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put it upon hyssop (s), and put it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he

said, It is finished and he bowed his head, and gave 31 up the ghost. The Jews therefore, because it was

the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the fabbath-day, (for that fabbathday was an high-day) (t), besought Pilate that their

legs might be broken, and that they might be taken 32 away. Then came the foldiers, and brake the legs

of the first, and of the other which was crucified with 33 him. But when they came to Jesus, and saw that 34 he was dead already, they brake not his legs. But

one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his fide, and 35 forthwith came thereout blood and water (u). And

he that saw it, bare record, and his record is true : and he knoweth that he faith true, that ye might be

lieve. For these things were done, that the scripture 36 should be fulfilled (w), A bone of him shall not be 37

broken. And again another scripture faith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.

And after this, Joseph of Arimathea (being a difciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews) besought Pilate that he might take away the body of

Jesus (x): and Pilate gave gave him leave : He came 39 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, 40 about an hundred pound weight. Then took they

the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes, with


8) Upon a reed, with a bunch of hyssop at top. (1) An high day, because in the passover week.

(w) The spear having pierced the watery liquor that surrounds the heart. Thus the new covenant was ratified like thç old, both with water and blood. Heb.ix. 19.

(w) This shews Jesus to have been the true paschal lamb, of which not a bone was to be broken. Num. ix. 12. See Matt. xxi. 4.

(ac) Criminals executed for treason, were not allowed the rites of burial


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 fepulchre, wherein 42 was never man yet laid (%). There laid they Jesus

therefore (aa), because of the Jews preparation-day, for the fepulchre was nigh at hand.

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I THE first day of the week cometh Mary Magda

lene early, when it was yet dark, unto the fepulchre (a), and feeth the stone taken away from the le2 pulchre. Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon

Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and faith unto them, They have taken away the Lord

out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they 3

have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that 4 other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. So they

ran both together: and the other disciple did out-run 5 Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. And he stoop

ing down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying 6 yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter fol.

lowing him, and went into the sepulchre, and feeth 7

the linen clothes lie; And the napkin that was about

his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped 8 together in a place by itself (b). Then went in also

that other disciple which came first to the sepulchre,

(y) This is the ceremony our Lord alludes to, Matt. xxvi. 12. (2) Thus was fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah in both its parts. He suffered with malefactors, and was buried after the manner of the great and wealthy. Ifaiah liï. 9. See note on Matt. xxi. 4.

(aa) That the body might not remain unburied at sunset: See Mark xv. 43. more especially when so high a festival was coming on.

(a) The women came to the fepulchre about sunrise, but set out much earlier. Matt. xxviii. 1.

(6) Folded up in an orderly manner; a circumstance not likely to have happened, had the body been stolen away, as the soldiers were bribed to report. Matt. xxviii. 13.


9 and he saw, and believed (c). For as yet they knew

not the scripture, that he must rise again from the 10 dead (d). Then the disciples went away again unto their own home (e).

But Mary stood without at the sepulchre, weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down and looked 12 into the sepulchre: And seeth two angels in white,

fitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, 13 where the body of Jesus had lain : And they say unto

her, Woman, Why weepest thou? She saith unto

them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and 14 I know not where they have laid him. And when

she had thus faid, she turned herself back, and faw 15 Jesus ftanding, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus

faith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? the supposing him to be the gardener (f), faith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne hiin hence,

tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him 16 away. Jesus faith unto her, Mary. She turned her

self, and faith unto him, Rabboni, which is to say, 17 Master. Jesus faith unto her, Touch me not: for i

am not yet ascended to my Father (8): but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father and your Father, and to my God and



(c) Believed that the body was taken away out of the sepulchre, as Mary Magdalene had said, Verse 2. of which until then they doubted.

(d) As to his resurrection, they had no expectation of it, though foretold in the scriptures. Psalm xvl. 20.

See Alls ii. 31.
The two disciples, Peter and John.

The garden-keeper. From the manner of her addressing him, it is plain that our holy religion doth not forbid us to use any usual terms of civility and respect. See Matt. xxiii. 8. Note. Aits xxiv. 3.

(8) She and the other women who were with her, endeavoured to hold Jesus by the feet (Matt. xxviii. 9.) probably fearing left they Dould lose him again. But he comforts them by telling them, that he should'not leave the world very soon, but would give them sevesal opportunities of seeing him before his ascension into Heaven.

18 Mary


18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples, that

she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut, where the difciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came

Jesus and stood in the midst (h), and faith unto them, 20 Peace be unto you. And when he had to faid, he

shewed unto them his hands and his fide (i). Then 21 were the disciples glad when they saw the Lord. Then

said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my 22 Father hath sent me, even so fend I you. And when

he had said this, he breathed on them, and faith unto 23 them, Receive. ye the holy Ghost. Whose foever

fins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and

whose foever fins ye retain, they are retained. 24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, 25 was not with them when Jesus came. The other

disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into

his fide, I will not believe (k). 26 And after eight days (1), again his disciples were

within, and Thomas with them: then caine Jesus,

the doors being fhut, and stood in the midst, and 27 faid, Peace be unto you. Then faith he to Thomas,

Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side; (h) The doors opening miraculously to admit him, as the iron gate did for St. Peter. Ä Els xii. 10.

(i) See Luke xxiv. 39, 40. Note.

(k) I will not believe that it is Jesus that you have seen. You must have been misaken.

(1) That is, on the first day of the following week; being eight days inclusively from his resurrection ; and as all the apofles were then assembled together, it is not improbable that they had then refolved to dedicate that day, which was afterwards called the Lord's day, for the purposes of publick worship.


28 and

28 and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas

answered and said unto him, My Lord and my 29 God (m). Jesus faith unto him, Thomas, because

thou hast seen me, thou haft believed : blessed are they 30 that have not seen, and yet have believed (n). And

many other signs (0) truly did Jesus in the prefence of 31 his disciples which are not written in this book. But

these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is
the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing ye
might have life through his name.

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FTER these things Jesus fhewed himself again

to the disciples at the fea of Tiberias; and on 2 this wise shewed he himself. There were together Si

mon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Na

thanael of Cana in Galilee, and the Sons of Zebedee, 3 and two other of his disciples. Simon Peter faith

unto them, I go a fishing (a). They say unto him,
We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered

into a fhip immediately; and that night they caught 4 nothing. But when the morning was now come,

Jesus stood on the shore : but the disciples knew not 5 that it was Jesus. Then Jesus faith unto them,

Children, have ye any meat (b)? They answered him, 6 No. And he said unto them, Caft the net on the

right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast

therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for -7 the multitude of fishes. Therefore that disciple whom

Jesus loved, saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now


(m) Observe that our Lord doth not reprove his disciples for giving him the title of God.

(n) Blessed are they who are convinced on competent evidence, without requiring more. See Matt. xi. 6.

(0) Many other miracles.
(a) I am going a filhing. We will go with you.
16) Any thing to eat.


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