered among the transgressors."] And those who passed by reviled him, shaking their heads, and saying, "Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, 30 save thyself, and come down from the cross." In like man31 ner3 the chief-priests and the scribes also derided him among

themselves, and said, "He saved others; himself he can32 not save. Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe." And 33 those who were crucified with him reproached him. And

when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the 34 whole land until the ninth hour.› And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" which is, being interpreted, My God, my 35 God, wherefore hast thou forsaken me? And some of those who stood by, when they heard it, said, “Behold, he call36 eth for Elijah." And one ran, and filled a sponge with

1 Gr. of a skull, N. m. they parted, R. T. 3 And in like manner, R. T.

vinegar, and put it about a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, "Forbear ye; let us see whether Elijah will come 37 to take him down." Then Jesus sent forth a loud cry, and expired.


And the veil of the temple was rent in two, from the top 39 to the bottom. And when the centurion, who stood by over against him, saw that he thus cried out, and expired, he 40 said, "Truly this man was the son of a god'." And there were women also beholding at a distance; among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the 41 younger and of Joses, and Salomé; (now these, when he was in Galilee, followed him also, and ministered unto him;) and many other women, who came up with him to Jerusalem.


And when evening was now come, because it was the 43 day of preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, Jo

seph of Arimathea, a senator of rank, and who also himself looked for the kingdom of God, came3, and courageously 44 went in to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered that he was already dead: and he called to him the centurion, and asked him whether Jesus had been 45 any while dead. And when he knew it from the centurion, 46 he gave the body to Joseph: who bought linen, and took

him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which had been hewn out of a rock, and rolled 47 a stone to the door of the sepulchre. And Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of Joses, beheld where he was laid.

CH. XVI. AND when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salomé, bought sweet spices, that they might go and anoint him.


And very early in the morning of the first day of the week, 3 they come to the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. And

the son of God, N. a son of God, W. See Campbell. 2 coming, Mss.

they said among themselves, "Who shall roll away the stone 4 for us from the door of the sepulchre?" (But when they looked they see that the stone was rolled away :) for it was 5 very great. And they entered into the sepulchre, and saw


a young man * sitting on the right side, clothed in a white 6 robe; and they were astonished. And he saith unto them, "Be not astonished: ye seek Jesus of Nazareth', who was crucified he is risen; he is not here; see the place where 7 they laid him. But depart, tell his disciples, and Peter, that he will go before you into Galilee: there ye shall see him, 8 as he said unto you." And they went out, and fled from the sepulchre; and trembling and amazement seized them; nor said they any thing to any one; for they were afraid.


+ Now Jesus rose early on the first day of the week; and appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast 10 seven demons ‡. She went and told those that had been 11 with him, as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that he was alive, and had been seen by her, they believed



And after that, he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they were walking, and going into the country. 13 And they went and told it to the rest: but they believed not them also.



Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves, as they were at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and

1 Gr. the Nazarene.


they went out quickly, R. T.

* Luke and John mention two persons, whom Luke calls men, and John angels or messengers; Luke xxiv. 4; John xx. 12. They were probably the same persons who appeared to Jesus on the mount of transfiguration, Mark ix. 4; and afterwards to the apostles on the mount of Olives, Acts i. 10.

+ Many copies omit the twelve last verses of this chapter; probably, as Jerom says, because they were thought to be irreconcileable with the other accounts of our Lord's resurrection. Newcome.-Griesbach in his third edition prefixes his mark of probable omission; though he does not exclude them from his text.

i. e. whom Jesus had cured of raving madness. So Celsus understood the expression, See Farmer on Dem. p. 105.

perverseness of heart, because they believed not those who had seen him after he was risen.


And he said unto them, "Go ye into all the world, and 16 preach the gospel to every creature. He who believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved *; but he who believeth not 17 shall be condemned. And these signs shall follow those

who believe: In my name they shall cast out demons; they 18 shall speak in new languages; they shall take up serpents;

and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them: they shall put their hands on the sick, who shall recover." 19 So then, after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was taken up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 20 And they went forth, and preached every where; the Lord working with them, and confirming the word by signs following t.

He who professes faith in me shall be admitted to the privileges of the christian community; he who does not believe shall remain under all the disadvantages of a heathen state.

+ At the close of the history some postscripts add, "The gospel according to Mark was written in Latin, at Rome; others say in Egypt; that it was suggested by Peter to Mark the evangelist, by whom it was preached at Alexandria, and in all the neighbouring country: also, that it was published ten or twelve years after the ascension of Christ." These postscripts are of little authority.

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