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49 thou the Son of man with a kiss? When they
which were about him faw what would follow, they faid unto him, Lord, fhall we smite with the
sword? 50 And one of them smote the servant of the high-priest, 51 and cut off his right ear. And Jesus answered and
said, Suffer ye thus far (w). And he touched his ear, 52 and healed him.
Then Jesus faid unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple (x), and the elders
which were come to him, Be ye come out as against a 53 thief, with swords and staves ? When I was daily
with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of
Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high-priest's house. And Peter followed 55 afar off. And when they had kindled a fire in the
midit of the hall, and were set down together, Peter 56 sat down among them. But a certain maid beheld
hiin as he fat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon 57 him, and said, This man was also with him. And
he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not. 58 And after a little while another (y) saw him, and said,
Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I 59 am not.
And about the space of one hour after, another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him; for he is a (z) Gali
(w) This may have been said to those who had apprehended him, and were, perhaps, then actually confining his hands : and if so, the meaning must be, give me leave at least to do this cure, before ye carry me away: Or, if it was addresled to his diiciples, it must mean, allow these men to do their pleasure : offer no violence in my defence. See Matt. xxvi.
52. Note. *(x) Captains of the temple, were officers keeping guard there.
(y) This direet charge was made by one of the company, sequence of what the naid had said to then.. See Matt. xxvi. 71. Mark xiv. 69. (2) Sec Matt, xxvi. 73. M 6
60 lean. And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou
fayeft. And immediately, while he yet spake, the 61, cock crew. And the Lord turned, and looked upon
Peter; and Peter remembered the word of the Lord,
how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, 62 thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out, and
wept bitterly. 63 And the men that held' Jefus, mocked him, and 64 smote him. And when they had blindfolded him,
they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, 65 Prophefy who it is that fmote (aa) thee ? And many
other things blasphemoully spake they against
him (bb). 66 And as soon as it was day, the elders of the
people, and the chief priests, and the scribes, came 67 together, and led him into their council, Saying,
Art thou the Christ ? tell us. And he said unto 68 them, If I tell you, you will not believe. And if
I also ask you, you will not answer me, nor let me 69 go. Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right 70 hand of the power of God. Then said they all,
Art thou the Son of God? And he said unto 71 them (cc), Ye say that I am. And they said, What
need we any further witness ? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth.
CH A P. XXIII. 1 AND the whole multitude of them arose, and
led hiin unto Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Cesar (a),
(aa) You who pretend to be so great a prophet, tell who (mote you,
(bb) That is, they used many other reviling speeches. icc). It is as you suppose. I am. (a) On the contrary, Christ commanded to render to Cesar whatever was his due. See Matt, xxii, 21.
3 faying, that he himself is Christ, a king. And Pilate
asked him, saying, Art thou the king of the Jews? And he answered him and said, Thou sayest it (b).
Then said Pilate to the chief Priests and to the 5 people, I find no fault in this man.
And they were the more fierce, saying, He stirreth up the people,
teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Ga6 lilee to this place. When Pilate heard of Galilee, 7 he asked whether the man were a Galilean. And
as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself was
also at Jerufalem at that time. 8 And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding
glad : for he was desirous to see him of a long feafon, because he had heard many things of him; and
he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him. 9 Then he questioned with him in many words; but 16 he answered him nothing. And the chief priests
and scribes stood, and vehemently accused him. 11 And Herod with his men of war set him at nought,
and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous
robe, and sent him again to Pilate. I 2 And the same day Pilate and Herod were made
friends together; for before they were at enmity be
tween themselves. 13 And Pilate, when he had called together the chief 14 priests, and the rulers, and the people, Said unto
them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and behold, I having examined himn before you, have found no fault in
this man touching those things whereof ye accuse 15 him ; No, nor yet Herod : for I sent you to him,
and lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto 16 him (c). I will therefore chastise him, and release him. 17 For of necessity he must release one unto them at the
(b) See Matt. xxvii. 11. Mark xv. 2. John xviii. 37.
18 feaft. And they cried out all at once, saying, Away 19 with this man, and release unto us Barabbas: (Who
for a certain fedition made in the city, and for mur20 der, was cast into prison.) Pilate therefore will. 21 ing to release Jesus, spake again to them, But 22 they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. And
he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil -hath he done? I have found no cause of
death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and 23 let him go. And they were instant with loud voices,
requiring that he might be crucified : and the voices 24
of thein, and of the chief priests, prevailed. And
Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they requir25 éd. And he released unto them him that for sedi
tion and murder was cast into prison, whoin they
had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will. 26 And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one
Simon a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and * on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it
after Jesus (d). 27
And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and la28 mented him. But Jesus turning unto them, said,
Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but 29 weep for yourselves, and for your children. For
behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall fay, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs
that never bare, and the paps which never gave 30 fuck. Then shall they begin to say to the moun31 tains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us. For
if they do these things in a green tree, what shall 32 be done in the dry (e) ? And there were also two
(d). See Matt. xxvii. 32.
je) If a green and fruitful tree be thus rooted up and destroyed, how much more shall the barren, and decayed? If God in his holy providence thinks fit to suffer the righteous and meritorious to be ihus cut off, what have the ungodly and the finner to expect, but
other malefactors (f) led with him to be put to death. And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors; one on the right hand, and
the other on the left. 34 Then said Jefus, Father, forgive them; for they
know not what they do. And they parted his rai35 ment, and cast lots. And the people stood behold.
ing: and the rulers also with them derided him, fay
ing, He faved others; let him fave himself, if he be 36 Christ the chosen of God. And the soldiers also
mocked him, coming to him, and offering him 37 vinegar, And saying, If thou be the king of the 38 Jews, save thyself. And a superscription also was
written over him, in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE
And one of the malefactors, which were hangedy railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, fave thy40 self and us.
But the other answering, rebuked him, saying, Doft not thou fear God, seeing thou art in 41 the same condemnation (3)? And we indeed justly, for
we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this 42 man hath done nothing amiss. And he faid
unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou com43 est into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him,
verily I say unto thee, To-day shalt thou be with 44 me in paradise. And it was about the fixth hour,
and there was a darkness over all the earth until the
the severest of the divine judgments, which are ready to fall upon this impenitent nation ?
(f) Two other persons who were malefactors.
(g) What! Have you not yet the fear of God before your eyes? Do you, even at the very time of your suffering for your crimes, join with these wretched scoffers to revile an unhappy inan, who is brought to this punilhment without having done any thing to deferve it?