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Christ is brought before Caiaphas. 273 witness of the evil : but if well, why smitest thou me? Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death; but found none: yea, though many false wit

: nesses came, and bare false witness against him, yet found they none : for their witness agreed not together. At the last came two false witnesses, and said, We heard this fellow say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands. But neither so did their witness agree together. And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? But Jesus held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the son of God the Blessed. Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said; I am: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses ? behold, now ye have heard bis blasphemy. What think ye?



Peter denies the Lord thrice.

And they all answered and condemned him and said, He is guilty of death. Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and the men that held Jesus mocked him, and covered his face. And when they had blindfolded bim, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote thee? And many other things blasphemously spake they against him. And the servants did strike him with the palms of their hands 7.

Peter denies the Lord thrice. Now Peter sat without in the palace : and as Peter was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the high priest : the damsel that kept the door. And when she saw Peter, as he sat by the fire, warming himself, she earnestly looked upon him, and said, Art not thou also one of his disciples ? Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. But he denied before them all, saying, Woman, I am not. I know him not. I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. And he went out into the porch ; and the cock

And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there. This fellow was also Christ before the Council.


Matt. xxvi. 57–68. Mark xiv. 53–65. Luke xxii. 54, 55. 63–65. John xviii. 12-16. 18—24.



with Jesus of Nazareth. And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee. And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man. And about the space of one hour after, one of the servants of the high priest, being his kinsman whose ear Peter cut off, confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilæan. And he said to Peter, Did not I see thee in the garden with him? Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, Man, I know not what thou sayest. I know not this man of whom ye speak. And immediately, while he yet spake, the second time the 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 twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.

And when he thought thereon, he went out, and wept bitterly 8. Christ stands before Caiaphas, and before the

whole Jewish Council. He confesses himself to be the Christ, and is pronounced guilty of Death. The Fate of Judas. And as soon as it was day, the elders of 276 Christ before the Council. the people and the chief priests and the scribes came together, and led him into their council, saying, Art thou the Christ? tell us. And he said unto them, If I tell you, ye will not believe: and if I also ask you, ye will not answer me, nor let me go.

* Matt. xxvi. 69–75. Mark xiv. 66—72. Luke xxii. 56–62. John xviii. 17, 25—27.

Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God. Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am. And they said, What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth.

And the whole multitude of them arose, and when they had bound Jesus, they led him away from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor: and it was early.

Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of Christ is led to Pilate.


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blood. And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value; and gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me '.

Christ is led to Pilate. AND they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled ; but that they might eat the passover. Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this man? They answered and said unto him, If he were not a malefactor, we would not have delivered him up unto thee. Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death: that the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying what death he should die. Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King

9 Matt. xxvii. 1–10. Mark xv. 1. Luke xxii. 66—xxiii. 1. John xviii. 28.

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