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59 commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had 60 taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it
in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and
he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. 61 And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over 62 against the sepulchre. Now the next day, that followed the day
of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together 63 unto Pilate, Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, 64 while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. Com
mand therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third
it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was 63 That deceiver said.] And they (the hewn in stone, wherein never man before was whole multitude) began to accuse him, saying, laid. Lu. xxiii. 52, 53.
We found this fellow perverting the nation, 60 In his own new tomb.] And “he" and forbidding to give tribute to Cesar, say(“the Messiah”) made his grave with the ing that he himself is Christ, a King. Lu. wicked, and with the rich in his death ; be- xxiii. 2. And there was much murmuring cause he had done no violence, neither was any among the people concerning him, for some deceit in his mouth. Is. liii. 9.
said, He is a good man; others said, Nay, A great stone.] See verse 66. And behold but he deceiveth the people. Are ye also (when Mary Magdalene and the other Mary deceived (said the Pharisees to the officers) ! came to see the sepulchre) there was a great John vii. 12. 47. We then beseech you (said earthquake: for the angel of the Lord de- Paul) that ye receive not the grace of God in scended from heaven, and came and rolled vain; giving no offence in any thing, that the back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. ministry be not blamed: but in all things apMat. xxviii. 2. And they (the women at the proving ourselves as the ministers of God, in sepulchre) said among themselves, Who shall much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in roll us away the stone from the door of the distresses ; by honour and dishonour, by evil sepulchre ? and when they looked they saw report and good report: as deceivers, and yet that the stone was rolled away, for it was very true. 2 Co. vi. 8. great. Mar. xvi. 3, 4. And “
they” (“the After three days.] See chap. xvi. 21. And women") found the stone rolled away from “they (“men”) shall kill him (the Son of the sepulchre. Lu. xxiv, 2. The first day man), and the third day he shall be raised of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, again. Mat. xvii. 23. And (the chief priests, while it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, &c.) shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and seeth the stone taken away from the and to scourge, and to crucify him, and the sepulchre. John xx. 1.
third day he shall rise again. Mat. xx. 19. 61 Mary Magdalene.] See verse 56. This fellow said (said the false witnesses to
62 The day of the preparation.] Now the first the Jews), I am able to destroy the temple day of the feast of unleavened bread the dis- of God, and to build it in three days ciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where Mat. xxvi. 61. And he (Jesus) began to wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the teach them (his disciples) that the Son of man passover ? Mat. xxvi. 17. And now when must suffer many things, and be rejected of the even was come, because it was the prepara- the elders, and of the chief priests and Scribes, tion, that is, the day before the sabbath. Mar. and be killed, and after three days rise again. XV, 42.
And that day was the preparation, Mar. viii. 31. And “they" (“the Gentiles") and the sabbath drew on. And the women shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and also which came with him from Galilee fol- shall spit upon him, and shall kill him, and lowed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and the third day he shall rise again. Mar. X. 34. how his body was laid. And they returned, The Son of man (suid Jesus) must suffer many and prepared spices and ointments; and things, and be rejected of the elders, and chief rested the sabbath-day, according to the com- priests, and Scribes, and be slain, and be raised mandment. Lu. xxiii. 54, 55, 56. And it the third day. Lu. ix. 22. And they (the was the preparation of the passover, and about Gentiles) shall scourge him, and put him to the sixth hour; and he saith unto the Jews, death, and the third day he shall rise again. Ls. Behold your King! John xix. 14. “There" xviii. 33. He is not here (said the angels to the (" in the new sepulchre ") laid they Jesus, women at the sepulchre of Jesus), but is risen ; therefore, because of the Jews' preparation- remember how he spake unto you when he day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand. was yet in Galilee, saying, The Son of man John xix. 42.
must be delivered into the hands of sinful The chief priests and Pharisees.] See verses men, and be crucified, and the third day rise 1, 2; and chap. xxiii. 13; xxvi. 3, 4.
again. Lu. xxiv. 6, 7.
day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead : so the last error shall be worse than the first. Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch : 65 go your way, make it as sure as ye can. So they went, and made 66 the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.
In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first I day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake : 2
64 And steal him away.] Say ye (said the might come and anoint him. And very early chief priests and elders to the watch), His dis- in the morning, the first day of the week, they ciples came by night, and stole him away came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. while we slept. Mat. xxviii. 13.
Mar. xvi. 1, 2. And they (the women) returned So the last error shall be worse, &c.] Then and prepared spices and ointments; and rested goeth he (the wicked spirit that had gone out the sabbath-day, according to the commandof the man), and taketh with himself seven ment. Lu. xxiii. 56. Now upon the first other spirits more wicked than himself, and day of the week, very early in the morning, they enter in and dwell there ; and the last they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the state of that man is worse than the first. spices which they had prepared, and certain Mat. xii. 45.
others with them. Yea, and certain women 65 Make it as sure, &c.] Now when also of our company (said the two disciples to “ they ” (" the disciples ") were going (to Jesus, who appeared unto them on their way tell the brethren that they should go
into to Emaus) made us astonished, which were Galilee, where they should see Jesus), behold, early at the sepulchre. Lu. xxiv. 1. 22. The some of the watch came into the city, and first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene shewed unto the chief priests all the things early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulthat were done. And when they were assem- chre, and seeth the stone taken away from bled with the elders, and had taken counsel, the sepulchre. Then she runnetli and cometh they gave large money unto the soldiers, to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They and stole him away while we slept. And if have taken away the Lord out of the sepulthis come to the governor's ears, we will per- chre, and we know not where they have laid suade him, and secure you. So they took him. Peter therefore went forth, and that the money, and did as they were taught; and other disciple, and came to the sepulchre : this saying is commonly reported among the so they ran both together, and the other disJews unto this day. Mat. xxviii. 11-15. ciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee, the sepulchre. And he stooping down, and lookremainder of wrath shalt thou restrain. Ps. ing in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went Ixxvi. 10. There is no wisdom, nor under- he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter folstanding, nor counsel against the Lord. Pr. lowing him, and went into the sepulchre, and xxi. 30.
seeth the linen clothes lie; and the napkin 66 Sealing the stone, and setting a watch.] that was about his head not lying with the And the stone was brought and laid upon the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place mouth of the (lions') den; and the king sealed by itself. Then went in also that other disit with his own signet, and with the signet of ciple which came first to the sepulchre, and his lords, that the purpose might not be he saw and believed. For as yet they knew changed concerning Daniel (who was cast into not the Scripture, that he must rise again from it). Da vi. 17. Nevertheless the founda- the dead. John xx. 1-9. tion of God standeth sure, having this seal, Mary Magdalene.] And (after Christ's The Lord knoweth them that are his; and let body was laid in the new tomb) there was every one that nameth the name of Christ Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting depart from iniquity. 2 Ti. ii. 19.
over against the sepulchre. Mat. xxvii. 61.
See chap. xxvii. 55, 56. CHAP. XXVIII.-1 The end of the sabbath.] 2 There was
a great earthquake.] See And when the sabbath was past Mary Magda- chap. xxvii. 51. And (whilst Paul and Silas lene, and Mary the mother of James, and were in the prison) suddenly there was a great Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they earthquake, so that the foundations of the
for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and 3 rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His counte4 nance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow : And
prison were shaken ; and immediately all the Mat. xvii. 2. Bless the Lord, O my soul, doors were opened, and every one's bands who maketh his angels spirits, his ministers a were loosed. Ac. xvi. 26.
flaming fire. Ps. civ. 4. I looked (said For the angel of the Lord descended, &c.] Ezekiel), and behold, a whirlwind came out of And “they" (“ the women") said, Who shall the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding roll us away the stone from the door of the itself, and a brightness was about it, and out sepulchre ? And when they looked, they of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, saw that the stone was rolled away; for it out of the midst of the fire. Also out of the was very great : and entering into the sepul- midst thereof came the likeness of four living chre, they saw a young man sitting on the creatures (the four cherubims). And this was right side, clothed in a long white garment; their appearance; they had the likeness of a and they were affrighted. Mar. xvi. 3, 4, 5.
And every one had four faces, and And they (the women at the sepulchre) found every one had four wings. And their feet the stone rolled away from the sepulchre ; and were straight feet; the sole of their feet they entered in, and found not the body of the was like the sole of a calf's foot : and they Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they sparkled, like the colour of burnished brass were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two And they had the hands of a man under their men stood by them in shining garments; and wings: their wings were joined one to anoas they were afraid, and bowed down their ther; they turned not when they went; they faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why went every one straight forward. As for the seek ye the living among the dead ? Lu. likeness of their faces, they four had the face xxiv. 2-5. The first day of the week of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was side : and they four had the face of an ox on yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the the left side: they four also had the face of stone taken away from the sepulchre. But an eagle. Thus were their faces; and their Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping; wings were stretched upward ; two wings of and as she wept, she stooped down and every one were joined one to another; and looked into the sepulchre ; and seeth two two covered their bodies. And they went angels in white sitting, the one at the head, every one straight forward: whither the spirit and the other at the feet, where the body of was to go, they went; and they turned not Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, when they went. As for the likeness of the Woman, why weepest thou ? She saith unto living creatures, their appearance toas like them, Because they have taken away my burning coals of fire, and like the appearance Lord, and I know not where they have laid of lamps : it went up and down among the him. John xx. 2. 11, 12, 13. And without living creatures; and the fire was bright, and controversy great is the mystery of godliness: out of the fire went forth lightning. And the God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the living creatures ran, and returned as the apspirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gen- pearance of a flash of lightning. Ez. i. 4-14. tiles, believed on in the world, received up Then “I” (“ Daniel") lifted up mine eyes into glory. 1 Ti. iii. 16. Ye rejoice with and looked, and behold a certain man, clothed joy unspeakable and full of glory ; receiving in linen, whose loins were girded with fine the end of your faith, even the salvation of gold of Uphaz : his body also was like the your souls, of which salvation the prophets beryl, and his face as the appearance of lighthave inquired and searched diligently, who ning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his prophesied of the grace that should come arms and his feet like in colour to polished unto you; searching what, and what manner brass, and the voice of his words like the of time, the spirit of Christ which was in them voice of a multitude. Da. x. 5, 6. * His" did signify, when it testified before-hand the (“the Son of man's ") head and his hairs teete sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not were as a flame of fire : and his feet like unto unto themselves, but unto us they did minister fine brass, as if they had burned in a furnace; the things which are now reported unto you and his voice as the sound of many waters. by them that have preached the Gospel unto
And he had in his right band seven stars; you with the Holy Ghost sent down from and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged heaven ; which things the angels desire to look sword; and his countenance was as the sun into. 1 Pe. i. 8-12.
shineth in his strength. Re. i. 14, 15, 16. 3 His countenance, &c.] And (Christ) was And I saw another mighty angel come down transfigured before “them " (“ Peter, James, from heaven, clothed with a cloud : and a and John "), and his face did shine as the rainbow was upon his head ; and his face sun, and his raiment was white as the light. was, as it were, the sun; and his feet as pida
for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: 5 for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not 6
lars of fire. Re. x. 1. And after these things his right hand upon me, saying unto me, I saw another angel come down from heaven, Fear not; I am the first and the last. Re. having great power; and the earth was light- i. 17. ened with his glory. Re. xviii. 1.
5 Fear not ye.] Say to them that are His raiment white.] His raiment (Christ's, of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not : behold, in his transfiguration) became shining, ex- your God will come with vengeance. Is. ceeding white as snow, so as no fuller on xxxv. 4. Fear thou not, for I am with thee : earth can white them. Mar. ix. 3. And be not dismayed, for I am thy God: I will (the women) entering into the sepulchre, they strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee ; yea, saw a young man sitting on the right side, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my clothed in a long white garment; and they righteousness. Fear not, thou worm Jacob, were affrighted. Mar. xvi. 5. And while and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith they (his disciples) looked stedfastly toward the Lord, and thy Redeemer, the Holy One heaven as he (Jesus) went up, behold two of Israel. Is. xli. 10, 14. Then said “he" men stood by them in white apparel. Ac. i. (" the angel") unto me, Fear not, Daniel : 10. Thou hast a few names even in Sardis, for from the first day that thou didst set thine which have not defiled their garments: and heart to understand, and to chasten thyself they shall walk with me in white, for they before thy God, thy words were heard, and I are worthy. He that overcometh, the same am come for thy words. Then there came shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will again and touched me one like the appearnot blot out his name out of the book of life, ance of a man, and he strengthened me, and but I will confess his name before my Father, said, O man, greatly beloved, fear not: peace and before his angels. Re. iii. 4, 5.
be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And 4 The keepers.] See verse 11. Pilate said when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthunto them (the chief priests), Ye have a watch: ened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou go your way, make it as sure as ye can. So hast strengthened me. Da, x. 12. 19. And they went and made the sepulchre sure, seal- he (the angel) saith unto them (the women), ing the stone, and setting a watch. Mat. Be not affrighted : ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, xxvii. 65, 66.
which was crucified; he is risen, he is not Shake.] Fear came upon me and trem- here; behold the place where they laid him. bling, which made all my bones to shake. Mar. xvi. 6. And when Zacharias (the father Job iv. 14. Fear took hold upon them there, of John the Baptist) saw "him” (an“ angel of and pain, as of a woman in travail. Ps. xlviii. the Lord”), he was troubled, and fear fell 6. And I (Daniel) alone saw the vision, for upon him. But the angel said unto him, the men that were with me saw not the Fear not, Zacharias, for thy prayer is heard : vision ; but a great quaking fell upon them, and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, so that they fled to hide themselves. Da. x. 7. and thou shalt call his name John. And the And as he (Saul) journeyed, he came near angel said unto her (when she was troubled at Damascus, and suddenly there shined round his saying), Fear not, Mary, for thou hast about him a light from heaven: and he fell found favour with God, &c. Lu, i. 12, 13. to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto 30. Are they (the angels) not all ministering him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me ? spirits, sent forth to minister for them who And he said, Who art thou, Lord ? And the shall be heirs of salvation ? He. i. 14. And Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: when I saw him (that was like the Son of it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. man), I fell at his feet as dead; and he laid And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, his right hand upon me, saying unto me, what wilt thou have me to do? And the fear not, I am the first and the last; I am Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the he that liveth and was dead, and behold, I city, and it shall be told thee what thou must am alive for evermore, Amen: and have the do. And the men which journeyed with him keys of hell and of death. Re. i. 17, 18. stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing Ye seek Jesus.] Glory ye in his name ; let
Ac. ix. 3—7. Then he (the keeper the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. of the prison at Philippi) called for a light and Seek the Lord, and his strength : seek his sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down face evermore. Ps. cv. 3, 4. And as they before Paul and Silas, and brought them out, were afraid, and bowed down their faces to and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved ? the earth, they said unto them, Why seek Ac. xvi. 29, 30. And when I saw him (the ye the living among the dead ? Lu. xxiv. 5. Son of man, clothed with a garment down to And “they” (“ the angels at the sepulchre ") the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou ? girdle), I fell at his feet as dead, and he laid She saith unto them, Because they have taken
here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the 7 Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen
from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee;
away my Lord, and I know not where they down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by have laid him. And when she had thus said, themselves, and departed, wondering in him. she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, self at that which was come to pass. Lu. and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith xxiv. 12. So they (Peter and Jokn) ran both unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom together, and the other disciple did outrun seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. And gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have he stooping down, and looking in, saw the borne him hence, tell me where thou hast linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. laid him, and I will take him away. John Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and XX. 13, 14, 15. Are they (the angels) not all went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for clothes lie ; and the napkin, that was about them wbo shall be heirs of salvation ? He. his head, not lying with the linen clotbes, but i. 14.
wrapped together in a place by itself. Then 6 As he said.] See chap. xii. 40. And as went in also that other disciple which came they came down from the mountain (of trans- first to the sepulchre, and he saw and believed. figuration), Jesus charged them, saying, Tell John xx. 4-9. the vision to no man, until the Son of man be 7 Go quickly, &c.] See verse 10. Go risen from the dead. Mat. xvii. 9. And your way (said the angel to the woman), tell (the chief priests) shall deliver him to the his disciples and Peter that he goeth before Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to cru- you into Galilee : there shall ye see him, as cify him : and the third day he shall rise he said unto you. And they went out quickly again. Mat. xx. 19. Then saith Jesus unto and fled from the sepulchre, for they trennthem, All ye shall be offended because of me bled, and were amazed, neither said they any this night; for it is written, I will smite the thing to any man, for they were afraid. "Mar. shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be xvi. 7, 8. And she (Mary Magdalene) went scattered abroad. But after I am risen again, and told “them” (“the disciples") that had I will go before you into Galilee. Mat. xxvi. been with him, as they mourned and wept. 30, 31.
And he (Jesus) began to teach them And they (the two disciples to whom Jesus (his disciples) that the Son of man must suffer appeared as he walked and went into the many things, and be rejected of the elders country) went and told it unto the residue : and of the chief priests, and Scribes, and be neither believed they them. Mar. xvi. 10. 13. killed, and after three days rise again. Mar. And (the women) returned from the sepulchre, viii. 31. He is not here (said the angels to and told all these things unto the eleven, and the women at Jesus' sepulchre), but is risen. to all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene, and Remember how he spake unto you, when he Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and was yet in Galilee, saying, The Son of man other women that were with them, which told must be delivered into the hands of sinful these things unto the apostles. Yea (said the men, and be crucified, and the third day rise two disciples going to Emaus to Jesus, erhe again : and they remembered his words. appeared unto them), and certain women also And when " they" (the “women”) found not of our company made us astonished, which his body (said the two disciples going to Emaus were early at the sepulchre. And when they to Jesus, who appeared to them), they came, found not his body, they came, saying, that saying, that they had also seen a vision of they had also seen a vision of angels, which angels, which said that he was alive. And he said that he was alive. And certain of them (Jesus) said unto "them ” (“the eleven, soon which were with us went to the sepulchre, after"), These are the words which I spake and found it even so as the women had said. unto you while I was yet with you, that all But him they saw not. The Lord is risen things must be fulfilled which were written in indeed (said the two disciples to the residur), the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in and hath appeared to Simon. Lu. xxiv. 9, the Psalms, concerning me. Lu. xxiv. 6, 7, 8. 10. 22, 23, 24. 34. Touch me not (said Jesus 23. 44. Therefore doth my Father love me to Mary Magdalene), for I am not yet as(said Jesus), because I lay down my life that cended to my Father : but go to my brethren, I might take it again. John x. 17.
and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father Come, see the place.] And he (the angel and your father, and to my God and your at the sepulchre) said unto “ them” (“the God. Mary Magdalene came and told the women"), Be not affrighted; ye seek Jesus disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he had spoken these things unto her. John he is not here : behold the place where they xx. 17, 18. laid him. Mar. xvi. 6. Then arose Peter, He goeth before you into Galilee.) See and ran unto the sepulchre, and stooping verses 16, 17. chap. xxvi. 32. I delivered