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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Matthew 27:1-66

27  When it had become morning, all the chief priests and the older men of the people held a consultation against Jesus so as to put him to death.+  And, after binding him, they led him off and handed him over to Pilate the governor.+  Then Judas, who betrayed him, seeing he had been condemned, felt remorse and turned the thirty+ silver pieces back to the chief priests and older men,  saying: “I sinned when I betrayed righteous blood.”+ They said: “What is that to us? You must see to that!”+  So he threw the silver pieces into the temple* and withdrew, and went off and hanged himself.+  But the chief priests took the silver pieces and said: “It is not lawful to drop them into the sacred treasury, because they are the price of blood.”  After consulting together, they bought with them the potter’s field to bury strangers.  Therefore that field has been called “Field of Blood”+ to this very day.  Then what was spoken through Jeremiah* the prophet was fulfilled, saying: “And they took* the thirty silver pieces,+ the price upon the man that was priced, the one on whom some of the sons of Israel set a price, 10  and they gave* them for the potter’s+ field, according to what Jehovah* had commanded me.” 11  Jesus now stood before the governor; and the governor put the question to him: “Are you the king of the Jews?”+ Jesus replied: “You yourself say [it].”+ 12  But, while he was being accused+ by the chief priests and older men, he made no answer.+ 13  Then Pilate said to him: “Do you not hear how many things they are testifying against you?”+ 14  Yet he did not answer him, no, not a word, so that the governor wondered very much.+ 15  Now from festival to festival it was the custom of the governor to release a prisoner to the crowd, the one they wanted.+ 16  Just at that time they were holding a notorious prisoner called Bar·ab′bas.+ 17  Hence when they were gathered together Pilate said to them: “Which one do YOU want me to release to YOU, Bar·ab′bas or Jesus the so-called Christ?”+ 18  For he was aware that out of envy+ they had handed him over.+ 19  Moreover, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent out to him, saying: “Have nothing to do with that righteous+ man,* for I suffered a lot today in a dream+ because of him.” 20  But the chief priests and the older men persuaded the crowds to ask for Bar·ab′bas,+ but to have Jesus destroyed. 21  Now in responding the governor said to them: “Which of the two do YOU want me to release to YOU?” They said: “Bar·ab′bas.”+ 22  Pilate said to them: “What, then, shall I do with Jesus the so-called Christ?” They all said: “Let him be impaled!”*+ 23  He said: “Why, what bad thing did he do?” Still they kept crying out all the more: “Let him be impaled!”+ 24  Seeing that it did no good but, rather, an uproar was arising, Pilate took water+ and washed his hands before the crowd, saying: “I am innocent of the blood of this [man].* YOU yourselves must see to it.” 25  At that all the people said in answer: “His blood come upon us and upon our children.”+ 26  Then he released Bar·ab′bas to them, but he had Jesus whipped+ and handed him over to be impaled.+ 27  Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s palace and gathered the whole body of troops together to him.+ 28  And disrobing him, they draped him with a scarlet cloak,+ 29  and they braided a crown out of thorns and put it on his head and a reed in his right hand. And, kneeling before him, they made fun+ of him, saying: “Good day, you King of the Jews!”+ 30  And they spit+ upon him and took the reed and began hitting him upon his head. 31  Finally, when they had made fun+ of him, they took the cloak off and put his outer garments upon him and led him off for impaling.+ 32  As they were going out they found a native of Cy·re′ne named Simon.+ This man they impressed into service to lift up his torture stake. 33  And when they came to a place called Gol′go·tha,*+ that is to say, Skull Place,* 34  they gave him wine mixed with gall+ to drink; but, after tasting it, he refused to drink.+ 35  When they had impaled+ him they distributed his outer garments+ by casting lots,+ 36  and, as they sat, they watched over him there. 37  Also, they posted above his head the charge against him, in writing: “This is Jesus the King of the Jews.”+ 38  Then two robbers were impaled with him, one on his right and one on his left.+ 39  So the passersby began speaking abusively+ of him, wagging+ their heads 40  and saying: “O you would-be thrower-down of the temple+ and builder of it in three days, save yourself! If you are a son of God, come down off the torture stake!”+ 41  In like manner also the chief priests with the scribes and older men began making fun of him and saying:+ 42  “Others he saved; himself he cannot save! He is King+ of Israel; let him now come down off the torture stake and we will believe on him.+ 43  He has put his trust in God; let Him now rescue+ him if He wants him, for he said, ‘I am God’s Son.’”+ 44  In the same way even the robbers that were impaled together with him began reproaching him.+ 45  From the sixth hour* on a darkness fell+ over all the land, until the ninth hour.*+ 46  About the ninth hour Jesus called out with a loud voice, saying: “E′li, E′li, la′ma sa·bach·tha′ni?”* that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”+ 47  At hearing this, some of those standing there began to say: “This man is calling E·li′jah.”+ 48  And immediately one of them ran and took a sponge and soaked it with sour+ wine and put it on a reed and went giving him a drink.+ 49  But the rest of them said: “Let him be! Let us see whether E·li′jah comes to save him.”+ [[Another man took a spear and pierced his side, and blood and water came out.]]*+ 50  Again Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and yielded up [his] spirit.*+ 51  And, look! the curtain+ of the sanctuary was rent in two, from top to bottom,+ and the earth quaked, and the rock-masses were split.+ 52  And the memorial tombs were opened and many bodies of the holy ones that had fallen asleep were raised up, 53  (and persons,* coming out from among the memorial tombs after his being raised up, entered into the holy city,)+ and they became visible to many people. 54  But the army officer* and those with him watching over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things happening, grew very much afraid, saying: “Certainly this was God’s Son.”*+ 55  Moreover, many women were there viewing from a distance,+ who had accompanied Jesus from Gal′i·lee to minister to him;+ 56  among whom was Mary Mag′da·lene, also Mary the mother of James and Jo′ses,* and the mother of the sons of Zeb′e·dee.+ 57  Now as it was late in the afternoon, there came a rich man of Ar·i·ma·the′a, named Joseph, who had also himself become a disciple of Jesus.+ 58  This man went up to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.+ Then Pilate commanded it to be given over.+ 59  And Joseph took the body, wrapped it up in clean fine linen,+ 60  and laid it in his new memorial tomb,+ which he had quarried in the rock-mass. And, after rolling a big stone to the door of the memorial tomb, he left.+ 61  But Mary Mag′da·lene and the other Mary continued there, sitting before the grave.+ 62  The next day, which was after the Preparation,+ the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together before Pilate, 63  saying: “Sir, we have called to mind that that impostor said while yet alive, ‘After three days+ I am to be raised up.’ 64  Therefore command the grave to be made secure until the third day, that his disciples may never come and steal+ him and say to the people, ‘He was raised up from the dead!’ and this last imposture will be worse than the first.” 65  Pilate said to them: “YOU have a guard.+ Go make it as secure as YOU know how.” 66  So they went and made the grave secure by sealing the stone+ and having the guard.

Footnotes

See 26:61 ftn.
“Jeremiah,” אAB; Syh(margin), “Zachariah”; Syp,s omit.
“They took,” AB; אSyh,p,s, “I took.”
“They gave,” AcB*CItVg; אBcWSyh,p,s, “I gave.”
See App 1D.
See App 7B.
Or, “fastened on a stake (pole)!” See App 5C.
Or, “innocent of this blood.”
“Golgotha.” Gr., Gol·go·tha′; Lat., Gol′go·tha; J17,18(Heb.), Gol·gol·taʼ′.
“Skull Place.” Gr., Kra·ni′ou To′pos; Lat., Cal·va′ri·ae lo′cus; J17(Heb.), meqohm′ Gul·go′leth.
“Sixth hour,” that is, about 12 noon.
“Ninth hour,” that is, about 3 p.m.
“Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” Compare Ps 22:1 ftn, “Me.”
“Another man . . . came out,” אBC; ADWItVgSyh,p,sArm omit.
Or, “ceased to breathe.” Lit., “he let go off the spirit.” Gr., a·phe′ken to pneu′ma.
Or, “they,” not referring to the “bodies.”
Lit., “the centurion,” that is, the one in command of 100 soldiers.
Or, “a son of God; a son of a god.”
“Joses,” ABCDcSyh,p; אD*WVgSys, “Joseph.”