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Matthew 28:1-20

28*  But at the close of the sabbath, in the twilight of the first day of the week, Mary the Magdalene and the other Mary came to look over the grave; 2  and lo, there came a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down out of the sky and went to the stone and rolled it away and sat on it. 3  And his aspect was like lightning, and his dress white as snow; 4  and in their fear of him the watchers shook and became like dead men. 5  And the angel answered the women “Do not you be afraid; for I know you are looking for Jesus, the one who was crucified. 6  He is not here, for he has risen, as he said he would. Come and see the place where he lay, 7  and go quickly and tell his disciples ‘He has risen from the dead, and lo, he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you shall see him.’ Lo, I have told you.” 8*  And they went quickly away from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to report it to his disciples; 9  and lo, Jesus met them, saying “Good morning.” And they came up and grasped his feet and did him reverence. 10  Then Jesus said to them “Do not be afraid: go carry word to my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they shall see me.” 11  But while they were on their way, in came some of the guard to the city and reported to the chief priests the whole of what had taken place. 12  And they held a conference with the elders and decided on a policy, and gave the soldiers a considerable quantity of money, 13  telling them “Say ‘His disciples came in the night and stole him away while we were sleeping’; 14  and if this comes to a hearing before the governor we will see him and make everything all right for you.” 15*  And they took money and did as they were instructed, and this story was spread among the Jews to this day. 16  But the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus made the appointment for them; 17  and when they saw him they did him reverence, but some hesitated. 18  And Jesus approached them and spoke to them, saying “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth: 19*  so go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20  teaching them to keep everything that I commanded you; and I am with you all the days to the end of time.”


28:1 Or in addition to the guard, but not till after the Sabbath. In the twilight of
28:8 Or great fear and joy
28:15 Var. took the money
28:19 Or names