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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Luke 24:1-53

24  But on the first of the week at early dawn they came to the tomb bringing the spices they had got ready. 2  And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb; 3  but when they went in they did not find the body. 4  And while they were in perplexity over this, lo, there before them stood two men in vestures flashing with light; 5  and, when they were terror-struck and stood bending their faces to the ground, these said to them “Why are you looking for the living among the dead? 6*  Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7  that the Son of Man must be given over into the hands of sinful men and crucified, and rise on the third day.” 8  And they remembered his words, 9*  and returned and reported all this to the Eleven and all the rest. 10  There were the Magdalene Mary and Johanna, and James’s Mary, and the rest with them; they told the apostles this, 11  and the statements appeared to them like nonsense, and they disbelieved the women. 12  —— 13  And lo, that very day two of them were on their way to a village seven miles out from Jerusalem, named Emmaus, 14  conversing together about all these things that had befallen; 15  and while they were conversing and discussing, Jesus himself drew near and went along with them 16  (but their eyes were held from recognizing him) 17  and said to them “What talk is this that you are carrying on with each other as you walk?” and they stood still with dejected faces. 18  And one, Cleopas by name, answered him “Are you the one man who is visiting Jerusalem and has not learned of the things that have been going on in it these days?” 19  And he said to them “What things?” And they said to him “About Jesus the Nazarene, who showed himself a prophet powerful in deed and word before God and all the people, 20  and how the chief priests and our rulers gave him over to a sentence of death and crucified him; 21  but we were hoping it was he who was to redeem Israel. Yes, and, besides all this, now is the third day since these things happened. 22  Yes, and some women in our party have been startling us: having been to the tomb at daybreak 23  and not found his body, they came telling us they had also seen a manifestation of angels, who said he was alive; 24  and some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found things the same as the women said, but him they did not see.” 25*  And he said to them “O you stupid men, with hearts slow to believe on everything that the prophets spoke! 26  did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and enter on his glory?” 27  and, beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things about himself. 28  And they drew near the village where they were going, and he pretended to be going further; 29  and they pressed him insistently with the invitation “Stay with us, because it is toward evening and the day is already getting low,” and he went in to stay with them. 30  And when he went to the table with them he took the bread, and spoke the blessing and broke it and handed it to them. 31  And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he became invisible to them. 32*  And they said to each other “Were not our hearts burning in us as he talked to us on the road, as he opened the scriptures to us?” 33  and that very moment they rose and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them collected together, 34  saying “The Lord has really risen, and has appeared to Simon,” 35  and gave an account of their experiences on the road and how he became known to them in the breaking of the bread. 36  And while they were thus speaking he himself stood in their midst. 37  And they, terror-struck and unnerved, thought they were seeing a spirit; 38  and he said to them “Why are you alarmed, and why do questionings come up in your hearts? 39  see my hands and my feet, that it is I myself; feel of me and see, because a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.” 40  —— 41  And while they were still disbelieving for very joy and wondering at it, he said to them “Have you anything eatable here?” 42*  And they handed him part of a broiled fish, 43  and he took it before them and ate it. 44  And he said to them “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms about me must be fulfilled.” 45  Then he opened their mind to understand the scriptures, 46  and said to them “Thus it is written, that the Messiah suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47*  and that repentance to the pardoning of sins be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning with Jerusalem. 48  You are witnesses to these things. 49*  And lo, I am sending out upon you what my Father promised; but do you keep in the city till you are clothed with power from on high.” 50  And he brought them out nearly to Bethany, and raised his hands and blessed them; 51  and in the act of blessing them he moved away from them. 52  And they returned to Jerusalem in great gladness, 53  and were in the temple-precinct continually, blessing God.


24:6 Var. He is not here, but has risen. Remember
24:9 Var. returned from the tomb and
24:25 Var. O you stupid and slow-witted men! on the basis of everything that the prophets spoke, did
24:32 Var. Were we not slow-witted when he was talking to us on the road, when he was opening
24:42 Var. part of a broiled fish, and a comb of honey, and he
24:47 Var. repentance and the pardoning
24:49 Lit. my Father’s promise