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him the whole band. And they stripped him and put on him a scarlet robe, and platted a crown of thorns and put it on his head and a cane in his right hand. Then they kneeled down before him and mocked him and said :
“Hail ! King of the Jews !"
And they spat upon him, and they took the cane and kept striking him on the head; and when they had mocked him they took off the robe from him, put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him.
As they were coming out they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name, and they compelled him to go with them to carry his cross.
And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, that is to say, Skull's Place, they gave him a drink of wine mixed with gall. But when he had tasted it he refused to drink.
Now when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among them by casting lots. And they sat down and kept watch over him there.
And they put up over his head the written charge against him :
This is JESUS
The KING OF THE JEWS. Then they crucified with him two robbers, one on his right and one on his left.
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Now those who were passing kept jeering at him, wagging their heads and saying :
“ You destroyer of the temple and builder of it in three days, save yourself. If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross."
In the same way the chief priests mocking him with the scribes and elders, said :
“ He saved others, he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel. Let him now come down from the cross and we shall believe in him. He trusts in God, let him rescue him now if he desires him. For he said :
“I am God's Son." Even the robbers who were crucified with him kept throwing the same up to him.
Now from twelve to three o'clock darkness came over all the land. And about three o'clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, and said :
“Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani ? " that is, My God! My God! Why hast Thou forsaken me?
Now when some of those standing there heard it they said :
"He is calling Elijah."
And one of them at once ran, took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a cane, and gave him a drink.
But the rest said:
“Let him be. Let us see whether Elijah is coming to save him."
Jesus again cried with a loud voice and gave up his spirit. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom, and the earth quaked and the rocks were rent, and the tombs were opened, and many bodies of God's devoted ones who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of their tombs after his resurrection they came into the holy city and appeared to many.
Now when the Roman Captain and those with him watching Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things which had happened they were very much afraid, and said :
Surely this was God's Son." Now there were many women there looking on from a distance, those who had followed Jesus from Galilee and had waited on him. And among them was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.
Now when evening had come, a rich man from Arimathæa, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple, came, and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
Then Pilate ordered it to be given up. And
Joseph, taking the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb which he had cut out in the rock. Then he rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away.
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the grave.
Now the next day, which is the day after the Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees were gathered together to Pilate, and said:
"We remember, Sir, that that deceiver said while he was alive, After three days I rise again. So order the grave to be made secure till the third day, lest his disciples come and steal him away and say to the people, He is risen from the dead, and the last deception will be worse than the first."
“You have a guard,” Pilate said to them, “go make it as secure as you can.
So they went and made the grave secure by placing the guard and sealing the stone.
Now late in the week, as it began to dawn toward the first of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave.
And there was a great earthquake, For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and came and rolled the stone away and sat on it. pearance was like lightning and his clothes
white like snow. And from fear of him the watchers trembled and became like dead men.
But the angel answered and said to the
“Do not be afraid. For I know you are looking for Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he rose just as he said. Come see the place where he was lying. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, He rose from the dead and he is going before you into Galilee. See, I have told you.”
They went quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy and ran to tell his disciples. And Jesus met them, and said:
“ Hail ! ”
And they came and grasped his feet and worshipped him.
Then Jesus said to them :
“Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go into Galilee and they will see me there."
Now while they were going some of the watch came into the city and told the chief priests everything that had happened. And when they had assembled with the elders and had consulted together they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, and said:
“Say that his disciples came by night and