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LESSON LXXVI. Matthew, Chap. 27. Luke, Chap. 23. John, Chap. 19. 51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in tivain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent.

54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was a righteous man, truly this was the Son of God.

48 And all the people that came together to that sight beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned.

55. And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him; among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children.

31 The Jews therefors, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be

taken away

32 Then came the soldiers and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.

33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs : but'one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came thereout blood and water.

35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true, and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.

36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.

50 And behold there was a man named Joseph, a counseller; and he was a good man, and a just : (the same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them :) he was of Arimathea, a city of the Jews; who also himself waited for the kingdom of God.

52 This man went unto Pilate and begged the body of Jesus, (but secretly for fear of the Jews ;) and Joseph besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus : and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore and took the body of Jesus.

39 And there came also Nicodemus (which at the first came

to Jesus by night) and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.

40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.

41. Now in the place where he was crucified, there was a garden ; and in the garden a new sepulchre, which was hewn in the rock wherein was never yet man laid.

42 There laid they Jesus therefore, because of the Jews' preparation day: for the sepulchre was nigh at hand. And they rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre.

61 And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.

62 Now the next day, that followed the day of the prepara-, tion, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.

64 Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal lim away,


say unto the people, He is risen from the dead : so the last error shall be worse than the first.

65 Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as you can. So they went and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone and setting a watch.

LESSON LXXVII. Matthew, Chap. 28. Mark, Chap. 16. Joha, Chap. 20.

Luke, Chap. 24. AFTER the sabbath was ended, as it began to dawn towari the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, to see the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared : and certain others were with them.

3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone irom the door of the sepulchre ?

2 And, behold, there 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 lieditning, and his raiment white as snow; and for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

When Mary Magdalene saw that the stone was taken away from the sepulchre, she runneth and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid hiin.

And some of the women entering into the sepulchre found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments :

5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek'ye the living among the dead? He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

Remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, saying, The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.

7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee : there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.

And the women remembered his words. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy, and did run to bring his disciples word.

When Mary Magdalene had told Peter, and the other disciple whom Jesus loved, that they had taken away the Lord, Peter went forth, and that other disciple, and came both to the sepulchre.

4 So they ran both together : and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.

6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, and the napkin that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.

8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw and believed. For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went again unto their own home.

11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, and seeth two angels in white, sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

13 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.

14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou ? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou hast borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me fot; 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.

18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

And as the other women went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet and worshipped him. And they returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.

10 It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and the other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. And their words seemed to them as idle tales ; and they believed them not.

Now when the women were going to tell the apostles, benold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.

12 And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,

13 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.

15 So they took the money, and did as they were taught ; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews uptil

this day.


Luke, Chap. 24. 13 AND, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened.

15 And it came to pass, that while they communed together, and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. 17 And he said unto them, What manner of communica

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18 And the one of them whose 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?

19 And he said unto them, What things ? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighly in deed and word before God and all the people :

20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. trusted that it had been he which should bave redeemed Israel : and beside all this, to-day is the third day since these things were done.

22 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 à vision of angels, which said that he was alive.

24 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said : but him they saw not.

25 Then Jesus said unto them, O fools and slow of heart to believe all that the propliets have spoken! Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?

27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them, in all the scriptures, the things concerning himself.

28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.

29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.

30 And it came to pass as lie sat at meat with them, lie toois bread and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.

31 And their eyes were openeri and they knew him ; and be vanished out of their sight.

32 And they said one to another, Did not our liearts burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to as the scriptures ?

33 And they rose up the same hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. And they told what things were done in the way, and liow lie was known of them in breaking of bread.

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