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Joseph beggeth

S. Matthew. the body of Jesus. and the earth did quake, and begged the body of Jesus. the rocks rent,

Then Pilate commanded the 52 And the graves were body to be delivered. opened; and many bodies of 59 And when Joseph had the saints which slept arose,

taken the body, he wrapped it 53 And came out of the in a clean linen cloth, graves after his resurrection, 60 And laid it in his own and went into the holy city, new tomb, which he had hewn and appeared unto many. out in the rock; and he rolled

54 Now, when the centu a great stone to the door of the rion m and they that were with sepulehre, and departed. him watching Jesus, saw the 61 And there was Mary earthquake, and those things Magdalene, and the other that were done, they feared Mary, sitting over against greatly, saying, Truly this was the sepulchre. the Son of God.

62 | Now, the next day that 55 And many women were followed the day of the prethere beholding afar off, which paration, o the chief priests followed Jesus from Galilee, and Pharisees came together ministering unto him:

unto Pilate, 56 Among which was Mary 63 Saying, Sir, we rememMagdalene, and Mary the mo- ber that that deceiver said, ther of James and Joses, and while he was yet alive, After the mother of Zebedee's ehil. three days I will rise again. dren,

64 Command, therefore, 57 When the evenn was that the sepulchre be made sure come, there came a rich man until the third day, lest his of Arimathea, named Joseph, disciples come by night and who also himself was Jesus' steal him


unto disciple :

the people, He is risen from 58 He went to Pilate, and the dead ; so the last error

shall be worse than the first. a fine strong hanging, or curtain, which separated between the boly. & have a watch; go your way,

65 Pilate said unto them, Ye most boly apartments. of this veil at the death of our Saviour make it as sure as ye can. shewed that the ceremonial law, 66 So they went, and made which separated between Jews and the sepulchre sure, sealing the Gentiles, was, from that time, to be stone, and setting a watch. abolished; and that the benefits of revelation, and of the Christian re CHAP. XXVIII. ligion were in future to be equally Christ's resurrection ; 9 he ap, enjoyed by all nations, m Centurion, a Roman officer com

peareth to the women, 16 and manding 100 meni

. The day of preparation was qur a Evcn. Evening



Christ appeareth to the Chap. xxviii. women and his disciples. to his disciples, 18 and send- them, Be not afraid; go tell eth them to baptize. my brethren that they go into

IN the end of the sabbath a Galilee, and there they shall as it began to dawn toward the see me. first day of the week, b came 11 | Now, when they were Mary Magdalene, and the oth- going, behold, some of the er Mary, to see the sepulchre. watch came into the city, and

2 And, behold, there was a shewed unto the chief priests great earthquake; for the an- all the things that were done. gel of the Lord descended from 12 And when they were asheaven, and came and rolled sembled with the elders, and back the stone from the door, had taken counsel, they gave and sat upon it.

large money unto the soldiers, 3 His countenance was like 13 Saying, Say ye, His dislightning, and his raiment eiples came by night and stole white as snow:

hím away while we slept. c 4 And for fear of him the 14 And if this come to the keepers did shake, and became governor's ears, we will peras dead men.

suade him, and secure you. 5 And the angel answered, 15 So they took the money, and said unto the women, Fear and did as they were taught; not ye; for I know that ye seek and this saying is commonly Jesus, which was crucified. reported among the Jews until

6 He is not here; for he is this day.d risen, as he said. Come, see 16 1 Then the eleven disthe place where the Lord lay: ciples went away into Galilee

7 And go quickly and tell his disciples that he is risen c The chief priests and elders, the from the dead; and behold, he enemies of Jesus Christ, did not congoeth before

sider, they were hiring the soldiers into Galilee; to declare what they could not pos

you there shall ye see him; lo, I sibly know; for if the soldiers were

asleep, they could not know what 8 And they departed quick- took place, nor what became of Jesus; ly from the sepulchre with besides, they acknowledged themfear and great joy, and did run

selves guilty of a capital crime, as it

was death for a Roman soldier to be to bring his disciples word.

found sleeping on guard or watch. 9 And as they went to

d Until this day. Until the time tell his disciples, behold Jesus Matthew wrote his Gospel. met them, saying, All hail. e Galilee was a large and fertile And they came and held him by territory including the northern the feet, and worshipped him. parts of Canaan. it was on one of

its mountains our Saviour was trans10 Then said Jesus unto

figured; and after his resurrection, a The Sabbath was our Saturday. he was here seen of five hundred of 6 The first day, &c. Our Sunday.

his followers.

have told you.

The disciples

S. Mark,

worship Jesus. into a mountain where Jesus teach all nations, baptizing had appointed them.

them in the name of the Fa17 And when they saw him ther, and of the Son, and of the they worshipped him ; but Holy Ghost; some doubted.

20 Teaching them to ob18 | And Jesus came and serve all things whatsoever I spake unto them, saying, All have commanded you; and, power is given unto me in lo, I am with you alway, even heaven and in earth.

unto the end of the world. 19 Go ye, therefore, and Amen.

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TO THE GOSPEL OF ST. MARK. St. Mark probably wrote his Gospel next in order of time to St. Matthew, and not many years after. He was not an Apostle of Jesus Christ, but was taught his religion by St. Peter, who made him an intimate companion, and affectionately called him his son.

As St. Matthew wrote his Gospel in the common language of the Jews in that


for the benefit and encouragement of Jewish Christians in a time of great persecution; so St.Mark wrote his in Greek, the general language of learn. ed and polite nations, and published it at Rome, the metropolis and centre of the civilized world, for the use, confirmation, and comfort of the Christians there, and in that empire, who were suffering the same calamities, their brethren were in Judea.

Nothing with eertainty is known of the death of St. Mark. Some say he travelled into Egypt, and while preaching, was seized in the pulpit, and bound, and dragged through the streets, till he died. THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. MARK. CHAP. I.

2 As it is written in the 1 John Baptist's office. 9 Jesus prophets,b behold, I send my

baptized ; 12 he is tempted, messenger before thy face, 14 preacheth, 16 calleth Peter which shall prepare thy way and others, 32 and cureth before thee. many.

3 The voice of one crying HE beginning of the GosSon of God;

tory of our Saviour's birth, life, death,

resurrection and exaltation. a Gospel literally signifies good news.. b In the propbets, Malachi iii. I. But the word Gospel here, as in many Isaiah xl. 3, &c.


Tesus Christ to make other places, denotes the inspired his


John baptizes Jesus. Chap. i. Christ tempted of Satan. in the wilderness, Prepare ye

13 And he was there in the the way of the Lord, make his wilderness forty days tempted paths straight.

of Satan; and was with the 4 John did baptize in the wild beasts; and the angels wilderness, and preach the ministered unto him.d baptism of repentance for the

14 Now after that John was remission of sins.

put in prison, e Jesus came in5 And there went out unto to Galilee, preaching the Goshim all the land of Judea, and pel of the kingdom of God, they of Jerusalem, and were 15 And saying, The time is all baptized of him in the river fulfilled, f and the kingdom of of Jordan,confessing their sins. God is at hand; repent ye, and

6 And John was clothed believe the Gospel. with camel's hair, and with a 16 | Now, as he walked by girdle of a skin about his loins;c the sea of Galilee, he saw Siand he did eat locusts and wild mon, and Andrew his brother,

casting a net into the sea ; (for 7° And preached, saying, they were fishers :) There cometh one mightier 17 And Jesus said unto them, than I after me, the latchet of Come ye after me, and I will whose shoes I am not worthy make you to become fishers of to stoop down and unloose.

8 I 'indeed have baptized 18 And straightway they you with water; but he shall forsook their nets and followed baptize you with the Holy him. Ghost.

19 And when he had gone 9 1 And it came to pass in a little farther thence he say those days that Jesus came James the son of Zebedee, and from Nazareth of Galilee, and John his brother, who also was baptized of John in Jor- were in the ship mending their dan.

nets. 10 And straightway, coming 20 And straightway he calup out of the water, he saw the led them; and they left their heavens opened, and the Spirit, father Zebedee in the ship with like a dove, descending upon the hired servants, and went

after him. 11 And there came a voice 21 And they went into Ca. from heaven, saying, Thou art pernaum;g and straightway on my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

d Ministered unto him, waited upon,

or served him. 12 And immediately the

e In prison. See Matt. xiv. 3. spirit driveth him into the

of The time predicted for the apo wilderness.

pearing of the Messiah is accomplished. « Loins, waist.

g Capernaum. See Matt. iv. 13


him ;

Christ casteth out devils S. Mark. and healeth the sick. the sabbath-day he entered in 31 And he came and took to the synagogue and taught. her by the hand, and lifted her

22 And they were astonish- up; and immediately the fever ed at his doctrine; for he left her, and she ministered taught them as one that had unto them. authority, and not as the 32 And at even, when the scribes.

sun did set, they brought unto 23 And there was in their him all that were diseased, and synagogue a man with an un- them that were possessed with clean spirit; and he cried out, devils.

24 Saying, let us alone; 33 And all the city was gawhat have we to do with thee, thered together at the door. thou Jesus of Nazareth ? art 34 And he healed many thou come to destroy us? I that were sick of divers diseaknow thee who thou art, the ses, and cast out many devils ; holy One of God.

and suffered not the devils to 25 And Jesus rebuked him, speak, because they knew him. saying, Hold thy peace, and 35 And in the morning, riscome out of him.

ing up a great while before 26 And when the unclean day, he went out, and departed spirit had torn him, and cried into a solitary place, and there with a loud voice, he came out prayed. of him.

36 And Simon and they that 27 And they were all amaz were with him followed after ed, insomuch that they ques..

him. tioned among themselves, say 37 And when they had found ing, What thing is this ? what him, they said unto him, All new doctrine is this ? for with men seek for thee. authority cominandeth he even

38 And he said unto them, the unclean spirits, and they Let us go into the next towns, do obey him.

that I may preach there also; 28 And immediately his for therefore came I forth. fame spread abroad through 39 And he preached in their out all the region round about synagogues throughout all GaGalilee.

lilee, and cast out devils. 29 4 And forthwith, when 46 And there came a leper they were come out of the to him, beseeching him, and synagogue, they entered into kneeling down to him, and saythe house of Simon & Andrew, ing unto

him, If thou wilt, thou with James and John.

canst make me clean. 30 But Simon's wife's mo 41 And Jesus, moved with ther lay sick of a fever, and compassion, put forth his hand, anonh they tell him of her. and touched him, and saith unb Anon, immediately,

to him, I will; be thou clean.

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