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of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas. Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus, which is called 22 Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. ' And the governor 23 said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified. When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, 24 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. Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be 25 on us and on our children. Then released he Barabbas unto them: and 26 when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

THEN the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, 27 and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers: and they stripped 28 him, and put on him a scarlet robe: and when they had platted a crown 29 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, Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him 30 on the head. And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off 31 from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.

He is led away and crucified. Mark xv.

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AND as they came out, they found a man of Cy- 32 21. Luke xxiii. 26. rene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his John xix. 17. cross. And when they were come unto a place called 33 Golgotha, (that is to say, A place of a scull,) they gave him vinegar to 34 drink, mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots, 35 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: "They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots." And 36 sitting down, they watched him there: and set over his head his accusation 37 written, " THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.' Then were there two 38

He is reviled. Mark

thieves crucified with him; one on the right hand, and another on the left. AND they that passed by reviled him, wagging their 39 xv. 29. Luke xxiii. heads,' and saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and 40 35. buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mock- 41 ing him, with the scribes and elders, said, ' He saved others; himself he 42 cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him de- 43 liver him now, if he will have him! for he said, I am the Son of God. The 44 thieves also which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. Now, from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the 45 ninth hour. And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, 46 saying, "Eli! Eli! lama sabachthani!" (that is to say," My God! my God! why hast thou forsaken me ?") Some of them that stood there, 47 when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. And straightway 48 one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. The rest said, Let be, let us see whether 49 Elias will come to save him.

Christ's death and

cumstances. Mark

JESUS, when he had cried again with a loud voice, 50 the attendant cir- yielded up the ghost. And behold, the veil of the 51 xv. 37. Luke xxiii. temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom : and 44. John xix. 30. the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; and the graves 52 were opened, and many bodies of the saints which slept, arose,' and came 53 out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Now, when the centurion, and they that were 54 with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were

done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God! And many women were there, beholding afar off, which followed Jesus 55 from Galilee, ministering unto him: among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's 56 children.

Christ is buried.

xxiii. 50. John xix.



WHEN the even was come, there came a rich man of 57 Mark xv. 42. Luke Arimathea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. 58 Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. ' And when Joseph 59 had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it 60 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. And there was 61 Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre. The anhedrim guard Now, the next day that followed the day of the prepara- 62 the sepulchre. tion, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,' saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet 63 alive, After three days I will rise again. Command therefore that the 64 sepulchre be made sure 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. Pilate said unto 65 them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can. So they 66 went and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch. IN the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward 28 xvi. 1. Luke xxiii. the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, to see the sepulchre. And behold, there 2 was a great earthquake: for the angel of the LORD descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow. And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And 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 8 joy and did run to bring his disciples word. And as they went to tell 9 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 10 them, Be not afraid go tell my brethren, that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

Christ rises. Mark

55. John xx. 1.






The guard bribed. Now, when they were going, behold some of the watch 11 came into the city, and showed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had 12 taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, saying, Say ye, 13 His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. And if 14 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 15 is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

commission of the

Christ renews the THEN the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into 16 Apostles, and ascends a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when 17 to heaven: Mark they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.

xvi. 15. Luke xxiv.

50. Acts i. 6. And Jesus came, and spake unto them, saying, All power is 18 given unto me in heaven and earth. Go ye therefore and teach all nations, 19 baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded 20 you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.



Of John the Forerunner of Christ.






THE beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophets; "Behold, I send my Matt. iii. 1. Luke messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way beiii. 1. fore thee;""The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD! make his paths straight." John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. And there went out unto him all the land of Judea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins. And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey; ' 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. I 8 indeed have baptized you with water; but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.

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Jesus baptized. AND it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came Matt. iii. 13. Luke from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. And straightway coming up out of the water, he 10 saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him. And there came a voice from heaven, saying, 'Thou art my beloved Son, 11 in whom I am well pleased.'

Christ tempted.

AND immediately the Spirit driveth him into the 12 Matt. iv. 1. Luke wilderness. And he was there in the wilderness forty 13 days tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and

iv. 1.

the angels ministered unto him.

Christ teaches in

NOW, after that John was put in prison, Jesus came 14 Galilee. Matt. iv. 12. into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of 15 repent ye, and believe the gospel.

Luke iv. 14, 15.

God is at hand

The call of Peter,

Andrew, James, and

John. Matt. iv. 18.

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Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon, 16 and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for Luke v. 1. they were fishers. And Jesus said unto them, Come ye 17 after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. And straight- 18 way they forsook their nets, and followed him. And when he had gone 19 a little further thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets. And straightway 20 he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.

Jesus, in the syna- AND they went into Capernaum; and straightway on 21 gogue at Capernaum, the sabbath-day he entered into the synagogue and taught.

cures a demoniac.

Luke iv. 31. And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught 22 them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. And there was in 23 their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,' saying, 24 Let us alone! what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out 25 of him. And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a 26 loud voice, he came out of him. And they were all amazed, insomuch 27

that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him. And immediately his fame spread abroad 28 throughout all the region round about Galilee.

Peter's mother-in-law AND forthwith, when they were come out of the syna- 29 Matt. viii. 14. Luke gogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew,

cured of a fever.

χίν. 38. with James and John. But Simon's wife's mother lay 30 sick of a fever; and anon they tell him of her. And he came and took 31 her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.

Galilee. Matt. iv.

iv. 40.

AND at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto 32 Christ performs various miracles; and him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed teaches throughout with devils. And all the city was gathered together at the 33 23. viii. 16. Luke door. And he healed many that were sick of divers dis- 34 eases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him. And in the morning, 35 rising up a great while before day, he went out and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. And Simon, and they that were with him, 36 followed after him. And when they had found him, they said unto him, 37 All men seek for thee. And he said unto them, Let us go into the next 38 towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth. And 39 he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils.

v. 12.

He cures a leper. AND there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and 40 Matt. viii. 1. Luke kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with com- 41 passion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will ; be thou clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy 42 departed from him, and he was cleansed. And he straightly charged him, 43 and forthwith sent him away; and saith unto him, See thou say nothing 44 to any man; but go thy way, show thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze 45 abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter.

A paralytic cured,

Christ to forgive sins




AND again he entered into Capernaum, after some 2 and the power of days; and it was noised that he was in the house. And 2 asserted. Luke v. straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door and he preached the word unto them. And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, 5 he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But . 6 there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts; Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive 7 sins but God only? And immediately, when Jesus perceived in his spirit 8 that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of 9 the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power 10 on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) 'I say unto 11 thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thy house. And 12 immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all ;

insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.

The calling of Mat

thew. Matt. ix. 9.

AND he went forth again by the sea-side; and all the 13 Luke v. 27. Christ multitude resorted unto him, and he taught them. And 14 dines with him. as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alpheus, sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him. And it came to pass, that as Jesus sat at meat in his 15 house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many, and they followed him. And when the 16 scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are 17 whole, have no need of the physician, but they that are sick : I came not to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.

disciples for not

Christ vindicates his AND the disciples of John, and of the Pharisees, used 18 fasting. Matt. ix. to fast: and they come and say unto him, Why do the dis14. Luke v. 33. ciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not? And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bride- 19 chamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. But the days will come, 20 when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days. No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old 21 garment: else the new piece that filled it up, taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse. And no man putteth new wine into old 22 bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.

He defends his dis

ciples for plucking bath-day. Luke

corn on the sabvi. 1.

AND it came to pass, that he went through the corn- 23 fields on the sabbath-day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn. And the Pharisees said 24 unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath-day that which is not lawful? And he said unto them, Have ye never read what 25 David did, when he had need, and was a hungered, he and they that were with him? How he went into the house of God, in the days of Abiathar 26 the high priest, and did eat the show-bread, which is not lawful to eat, but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him? And 27 he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: therefore, the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.

He heals the with


AND he entered again into the synagogue; and there 3 ered hand. Matt. was a man there which had a withered hand. And they 2 xxii. 9. Luke vi. 6. watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath

day; that they might accuse him. And he saith unto the man which 3 had the withered hand, Stand forth. And he saith unto them, Is it law- 4 ful to do good on the sabbath-days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? but they held their peace. And when he had looked round about on them 5 with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other. And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.

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He is followed by BUT Jesus withdrew himself with his disciples to the 7 great multitudes, sea and a great multitude from Galilee followed him, heals. Matt. xii. and from Judea, and from Jerusalem, and from Idumea, 8 and from beyond Jordan: and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they had heard what great things he did, came unto him. And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait 9


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