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that he must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again unto their own bome. But Mary stood without at the sepulchre, weepiny: and, as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, and seeth two angels in white situing, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou ? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou ? whom seekest thou ? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni ; which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father : but
go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.
The angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye : for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here ; for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay: 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 see him: lo I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre, with fear
and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. And, as they went to tell his disciples ; behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. “And they came, and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.' Then said Jesus unto them, be not afraid : go tell my brethren, that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
Now, when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken council, they gave large money unto the soldiers, saying, Say ye, his disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, 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.
Behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was froin Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
And it came to pass, that, while they commuped de together, and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near,
and went with them. But their eyes were holden, that they should not know him. And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, , and are sad ? And the one of them, wliose name was Cleopas, answering, said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days ? And he said unto them, what things ? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and
word, before God and all the people: and how the chief priests, and our rulers, delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he, which should have redeemed Israel :and, beside all this, to-day is the third day, since these things were done. Yea, and certain women also of our company
made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; and when they found not his body, they came, saying, That they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. And certain of them which were with us, went to the sepulcnre, and found it even so as the women had said ; but him they saw not. Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to be. lieve all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses, and all the prophets, he expounded unto them, in all the scriptures, the things concerning himself. And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying, Åbide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our hearts burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures ?
The same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jewi came Jesus, and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands, and his side. Then were the disciples glad when they saw the Lord. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.
And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, saying, T'he Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread. And, as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified, and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled ? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts ? Behold my hands, and my feet, that it is I myself; handle me, and see ; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have, And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. And while they yet believed not,for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, have ye here any meat ? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honey comb. And he took it, and did eat before them. And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses, and in the
prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened be their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, and said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead, the third day; and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you : but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until
be endued with power from on high.
Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples, therefore, said unto him, We have seen the Lord.
But he said unto them, Escept I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days, again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them : then came Jesus the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing, And Thomas answered, and said unto him, My Lord, and my God. Jesus saith unto him Thom. as, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed : blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part re- . main unto this present: but some are fallen asleep.
The eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.