The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ, According to St. Matthew (Author Matthew)

26:1¤ And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended all these words, he said to his disciples:

26:2You know that after two days shall be the pasch: and the Son of man shall be delivered up to be crucified.

26:3Then were gathered together the chief priests and ancients of the people, into the court of the high priest, who was called Caiphas:

26:4And they consulted together that by subtilty they might apprehend Jesus and put him to death.

26:5But they said: Not on the festival day, lest perhaps there should be a tumult among the people.

26:6And when Jesus was in Bethania, in the house of Simon the leper,

26:7There came to him a woman having an alabaster box of precious ointment and poured it on his head as he was at table.

26:8And the disciples seeing it had indignation, saying: To what purpose is this waste?

26:9For this might have been sold for much and given to the poor.

26:10And Jesus knowing it, said to them: Why do you trouble this woman? For she hath wrought a good work upon me.

26:11For the poor you have always with you: but me you have not always.

26:12For she in pouring this ointment on my body hath done it for my burial.

26:13Amen I say to you, wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, that also which she hath done shall be told for a memory of her.

26:14Then went one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, to the chief priests.

26:15And said to them: What will you give me, and I will deliver him unto you? But they appointed him thirty pieces of silver.

26:16And from thenceforth he sought opportunity to betray him.

26:17And on the first day of the Azymes, the disciples came to Jesus, saying: Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the pasch?

26:18But Jesus said: Go ye into the city to a certain man and say to him: The master saith, My time is near at hand. With thee I make the pasch with my disciples.

26:19And the disciples did as Jesus appointed to them: and they prepared the pasch.

26:20But when it was evening, he sat down with his twelve disciples.

26:21And whilst they were eating, he said: Amen I say to you that one of you is about to betray me.

26:22And they being very much troubled began every one to say: Is it I, Lord?

26:23But he answering said: He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, he shall betray me.

26:24The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him. But woe to that man by whom the Son of man shall be betrayed. It were better for him, if that man had not been born.

26:25And Judas that betrayed him answering, said: Is it I, Rabbi? He saith to him: Thou hast said it.

26:26And whilst they were at supper, Jesus took bread and blessed and broke and gave to his disciples and said: Take ye and eat. This is my body.

26:27And taking the chalice, he gave thanks and gave to them, saying: Drink ye all of this.

26:28For this is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins.

26:29And I say to you, I will not drink from henceforth of this fruit of the vine until that day when I shall drink it with you new in the kingdom of my Father.

26:30And a hymn being said, they went out unto mount Olivet.

26:31Then Jesus saith to them: All you shall be scandalized in me this night. For it is written: I will strike the shepherd: and the sheep of the flock shall be dispersed.

26:32But after I shall be risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.

26:33And Peter answering, said to him: Although all shall be scandalized in thee, I will never be scandalized.

26:34Jesus said to him: Amen I say to thee that in this night before the cock crow, thou wilt deny me thrice.

26:35Peter saith to him: Yea, though I should die with thee, I will not deny thee. And in like manner said all the disciples.

26:36Then Jesus came with them into a country place which is called Gethsemani. And he said to his disciples: Sit you here, till I go yonder and pray.

26:37And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to grow sorrowful and to be sad.

26:38Then he saith to them: My soul is sorrowful even unto death. Stay you here and watch with me.

26:39And going a little further, he fell upon his face, praying and saying: My Father, if it be possible, let this chalice pass from me. Nevertheless, not as I will but as thou wilt.

26:40And he cometh to his disciples and findeth them asleep. And he saith to Peter: What? Could you not watch one hour with me?

26:41Watch ye: and pray that ye enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

26:42Again the second time, he went and prayed, saying: My Father, if this chalice may not pass away, but I must drink it, thy will be done.

26:43And he cometh again and findeth them sleeping: for their eyes were heavy.

26:44And leaving them, he went again: and he prayed the third time, saying the selfsame word.

26:45Then he cometh to his disciples and saith to them: Sleep ye now and take your rest. Behold the hour is at hand: and the Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of sinners.

26:46Rise: let us go. Behold he is at hand that will betray me.

26:47As he yet spoke, behold Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the ancients of the people.

26:48And he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying: Whomsoever I shall kiss, that is he. Hold him fast.

26:49And forthwith coming to Jesus, he said: Hail, Rabbi. And he kissed him.

26:50And Jesus said to him: Friend, whereto art thou come? Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and held him.

26:51And behold one of them that were with Jesus, stretching forth his hand, drew out his sword: and striking the servant of the high priest, cut off his ear.

26:52Then Jesus saith to him: Put up again thy sword into its place: for all that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

26:53Thinkest thou that I cannot ask my Father, and he will give me presently more than twelve legions of angels?

26:54How then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that so it must be done?

26:55In that same hour, Jesus said to the multitudes: You are come out, as it were to a robber, with swords and clubs to apprehend me. I sat daily with you, teaching in the temple: and you laid not hands on me.

26:56Now all this was done that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then the disciples, all leaving him, fled.

26:57But they holding Jesus led him to Caiphas the high priest, where the scribes and the ancients were assembled.

26:58And Peter followed him afar off, even to the court of the high priest, And going in, he sat with the servants, that he might see the end.

26:59And the chief priests and the whole council sought false witness against Jesus, that they might put him to death.

26:60And they found not, whereas many false witnesses had come in. And last of all there came two false witnesses:

26:61And they said: This man said, I am able to destroy the temple of God and after three days to rebuild it.

26:62And the high priest rising up, said to him: Answerest thou nothing to the things which these witness against thee?

26:63But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest said to him: I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us if thou be the Christ the Son of God.

26:64Jesus saith to him: Thou hast said it. Nevertheless I say to you, hereafter you shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of the power of God and coming in the clouds of heaven.

26:65Then the high priest rent his garments, saying: He hath blasphemed: What further need have we of witnesses? Behold, now you have heard the blasphemy.

26:66What think you? But they answering, said: He is guilty of death.

26:67Then did they spit in his face and buffeted him. And others struck his face with the palms of their hands,

26:68Saying: Prophesy unto us, O Christ. Who is he that struck thee?

26:69But Peter sat without in the court. And there came to him a servant maid, saying: Thou also wast with Jesus the Galilean.

26:70But he denied before them all, saying: I know not what thou sayest.

26:71And as he went out of the gate, another maid saw him; and she saith to them that were there: This man also was with Jesus of Nazareth.

26:72And again he denied with an oath: I know not the man.

26:73And after a little while, they came that stood by and said to Peter: Surely thou also art one of them. For even thy speech doth discover thee.

26:74Then he began to curse and to swear that he knew not the man. And immediately the cock crew.

26:75And Peter remembered the word of Jesus which he had said: Before the cock crow, thou wilt deny me thrice. And going forth, he wept bitterly.

27:1¤ And when morning was come, all the chief priests and ancients of the people took counsel against Jesus, that they might put him to death.

27:2And they brought him bound and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.

27:3Then Judas, who betrayed him, seeing that he was condemned, repenting himself, brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and ancients,

27:4Saying: I have sinned in betraying innocent blood. But they said: What is that to us? Look thou to it.

27:5And casting down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed and went and hanged himself with an halter.

27:6But the chief priests having taken the pieces of silver, said: It is not lawful to put them into the corbona, because it is the price of blood.

27:7And after they had consulted together, they bought with them the potter's field, to be a burying place for strangers.

27:8For this cause that field was called Haceldama, that is, the field of blood, even to this day.

27:9Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremias the prophet, saying: And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was prized, whom they prized of the children of Israel.

27:10And they gave them unto the potter's field, as the Lord appointed to me.

27:11And Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, saying: Art thou the king of the Jews? Jesus saith to him: Thou sayest it.

27:12And when he was accused by the chief priests and ancients, he answered nothing.

27:13Then Pilate saith to him: Dost not thou hear how great testimonies they allege against thee?

27:14And he answered him to never a word, so that the governor wondered exceedingly.

27:15Now upon the solemn day the governor was accustomed to release to the people one prisoner, whom they would.

27:16And he had then a notorious prisoner that was called Barabbas.

27:17They therefore being gathered together, Pilate said: Whom will you that I release to You: Barabbas, or Jesus that is called Christ?

27:18For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

27:19And as he was sitting in the place of judgment, his wife sent to him, saying: Have thou nothing to do with that just man; for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.

27:20But the chief priests and ancients persuaded the people that they should ask Barabbas and make Jesus away.

27:21And the governor answering, said to them: Whether will you of the two to be released unto you? But they said: Barabbas.

27:22Pilate saith to them: What shall I do then with Jesus that is called Christ? They say all: Let him be crucified.

27:23The governor said to them: Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying: Let him be crucified.

27:24And Pilate seeing that he prevailed nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, taking water washed his hands before the people, saying: I am innocent of the blood of this just man. Look you to it.

27:25And the whole people answering, said: His blood be upon us and upon our children.

27:26Then he released to them Barabbas: and having scourged Jesus, delivered him unto them to be crucified.

27:27Then the soldiers of the governor, taking Jesus into the hall, gathered together unto him the whole band.

27:28And stripping him, they put a scarlet cloak about him.

27:29And platting a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand. And bowing the knee before him, they mocked him, saying: Hail, King of the Jews.

27:30And spitting upon him, they took the reed and struck his head.

27:31And after they had mocked him, they took off the cloak from him and put on him his own garments and led him away to crucify him.

27:32And going out, they found a man of Cyrene, named Simon: him they forced to take up his cross.

27:33And they came to the place that is called Golgotha, which is the place of Calvary.

27:34And they gave him wine to drink mingled with gall. And when he had tasted, he would not drink.

27:35And after they had crucified him, they divided his garments, casting lots; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: They divided my garments among them; and upon my vesture they cast lots.

27:36And they sat and watched him.

27:37And they put over his head his cause written: THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

27:38Then were crucified with him two thieves: one on the right hand and one on the left.

27:39And they that passed by blasphemed him, wagging their heads,

27:40And saying: Vah, thou that destroyest the temple of God and in three days dost rebuild it: save thy own self. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.

27:41In like manner also the chief priests, with the scribes and ancients, mocking said:

27:42He saved others: himself he cannot save. If he be the king of Israel, let him now come down from the cross: and we will believe him.

27:43He trusted in God: let him now deliver him if he will have him. For he said: I am the Son of God.

27:44And the selfsame thing the thieves also that were crucified with him reproached him with.

27:45Now from the sixth hour, there was darkness over the whole earth, until the ninth hour.

27:46And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying: Eli, Eli, lamma sabacthani? That is, My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?

27:47And some that stood there and heard said: This man calleth Elias.

27:48And immediately one of them running took a sponge and filled it with vinegar and put it on a reed and gave him to drink.

27:49And the others said: Let be. Let us see whether Elias will come to deliver him.

27:50And Jesus again crying with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

27:51And behold the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top even to the bottom: and the earth quaked and the rocks were rent.

27:52And the graves were opened: and many bodies of the saints that had slept arose,

27:53And coming out of the tombs after his resurrection, came into the holy city and appeared to many.

27:54Now the centurion and they that were with him watching Jesus, having seen the earthquake and the things that were done, were sore afraid, saying: Indeed this was the Son of God.

27:55And there were there many women afar off, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:

27:56Among whom was Mary Magdalen and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

27:57And when it was evening, there came a certain rich man of Arimathea, named Joseph, who also himself was a disciple of Jesus.

27:58He went to Pilate and asked the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded that the body should be delivered.

27:59And Joseph taking the body wrapped it up in a clean linen cloth:

27:60And laid it in his own new monument, which he had hewed out in a rock. And he rolled a great stone to the door of the monument and went his way.

27:61And there was there Mary Magdalen and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.

27:62And the next day, which followed the day of preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees came together to Pilate,

27:63Saying: Sir, we have remembered, that that seducer said, while he was yet alive: After three days I will rise again.

27:64Command therefore the sepulchre to be guarded until the third day: lest perhaps his disciples come and steal him away and say to the people: He is risen from the dead. And the last error shall be worse than the first.

27:65Pilate saith to them: You have a guard. Go, guard it as you know.

27:66And they departing, made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone and setting guards.

28:1¤ And in the end of the sabbath, when it began to dawn towards the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalen and the other Mary, to see the sepulchre.

28:2And behold there was a great earthquake. For an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and coming rolled back the stone and sat upon it.

28:3And his countenance was as lightning and his raiment as snow.

28:4And for fear of him, the guards were struck with terror and became as dead men.

28:5And the angel answering, said to the women: Fear not you: for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.

28:6He is not here. For he is risen, as he said. Come, and see the place where the Lord was laid.

28:7And going quickly, tell ye his disciples that he is risen. And behold he will go before you into Galilee. There you shall see him. Lo, I have foretold it to you.

28:8And they went out quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy, running to tell his disciples.

28:9And behold, Jesus met them, saying: All hail. But they came up and took hold of his feet and adored him.

28:10Then Jesus said to them: Fear not. Go, tell my brethren that they go into Galilee. There they shall see me.

28:11Who when they were departed, behold, some of the guards came into the city and told the chief priests all things that had been done.

28:12And they being assembled together with the ancients, taking counsel, gave a great sum of money to the soldiers,

28:13Saying: Say you, His disciples came by night and stole him away when we were asleep.

28:14And if the governor shall hear of this, we will persuade him and secure you.

28:15So they taking the money, did as they were taught: and this word was spread abroad among the Jews even unto this day.

28:16And the eleven disciples went into Galilee, unto the mountain where Jesus had appointed them.

28:17And seeing him they adored: but some doubted.

28:18And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth.

28:19Going therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.

28:20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.

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