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IIN the end of the fabbath, as it began to dawn, to

wards the first day

of the week, came Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, to fee the fepulchre.

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65. Pilate, laughing within himself, at their vain fear (as he thought,) bid them fet what Soldiers they would, to watch, and make the Sepulchre as fure as they could.

66. Accordingly they went, and made all things fecure, (as they imagined,) fetting a Seal upon the Stone which stopt the Sepulchre, and appointing Soldiers to watch it.

CHAP. XXVIII.

Chrift's Refurrection, ver. 1. His Appearance to Mary Magdalene, ver. 8. The Report of his Body being stolen, ver. 11. Chrift's Appearance and laft Inftructions to his Difciples, ver. 16.

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About Three or Four a Clock on Sunday Morning.

2. And as they were in the way, they confulted between themselves, which way they should get the great Stone removed, with which they had feen foJeph of Arimathea ftop up the Sepulchre. But when they came to the place, they found a great Trembling of the Earth, and Commotion: For an Angel had rolled away the Stone from the Mouth of the Sepulchre, and the Women faw the Angel fitting upon the Stone.

3. The Face of the Angel was like the bright fhining of Lightning, and his Garments were white and glittering as the very Snow.

4. The Soldiers alfo, that were set to watch the Sepulchre, faw the Angel, and were affrighted almost to Death at that wonderful Sight.

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2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for the defcended from heaangel of the Lord ven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and fat upon it.

3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment

white as fnow.

4 And for fear of him the keepers did

fhake, and became as dead men.

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*This Conjecture, though I have not yet feen it taken notice of by any Commentator, feems to be very agreeable to the Words, AUTE, idrs and plainly reconciles what St. John relates; John xx, 12. This being one of the two Angels there mentioned.

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he goeth before you into Galilee, there fhall ye fee him, lo, I have told you. 8 And they de parted quickly from the fepulchre, with fear and great joy, and did run to bring his difciples word. 99 And as they went to tell his difciples, behold, Jefus met them, faying, All hail. And they came, and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

10 Then faid Jefus unto them, Be not afraid : : tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there fhall they

fee me.

11 Now when they were going, behold fome of the

watch came into the

city, and fhewed unto the chief priests all the things that

were done.

12 And when they were affembled, with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the foldiers. 13 Saying, Say ye, His difciples came by night, and stole him away while we lept.

Obferve that I have now foretold it you; and when it comes to pass, be not faithlefs, but believing.

8. Then the Women departing from the Sepulchre, and rejoicing at the News they had heard; yet frighted at the Appearance of the Angel, and fcarce believing what they had seen ; they ran to give the Disciples notice.

9. And as they were going, Jefus himself met them and faluted them. At first they knew him not; but when he had made himself known to them, they fell down before him, and held him by the Feet, and adored him.

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the Disciples ftole away the Body in the Night.

14. And they promised the Soldiers, that if the Governor fhould hear of this thing, and call them to an Account for their Negligence and ill Performance of their Duty; they would undertake to pacify him, and engage to bear them harmless.

15. Accordingly the Soldiers, taking the Money, obey'd their Inftructions; and the Report of Jefus's Body being ftolen by the Difciples, was entertained by the unbelieving Jews, and long continued among them.

16. In the mean time the Eleven Apoftles went into Galilee, to a Mountain where Jefus had appointed to meet

them.

17. And there they faw him, and knew him, and were fully convinced of the Truth of his Refurrection, and worshipped him: Only fome few had ftill Doubts and Scruples remaining in their Minds.

18. But Jefus afterwards appeared frequently to them, and gave all of them full Satisfaction, and inftructed them in many things, relating to the preaching of the Gofpel, and the eftablishing of the Church, and enlarging it through the whole Earth. And he faid; God has now committed unto me full Power and Authority, over all things both in Heaven and Earth.

19. Go ye therefore and preach the Gofpel to all the World; making Difciples out of every Nation, and baptizing

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The Extent of this Commiffion, as it feems by the History of Cornelius, Acts x. the Apoftles did not at first fully understand, till it was explained by the Holy Ghost.

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