St. Matthew 27
1When the morning was come, all the princes of the priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death,2and when they had bound him, they led him away and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.3Then Judas, who had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the princes of the priests and the elders,4saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? Thou shalt see to it.5And casting down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed and went and hanged himself.6And the princes of the priests taking the silver pieces, said, It is not lawful to put them into the treasury because it is the price of blood.7And they took counsel and bought with them the potter’s field to bury strangers in.8Therefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.9Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the sons of Israel did value,10and gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed me.
11And Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.12And being accused by the princes of the priests and the elders, he answered nothing.13Then Pilate said unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?14And he did not answer him even a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.15Now at that feast the governor was accustomed to release unto the people a prisoner, whoever they desired.16And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.17Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom desire ye that I release unto you? Barabbas or Jesus who is called Christ?18For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.19When he was seated upon the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man, for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.20But the princes of the priests and the elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus.21The governor answered and said unto them, Which of the two desire ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.22Pilate said unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus who is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.23And the governor said, Why, what evil has he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.24When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person; see ye to it.25Then all the people answered and said, His blood be on us and on our children.
26Then he released Barabbas unto them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.27Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.28And they stripped him and put on him a scarlet robe.29And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head and a reed in his right hand; and they bowed the knee before him and mocked him, saying, Receive joy, King of the Jews!30And they spit upon him and took the reed and smote him on the head.31And after they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him and put his own raiment on him and led him away to crucify him.32And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name; him they compelled to bear his cross {Gr. stauros – stake}.
33And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, the place of a skull,34they gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall; and when he had tasted of it, he would not drink.35And they crucified him and parted his garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my raiment did they cast lots.36And sitting down they watched him there37and set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.38Then there were two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand and another on the left.39And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads40and saying, Thou that wouldst destroy the temple and build it in three days, save thyself. If thou art the Son of God, come down from the cross {Gr. stauros – stake}.41Likewise also the princes of the priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,42He saved others; he cannot save himself. If he is the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross {Gr. stauros – stake}, 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.44The thieves also, who were crucified with him, reproached him with the same.45Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.46And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?47Some of those that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calls for Elijah.48And 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.49The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.
50But Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, gave up the spirit.51And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;52and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who slept arose53and came out of the graves after his resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared unto many.54Now when the centurion and those that were with him, guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was God’s Son.55And many women were there beholding afar off, who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him;56among whom was Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joses and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.
57When the evening was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also had been a disciple of Jesus;58he went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.59And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth60and 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 sepulchre and departed.61And there was Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.62Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the princes of the priests and the Pharisees came together unto Pilate,63saying, Lord, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.64Command therefore that the sepulchre be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night and steal him away and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead; so the last error shall be worse than the first.65Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch; go your way; make it as secure as ye can.66So they went and made the sepulchre secure, sealing the stone and setting a watch.