Matthew 27

Judas’s Remorse

1 a  Now when morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people conferred together against Jesus to put Him to death; 2and they bound Him, and led Him away and b  delivered Him to c  Pilate the governor.

3Then when d  Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned e  the thirty
Or silver shekels
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? g  See to that yourself!” 5And he threw the pieces of silver into h  the temple sanctuary and departed; and i  he went away and hanged himself. 6The chief priests took the pieces of silver and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the temple treasury, since it is the price of blood.” 7And they conferred together and
Lit from them
with the money bought the Potter’s Field as a burial place for strangers.
8 k  For this reason that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. 9Then that which was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: l  And
Or I took; cf Zec.11.13
they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of the one whose price had been set by the sons of Israel;
10 n  and
Some early mss read I gave
they gave them for the Potters Field, as the Lord directed me.”

Jesus before Pilate

11 p  Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor questioned Him, saying, “Are You the q  King of the Jews?” And Jesus said to him, r  It is as you say.” 12And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders s  He did not answer. 13Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” 14And t  He did not answer him with regard to even a single
Lit word
charge, so the governor was quite amazed.

15 v  Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the
Lit crowd
people any one prisoner whom they wanted.
16At that time they were holding a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas. 17So when the people gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you? Barabbas, or Jesus x  who is called Christ?” 18For he knew that because of envy they had handed Him over.

19 y  While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent him a message, saying, “Have nothing to do with that z  righteous Man; for
Lit today
last night I suffered greatly ab  in a dream because of Him.”
20But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ac  ask for Barabbas and to put Jesus to death. 21But the governor
Lit answered and said to them
said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.”
22Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus ae  who is called Christ?” They all said
Lit Let Him be crucified
Crucify Him!”
23And he said, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they kept shouting all the more, saying
Lit Let Him be crucified
Crucify Him!”

24When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather that ah  a riot was starting, he took water and ai  washed his hands in front of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of aj  this Man’s blood; ak  see to that yourselves.” 25And all the people said al  His blood shall be on us and on our children!” 26Then he released Barabbas
Or to them
for them; but after having Jesus an  scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified.

Jesus Is Mocked

27 ao  Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into ap  the
I.e. the governor’s official residence
Praetorium and gathered the whole Roman
Or battalion
as  cohort around Him.
28They stripped Him and at  put a scarlet robe on Him. 29 au  And after twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a
Or staff; i.e. to mimic a king’s scepter
reed in His right hand; and they knelt down before Him and mocked Him, saying aw  Hail, King of the Jews!”
30 ax  They spat on Him, and took the reed and began to beat Him on the head. 31 ay  After they had mocked Him, they took the scarlet robe off Him and put His own garments back on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him.

32 az  As they were coming out, they found a man of ba  Cyrene named Simon
Lit this one
whom they pressed into service to bear His cross.

The Crucifixion

33 bc  And when they came to a place called bd  Golgotha, which means Place of a Skull, 34 be  they gave Him bf  wine to drink mixed with gall; and after tasting it, He was unwilling to drink.

35And when they had crucified Him, bg  they divided up His garments among themselves by casting
Lit a lot
36And sitting down, they began to bi  keep watch over Him there. 37And above His head they put up the charge against Him
Lit written

38At that time two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left. 39And those passing by were
Or blaspheming
hurling abuse at Him, bm  wagging their heads
40and saying bn  “You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! bo  If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” 41In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking Him and saying, 42 bp  He saved others;
Or can He not save Himself?
He cannot save Himself. br  He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him.
43 bs  He trusts in God; let God rescue Him now, if He
Or takes pleasure in; or cares for him
delights in Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”
44 bu  The robbers who had been crucified with Him were also insulting Him with the same words.

45 bv  Now from the
I.e. 12 noon
sixth hour darkness
Or occurred
fell upon all the land until the
I.e. 3 p.m.
ninth hour.
46About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, bz  Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” 47And some of those who were standing there, when they heard it, began saying, “This man is calling for Elijah.” 48 ca  Immediately one of them ran, and taking a sponge, he filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and gave Him a drink. 49But the rest of them said
Lit Permit that we see
Let us see whether Elijah will come to save Him
Some early mss read And another took a spear and pierced His side, and there came out water and blood (cf Jhn.19.34)
50And Jesus cd  cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. 51 ce  And behold cf  the
Or curtain
veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and ch  the earth shook and the rocks were split.
52The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the
Or holy ones
saints who had cj  fallen asleep were raised;
53and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered ck  the holy city and appeared to many. 54 cl  Now the centurion, and those who were with him cm  keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw cn  the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, “Truly this was
Or a son of God or a son of a god
cp  the Son of God!”

55 cq  Many women were there looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee while
Or caring for Him
cs  ministering to Him.
56Among them was ct  Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and cu  the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

Jesus Is Buried

57 cv  When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. 58This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered 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 hewn out in the rock; and he rolled cw  a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and went away. 61And cx  Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the grave.

62Now on the next day
Lit which is after
the day after cz  the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together with Pilate,
63and said, “Sir, we remember that when He was still alive that deceiver said, ‘ da  After three days I am to rise again.’ 64Therefore, give orders for the grave to be made secure until the third day, otherwise His disciples may come and steal Him away and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last deception will be worse than the first.” 65Pilate said to them, “You have a db  guard; go, make it as secure as you know how.” 66And they went and made the grave secure, and along with dc  the guard they set a dd  seal on de  the stone.
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