Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version) shorter form Chapters 29-35

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Chapter 29 Bible texts

He went out with his disciples over the brook Kidron, where there was a garden, into which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples.

Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of me tonight, for it is written,

“ ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’

“But after I AM raised up, I will go before you into Galilee.”

But Peter answered him, “Even if all will be made to stumble because of you, I will never be made to stumble.”

Jesus said to him, “Most certainly I tell you that tonight, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.”

Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you.”

All of the disciples also said likewise. But Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of me tonight, for it is written,

“ ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’

“However, after I AM raised up, I will go before you into Galilee.”

But Peter said to him, “Although all will be offended, yet I will not.”

Jesus looking at him loved him, and Jesus said to him, “Most certainly I tell you, that you today, even this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.”

But he spoke all the more, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.”

They all said the same thing. Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, they came to a place which was named Gethsemane.

When he was at the place, he said to them, “Pray that you do not enter into temptation.”

And He said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I pray. Sit here, while I go there and pray.”

He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, James, and John, and began to be sorrowful and severely troubled, to be greatly troubled and distressed.

Then he said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch. Stay here, and watch with me.”

He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and he knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”

He went forward a little, fell on his face, and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from me; nevertheless, not what I desire, but what you desire.”

He went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass away from him. He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible to you. Please remove this cup from me. However, not what I desire, but what you desire.”

An angel from heaven appeared to him, strengthening him. Being in agony he prayed more earnestly. His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground.

When he rose up from his prayer, he came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray, that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

He came to the disciples, and found them sleeping because of grief, and said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

Again he went away, and prayed, saying the same words, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from me; nevertheless, not what I desire, but what you desire.”

He went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass away from him. He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible to you. Please remove this cup from me. However, not what I desire, but what you desire.”

Again he returned, he came to the disciples, and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and said to Peter, “What, could you not watch with me for one hour? Watch and pray, that you do not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

And they did not know what to answer him. Again, a second time he went away, and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from me unless I drink it, your desire be done.”

He came again and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. He left them again, went away, and prayed a third time, saying the same words, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from me; nevertheless, not what I desire, but what you desire.”

He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible to you. Please remove this cup from me. However, not what I desire, but what you desire. My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from me unless I drink it, your desire be done.”

Then he came the third time to his disciples, and said to them, “Sleep on now, and take your rest. It is enough. The hour has come. Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Arise, let us be going. Behold, he who betrays me is at hand. Arise! Let us get going. Behold: he who betrays me is at hand.”

Immediately, while he was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and elders of the people. Behold, a multitude, and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. Now he who betrayed him had earlier given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I will kiss, that is he. Seize him, and lead him away safely.”

Judas then, having taken a detachment of soldiers and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. Judas, one of the twelve, came—and with him a multitude with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders.

When he had come, Jesus therefore, knowing all the things that were happening to him, went out, and said to them, “Who are you looking for?”

They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.”

Jesus said to them, “I AM.”

Judas also, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When therefore he said to them, “I AM,” they went backward, and fell to the ground.

Again therefore he asked them, “Who are you looking for?”

They said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”

Jesus answered, “I told you that I AM. If therefore you seek me, let these go their way,” that the word might be fulfilled which he spoke, “Of those whom you have given me, I have lost none.”

Now he who betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, “Whoever I kiss, he is the one. Seize him.”

Immediately he came to Jesus, immediately he came to him, and said, “Rabbi! Rabbi!

Then he came near to Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said to him, “Judas, do you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”

He said, “Hail, Rabbi!” and he kissed him.

Jesus said to him, “Friend, why are you here?”

Then they came and laid hands on Jesus, and took him. They laid their hands on him, and seized him. When those who were around him saw what was about to happen, they said to him, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?”

But behold, a certain one of them, one of those who stood by, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword; Simon Peter therefore, having a sword, drew it, and struck the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear, struck the servant of the high priest, and struck off his ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.

Jesus therefore said to Peter, “Put the sword into its sheath. The cup which the Father has given me, shall I not surely drink it?”

But Jesus answered, “Let me at least do this”—and he touched his ear, and healed him.

Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place, for all those who take the sword will die by the sword. Or do you think that I could not ask my Father, and he would even now send me more than twelve legions of angels? How then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that it must be so?”

Jesus said to the chief priests, captains of the Temple, and elders, who had come against him, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs? When I was with you in the Temple daily, you did not stretch out your hands against me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”

It was the ninth hour of the night, the beginning of the fourth watch, 3 A.M. Jesus answered them, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to seize me? I was daily with you in the Temple Teaching, and you did not arrest me. But this is so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled.”

In that hour Jesus said to the multitudes, “Have you come out as against a robber with swords and clubs to seize me? I sat daily in the Temple Teaching, and you did not arrest me. But all this has happened that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.”

Then all the disciples left him; they all left him, and fled. A certain young man followed him, having a linen cloth thrown around himself over his naked body. The young men grabbed him, but he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked.

Then was fulfilled what is written in the prophet Amos:

“Behold, I will crush you in your place, as a cart crushes that is full of grain. Flight will perish from the swift; and the strong will not strengthen his force; neither shall the mighty deliver himself; neither shall he stand who handles the bow; and he who is swift of foot will not escape; neither shall he who rides the horse deliver himself; and he who is courageous among the mighty will flee away naked on that day”.

John 18:1b-2
Matthew 26:31-35
Mark 14:27-29
Mark 10:21a
Mark 14:30-31
Matthew 26:36
Mark 14:32a
Luke 22:40
Mark 14:32b
Matthew 26:36b-37
Mark 14:33
Matthew 26:38
Mark 14:34
Luke 22:41-42
Matthew 26:39
Mark 14:35-36
Luke 22:43-45a
Mark 14:37-38
Luke 22:45b-46
Mark 14:39
Mark 14:35-36 repeated
Mark 14:40
Matthew 26:40-44
Mark 14:41-42
Matthew 26:45-46
Mark 14:43a
Luke 22:47a
Matthew 26:47
John 18:3
Mark 14:43b
Mark 14:45a
John 18:4-9
Mark 14:44
Luke 22:47b
Matthew 26:48
Mark 14:45b
Luke 22:47c-48
Matthew 26:49
Mark 14:45c "and kissed him"
Matthew 26:50
Mark 14:46
Luke 22:49-50
Mark 14:47
Matthew 26:51
John 18:10-11
Luke 22:51
Matthew 26:52-54
Luke 22:52-53
Mark 14:48-49
Matthew 26:55-56
Mark 14:50-52
Amos 2:13-16

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Thirty

Chapter 30 Bible texts

So the detachment, the commanding officer, and the officers of the Jews seized Jesus. They seized him, and bound him, and led him away; they led Jesus away to the high priest.

Those who had taken Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together, and brought him into the high priest’s house, and led him to Annas first, for he was father-in-law to Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. Now it was Caiaphas who advised the Jews that it was expedient that one man should perish for the people. All the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes came together with him.

But Peter followed him from a distance, to the court of the high priest. Simon Peter followed Jesus, as did another disciple. Peter had followed him from a distance, up to where he came into the court of the high priest. Now that disciple was known to the high priest, and entered in with Jesus into the court of the high priest; but Peter was standing at the door outside. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to her who kept the door, and brought in Peter. Then the maid who kept the door said to Peter, “Are you also one of this man’s disciples?”

He said, “I am not,” and entered in and sat with the officers, to see the end.

When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard, and had sat down together, Peter sat among them. He was sitting with the officers, and warming himself in the light of the fire. A certain servant girl saw him as he sat in the light, and looking intently at him, said, “This man also was with him.”

He denied Jesus, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” (This was the first denial.)

Now the servants and the officers were standing there, having made a fire of coals, for it was cold. They were warming themselves. Peter was with them, standing and warming himself.

After a little while someone else saw him, and said, “You also are one of them!

But Peter answered, “Man, I am not!

They led Jesus to Annas first, for he was father-in-law to Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. The high priest Annas therefore asked Jesus about his disciples and about his Teaching. Jesus answered him, “I spoke openly to the world. I always Taught in synagogues, and in the Temple, where the Jews always meet. I said nothing in secret. Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard me what I said to them. Behold, they know the things which I said.”

When he had said this, one of the officers standing by slapped Jesus with his hand, saying, “Do you answer the high priest like that?”

Jesus answered him, “If I have spoken evil, testify of the evil; but if well, why do you beat me?”

Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas, the high priest.

Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They said therefore to him, “You are not also one of his disciples, are you?”

He denied it and said, “I am not.”

One of the servants of the high priest, being a relative of him whose ear Peter had cut off, said, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?”

Peter therefore denied it again, and immediately the rooster crowed.

Now the chief priests and the whole council sought witnesses against Jesus to put him to death, and found none. The chief priests, the elders, and the whole council therefore sought false testimony against Jesus, that they might put him to death; and they found none. Even though many false witnesses came forward, they found none. For many gave false testimony against him, and their testimony did not agree with each other.

After about one hour passed, some stood up, and gave false testimony against him, saying, “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this Temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands.’ ”

Even so, their testimony did not agree.

“We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this Temple with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands.’ ”
“We heard him say, ‘Destroy this Temple, and I will build another.’ ”
“We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this Temple with my hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands.’ ”
“We heard him say, ‘Destroy this Temple, and I will build another made without hands.’ ”
“We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this Temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another.’ ”
“We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this Temple in three days, and in three days I will build another that is made without hands.’ ”

Even so their testimony did not agree.

But at last two false witnesses came forward, and said, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the Temple of God, and to build it in three days.’ ”

The high priest stood up, and said to him, “Have you no answer? What is this that these testify against you?”

But Jesus held his peace. He stayed quiet, and answered nothing. The high priest answered him, “I adjure you by the living God, that you tell us whether you are the Christ, the Son of God.”

Jesus said to him, “You have said it. Nevertheless, I tell you, after this you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of the heaven.”

Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?”

Jesus said, “I AM. You will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of the heaven.”

Then the high priest tore his clothing, the high priest tore his clothes, saying, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Behold, now you have heard his blasphemy,” and said, “What further need have we of witnesses? You have heard the blasphemy! What do you think?”

They answered, “He is worthy of death!

They all condemned him to be worthy of death. Then they spat in his face and beat him with their fists, and some slapped him. Some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to beat him with fists, and to tell him, “Prophesy!

The officers struck him with the palms of their hands, saying, “Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who hit you?”

Now Peter was sitting outside in the court, and a maid came to him; as Peter was in the courtyard below, one of the maids of the high priest came, saying, “You were also with Jesus, the Galilean!

And seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him, and said, “You were also with the Nazarene, Jesus!

But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you are talking about. I neither know, nor understand what you are saying.”

He went out on the porch. When he had gone out onto the porch, someone else saw him, and said to those who were there, “This man also was with Jesus of Nazareth.”

The maid saw him, and began again to tell those who stood by, “This is one of them.”

But he again denied it, with an oath, “I do not know the man.” (This was the second denial.)

After a little while again those who stood by came and said to Peter, “Surely you are also one of them, for your speech makes you known.”

Those who stood by said to Peter, “You truly are one of them, for you are a Galilean, and your speech shows it.”

Another confidently affirmed, saying, “Truly this man also was with him, for he is a Galilean!

But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about!

Then he began to curse, and to swear, “I do not know this man of whom you speak! I do not know the man!” (This was the third denial.)

And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed, a rooster crowed. The rooster crowed the second time. The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the Lord’s word, the word which Jesus had said to him, how he said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” Then Peter remembered the word, how that Jesus said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.”

When he thought about that, he wept. Then he went out and wept bitterly.

The men who held Jesus mocked him and beat him. Having blindfolded him, they struck him on the face and asked him, “Prophesy! Who is the one who struck you?”

They spoke many other things against him, insulting him.

Now when morning had come, immediately in the morning the chief priests, with the elders and scribes, and the whole council, held a consultation; and all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.

Then as soon as it was day, the assembly of the elders of the people were gathered together, both chief priests and scribes, and they led him away into their council, saying, “If you are the Christ, tell us.”

But he said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe, and if I ask, you will in no way answer me or let me go. From now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.”

They all said, “Are you then the Son of God?”

He said to them, “You say it, because I AM.”

Three times they had asked him, and three times he had answered. They said, “Why do we need any more witness? For we ourselves have heard from his own mouth!

The whole company of them rose up, and bound Jesus, and led him away. They bound him, carried him away, and brought him before Pontius Pilate, the governor, and delivered him up to Pilate.

Then Judas, who betrayed him, when he saw that Jesus was condemned, felt remorse, and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned in that I betrayed innocent blood.”

But they said, “What is that to us? You see to it.”

He threw down the pieces of silver in the sanctuary, and departed. He went away outside the city to the potter’s field; he went away, and falling headlong hanged himself; and he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. The chief priests took the pieces of silver, and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is the price of blood.”

They took counsel, and bought the potter’s field with them, to bury strangers in. Therefore that field was called “The Field of Blood” to this day. Then that which was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled, saying,

“You, Lord LORD, have said to me ‘Buy the field for money, and call witnesses;’ ”
“ ‘Arise, and go down to the potter’s house.’
“Thus said the LORD, ‘Go, and buy a potter’s earthen flask, and take some of the elders of the people, and of the elders of the priests; and go out to the valley of the son of Hinnom, which is by the entry of the gate Harsith, and proclaim there the words that I will tell you. Say, “Hear the LORD’s word, kings of Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem: The LORD of Armies, the God of Israel says, ‘Behold, I will bring evil on this place, which whoever hears, his ears will tingle. Because they have forsaken me, and have defiled this place, and have burned incense in it to other gods that they did not know, they, their fathers, and the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents, and have built the high places of Baal, to burn their children in the fire for burnt offerings to Baal, which I did not command, nor speak, which did not even enter into my mind. Therefore, behold, the days come,’ says the LORD, ‘that this place will no more be called “Topheth”, nor “The Valley of the son of Hinnom”, but “The valley of Slaughter”.
“ ‘I will make the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem void in this place. I will cause them to fall by the sword before their enemies, and by the hand of those who seek their life. I will give their dead bodies to be food for the birds of the sky and for the animals of the earth. I will make this city an astonishment and a hissing. Everyone who passes by it will be astonished and hiss because of all its plagues. I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters. They will each eat the flesh of his friend in the siege and in the distress, with which their enemies, and those who seek their life, will distress them.
“ ‘Then you shall break the container in the sight of the men who go with you, and shall tell them, “the LORD of Armies says: ‘Even so I will break this people and this city, as one breaks a potter’s vessel, that cannot be made whole again. They will bury in Topheth, to the point where there is no place left to bury. This is what I will do to this place,’ says the LORD, ‘and to its inhabitants, even making this city as Topheth. The houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of Judah, which are defiled, will be as the place of Topheth, even all the houses on whose roofs they have burned incense to all the army of the sky and have poured out drink offerings to other gods.’ ” ’
“Then Jeremiah came from Topheth, where the LORD had sent him to prophesy, and he stood in the court of the LORD’s house, and said to all the people:The LORD of Armies, the God of Israel says, “Behold, I will bring on this city and on all its towns all the evil that I have pronounced against it, because they have made their neck stiff, that they may not hear my words.” ’ ”

And that which was spoken by the prophet Zechariah was fulfilled, saying,

“I said to them, ‘If you think it best, give me my wages; and if not, keep them.’ So they weighed for my wages thirty pieces of silver. The LORD said to me, ‘Throw it to the potter, the handsome price that I was valued at by them!’ I took the thirty pieces of silver, and threw them to the potter, in the LORD’s house.”

That which was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled. And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him upon whom a price had been set, whom some of the children of Israel priced, and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded, as

“You, Lord LORD, have said to me”.

John 18:12
Mark 14:53a
Luke 22:54b
Matthew 26:57
John 18:13-14
Mark 14:53b
Luke 22:54c
Matthew 26:58a
Mark 14:54a
John 18:15-17
Matthew 26:58b
Luke 22:55
Mark 14:54b
John 18:18
Luke 22:56-58
John 18:13 (repeated)
John 18:19-27
Mark 14:55
Matthew 26:59-60a
Mark 14:56
Luke 22:59a
Mark 14:57-59
Matthew 26:60b-62
Mark 14:60
Matthew 26:63a
Mark 14:61a
Matthew 26:63b-64
Mark 14:61b-62
Matthew 26:65
Mark 14:63-64a
Matthew 26:66
Mark 14:64b
Matthew 26:67
Mark 14:65
Matthew 26:68
Mark 14:66a
Matthew 26:69a
Mark 14:66b
Matthew 26:69b
Mark 14:67
Matthew 26:70
Mark 14:68
Matthew 26:71
Mark 14:69-70a
Matthew 26:72
Mark 14:70b after a little while again
Matthew 26:73
Mark 14:70c
Luke 22:59b-60a
Mark 14:71
Matthew 26:74a
Luke 22:60b
Matthew 26:74b
Mark 14:72a
Luke 22:61
Matthew 26:75a
Luke 22:61c
Mark 17:72b
Matthew 26:75b
Luke 22:62-65
Matthew 27:1a
Mark 15:1a
Matthew 27:1b
Luke 22:66–23:1
Matthew 27:2
Mark 15:1b
Matthew 27:3-5
Acts 1:18
Matthew 27:5b-9a
Jeremiah 32:25
Jeremiah 18:2
Jeremiah 19
Zechariah 11:12-13
Matthew 27:9b-10
Jeremiah 32:25a

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Thirty-one

Chapter 31 Bible texts

They led Jesus therefore from Caiaphas into the Praetorium. It was early, and they themselves did not enter into the Praetorium, that they might not be defiled, but might eat the Passover. Pilate therefore went out to them, and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?”

They answered him, “If this man were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered him up to you.”

Pilate therefore said to them, “Take him yourselves, and judge him according to your law.”

Therefore the Jews said to him, “It is illegal for us to put anyone to death,” that the word of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spoke, signifying by what kind of death he should die.

They began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man perverting the nation, forbidding paying taxes to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.”

Pilate therefore entered again into the Praetorium, called Jesus, and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”

Now Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor Pilate asked him, saying, “Are you the King of the Jews?”

Jesus said to him, “So you say”; he answered, “So you say.”

Jesus answered him, “Do you say this by yourself, or did others tell you about me?”

Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests delivered you to me. What have you done?”

Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not of this world. If my Kingdom were of this world, then my servants would fight, that I would not be delivered to the Jews. But now my Kingdom is not from here.”

Pilate therefore said to him, “Are you a king then?”

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this reason I have been born, and for this reason I have come into the world, that I should testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”

Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

When he had said this, he went out again to the Jews. Pilate said to the chief priests and the multitudes, “I find no basis for a charge against this man.”

The chief priests accused him of many things. When he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?”

He gave him no answer, not even one word, so that the governor marveled greatly. Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer? See how many things they testify against you!

But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate marveled. Pilate said to the chief priests and the multitudes, “I find no basis for a charge against this man.”

But they insisted, saying, “He stirs up the people, Teaching throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee even to this place.”

But when Pilate heard Galilee mentioned, he asked if the man was a Galilean. When he found out that he was in Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem during those days.

Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad, for he had wanted to see him for a long time, because he had heard many things about him. He hoped to see some miracle done by him. He questioned him with many words, but he gave no answers. The chief priests and the scribes stood, vehemently accusing him.

Herod with his soldiers humiliated him and mocked him. Dressing him in luxurious clothing, they sent him back to Pilate. Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before that they were enemies with each other.

While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of him.”

Now he had to release one prisoner to them at the feast. At the feast the governor was accustomed to release to the multitude one prisoner, whom they desired; he used to release to them one prisoner, whom they asked of him. There was one called Barabbas.

They had then a notable prisoner, called Jesus Barabbas—one who was thrown into prison for a certain revolt in the city, and for murder, bound with his fellow insurgents, men who in the insurrection had committed murder. Now Barabbas was a robber.

The multitude, crying aloud, began to ask him to do as he always did for them.

Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people, and said to them, “You brought this man to me as one that perverts the people, and behold, having examined him before you, I found no basis for a charge against this man concerning those things of which you accuse him. Neither has Herod, for I sent you to him, and see, nothing worthy of death has been done by him. I will therefore chastise him and release him. I find no basis for a charge against him. But you have a custom, that I should release someone to you at the Passover. Therefore, do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” for he perceived that for envy the chief priests had delivered him up.

But the chief priests stirred up the multitude, that he should release Barabbas to them instead. When therefore they were gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release to you? Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus, who is called Christ?”

For he knew that because of envy they had delivered him up.

But they all cried out together, saying, “Away with this man! Release to us Barabbas!

Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the multitudes to ask for Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. Then they all shouted again, saying, “Not this man, but Barabbas!

But the governor answered them, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?”

They said, “Barabbas!

Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do to Jesus, who is called Christ?”

They all said to him, “Let him be crucified!

But the governor said, “Why? What evil has he done?”

But they cried out exceedingly, saying, “Let him be crucified!

Then Pilate spoke to them again, wanting to release Jesus. Pilate again asked them, “What then should I do to him whom you call the King of the Jews?”

But they shouted, saying, “Crucify! Crucify him!

He said to them the third time, “Why? What evil has this man done? I have found no capital crime in him. I will therefore chastise him and release him.”

They cried out again, “Crucify him!

Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has he done?”

But they cried out exceedingly, “Crucify him!

So when Pilate saw that nothing was being gained, but rather that a disturbance was starting, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this righteous person. You see to it.”

All the people answered, “May his blood be on us, and on our children!

Then he released to them Barabbas, but Jesus he flogged. Pilate, wishing to please the multitude, released Barabbas to them, and handed over Jesus, when he had flogged him. So Pilate then took Jesus, and flogged him.

The soldiers twisted thorns into a crown, and put it on his head, and dressed him in a purple garment. They kept saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and they kept slapping him.

Then Pilate went out again, and said to them, “Behold, I bring him out to you, that you may know that I find no basis for a charge against him.”

Jesus therefore came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple garment. Pilate said to them, “Ecce homo! Behold, the man!

When therefore the chief priests and the officers saw him, they shouted, saying, “Crucify! Crucify!

Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves, and crucify him, for I find no basis for a charge against him.”

The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.”

When therefore Pilate heard this saying, he was more afraid. He entered into the Praetorium again, and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?”

But Jesus gave him no answer. Pilate therefore said to him, “You are not speaking to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you and have power to crucify you?”

Jesus answered, “You would have no power at all against me, unless it were given to you from above. Therefore he who delivered me to you has greater sin.”

By this we know that not all sins are the same, and their degrees of guilt are not equal. Some are greater than others.

At this, Pilate was seeking to release him, but the Jews cried out, saying, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s Friend! Everyone who makes himself a king speaks against Caesar!

When Pilate therefore heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat him down on the judgment seat at a place called “The Pavement”, but in Hebrew, “Gabbatha.”

Now it was the Day of Preparation, the day before the Sabbath, the Preparation Day of the Passover; it was about the sixth hour after they had laid hands on him. He said to the Jews, “Behold, your King!

But they were urgent with loud voices, asking that he might be crucified. They cried out, “Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!

Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?”

The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar!

And their voices and the voices of the chief priests prevailed.

So then he delivered him to them to be crucified. Pilate decreed that what they asked for should be done. He released him who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus up to their will. So they took Jesus and led him away.

Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium. The soldiers led him away within the court, which is the Praetorium; and they called together the whole cohort, and gathered the whole garrison together against him. They stripped him, and put a scarlet robe on him. They clothed him with a purple cloak, and weaving a crown of thorns, they put it on him. They braided a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and a reed in his right hand; and they kneeled down before him. They began to salute him, and mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews! Hail, King of the Jews!

They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. They struck his head with a reed, and spat on him, and bowing their knees, did homage to him. When they had mocked him, they took the purple cloak off him, they took the scarlet robe off him, and put his own garments on him—they put his clothes on him, and led him away. They led him out to crucify him.

John 18:28-32
Luke 23:2
John 18:33
Matthew 27:11
Mark 15:2
Luke 23:3
John 18:34-38a
Luke 23:4
Mark 15:3
Matthew 27:12
Matthew 27:13-14
Mark 15:4-5
Luke 23:4-12 verse 4 repeated
Matthew 27:19
Luke 23:17
Matthew 27:15
Mark 15:6-7a
Matthew 27:16
Luke 23:19
Mark 15:7b
John 18:40b
Mark 15:8
Luke 23:13-16
John 18:38b-39
Mark 15:9-11
Matthew 27:17-18
Luke 23:18
John 18:40a
Matthew 27:20-23
Luke 23:20
Mark 15:12
Luke 23:21-22
Mark 15:13-14
Matthew 27:24-26ab
Mark 15:15ab
John 19:1-14
Luke 23:23a
John 19:15
Luke 23:23b
John 19:16a
Matthew 27:26c
Mark 15:15c
Luke 23:24-25
John 19:16b
Matthew 27:27a
Mark 15:16
Matthew 27:27b
Matthew 27:28
Mark 15:17
Matthew 27:29
Mark 15:18
Matthew 27:30
Mark 15:19
Mark 15:20a
Matthew 27:31ab
Mark 15:20b
Matthew 27:31c

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Thirty-two

Chapter 32 Bible texts

He went out, bearing his cross, to the place called “The Place of a Skull”, which is called in Hebrew, “Golgotha”, in Latin “Calvaria”—“Calvary”.

When they led him away, as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name; they grabbed one Simon of Cyrene, coming from the country, and they compelled him to go with them, that he might carry his cross. They compelled one passing by, coming from the country, Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to go with them, that he might help bear his cross, and they laid on him the cross, one end of the cross, to help carry it behind Jesus. So Jesus went forth, still bearing his cross, and Simon helped bear it behind him at his back.

A great multitude of the people followed him, including women who also mourned and lamented him. But Jesus, turning to them, said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For behold, the days are coming in which they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’ Then they will begin to tell the mountains, ‘Fall on us!’ and tell the hills, ‘Cover us.’ For if they do these things in the green tree, what will be done in the dry?”

There were also others, two criminals, led with him to be put to death. They brought him to the place called Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, “The place of a skull,” in Latin “Calvaria”—Calvary.

When they came to the place that is called “The Skull”, in Latin “Calvaria”—Calvary, a place called “Golgotha”, that is to say, “The place of a skull,” where they crucified him—they gave him sour wine to drink mixed with bitter gall; they offered him wine mixed with bitter myrrh to drink, but he did not take it. When he had tasted it, he would not drink.

Then it was the third hour, and they crucified him, and with him two others. There were two robbers crucified with him, one on his right hand and one on the left. They crucified him there with the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left, on either side one, and Jesus in the middle. With him they crucified two robbers; one on his right hand, and one on his left. The Scripture was fulfilled, which says,

“He was counted with transgressors.”

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

Then the soldiers, crucifying him, when they had crucified Jesus, when they had crucified him, took his garments and made four parts; dividing his garments among them, they cast lots. They parted his garments among them, they divided his clothing among them, casting lots, casting lots on them, what each should take; to every soldier a part; and also the coat. Now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. Then they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to decide whose it will be,” that the Scripture might be fulfilled, which says,

“They parted my garments among them. For my cloak they cast lots.”

Therefore the soldiers did these things.

Pilate wrote a title also, and put it on the cross. The inscription was written over him in letters of Hebrew, and Latin, and Greek: “THIS IS JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.” The superscription of his accusation was written over him, “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS”—“THE KING OF THE JEWS.” They set up over his head the accusation against him, “THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.” There was written, “JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.” Therefore many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek. The chief priests of the Jews therefore said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, “I am King of the Jews.” ’ ”

Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

And they sat and watched him there.

Those who passed by blasphemed him, wagging their heads, and saying, “You who destroy the Temple, and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross!

Likewise the chief priests also mocking, with the scribes, the Pharisees, and the elders, said, “He saved others, but he cannot save himself. If he is the King of Israel, let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God deliver him now, if he wants him; for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ”

The robbers also who were crucified with him cast on him the same reproach.

Those who passed by blasphemed him, wagging their heads, and saying, “Ha! You who destroy the Temple, and build it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!

Likewise, also the chief priests mocking among themselves with the scribes said, “He saved others. He cannot save himself. Let the Christ, the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, that we may see and believe him.”

Those who were crucified with him also insulted him.

But standing by Jesus’s cross were his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. Therefore when Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing there, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!

Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!

From that hour, the disciple took her to his own home.

The people stood watching. The rulers with them also scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others. Let him save himself, if this is the Christ of God, his chosen one!

The soldiers also mocked him, coming to him and offering him vinegar, and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!

They read the inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”

One of the criminals who was hanged insulted him, saying, “If you are the Christ, save yourself and us!

But the other, repenting, answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.”

He said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”

Jesus said to him, “Assuredly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land. When the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land. Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land to the ninth hour.

About the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lima sabachthani?” That is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Some of them who stood there, when they heard it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.”

At the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is, being interpreted, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Some of those who stood by, when they heard it, said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.”

After this, Jesus, seeing that all things were now finished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I am thirsty.”

Now a vessel full of vinegar was set there. So immediately one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar; and filling a sponge full of vinegar, they put a sponge full of the vinegar on hyssop, and put it on a reed, and held it at his mouth, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Let him be. Let us see whether Elijah comes to take him down,” and gave him a drink.

The rest said, “Let him be. Let us see whether Elijah comes to save him.”

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he cried out with a loud voice, he said, “It is finished”—thus there came a great voice out of the Temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done.”

And having said this, Jesus cried again with a loud voice, Jesus cried out with a loud voice. Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!”, and yielded up his spirit.

He bowed his head, and gave up his spirit—he breathed his last, and poured forth the spirit. When the centurion, who stood by opposite him, saw that he cried out like this and breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!

The sun was darkened, and the veil of the Temple was torn in two. Behold, the veil of the Temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom. There were lightnings, sounds, and thunders; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since there were men on the earth, so great an earthquake, so mighty. The earth quaked and the rocks were split. The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection, they entered into the holy city and appeared to many.

Now the centurion, and those who were with him watching Jesus, when they saw the earthquake, and the things that were done, feared exceedingly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God.”

When the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God with truth, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous man.”

All the multitudes that came together to see this, when they saw the things that were done, returned home beating their breasts. There were also women watching from afar. All his acquaintances and the women who followed with him from Galilee stood at a distance, watching these things. Many women were there watching from afar, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, serving him, among whom were both Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome the mother of the sons of Zebedee; who, when he was in Galilee, followed him and served him; and many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.

After these things, when evening had now come, because it was the Preparation Day, that is, the day before the Sabbath, behold, a rich man from Arimathaea, named Joseph, who was a member of the council, a good and righteous man (he had not consented to their counsel and deed), from Arimathaea, a city of the Jews—Joseph of Arimathaea, a prominent council member who also himself was looking for God’s Kingdom, who was also waiting for God’s Kingdom, who himself was also Jesus’s disciple came. Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked of Pilate that he might take away Jesus’s body. This man went to Pilate, he boldly went in to Pilate, and asked for Jesus’s body.

Pilate marveled if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead long. When he found out from the centurion, Pilate gave him permission; he granted the body to Joseph. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given up.

Therefore the Jews, because it was the Preparation Day, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a special one, the day after the Day of the Passover that year), asked of Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Therefore the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who was crucified with him; but when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. However one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. He who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, that you may believe. For these things happened that the Scripture might be fulfilled,

“A bone of him will not be broken.”

Again another Scripture says,

“They will look on him whom they pierced.”

John 19:17
Luke 23:26a
Matthew 27:32a
Luke 23:26b
Matthew 27:32b
Mark 15:21
Luke 23:26c-32
Mark 15:22
Luke 23:33a
Matthew 27:33-34
Mark 15:23
Mark 15:25
Matthew 27:38
Luke 23:33b
John 19:18
Mark 15:27-28
Luke 23:34a
John 19:23a
Luke 23:34b
Mark 15:24
Matthew 27:35
John 19:23b-24
John 19:19a
Mark 15:26
Luke 23:37
Matthew 27:37
John 19:19b-22
Matthew 27:36
Matthew 27:39-44
Mark 15:29-32
John 19:25-27
Luke 23:35-36
Luke 23:38-44
Mark 15:33
Matthew 27:45-47
Mark 15:34-35
John 19:28-29a
Matthew 27:48a
Mark 15:36a
Matthew 27:48b
Mark 15:36b
John 19:29b
Matthew 27:48c
Mark 15:36c
John 19:29c
Mark 15:36d
Matthew 27:48d-49
John 19:30a
Revelation 16:17b
Luke 23:45
Mark 15:38
Mark 15:37a
Luke 23:46
Mark 15:37b
Matthew 27:50
John 19:30b
Mark 15:39
Matthew 27:51a
Revelation 16:18
Matthew 27:51b-54
Luke 23:47-49
Mark 15:40a
Matthew 27:55-56
Mark 15:40b-41
Mark 15:40b-41
John 19:38a
Matthew 27:57a
Mark 15:42
Matthew 27:57b
Luke 23:50-51
Mark 15:43a
John 19:38b
Matthew 27:58a
Luke 23:52
Mark 15:43b-45
John 19:38c
Matthew 27:58b
John 19:31-37

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Thirty-three

Chapter 33 Bible texts

Pilate ordered that the body of Jesus be given to Joseph.

He came therefore and bought a linen cloth. Joseph took the body, he took it down; and taking him down, took away his body, and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth. Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred Roman pounds. So they took Jesus’s body, and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, and wound him in the linen cloth, as the custom of the Jews is to bury.

Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden. In the garden was a new tomb belonging to Joseph of Arimathea in which no man had ever yet been laid. Then because of the Jews’ Preparation Day (for the tomb was near at hand) they laid Jesus there. They took the body and Joseph laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut out in the rock, and laid him in a tomb that was cut in stone, in a tomb which had been cut out of a rock, where no one had ever been laid. And he rolled a great stone against the door of the tomb, and departed.

The women, who had come with him out of Galilee, followed after, and saw the tomb. Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the tomb. It was the day of the Preparation, and the Sabbath was drawing near. Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Joses, saw where he was laid, and how his body was laid. They returned and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

Who has believed our message? To whom has the LORD’s arm been revealed? For he grew up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no good looks or majesty. When we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering and acquainted with disease. He was despised as one from whom men hide their face; and we did not respect him.
Surely he has borne our sickness and carried our suffering; yet we considered him plagued, struck by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray. Everyone has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, yet when he was afflicted he did not open his mouth. As a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. He was taken away by oppression and judgment. As for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living and stricken for the disobedience of my people? They made his grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him. He has caused him to suffer. When you make his soul an offering for sin, he will see his offspring. He will prolong his days and the LORD’s pleasure will prosper in his hand. After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light and be satisfied. My righteous servant will justify many by the knowledge of himself; and he will bear their iniquities. Therefore I will give him a portion with the great. He will divide the plunder with the strong; because he poured out his soul to death and was counted with the transgressors; yet he bore the sins of many and made intercession for the transgressors.

He also went and preached to the spirits in prison. Christ suffered for sins once, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring you to God, being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit, in whom he also went and preached to the spirits in prison, who before were disobedient, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, while the ship was being built. Jesus said the hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice.

Now on the next day, Saturday (the second day), which was the day after the Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees were gathered together to Pilate, saying, “Sir, we remember what that deceiver said while he was still alive: ‘After three days I will rise again.’ Command therefore that the tomb be made secure to the third day, lest perhaps his disciples come at night and steal him away, and tell the people, ‘He is risen from the dead;’ and the last deception will be worse than the first.”

Pilate said to them, “You have a guard. Go, make it as secure as you can.”

So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone.

At sundown, when the Sabbath was past, when the merchants of the Jews immediately open their shops, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, and made their preparations, that they might come and anoint him.

Mark 15:46a
John 19:38d
Matthew 27:59a
Luke 23:53a
Mark 15:46b
John 19:38e
Matthew 27:59b
Luke 23:53b
John 19:39-40
Mark 15:46c
John 19:41-42
Matthew 27:60a
Luke 23:53c
Mark 15:46c
Matthew 27:60b
Luke 23:55ab
Luke 23:54
Matthew 27:61
Mark 15:47
Luke 23:55c-56
Isaiah 53
1 Peter 3:18-20
John 5:28b
Matthew 27:62-66
Mark 16:1

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Thirty-four

Chapter 34 Bible texts

But now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn on the first day of the week, at early dawn, Mary Magdalene went early, while it was still dark, to the tomb; Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. They and some others came to the tomb, bringing the spices which they had prepared. Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen, while it was still dark, and thick clouds of darkness overshadowed the land. Now they were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them. They were saying among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” for it was very big.

Behold, there was a great earthquake, for a messenger of the Lord descended from the sky, and came and rolled away the stone from the door, and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him, the guards shook, and became like dead men.

And Mary Magdalene saw the stone taken away from the tomb. Looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, and the guards like dead men. Therefore she ran and came to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him!

Therefore Peter and the other disciple went out, and they went toward the tomb.

Now while they were going, the other women were astonished. The guards came to themselves and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had come on them. The angel answered the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus, who has been crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, just like he said. Come, see the place where the Lord was lying. Go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has risen from the dead, and behold, he goes before you into Galilee; there you will see him.’ Behold, I have told you.”

They obeyed the Lord’s messenger. They entered in, and did not find the Lord Jesus’s body. Entering into the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were amazed. Many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection, they entered into the holy city and appeared to many. He said to them, “Do not be amazed. You seek Jesus, the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen. He is not here. Behold, the place where they laid him! But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He goes before you into Galilee. There you will see him, as he said to you.’ ”

While they were greatly perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling clothing. Becoming terrified, they bowed their faces down to the earth. They said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen. Do you remember what he told you when he was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered up into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and the third day rise again?”

They remembered his words. They went out, and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had come on them. They said nothing to anyone; for they were afraid. They departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring his disciples word, and returned from the tomb.

While they were going, Peter and the other disciple both ran together. Mary came behind them. The other disciple outran Peter, and came to the tomb first. Stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths lying, yet he did not enter in. Then Simon Peter came, following him. Stooping and looking in, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and entered into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying, and the cloth that had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths, but rolled up in a place by itself. So then the other disciple who came first to the tomb also entered in, and he saw and believed. For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead; and he departed to his home, Peter departed to his home, wondering what had happened. So the disciples went away again to their own homes.

But Mary was standing outside at the tomb weeping. So as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb, and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. They asked her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”

She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.”

When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, and did not know that it was Jesus, for she was weeping. She turned back toward the tomb. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?”

She, supposing him to be the gardener, said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned and said to him, “Rabboni!” which is to say, “Teacher!

Jesus said to her, “Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father; but go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ”

She ran to tell the disciples.

The other women were running to bring his disciples word. As they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!

They came and took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers that they should go into Galilee, and there they will see me.”

Now while they were going, behold, some of the guards came into the city, and told the chief priests all the things that had happened. When they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave a large amount of silver to the soldiers, saying, “Say that his disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. If this comes to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him and make you free of worry.”

So they took the money and did as they were told. This saying was spread abroad among the Jews, and continues to this day.

Now when he had risen early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had said these things to her. When they heard that he was alive, and had been seen by her, they disbelieved. The other women returned from the tomb, and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now they were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James. The other women with them told these things to the apostles. These words seemed to them to be nonsense, and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb. Stooping and looking in, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he departed to his home, wondering what had happened.

After these things he was revealed in another form to two of them, as they walked, on their way into the country.

Behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was sixty stadia, about seven miles west, from Jerusalem. They talked with each other about all of these things which had happened. While they talked and questioned together, Jesus himself came near, and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. He said to them, “What are you talking about as you walk, and are sad?”

One of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things which have happened there in these days?”

He said to them, “What things?”

They said to him, “The things concerning Jesus, the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people; and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. But we were hoping that it was he who would redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. Also, certain women of our company amazed us, having arrived early at the tomb; and when they did not find his body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. Some of us went to the tomb, and found it just like the women had said, but they did not see him.”

He said to them, “Foolish men, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and to enter into his glory?”

Beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he explained to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. They came near to the village where they were going, and he acted like he would go farther. They urged him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is almost evening, and the day is almost over.”

He went in to stay with them. When he had sat down at the table with them, he took the bread and gave thanks. Breaking it, he gave it to them. Their eyes were opened and they recognized him, then he vanished out of their sight. They said to one another, “Were our hearts not burning within us, while he spoke to us along the way, and while he opened the Scriptures to us?”

They went away and told it to the rest. They rose up that very hour, returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and those who were with them, saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!

They related the things that happened along the way, and how he was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread. They did not believe them, either.

For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.

As they said these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace be to you.”

When therefore it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were locked where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the middle, and said to them, “Peace be to you.”

But they were terrified and filled with fear, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. He said to them, “Why are you troubled? Why do doubts arise in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that it is truly me. Touch me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones, as you see that I have.”

When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet; he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples therefore were glad when they saw the Lord. While they still did not believe for joy, and wondered, he said to them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”

They gave him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. He took them, and ate in front of them. Jesus therefore said to them again, “Peace be to you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.”

(And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. “As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.”)

When he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit! If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven them. If you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.”

He said to them, “This is what I told you, while I was still with you, that all things which are written in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me must be fulfilled.”

Then he opened their minds, that they might understand the Scriptures. Beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he explained to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. (The scriptures are not open to the understanding of fools, nor are they read by those impatient to be entertained.)

In Genesis:

The LORD God said to the serpent, “I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will bruise your head, and you will bruise his heel.”
God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying, “As for me, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your offspring after you, and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the livestock, and every animal of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ship, even every animal of the earth.”
He also said, “Blessed by the LORD my God be Shem
Now the LORD said to Abram, “Leave your country, and your relatives, and your father’s house, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation. I will bless you and make your name great. You will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who treats you with contempt. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you.”
Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High. He blessed him, and said, “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth. Blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” And Abram gave him a tenth of all.
Abram said, “Behold, you have given no children to me: and, behold, one born in my house is my heir.” Behold, the LORD’s word came to him, saying, “This man will not be your heir, but he who will come out of your own body will be your heir.” The LORD brought him outside, and said, “Look now toward the sky, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” He said to Abram, “So your offspring will be.” He believed in the LORD, who credited it to him for righteousness.
“I will establish my covenant with Isaac,”
Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. He took in his hand the fire and the knife. They both went together. Isaac spoke to Abraham his father, and said, “My father?” He said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Here is the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they both went together. They came to the place which God had told him of. Abraham built the altar there, and laid the wood in order, bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar, on the wood.
Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and saw that behind him was a ram caught in the thicket by his horns. Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering instead of his son. Abraham called the name of that place “The LORD Will Provide”. As it is said to this day, “On the LORD’s mountain, it will be provided.” The LORD’s angel called to Abraham a second time out of the sky, and said, “ ‘I have sworn by myself,’ says the LORD, ‘because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son, that I will bless you greatly, and I will multiply your offspring greatly like the stars of the heavens, and like the sand which is on the seashore. Your offspring will possess the gate of his enemies. All the nations of the earth will be blessed by your offspring, because you have obeyed my voice.’ ”
Joseph found favor in his sight. He ministered to him, and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.

(This is applied to Joseph, the son of David, the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.)

“Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine by a spring. His branches run over the wall. The archers have severely grieved him, shot at him, and persecuted him: But his bow remained strong. The arms of his hands were made strong, by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob, (from there is the shepherd, the stone of Israel), even by the God of your father, who will help you, by the Almighty, who will bless you, with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lies below, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb. The blessings of your father have prevailed above the blessings of your ancestors, above the boundaries of the ancient hills. They will be on the head of Joseph, on the crown of the head of him who is separated from his brothers.”
“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to save many people alive, as is happening today. Now therefore do not be afraid. I will provide for you and your little ones.” He comforted them, and spoke kindly to them.

In Exodus:

Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said to them, “Draw out, and kill the Passover. You shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two door posts with the blood that is in the basin. For the LORD will pass through to strike; and when he sees the blood on the lintel, and on the two door posts, the LORD will pass over, and will not allow the destroyer to strike you.”
The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “This is the ordinance of the Passover. Do not break any of its bones.”
He shall bring the bull to the door of the Tent of Meeting before The LORD; and he shall lay his hand on the head of the bull, and kill the bull before the LORD. The anointed priest shall take some of the blood of the bull, and bring it to the Tent of Meeting. The priest shall put some of the blood on the horns of the altar; and he shall pour out the rest of the blood of the bull at the base of the altar of burnt offering, He shall take all the fat of the bull of the sin offering from it: the fat that covers the innards, and all the fat that is on the innards, and the two kidneys, and the fat that is on them, which is by the loins, and the cover on the liver, with the kidneys, he shall remove, as it is removed from the bull of the sacrifice of peace offerings. The priest shall burn them on the altar of burnt offering. He shall carry the bull’s skin, all its meat, with its head, and with its legs, its innards, and its dung—all the rest of the bull—outside of the camp to a clean place where the ashes are poured out, and burn it on wood with fire. It shall be burned where the ashes are poured out.

In Numbers:

Moses lifted up his hand, and struck the rock with his rod twice, and water came out abundantly. The congregation and their livestock drank.
So Moses made a bronze serpent, and set it on a pole; and if a serpent bit any man, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.
I see him, but not now. I see him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob. A scepter will rise out of Israel.

In Deuteronomy:

“The LORD your God will raise up to you a Prophet from among you, of your brothers, like me. You shall listen to him. This is according to all that you desired of The LORD your God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, “Let me not hear again the LORD my God’s voice, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I not die.”
The LORD said to me, “They have well said that which they have spoken. I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brothers, like you. I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I shall command him.”

In Samuel:

“The LORD kills and makes alive. He brings down to Sheol and brings up.”
“I will raise up a faithful Priest for myself who will do according to that which is in my heart and in my mind. I will build him a sure house. He will walk before my anointed forever.”
Nathan spoke to David all these words, “The LORD tells you that The LORD will make you a house. When your days are fulfilled, and you sleep with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who will proceed out of your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He will build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men; but my loving kindness will not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before you. Your house and your kingdom will be made sure forever before you. Your throne will be established forever.”

In The Kings:

“Moreover the LORD will raise up a king for himself over Israel,”

In The Chronicles:

“Tell my servant David, ‘Moreover I tell you that the LORD will build you a house. It will happen, when your days are fulfilled that you must go to be with your fathers, that I will raise up your offspring after you, who will be of your sons; and I will establish his kingdom. He will build me a house, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son. I will not take my loving kindness away from him, as I took it from him that was before you; but I will settle him in my house and in my kingdom forever. His throne will be established forever.’ ”
Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again to the LORD, and they testified against them; but they would not listen. The Spirit of God came on Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest; and he stood above the people, and said to them, “God says, ‘Why do you disobey the LORD’s commandments, so that you cannot prosper? Because you have forsaken the LORD, he has also forsaken you.’ ” They conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the LORD’s house.

In the Psalms:

Why do the nations rage, and the peoples plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth take a stand, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his Anointed.
From the lips of babes and infants you have established strength, because of your adversaries, that you might silence the enemy and the avenger. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained; what is man, that you think of him? What is the son of man, that you care for him? For you have made him a little lower than the angels, and crowned him with glory and honor. You make him ruler over the works of your hands. You have put all things under his feet: All sheep and cattle, yes, and the animals of the field, the birds of the sky, the fish of the sea, and whatever passes through the paths of the seas.
Have mercy on me, LORD. See my affliction by those who hate me, and raise me up from the gates of death, that I may show all of your praise. I will rejoice in your salvation in the gates of the daughter of Zion. The nations have sunk down in the pit that they made. In the net which they hid, their own foot is taken. The LORD has made himself known. He has executed judgment. The wicked is snared by the work of his own hands. Meditation. Selah. The wicked shall be turned back to Sheol, even all the nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten, nor the confident expectation of the poor perish forever. Arise, LORD! Do not let man prevail. Let the nations be judged in your sight.
The LORD assigned my portion and my cup. You made my lot secure. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places. Yes, I have a good inheritance. I will bless the LORD, who has given me counsel. Yes, my heart instructs me in the night seasons. I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my tongue rejoices. My body shall also dwell in safety. For you will not leave my soul in Sheol, neither will you allow your holy one to see corruption.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning? My God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer; in the night season, and am not silent. But you are holy, you who inhabit the praises of Israel. Our fathers trusted in you. They trusted, and you delivered them. They cried to you, and were delivered. They trusted in you, and were not disappointed. But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised by the people. All those who see me mock me. They insult me with their lips. They shake their heads, saying, “He trusts in the LORD. Let him deliver him. Let him rescue him, since he delights in him.” But you brought me out of the womb. You made me trust while at my mother’s breasts. I was thrown on you from my mother’s womb. You are my God since my mother bore me. Do not be far from me, for trouble is near. For there is no one to help. Many bulls have surrounded me. Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled me. They open their mouths wide against me, lions tearing prey and roaring. I am poured out like water. All my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax. It is melted within me. My strength is dried up like a potsherd. My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You have brought me into the dust of death. For dogs have surrounded me. A company of evildoers have enclosed me. They have pierced my hands and feet. I can count all of my bones. They look and stare at me. They divide my garments among them. They cast lots for my clothing. But do not be far off, LORD. You are my help. Hurry to help me! Deliver my soul from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dog. Save me from the lion’s mouth! Yes, you have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen. I will declare your name to my brothers. Among the assembly, I will praise you. You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, glorify him! Stand in awe of him, all you descendants of Israel! For he has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, Neither has he hidden his face from him; but when he cried to him, he heard. My praise of you comes in the great assembly. I will pay my vows before those who fear him. The humble shall eat and be satisfied. They shall praise the LORD who seek after him. Let your hearts live forever. All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD. All the relatives of the nations shall worship before you. For the kingdom is the LORD’s. He is the ruler over the nations. All the rich ones of the earth shall eat and worship. All those who go down to the dust shall bow before him, even he who cannot keep his soul alive. Posterity shall serve him. Future generations shall be told about the Lord. They shall come and shall declare his righteousness to a people that shall be born, for he has done it.
Sacrifice and offering you would not; but a body have you prepared me: whole-burnt-offering and sacrifice for sin you did not require. Then I said, Behold, I come: in the volume of the book it is written concerning me, I desired to do thy will, O my God, and your law in the midst of my heart. I have preached righteousness in the great congregation; lo! I will not refrain my lips; O Lord, you know my righteousness. I have not hid your truth within my heart, and I have declared your salvation; I have not hid your mercy and your truth from the great congregation.
My enemies speak evil against me: “When will he die, and his name perish?” If he comes to see me, he speaks falsehood. His heart gathers iniquity to itself. When he goes abroad, he tells it. All who hate me whisper together against me. They imagine the worst for me. “An evil disease”, they say, “has afflicted him. Now that he lies he shall rise up no more.” Yes, my own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, who ate bread with me, has lifted up his heel against me. But you, LORD, have mercy on me, and raise me up, that I may repay them. By this I know that you delight in me, because my enemy does not triumph over me. As for me, you uphold me in my integrity, and set me in your presence forever. Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting and to everlasting! Amen and amen.
Be merciful to me, God, be merciful to me, for my soul takes refuge in you. Yes, in the shadow of your wings, I will take refuge, before disaster has passed. I cry out to God Most High, to God who accomplishes my requests for me. He will send from heaven, and save me, he rebukes the one who is pursuing me. Selah. God will send out his loving kindness and his truth. My soul is among lions. I lie among those who are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword. Be exalted, God, above the heavens! Let your glory be above all the earth! They have prepared a net for my steps. My soul is bowed down. They dig a pit before me. They fall into the middle of it themselves. Selah. My heart is steadfast, God. My heart is steadfast. I will sing, yes, I will sing praises. Wake up, my glory! Wake up, lute and harp! I will wake up the dawn. I will give thanks to you, Lord, among the peoples. I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your great loving kindness reaches to the heavens, and your truth to the skies. Be exalted, God, above the heavens. Let your glory be over all the earth.
Save me, God, for the waters have come up to my neck! I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold. I have come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I am weary with my crying. My throat is dry. My eyes fail looking for my God. Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head. Those who want to cut me off, being my enemies wrongfully, are mighty. I have to restore what I did not take away. God, you know my foolishness. My sins are not hidden from you. Do not let those who wait for you be shamed through me, Lord LORD of Armies. Do not let those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, God of Israel. Because for your sake, I have borne reproach. Shame has covered my face. I have become a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my mother’s children. For the zeal of your house consumes me. The reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me. When I wept and I fasted, that was to my reproach. When I made sackcloth my clothing, I became a byword to them. Those who sit in the gate talk about me. I am the song of the drunkards. But as for me, my prayer is to you, LORD, in an acceptable time. God, in the abundance of your loving kindness, answer me in the truth of your salvation. Deliver me out of the mire, and do not let me sink. Let me be delivered from those who hate me, and out of the deep waters. Do not let the flood waters overwhelm me, neither let the deep swallow me up. Do not let the pit shut its mouth on me. Answer me, LORD, for your loving kindness is good. According to the multitude of your tender mercies, turn to me. Do not hide your face from your servant, for I am in distress. Answer me speedily! Draw near to my soul and redeem it. Ransom me because of my enemies. You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor. My adversaries are all before you. Reproach has broken my heart, and I am full of heaviness. I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; for comforters, but I found none. They also gave me poison for my food. In my thirst, they gave me vinegar to drink. Let their table before them become a snare. May it become a retribution and a trap. Let their eyes be darkened, so that they cannot see. Let their backs be continually bent. Pour out your indignation on them. Let the fierceness of your anger overtake them. Let their habitation be desolate. Let no one dwell in their tents. For they persecute him whom you have wounded. They tell of the sorrow of those whom you have hurt. Charge them with crime upon crime. Do not let them come into your righteousness. Let them be blotted out of the book of life, and not be written with the righteous. But I am in pain and distress. Let your salvation, God, protect me. I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. It will please the LORD better than an ox, or a bull that has horns and hoofs. The humble have seen it, and are glad. You who seek after God, let your heart live. For the LORD hears the needy, and does not despise his captive people. Let heaven and earth praise him; the seas, and everything that moves therein! For God will save Zion, and build the cities of Judah. They shall settle there, and own it. The children also of his servants shall inherit it. Those who love his name shall dwell therein.
Hear my teaching, my people. Turn your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable.
Turn again, we beg you, God of Armies. Look down from heaven, and see, and visit this vine, the stock which your right hand planted, the branch that you made strong for yourself. It is burned with fire. It is cut down. They perish at your rebuke. Let your hand be on the man of your right hand, on the son of man whom you made strong for yourself. So we will not turn away from you. Revive us, and we will call on your name. Turn us again, LORD God of Armies. Cause your face to shine, and we will be saved.
God presides in the great assembly. He judges among the gods. “How long will you judge unjustly, and show partiality to the wicked?” Selah. “Defend the weak, the poor, and the fatherless. Maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy. Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.” They do not know, neither do they understand. They walk back and forth in darkness. All the foundations of the earth are shaken. I said, “You are gods, all of you are sons of the Most High. Nevertheless you shall die like men, and fall like one of the rulers.” Arise, God, judge the earth, for you inherit all of the nations.
Then you spoke in vision to your saints, and said, “I have given strength to the warrior. I have exalted a young man from the people. I have found David, my servant. I have anointed him with my holy oil, with whom my hand shall be established. My arm will also strengthen him. No enemy will tax him. No wicked man will oppress him. I will beat down his adversaries before him, and strike those who hate him. But my faithfulness and my loving kindness will be with him. In my name, his horn will be exalted. I will set his hand also on the sea, and his right hand on the rivers. He will call to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, and the rock of my salvation!’ I will also appoint him my firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth. I will keep my loving kindness for him forever more. My covenant will stand firm with him. I will also make his offspring endure forever, and his throne as the days of heaven. If his children forsake my law, and do not walk in my ordinances; if they break my statutes, and do not keep my commandments; then I will punish their sin with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. But I will not completely take my loving kindness from him, nor allow my faithfulness to fail. I will not break my covenant, nor alter what my lips have uttered. Once I have sworn by my holiness, I will not lie to David. His offspring will endure forever, his throne like the sun before me. It will be established forever like the moon, the faithful witness in the sky.”
Those who go down to the sea in ships, who do business in great waters; These see the LORD’s deeds, and his wonders in the deep. For he commands, and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up its waves. They mount up to the sky; they go down again to the depths. Their soul melts away because of trouble. They reel back and forth, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end. Then they cry to the LORD in their trouble, and he brings them out of their distress. He makes the storm a calm, so that its waves are still. Then they are glad because it is calm, so he brings them to their desired haven. Let them praise the LORD for his loving kindness, for his wonderful deeds for the children of men! Let them exalt him also in the assembly of the people, and praise him in the seat of the elders.
The LORD says to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, unto the day I make your enemies your footstool for your feet.” The LORD will send out the rod of your strength out of Zion. Rule among your enemies. Your people offer themselves willingly in the day of your power, in holy array. Out of the womb of the morning, you have the dew of your youth. The LORD has sworn, and will not change his mind: “You are a Priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.”
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his loving kindness endures forever. Let Israel now say that his loving kindness endures forever. Let the house of Aaron now say that his loving kindness endures forever. Now let those who fear the LORD say that his loving kindness endures forever. Out of my distress, I called on the LORD. The LORD answered me with freedom. the LORD is on my side. I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? the LORD is on my side among those who help me. Therefore I will look in triumph at those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in the LORD, than to put confidence in man. It is better to take refuge in the LORD, than to put confidence in princes. All the nations surrounded me, but in the LORD’s name, I cut them off. They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me. In the LORD’s name I indeed cut them off. They surrounded me like bees. They are quenched like the burning thorns. In the LORD’s name I cut them off. You pushed me back hard, to make me fall, but the LORD helped me. The LORD is my strength and song. He has become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous. “The right hand of the LORD does valiantly. The right hand of the LORD is exalted! The right hand of the LORD does valiantly!” I will not die, but live, and declare the LORD’s works. The LORD has punished me severely, but he has not given me over to death. Open to me the gates of righteousness. I will enter into them. I will give thanks to the LORD. This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous will enter into it. I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me, and have become my salvation. The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the LORD’s doing. It is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it! Save us now, we beg you, LORD! LORD, we beg you, send prosperity now. Blessed is he who comes in the LORD’s name! We have blessed you out of the LORD’s house. The LORD is God, and he has given us light. Bind the sacrifice with cords, even to the horns of the altar. You are my God, and I will give thanks to you. You are my God, I will exalt you. Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his loving kindness endures forever.
For your servant David’s sake, do not turn away the face of your anointed one. The LORD has sworn to David in truth. He will not turn from it: “I will set the fruit of your body on your throne. If your children will keep my covenant, my testimony that I will teach them, their children also will sit on your throne forever more.” For the LORD has chosen Zion. He has desired it for his habitation. “This is my resting place forever. I will live here, for I have desired it. I will abundantly bless her provision. I will satisfy her poor with bread. I will also clothe her priests with salvation. Her saints will shout aloud for joy. I will make the horn of David to bud there. I have ordained a lamp for my anointed. I will clothe his enemies with shame, but on himself, his crown will shine.”
Where could I go from your Spirit? Or where could I flee from your presence? If I ascend up into heaven, you are there. If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, you are there! If I take the wings of the dawn, and settle in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand will lead me, and your right hand will hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me. The light around me will be night,” even the darkness does not hide from you, but the night shines as the day. The darkness is like light to you. For you formed my inmost being. You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful. My soul knows that very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was made in secret, woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my body. In your book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there were none of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is their sum! If I would count them, they are more in number than the sand. When I wake up, I am still with you.

In the Book of Proverbs:

My son, do not forget my teaching; but let your heart keep my commandments: for they will add to you length of days, years of life, and peace. Do not let kindness and truth forsake you. Bind them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor, and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

(As it is written: “Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man.”)

“The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his work, before his deeds of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, before the earth existed. When there were no depths, I was born, when there were no springs abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was born; while as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the beginning of the dust of the world. When he established the heavens, I was there. When he set a circle on the surface of the deep, when he established the clouds above, when the springs of the deep became strong, when he gave to the sea its boundary, that the waters should not violate his commandment, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was the craftsman by his side. I was a delight day by day, always rejoicing before him, rejoicing in his whole world. My delight was with the sons of men. “Now therefore, my sons, listen to me, for blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise. Do not refuse it. Blessed is the man who hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my door posts. For whoever finds me, finds life, and will obtain favor from the LORD. But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul. All those who hate me love death.”
One who corrects a mocker invites insult. One who reproves a wicked man invites abuse.

In the Book of Wisdom:

But let us lie in wait for the righteous man, because he annoys us, is contrary to our works, reproaches us with sins against the law, and charges us with sins against our training. He professes to have knowledge of God, and calls himself a child of the Lord. He became to us a reproof of our thoughts. He is grievous to us even to look at, because his life is unlike other men’s, and his paths are strange. We were regarded by him as worthless metal, and he abstains from our ways as from uncleanness. He calls the latter end of the righteous happy. He boasts that God is his father. Let us see if his words are true. Let us test what will happen at the end of his life. For if the righteous man is God’s son, he will uphold him, and he will deliver him out of the hand of his adversaries. Let us test him with outrage and torture, that we may find out how gentle he is, and test his patience. Let us condemn him to a shameful death, for he will be overseen according to his words.” Thus they reasoned, and they were led astray; for their wickedness blinded them.
But a righteous man who is dead will condemn the ungodly who are living, and youth that is quickly perfected will condemn the many years of an unrighteous man’s old age. For the ungodly will see a wise man’s end, and will not understand what the Lord planned for him, and why he safely kept him. They will see, and they will despise; but the Lord will laugh them to scorn. After this, they will become a dishonored carcass and a reproach among the dead forever; because he will dash them speechless to the ground, and will shake them from the foundations. They will lie utterly waste. They will be in anguish and their memory will perish. They will come with coward fear when their sins are counted. Their lawless deeds will convict them to their face. Then the righteous man will stand in great boldness before the face of those who afflicted him, and those who make his labors of no account. When they see him, they will be troubled with terrible fear, and will be amazed at the marvel of salvation. They will speak among themselves repenting, and for distress of spirit they will groan, “This was he whom we used to hold in derision, as a parable of reproach. We fools considered his life madness, and his end without honor. How was he counted among sons of God? How is his lot among saints? Truly we went astray from the way of truth. The light of righteousness did not shine for us. The sun did not rise for us. We took our fill of the paths of lawlessness and destruction. We traveled through trackless deserts, but we did not know the Lord’s way. What did our arrogance profit us? What good have riches and boasting brought us? Those things all passed away as a shadow, like a message that runs by, like a ship passing through the billowy water, which, when it has gone by, there is no trace to be found, no pathway of its keel in the billows. Or it is like when a bird flies through the air, no evidence of its passage is found, but the light wind, lashed with the stroke of its pinions, and torn apart with the violent rush of the moving wings, is passed through. Afterward no sign of its coming remains. Or it is like when an arrow is shot at a mark, the air disparted closes up again immediately, so that men do not know where it passed through. So we also, as soon as we were born, ceased to be; and we had no sign of virtue to show, but we were utterly consumed in our wickedness.” Because the confident expectation of the ungodly man is like chaff carried by the wind, and as foam vanishing before a tempest; and is scattered like smoke by the wind, and passes by as the remembrance of a guest that waits but a day. But the righteous live forever. Their reward is in the Lord, and the care for them with the Most High. Therefore they will receive the crown of royal dignity and the diadem of beauty from the Lord’s hand; because he will cover them with his right hand, and he will shield them with his arm.
Now I was a clever child, and received a good soul. Or rather, being good, I entered an undefiled body.
For blessed is the wood through which comes righteousness.

In the Book of the Wisdom of Jesus the son of Sirach:

I have stretched out my branches as the cedar tree, and my branches are of honor and grace. As the vine I have brought forth a pleasant odor: and my flowers are the fruit of honor and riches. I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy expectation. In me is all grace of the way and of the truth, in me is all expectation of life and of virtue. Come over to me, all of you who desire me, and be filled with my fruits. For my spirit is sweeter than honey, and my inheritance more than honey and the honeycomb. My memory extends to everlasting generations. Those who eat me, shall hunger for more: and those who drink me, shall thirst for more. One who heeds me, shall not be confounded: and those who work with my help, shall not sin. Those who explain me shall have life everlasting. I, wisdom have poured out rivers. I, like a brook out of a river of powerful water; I, like a channel of a river, and like an aqueduct, came out of paradise. I said: I will water my garden of plants, and I will water abundantly the fruits of my meadow. And behold, my brook became a great river, and my river became a sea: For I make doctrine to shine forth to all as the morning light, and I will declare it afar off. I will penetrate to all the lower parts of the earth, and will behold all who sleep, and will enlighten all who have confident expectation in the Lord. I will yet pour out doctrine as prophecy, and will leave it to those who seek wisdom, and will not cease to instruct their offspring even to the holy age. See for yourself that I have not labored for myself only, but for all who seek out the truth.

In Isaiah:

He said, “Go, and tell this people, ‘You hear indeed, but do not understand. You see indeed, but do not perceive.’ Make the heart of this people fat. Make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their heart, and turn again, and be healed.”
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin will conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (that is, God with us).
The LORD of Armies is who you must respect as holy. He is the one you must fear. He is the one you must dread. He will be a sanctuary, but for both houses of Israel, he will be a stumbling stone and a rock that makes them fall. For the people of Jerusalem, he will be a trap and a snare. Many will stumble over it, fall, be broken, be snared, and be captured.”
Wrap up the covenant. Seal the law among my disciples. I will wait for the LORD, who hides his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him. Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of Armies, who dwells in Mount Zion.
But there shall be no more gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time, he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali; but in the latter time he has made it glorious, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. The light has shined on those who lived in the land of the shadow of death.
I will thrust you from your office. You will be pulled down from your station. It will happen in that day that I will call my servant Eliakim (that is, my servant “the God of raising”) the son of Hilkiah (that is, the son of “the portion of the LORD”), and I will clothe him with your robe, and strengthen him with your belt. I will commit your government into his hand; and he will be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah. I will lay the key of David’s house on his shoulder. He will open, and no one will shut. He will shut, and no one will open. I will fasten him like a nail in a sure place. He will be for a throne of glory to his father’s house. They will hang on him all the glory of his father’s house, the offspring and the issue, every small vessel, from the cups even to all the pitchers. “In that day,” says the LORD of Armies, “the nail that was fastened in a sure place will give way. It will be cut down and fall. The burden that was on it will be cut off, for the LORD has spoken it.”
Therefore the Lord LORD says, “Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone of a sure foundation. He who believes shall not act hastily.”
The Lord said, “Because this people draws near with their mouth and honors me with their lips, but they have removed their heart far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment of men which has been taught; therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, even a marvelous work and a wonder; and the wisdom of their wise men will perish, and the understanding of their prudent men will be hidden.”
“Comfort, comfort my people,” says your God. “Speak comfortably to Jerusalem; and call out to her that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received of the LORD’s hand double for all her sins.” The voice of one who calls out, “Prepare the way of the LORD in the wilderness! Make a level highway in the desert for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low. The uneven shall be made level, and the rough places a plain. The LORD’s glory shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken it.” The voice of one saying, “Cry!” One said, “What shall I cry?” “All flesh is like grass, and all its glory is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, because the LORD’s breath blows on it. Surely the people are like grass. The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God stands forever.” You who tell good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who tell good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with strength! Lift it up! Do not be afraid! Say to the cities of Judah, “Behold, your God!” Behold, the Lord LORD will come as a mighty one, and his arm will rule for him. Behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will gather the lambs in his arm, and carry them in his bosom. He will gently lead those who have their young.
“Behold, my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights: I have put my Spirit on him. He will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout, nor raise his voice, nor cause it to be heard in the street. He will not break a bruised reed. He will not quench a dimly burning wick. He will faithfully bring justice. He will not fail nor be discouraged, before he has set justice in the earth, and the islands wait for his law.”
Since you have been precious and honored in my sight, and I have loved you, therefore I will give people in your place, and nations instead of your life. Do not be afraid, for I am with you. I will bring your offspring from the east, and gather you from the west. I will tell the north, ‘Give them up!’ and tell the south, ‘Do not hold them back! Bring my sons from far away, and my daughters from the ends of the earth—everyone who is called by my name, and whom I have created for my glory, whom I have formed, yes, whom I have made.’ ” Bring out the blind people who have eyes, and the deaf who have ears. Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the peoples be assembled. Who among them can declare this, and show us former things? Let them bring their witnesses, that they may be justified, or let them hear, and say, “That is true.”
“You are my witnesses,” says the LORD, “with my servant whom I have chosen; that you may know and believe me, and understand that I am he. Before me there was no God formed, neither will there be after me. I myself am the LORD. Besides me, there is no savior. I have declared, I have saved, and I have shown, and there was no strange god among you. Therefore you are my witnesses”, says the LORD, “and I am God. Yes, since the day was, I am he. There is no one who can deliver out of my hand. I will work, and who can hinder it?”
“Look to me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other. I have sworn by myself. The word has gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and will not be revoked, that to me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall take an oath. They will say of me, ‘There is righteousness and strength only in the LORD.’ ” Even to him will men come. All those who raged against him will be disappointed. All the offspring of Israel will be justified in the LORD, and will rejoice!
Listen, islands, to me. Listen, you peoples, from afar: the LORD has called me from the womb; from the inside of my mother, he has mentioned my name. He has made my mouth like a sharp sword. He has hidden me in the shadow of his hand. He has made me a polished shaft. He has kept me close in his quiver. He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.” But I said, “I have labored in vain. I have spent my strength in vain for nothing; yet surely the justice due to me is with the LORD, and my reward with my God.” Now the LORD, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, says to bring Jacob again to him, and to gather Israel to him, for I am honorable in the LORD’s eyes, and my God has become my strength. Indeed, he says, “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel. I will also give you as a light to the nations, that you may be my salvation to the end of the earth.”
Behold, my servant will deal wisely. He will be exalted and lifted up, and will be very high. Just as many were astonished at you—his appearance was marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men—so he will cleanse many nations. Kings will shut their mouths at him; for they will see that which had not been told them, and they will understand that which they had not heard. Who has believed our message? To whom has the LORD’s arm been revealed? For he grew up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no good looks or majesty. When we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering and acquainted with disease. He was despised as one from whom men hide their face; and we did not respect him. Surely he has borne our sickness and carried our suffering; yet we considered him plagued, struck by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray. Everyone has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, yet when he was afflicted he did not open his mouth. As a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. He was taken away by oppression and judgment. As for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living and stricken for the disobedience of my people? They made his grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him. He has caused him to suffer. When you make his soul an offering for sin, he will see his offspring. He will prolong his days and the LORD’s pleasure will prosper in his hand. After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light and be satisfied. My righteous servant will justify many by the knowledge of himself; and he will bear their iniquities. Therefore I will give him a portion with the great. He will divide the plunder with the strong; because he poured out his soul to death and was counted with the transgressors; yet he bore the sins of many and made intercession for the transgressors.
“Do not be afraid, for you will not be ashamed. Do not be confounded, for you will not be disappointed. For you will forget the shame of your youth. You will remember the reproach of your widowhood no more. For your Maker is your husband; the LORD of Armies is his name. The Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer. He will be called the God of the whole earth. For the LORD has called you as a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit, even a wife of youth, when she is cast off,” says your God.
“Hey! Come, everyone who thirsts, to the waters! Come, he who has no money, buy, and eat! Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in richness. Turn your ear, and come to me. Hear, and your soul will live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. Behold, I have given him for a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander to the peoples. Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know; and a nation that did not know you shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he has glorified you.” Seek the LORD while he may be found. Call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts. Let him return to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, to our God, for he will freely pardon. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the LORD’s glory has risen on you. For, behold, darkness will cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise on you, and his glory shall be seen on you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. “Lift up your eyes all around, and see: they all gather themselves together. They come to you. Your sons will come from far away, and your daughters will be carried in arms. Then you shall see and be radiant, and your heart will thrill and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea will be turned to you. The wealth of the nations will come to you. A multitude of camels will cover you, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah. All from Sheba will come. They will bring gold and frankincense, and will proclaim the praises of the LORD.”
The Lord LORD’s Spirit is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the humble. He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to those who are bound, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor.
They will rebuild the old ruins. They will raise up the former devastated places. They will repair the ruined cities that have been devastated for many generations. Strangers will stand and feed your flocks. Foreigners will work your fields and your vineyards. But you will be called the LORD’s Priests. Men will call you the servants of our God.
Their offspring will be known among the nations, and their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge them, that they are the offspring which the LORD has blessed.” I will greatly rejoice in the LORD! My soul will be joyful in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation. He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth produces its bud, and as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring up, so the Lord LORD will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.
“I am inquired of by those who did not ask. I am found by those who did not seek me. I said, ‘See me, see me,’ to a nation that was not called by my name. I have spread out my hands all day to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, after their own thoughts; I will destine you to the sword, and you will all bow down to the slaughter; because when I called, you did not answer. When I spoke, you did not listen; but you did that which was evil in my eyes, and chose that in which I did not delight.” Therefore the Lord LORD says, “Behold, my servants will eat, but you will be hungry; behold, my servants will drink, but you will be thirsty. Behold, my servants will rejoice, but you will be disappointed; Behold, my servants will sing for joy of heart, but you will cry for sorrow of heart, and will wail for anguish of spirit. You will leave your name for a curse to my chosen; and the Lord LORD will kill you. He will call his servants by another name, so that he who blesses himself in the earth will bless himself in the God of truth; and he who swears in the earth will swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hidden from my eyes. “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former things will not be remembered, nor come into mind.
“For I know their works and their thoughts. The time comes that I will gather all nations and languages, and they will come, and will see my glory. “I will set a sign among them, and I will send those who escape of them to the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, who draw the bow, to Tubal and Javan, to far-away islands, who have not heard my fame, nor have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the nations. They shall bring all your brothers out of all the nations for an offering to the LORD, on horses, in chariots, in litters, on mules, and on camels, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, says the LORD, as the children of Israel bring their offering in a clean vessel into the LORD’s house. Of them I will also select Priests and Levites,” says the LORD. “For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me,” says the LORD, “so your offspring and your name shall remain. It shall happen that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, all flesh will come to worship before me,” says the LORD. “They will go out, and look at the dead bodies of the men who have transgressed against me; for their worm will not die, nor will their fire be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind.”

In Jeremiah:

“Declare this in the house of Jacob, and publish it in Judah, saying, ‘Hear this now, foolish people without understanding, who have eyes, and do not see, who have ears, and do not hear: Do you not fear me?’ says the LORD ‘Will you not tremble at my presence, who have placed the sand for the bound of the sea, by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it? Though its waves toss themselves, yet they cannot prevail. Though they roar, they still cannot pass over it.’
“But this people has a revolting and a rebellious heart. They have revolted and gone. They do not say in their heart, ‘Let us now fear the LORD our God, who gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season, who preserves to us the appointed weeks of the harvest.’ “Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withheld good from you. For wicked men are found among my people. They watch, as fowlers lie in wait. They set a trap. They catch men. As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit. Therefore they have become great, and grew rich. They have grown fat. They shine; yes, they excel in deeds of wickedness. They do not plead the cause, the cause of the fatherless, that they may prosper; and they do not defend the rights of the needy.
“Should I not punish for these things?” says the LORD. “Should my soul not be avenged on such a nation as this?
“An astonishing and horrible thing has happened in the land. The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own authority; and my people love to have it so. What will you do in the end of it?”
The LORD of Armies says, “Glean thoroughly the remnant of Israel like a vine. Turn again your hand as a grape gatherer into the baskets.” To whom should I speak and testify, that they may hear? Behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot listen. Behold, the LORD’s word has become a reproach to them. They have no delight in it. Therefore I am full of the LORD’s wrath. I am weary with holding it in. “Pour it out on the children in the street, and on the assembly of young men together; for even the husband with the wife will be taken, the aged with him who is full of days. Their houses will be turned over to others, their fields and their wives together; for I will stretch out my hand on the inhabitants of the land, says the LORD.”
“ ‘I will utterly consume them,’ says the LORD. ‘No grapes will be on the vine, no figs on the fig tree, and the leaf will fade. The things that I have given them will pass away from them.’ ”
The LORD says, “Do not let the wise man glory in his wisdom. Do not let the mighty man glory in his might. Do not let the rich man glory in his riches. But let him who glories glory in this, that he has understanding, and knows me, that I am the LORD who exercises loving kindness, justice, and righteousness in the earth, for I delight in these things,” says the LORD. “Behold, the days come,” says the LORD, “that I will punish all those who are circumcised only in their flesh: Egypt, Judah, Edom, the children of Ammon, Moab, and all who have the corners of their hair cut off, who dwell in the wilderness, for all the nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in heart.”
“Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear my words.” Then I went down to the potter’s house.
Thus said the LORD, “Go, and buy a potter’s earthen container, and take some of the elders of the people, and of the elders of the priests; and go out to the valley of the son of Hinnom, which is by the entry of the gate Harsith, and proclaim there the words that I will tell you. Say, ‘Hear the LORD’s word, kings of Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem: the LORD of Armies, the God of Israel says, “Behold, I will bring evil on this place, which whoever hears, his ears will tingle.
“Behold, the days come,” says the LORD, “that this place will no more be called ‘Topheth’, nor ‘The Valley of the son of Hinnom’, but ‘The valley of Slaughter’.
“ ‘ “I will make the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem void in this place. I will cause them to fall by the sword before their enemies, and by the hand of those who seek their life. I will give their dead bodies to be food for the birds of the sky and for the animals of the earth. I will make this city an astonishment and a hissing. Everyone who passes by it will be astonished and hiss because of all its plagues. I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters. They will each eat the flesh of his friend in the siege and in the distress, with which their enemies, and those who seek their life, will distress them.” ’
“Then you shall break the container in the sight of the men who go with you, and shall tell them, ‘the LORD of Armies says: “Even so I will break this people and this city, as one breaks a potter’s vessel, that cannot be made whole again. They will bury in Topheth, to the point where there is no place to bury. This is what I will do to this place,” says the LORD, “and to its inhabitants, even making this city as Topheth.” ’ ”
Then Jeremiah came from Topheth, where the LORD had sent him to prophesy, and he stood in the court of the LORD’s house, and said to all the people: “The LORD of Armies, the God of Israel says, ‘Behold, I will bring on this city and on all its towns all the evil that I have pronounced against it, because they have made their neck stiff, that they may not hear my words.’ ”
“Behold, the days come,” says the LORD, “that I will raise to David a righteous Branch, and he will reign as king and deal wisely, and will execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell safely. This is his name by which he will be called: the LORD our righteousness.”
“Is not my word like fire,” says the LORD, “and like a hammer which breaks the rock in pieces?”
The LORD’s word has come to me, and I have spoken to you, rising up early and speaking; but you have not listened.
The LORD has sent to you all his servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them (but you have not listened or inclined your ear to hear), saying, “Return now everyone from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the LORD has given to you and to your fathers, from of old and even forever more.”
For the LORD, the God of Israel, says to me: “Take this cup of the wine of wrath from my hand, and cause all the nations to whom I send you to drink it.”
Then I took the cup at the LORD’s hand.
“It will come to pass in that day,” says the LORD of Armies, “that I will break his yoke from off your neck, and will burst your bonds. Strangers will no more make them their bondservants; but they will serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up to them. Therefore do not be afraid, O Jacob my servant,” says the LORD. “Do not be dismayed, Israel. For, behold, I will save you from afar, and save your offspring from the land of their captivity.”
The LORD says: “A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children. She refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.”
“Behold, the days come,” says the LORD, “that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which covenant of mine they broke, although I was a husband to them,” says the LORD. “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” says the LORD: “I will put my law in their inward parts, and I will write it in their heart. I will be their God, and they shall be my people. They will no longer each teach his neighbor, and every man teach his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD;’ for they will all know me, from their least to their greatest,” says the LORD: “for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
What you have spoken has happened. Behold, you see it. You have said to me, Lord LORD, “Buy the field for money, and call witnesses”.

In the Book of Lamentations:

I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of his wrath. He has led me and caused me to walk in darkness, and not in light. Surely he turns his hand against me again and again all day long.
He has built against me, and surrounded me with bitterness and hardship. He has made me dwell in dark places, as those who have been long dead. He has walled me about, so that I cannot go out. He has made my chain heavy. Yes, when I cry, and call for help, he shuts out my prayer. He has walled up my ways with cut stone. He has made my paths crooked. He is to me as a bear lying in wait, as a lion in secret places. He has turned away my ways, and pulled me in pieces. He has made me desolate. He has bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow. He has caused the shafts of his quiver to enter into my kidneys. I have become a derision to all my people, and their song all day long. He has filled me with bitterness. He has stuffed me with wormwood. He has also broken my teeth with gravel. He has covered me with ashes. You have removed my soul far away from peace. I forgot prosperity. I said, “My strength has perished, along with my expectation from the LORD.” Remember my affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the bitterness. My soul still remembers them, and is bowed down within me. This I recall to my mind; therefore I have confident expectation. It is because of the LORD’s loving kindnesses that we are not consumed, because his compassion does not fail. They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul. “Therefore I will have confident expectation in him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that a man should confidently expect and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. Let him sit alone and keep silence, because he has laid it on him. Let him put his mouth in the dust, if it is so that there may be confident expectation. Let him give his cheek to him who strikes him. Let him be filled full of reproach. For the Lord will not cast off forever. For though he causes grief, yet he will have compassion according to the multitude of his loving kindnesses.

In the Book of Baruch:

Be of good cheer, O my children, cry to God, and he shall deliver you from the power and hand of the enemies. For I have trusted in the Everlasting, that he will save you; and joy is come to me from the Holy One, because of the mercy which shall soon come to you from the Everlasting your Savior.

In Ezekiel:

The LORD said to him, “Go through the middle of the city, through the middle of Jerusalem, and set a Tau-mark on the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry over all the abominations that are done within it.” To the others he said in my hearing, “Go through the city after him, and strike. Do not let your eye spare, neither have pity. Kill utterly the old man, the young man, the virgin, little children and women; but do not come near any man on whom is the Tau-mark. Begin at my sanctuary.” Then they began at the old men who were before the house.
“Therefore the Lord LORD says to them: ‘Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you thrust with side and with shoulder, and push all the diseased with your horns, to the point that you have scattered them abroad; therefore I will save my flock, and they will no more be a prey. I will judge between sheep and sheep. I will raise up one shepherd over them, and he will feed them, even my servant David. He will feed them, and he will be their shepherd. I, the LORD, will be their God, and my servant David prince among them. I, the LORD, have spoken it. ‘I will make with them a covenant of peace’.
“ ‘They will know that I, the LORD, their God am with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are my people,’ says the Lord LORD. ‘You my sheep, the sheep of my pasture, are men, and I am your God,’ says the Lord LORD.”

In Daniel:

“You, O king, saw, and behold, a great image. This image, which was mighty, and whose brightness was excellent, stood before you; and its appearance was terrifying. As for this image, its head was of fine gold, its breast and its arms of silver, its belly and its thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet part of iron, and part of clay. You saw until a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet that were of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were broken in pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors. The wind carried them away, so that no place was found for them. The stone that struck the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
“The God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, nor will its sovereignty be left to another people; but it will break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it will stand forever. Because you saw that a stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God has made known to the king what will happen hereafter. The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure.”
“I saw in the night visions, and behold, there came with the clouds of the sky one like a Son of man, and he came even to the ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. Dominion was given him, and glory, and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations, and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which will not pass away, and his kingdom that which will not be destroyed.
“ ‘The kingdom and the dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole sky, will be given to the people of the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions will serve and obey him.’ ”

In Hosea:

“Come! Let us return to the LORD; for he has torn us to pieces, and he will heal us; he has injured us, and he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us. On the third day he will raise us up, and we will live before him.
“When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.”

In Joel:

The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes. It will happen that whoever will call on the LORD’s name shall be saved.

in Amos:

“It will happen in that day,” says the Lord LORD, “that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day.”
“Behold, the eyes of the Lord LORD are on the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the surface of the earth; except that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob,” says the LORD. “For, behold, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all the nations, as grain is sifted in a sieve, yet not the least kernel will fall on the earth. All the sinners of my people will die by the sword, who say, ‘Evil will not overtake nor meet us.’ In that day I will raise up the tent of David who is fallen, and close up its breaches, and I will raise up its ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old”.

In Obadiah:

Saviors will go up on Mount Zion to judge the mountains of Esau, and the kingdom will be the LORD’s.

(We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as the Savior of the world. For as the Father has sent the Son as the savior of the world, even so I send you. Whoever converts a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. You are those who have continued with me in my trials; as my Father appointed a kingdom for me, so do I appoint for you that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.)

In Jonah:

Jonah prayed to the LORD, his God, out of the fish’s belly. He said, “I called because of my affliction to the LORD. He answered me. Out of the belly of Sheol I cried. You heard my voice. For you threw me into the depths, in the heart of the seas. The flood was all around me. All your waves and your billows passed over me. I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy Temple.’ The waters surrounded me, even to the soul. The deep was around me. The weeds were wrapped around my head. I went down to the bottoms of the mountains. The earth barred me in forever: yet have you brought up my life from the pit, LORD my God. When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the LORD. My prayer came in to you, into your holy Temple. Those who regard lying vanities forsake their own mercy. But I will sacrifice to you with the voice of thanksgiving. I will pay that which I have vowed. Salvation belongs to the LORD.” Then the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited out Jonah on the dry land.
The LORD’s word came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I give you.” So Jonah arose, and went to Nineveh, according to the LORD’s word. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days’ journey across.
God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way. God relented of the disaster which he said he would do to them, and he did not do it.

In Micah:

They will strike the judge of Israel with a rod on the cheek. But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, being small among the clans of Judah, out of you one will come out to me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings out are from of old, from ancient times. Therefore he will abandon them up to the time that she who is in labor gives birth. Then the rest of his brothers will return to the children of Israel. He shall stand, and shall shepherd in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God: and they will live, for then he will be great to the ends of the earth.

In Nahum:

Who can stand before his indignation? Who can endure the fierceness of his anger? His wrath is poured out like fire, and the rocks are broken apart by him. The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and he knows those who take refuge in him. But with an overflowing flood, he will make a full end of his adversaries, and will pursue his enemies into darkness.
Did one not come out of you, who plotted evil against the LORD, and counseled villainy?
Behold, on the mountains the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace!

In Habakkuk:

“Look among the nations, watch, and wonder marvelously; for I am working a work in your days, which you will not believe though it is told you.”
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the LORD’s glory, as the waters cover the sea.

In Zephaniah:

Be silent at the presence of the Lord LORD, for the day of the LORD is at hand. For the LORD has prepared a sacrifice. He has consecrated his guests.
I will take away out from among you your proudly exulting ones, and you will no more be arrogant in my holy mountain. But I will leave among you an afflicted and poor people, and they will take refuge in the LORD’s name. The remnant of Israel will not do iniquity, nor speak lies, neither will a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth, for they will feed and lie down, and no one will make them afraid.”
Sing, daughter of Zion! Shout, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, daughter of Jerusalem. The LORD has taken away your judgments. He has thrown out your enemy. The King of Israel, the LORD, is among you. You will not be afraid of evil any more. In that day, it will be said to Jerusalem, “Do not be afraid, Zion. Do not let your hands be weak.” The LORD, your God, is among you, a mighty one who will save. He will rejoice over you with joy. He will calm you in his love. He will rejoice over you with singing. I will remove those who grieve about the appointed feasts from you. They are a burden and a reproach to you. Behold, at that time I will deal with all those who afflict you, and I will save those who are lame, and gather those who were driven away. I will give them praise and honor, whose shame has been in all the earth. At that time I will bring you in, and at that time I will gather you; for I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples of the earth.

In Haggai:

For this is what the LORD of Armies says: ‘Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, the earth, the sea, and the dry land; and I will shake all nations.

In Zechariah:

‘The LORD of Armies says, “Behold, the man whose name is the Branch: and he shall grow up out of his place; and he shall build the LORD’s Temple; even he shall build the LORD’s Temple; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule on his throne; and he shall be a Priest on his throne; and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.
I said to them, “If you think it best, give me my wages; and if not, keep them.” So they weighed for my wages thirty pieces of silver. The LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter, the handsome price that I was valued at by them!” I took the thirty pieces of silver, and threw them to the potter, in the LORD’s house.
And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication; and they shall look on me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.

And in Malachi:

“From the rising of the sun even to its going down, my name is great among the Gentiles, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering: for my name is great among the Gentiles,” says the LORD of Armies.
“Now, you priests of Aaron, this commandment is for you. If you will not listen, and if you will not take it to heart, to give glory to my name,” says the LORD of Armies, “then I will send the curse on you, and I will curse your blessings. Indeed, I have cursed them already, because you do not take it to heart. Behold, I will rebuke your offspring, and will spread dung on your faces, even the dung of your feasts; and you will be taken away with it. You will know that I have sent this commandment to you, that my covenant may be with Levi,” says the LORD of Armies. “My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him that he might be reverent toward me; and he was reverent toward me, and stood in awe of my name. The law of truth was in his mouth, and unrighteousness was not found in his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many away from iniquity. For the Levitical priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth; for he is the messenger of the LORD of Armies. But you have turned away from the path. You have caused many to stumble in the law. You have corrupted the covenant of Levi,” says the LORD of Armies. “Therefore I have also made you contemptible and wicked before all the people, according to the way you have not kept my ways, but have had respect for persons in the law of Moses.
“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me; and the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to his Temple; and the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, behold, he comes!” says the LORD of Armies. “But who can endure the day of his coming? And who will stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire, and like launderers’ soap; and he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi, and refine them as gold and silver; and they shall offer to the LORD offerings in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasant to the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in ancient years.”
But to you who fear my name shall the sun of righteousness arise with healing in its wings. You will go out, and leap like calves of the stall.
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”

In the First Book of the Maccabees:

And the Jews and their priests decided that Simon should be their leader and high priest for ever, until a trustworthy prophet should arise, and that he should be governor over them and that he should take charge of the sanctuary and ordain men over its tasks and over the country and the weapons and the strongholds, and that he should take charge of the sanctuary, and that he should be obeyed by all, and that all contracts in the country should be written in his name, and that he should be clothed in purple and wear gold.
And none of the people or priests shall be permitted to nullify any of these decisions or to oppose what he says, or to convene an assembly in the country without his permission, or to be clothed in purple or put on a gold buckle. Whoever acts contrary to these decisions or nullifies any of them shall be liable to punishment.


And much of what the scriptures have said about him is also set forth in The Letter to the Hebrews.

He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. Behold, I send out the promise of my Father on you. But wait in the city of Jerusalem for the moment when you are clothed with power from on high.”

But Thomas, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.

Reading time about 1 hour 25 minutes.

Matthew 28:1a
Luke 24:1a
John 20:1a
Matthew 28:1b
Luke 24:1b
Mark 16:2
Matthew 4:16
Luke 24:10a
Mark 16:3-4a
Matthew 28:2-4
John 20:1b
Mark 16:4b
Luke 24:2
John 20:2-3
Matthew 28:5-7
Luke 24:3
Mark 16:5
Matthew 27:5b-53
Mark 16:6-7
Luke 24:4-8
Mark 16:8
Matthew 28:8
Luke 24:9a
John 20:3-7
Luke 24:12b
John 20:8
Luke 24:12c
John 20:10-17
Matthew 28:9-15
Mark 16:9-11
John 20:18
Luke 24:9-12
Mark 16:12
Luke 24:13-32
Mark 16:13
Luke 24:33-35
1 Corinthians 15:3-5
Luke 24:36
John 20:19
Luke 24:37-40
John 20:20
Luke 24:41-44
John 20:21
1 John 4:14
John 5:22
John 20:22-23
Luke 24:44-45
Luke 24:27

Genesis 3:14a, 15
Genesis 9:8-10, 26
Genesis 12:1-3
Genesis 14:18-20
Genesis 15:3-6
Genesis 17:21a
Genesis 22:7-9, 13-18
Genesis 39:4
Genesis 49:22-26
Genesis 50:20-21
Exodus 12:21a, 21c, 22a, 23 adapted
Exodus 12:43a, 46c
Leviticus 4:4-5, 7a, 7c, 8-12
Numbers 20:11a
Numbers 21:9
Numbers 24:17a
Deuteronomy 18:15-18
1 Samuel 2:6, 35
2 Samuel 7:17a, 11b-14a, 16
1 Kings 14:14a
1 Chronicles 17:7a, 10b-14,br>2 Chronicles 24:19-21
Psalms 2:1-2
Psalms 8:2, 4-8
Psalms 9:13-19
Psalms 16:5, 8-10
Psalms 22
Psalms 39(40):6-10 LXX
Psalms 41:5-13
Psalms 57
Psalms 69:1-4, 6-36
Psalms 78:1-2a
Psalms 80:14-19
Psalms 82
Psalms 89:19-37
Psalms 107:23-32
Psalms 110:1-4
Psalms 118
Psalms 132:10-18
Psalms 139:7-18
Proverbs 3:1-4
John 2:52
Proverbs 8:22-36
Proverbs 9:7
Wisdom 2:12-21
Wisdom 4:16–5:16
Wisdom 8:19-20
Wisdom 14:7 "For blessed is the wood through which comes righteousness." (the wood of the cross)
Ecclesiasticus 24:22-31, 40-47 DR
same as Sirach 24:16-22, 30-34 RSV KJV
Isaiah 6:9-10
Isaiah 7:14
Isaiah 8:13-18
Isaiah 9:1-2
Isaiah 22:19-25
Isaiah 28:16
Isaiah 29:13-14
Isaiah 40:1-11
Isaiah 42:1-4
Isaiah 43:4-13
Isaiah 45:22-25
Isaiah 49:1-6
Isaiah 52:13–53:12
Isaiah 54:4-6
Isaiah 55:1-9
Isaiah 60:1-6
Isaiah 61:1-2a, 5-6a, 9-11
Isaiah 65:1-2, 12-17
Isaiah 66:18-24
Jeremiah 5:20-31
Jeremiah 6:9-12
Jeremiah 8:13
Jeremiah 9:23-26
Jeremiah 18:2-3a
Jeremiah 19:1-3, 6-12, 14-15
Jeremiah 23:5-6, 29
Jeremiah 25:3b-5, 15, 17a
Jeremiah 30:8-10
Jeremiah 31:15, 31-34
Jeremiah 32:24b-25a
Lamentations 3:1-3, 5-32
Baruch 4:21-22
Ezekiel 34:20-25a, 30-31
Daniel 2:31-35, 44-45
Daniel 7:13-14, 27
Hosea 6:1-2
Hosea 11:1
Joel 2:31-32a
Amos 8:9
Amos 9:8-11
Obadiah 21
1 John 4:14
John 20:21
Luke 22:28-30
Jonah 2
Jonah 3:1-3, 10
Micah 5:1b-4
Nahum 1:6-8, 11, 15a
Habakkuk 1:5
Habakkuk 2:14
Zephaniah 1:7
Zephaniah 3:11b-20a
Haggai 2:6-7a
Zechariah 6:12b-13
Zechariah 11:12-13
Zechariah 12:10
Malachi 1:11
Malachi 2:1-9
Malachi 3:1-4
Malachi 4:2, 5-6
1 Maccabees 14:41-45

Luke 24:46-49
John 20:24 abbreviated

see notes

Thirty-five

Chapter 35 Bible texts

I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas (that is, “Rock”), then to the twelve. But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus (that is, “the Twin”), was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord!

But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

But the eleven disciples went into Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had sent them. And afterward, after eight days again, he was revealed to the eleven themselves as they sat at the table. His disciples were inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, the doors being locked, and stood in the middle, and said, “Peace be to you.”

When they saw him, they bowed down to him, but some doubted, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen him after he had risen.

Then he said to Thomas, “Reach here your finger, and see my hands. Reach here your hand, and put it into my side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”

Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!

Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen, and have believed.”

After these things, Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself this way. Simon Peter (Rock), Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”

They told him, “We are also coming with you.”

They immediately went out, and entered into the boat. That night, they caught nothing. But when day had already come, Jesus stood on the beach, yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus therefore said to them, “Children, have you anything to eat?”

They answered him, “No.”

He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.”

They cast it therefore, and now they were not able to draw it in for the multitude of fish. That disciple therefore whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!

So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he wrapped his coat around himself (for he was naked), and threw himself into the sea. But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from the land, but about two hundred cubits away, about ninety-five yards), dragging the net full of fish. So when they got out on the land, they saw a fire of coals there, with fish and bread laid on it. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.”

Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land, full of one hundred fifty-three great fish. Even though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast!

None of the disciples dared inquire of him, “Who are you?” knowing that it was the Lord.

Then Jesus came and took the bread, gave it to them, and the fish likewise. This is now the third time that Jesus was revealed to his disciples after he had risen from the dead. So when they had eaten their breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me more than these?” (In asking this, he used the word agapeo.)

He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I have affection for you.” (In answering this, he used instead the word philos.)

He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”

He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me?” (In asking this, he used the word agapeo.)

He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I have affection for you.” (In answering this, he used instead the word philos.)

He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”

He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you have affection for me?” (In asking this, he used instead the word philos.)

Peter was grieved because he asked him the third time, “Do you have affection for me?”

He said to him, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I have affection for you.” (In answering this, he now used the word agapeo.)

Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Most certainly I tell you, when you were young, you dressed yourself and walked where you wanted to. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.”

Now he said this, signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. When he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”

Then Peter, turning around, saw a disciple following. This was the disciple whom Jesus loved, the one who had also leaned on Jesus’s breast at the supper and asked, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”

Peter seeing him, said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?”

Jesus said to him, “If I desire that he stay to the day when I come, what is that to you? You follow me.”

This saying therefore went out among the brothers, that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If I desire that he stay to the day when I come, what is that to you?”

This is the disciple who testifies about these things, and wrote these things. We know that his witness is true.

To the apostles whom he had chosen he also showed himself alive after he suffered, by many proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days, and speaking about God’s Kingdom. Then he appeared to over five hundred brothers at once, most of whom remain to now, but some have also fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.

Jesus came to them and spoke to them.

He led them out as far as Bethany. Being assembled together with them, he commanded them, “Do not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which you heard from me. For John indeed baptized in water, but you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

Therefore when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, are you now restoring the kingdom to Israel?”

He said to them, saying, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has set within his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. You will be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth. Go into all the world, and preach the Good News to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who disbelieves will be condemned. These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new languages; they will take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it will in no way hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.

“All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Teaching them to observe all things that I commanded you. Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

And when he had said these things, he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. While he blessed them, he withdrew from them, and was carried up into heaven. As they were looking, he was taken up, and a cloud received him out of their sight.

So then the Lord, after he had spoken to them, was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.

While they were looking steadfastly into the heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white clothing, who also said, “You men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the heaven? This Jesus, who was received up from you into the heaven, will come back in the same way as you saw him going into the heaven.”

They worshiped him.

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mountain called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. When they had come in, they went up into the upper room where they were staying; that is Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. All these with one accord continued steadfastly in prayer and supplication, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren, his relatives descended from David according to the flesh.

Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written, that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Anointed, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.

This first book I wrote, Friend of God, concerned all that Jesus began both to do and to Teach, up to the day in which he was received up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. There are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they would all be written, I suppose that even the world itself would not have room for the books that would be written.

1 Corinthians 15:3-5
John 20:24-25
Matthew 28:16
Mark 16:14a
John 20:26
Matthew 28:17
Mark 16:14b
John 20:27-29
21:1-25
Acts 1:3 adapted
1 Corinthians 15:6-7
Matthew 28:18a
Luke 24:50a
Mark 16:15a
Acts 1:4-8
Mark 16:15b-18
Matthew 28:18b-20
Acts 1:9a
Luke 24:50b-51
Acts 1:9b
Mark 16:19
Acts 1:10-11
Luke 24:52a
Acts 1:12
Luke 24:52b
Acts 1:13-14
Romans 1:3
Acts 1:1-2 adapted
John 20:30-31
John 21:25

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