Chapter 27Matthew


1 Now when morning was come, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against :Jesus to put him to death: 2 and they bound and led him away, and delivered him up to Pilate the governor. 3 Then Judas, who delivered him up, seeing that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought back the thirty silver-pieces to the chief priests and elders, 4 saying, I have sinned in that I delivered up righteous blood. But they said, What is that to us? see thou to it. 5 And he cast down the silver-pieces into the sanctuary, and withdrew; and he went away and hanged himself. 6 And 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. 7 And they took counsel, and bought with them the field of the potter, to bury :strangers in. 8 Wherefore that :field was called, Field of blood, unto this day. 9 Then was fulfilled what was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty silver-pieces, the price of him that was priced, whom they priced on the part of the sons of Israel; 10 and gave them for the potter’s :field, as the Lord appointed me. 11 Now :Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And :Jesus said, Thou sayest. 12 And when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. 13 Then saith :Pilate to him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? 14 And he gave him no answer, not even to one word: so that the governor marveled greatly. 15 Now at a feast the governor was wont to release unto the crowd one prisoner, whom they would. 16 And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. 17 When therefore they were gathered :Pilate said to them, Whom will ye that I release to you? :Barabbas, or Jesus the one called Christ? 18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him up. 19 And while he was sitting on the judgment-seat, his :wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that :righteous man; for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of him. 20 Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds that they should ask for :Barabbas, and destroy :Jesus. 21 But the governor answered and said to them, Which of the two will ye that I release to you? And they said, :Barabbas. 22 :Pilate saith to them, What then shall I do to Jesus the one called Christ? All say, Let him be crucified. 23 And he said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out exceedingly, saying, Let him be crucified. 24 So :Pilate seeing that he prevailed nothing, but rather that a tumult was arising, took water, and washed his :hands before the crowd, saying, I am innocent of this :blood, see ye to it. 25 And all the people answered and said, His :blood be upon us, and upon our :children. 26 Then released he to them :Barabbas; but :Jesus he scourged and delivered to be crucified.

27 Then the soldiers of the governor took :Jesus into the Prætorium, and gathered unto him the whole band. 28 And they stripped him and put on him a scarlet robe. 29 And they platted a crown of thorns and put it on his :head, and a reed in his :right hand; and they kneeled before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! 30 And they spat upon him, and took the reed and smote him on the head. 31 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe, and put on him his :garments, and led him away to :crucify him. 32 And coming out, they found a man of Cyrēnē, Simon by name: him they compelled to go, that he bear his :cross. 33 And when they came unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, Place of a skull, 34 they gave him wine to drink mingled with gall: and having tasted it, he would not drink. 35 And having crucified him, they parted his :garments among them, casting a lot; 36 and they sat and watched him there. 37 And they set up over his :head his :accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. 38 Then are crucified with him two robbers, one on the right and one on the left. 39 And who passed by railed on him, wagging their :heads, 40 and saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself: if thou art :God’s Son, come down from the cross. 41 Likewise also, the chief priests mocking, with the scribes and elders, said, 42 He saved others; himself he cannot save. He is King of Israel; let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe on him. 43 He trusteth on :God; let him deliver him now, if he desireth him: for he said [that] I am God’s Son. 44 And the robbers also that were crucified with him cast upon him the same reproach. 45 Now from the sixth hour darkness was over all the earth until the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour :Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Elōi, Eloi, lema sabachthanei? that is, My God, my God, why didst thou forsake me? 47 And some of them that stood there, when they heard it, said [that], This man calleth Elijah. 48 And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. 49 And the rest said, Let be; let us see whether Elijah cometh to save him. 50 And :Jesus cried again with a loud voice, and yielded up his :spirit. 51 And lo, the veil of the temple was rent in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook; and the rocks were rent; 52 and the tombs were opened; and many bodies of the saints that had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming forth from the tombs after his :resurrection entered into the holy city and appeared unto many. 54 Now the centurion, and they that were with him watching :Jesus, when they saw the earthquake, and the things done, feared exceedingly, saying, Truly this was a Son of God. 55 And many women were there beholding from afar, who had followed :Jesus from :Galilee, ministering to him: 56 among whom was Mariam :Magdalēnē, and Mary the mother of :James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

57 And when evening was come, a rich man came from Arimathæa, Joseph by name, who also himself was a disciple of Jesus: 58 this man went to :Pilate, and asked for the body of :Jesus. Then :Pilate commanded it to be given up. 59 And :Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 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 tomb, and departed. 61 And Mariam :Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulcher. 62 Now on the morrow, which is the day after the Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees were gathered unto Pilate, 63 saying, Sir, we remember that that :deceiver said while yet alive, After three days I rise again. 64 Command therefore that the sepulcher be made secure until the third day, lest haply the disciples come and steal him, and say to the people, He is risen from the dead: and the last error will be worse than the first. 65 :Pilate said to them, Ye have a guard: go, make it as secure as ye †can. 66 So they went, and made the sepulcher sure, having sealed the stone, with the guard there.