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Matthew Chapter 27  

Daybreak Trial Then to Pilate1Now early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the Peoplea took counsel together against Jesus to put him to death. 2And having bound him, they led him away and handed him over to Pilate the governor. The Death of Judas Iscariot3Then Judas, the one betraying him, having seen that he was condemned, regretted what he had done and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” But they said, “What is that to us? See to that yourself.” 5And having thrown down the silver coins into the sanctuary, he departed, and having gone away, he hanged himself. 6And the chief priests, having taken the silver coins, said, “It is not lawful to put these into the treasury, since it is the price of blood.” 7So they consulted together and then bought with them the potter’s field as a burial place for strangers. 8Therefore that field has been called “Field of Blood” to this day. 9Then what was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled, saying, And they took the thirty silver coins, the price of the one whose price had been priced by the sons of Israel, 10and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.b Jesus Before Pontius Pilate11Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, saying, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And Jesus said to him, “Yes, it is as you say.” 12And when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer. 13Then Pilate says to him, “Do you not hear how many things they are testifying against you?” 14But he did not answer him with even one word, so that the governor was greatly amazed. The People Choose Barabbas15Now the governor’s custom at the feast was to release to the multitude any one prisoner whom they wanted. 16And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. 17Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” 18For he knew that they had handed him over because of envy. 19And while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for today I have suffered many things in a dream because of him.” 20Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. 21But the governor answered and said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” 22Pilate says to them, “Then what should I do to Jesus who is called Christ?” They all kept saying, “Let him be crucified.” 23But he said, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, saying, “Let him be crucified.” 24So when Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather that a riot was starting, he took water, and washed his hands in front of the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.” 25And all the Peoplec answered and said, “His blood be on us and on our children.” 26Then he released Barabbas to them, but Jesus he scourged and handed over to be crucified. The Soldiers Torture Jesus27Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium, and gathered to him the whole Roman cohort. 28And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. 29And they twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and a reed in his right hand, and they knelt down before him, and mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30And they spat on him, and took the reed and were striking him on the head. 31And after they had mocked him, they took the robe off him, and put his own garments on him, and led him away to be crucified. The Crucifixion32And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name, whom they forced to carry his cross. 33And having come to a place called Golgotha (that is to say, Place of a Skull), 34they gave him wine mixed with gall to drink, and when he had tasted it, he would not drink. 35And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them, casting lots for them. 36And sitting down, they began to keep watch over him there. 37And they set up over his head the charge against him, which read, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. 38Then two robbers are crucified with him, one on the right hand and one on the left. 39And those passing by were hurling insults at him, shaking their heads, 40and saying, “You who are going to destroy the sanctuary and build it in three days, save yourself. If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” 41In the same way the chief priests also, with the experts in the law and elders, mocking him, said, 42“He saved others, yet he is not able to save himself. He is the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43He had confidence in God, let him rescue him now, if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44And the robbers who were crucified with him also were insulting him. The Death of Jesus45Now from the sixth hour darkness came over all the land until the ninth hour.d 46And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” (that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).e 47And some of those standing there, when they heard it, said, “This man calls Elijah.” 48And immediately one of them ran and took a sponge and filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and gave him a drink. 49But the rest said, “Leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.” 50And Jesus, having cried out again with a loud voice, yielded up the spirit. 51And Look!, the veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom, and the earth was shaken, and the rocks were split. 52And the tombs were opened, and many bodies of the holy ones who had fallen asleep were raised, 53and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many. 54Now the centurion and those who were with him keeping watch over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, were greatly afraid, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God.” 55And many women who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him, were there looking on from a distance, 56among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee. Joseph Buries Jesus57Now when it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph, who also himself had become a disciple of Jesus. 58He, having approached Pilate, asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded it to be given to him. 59And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth 60and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut into the rock, and he rolled a large stone over the door of the tomb and departed. 61And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the tomb. The Tomb Guarded62Now on the next day, which is the day after the Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together before Pilate, 63saying, “Lord,f we remember that when he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will be raised.’ 64Therefore, command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples come and steal him away and say to the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead,’ and this last deception will be worse than the first.” 65Pilate said to them, “You can have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you know how to.” 66So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting the guard.

a[1]
The nation of Israel was called “the People,” so it is appropriate to capitalize it when it refers to Israel.
b[10]
From Zech. 11:12, 13, but also “spoken” by Jeremiah.
c[25]
The nation of Israel was called “the People,” so it is appropriate to capitalize it when it refers to Israel.
d[45]
The sixth hour is about noon; the ninth hour is about 3 PM.
e[46]
From Ps. 22:1.
f[63]
“Lord” is being used as a respectful form of address, like “Sir.”