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Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy

Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabacthani ? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? And some of them that stood by, when they heard that, said, Behold, this man calleth for Elias.

After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.

Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, 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 Elias will The Death of Christ. 289 come to save him. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished. And when Jesus had cried again with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; and the graves were opened ; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came 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 with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, and that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, they feared greatly; and the centurion glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man; truly this was the Son of God. And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned. And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, ministering unto him, stood afar off beholding these things: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the Less and of Joses, and Salome, the mother of Zebedee's children, and many other women were

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there, which came up with him unto Jerusalem.

The remaining Events of the Day of the

Crucifixion. THE Jews therefore, 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. Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. 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 there out blood and water. And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. 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.

And after this, when the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathæa, a city of the Jews, named Joseph, an honourable

? Matt. xxvii. 45–56. Mark xv. 33–41. Luke xxiii. 44–49. John xix. 25-30.

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counsellor, and he was a good man, and à just: the same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them, but also himself waited for the kingdom of God, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews. This man went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus, that he might take it away. And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead : and calling unto him a centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead. And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave him leave, and commanded the body to be delivered to Joseph. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. 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. 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. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, which he (Joseph) had hewn out in the rock; wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand; and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. And the women also which came with him

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from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre. And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre, and beheld how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day, according to the commandment 8.

8 Matt. xxvii. 57–61. Mark xv, 42, 47. Luke xxiii. 50–56. John xix. 31–42.

END OF PART IV.

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