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Matthew 27 Darby Translation (DARBY)

27 And when it was morning all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus so that they might put him to death.

And having bound him they led him away, and delivered him up to Pontius Pilate, the governor.

Then Judas, who delivered him up, seeing that he had been condemned, filled with remorse, returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders,

saying, I have sinned [in] having delivered up guiltless blood. But they said, What is that to us? see *thou* [to that].

And having cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, he left the place, and went away and hanged himself.

And the chief priests took the pieces of silver and said, It is not lawful to cast them into the Corban, since it is [the] price of blood.

And having taken counsel, they bought with them the field of the potter for a burying-ground for strangers.

Wherefore that field has been called Blood-field unto this day.

Then was fulfilled that which was spoken through Jeremias the prophet, saying, And I took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was set a price on, whom [they who were] of the sons of Israel had set a price on,

10 and they gave them for the field of the potter, according as [the] Lord commanded me.

11 But Jesus stood before the governor. And the governor questioned him, saying, Art *thou* the King of the Jews? And Jesus said to him, Thou sayest.

12 And when he was accused of the chief priests and the elders, he answered nothing.

13 Then says Pilate to him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?

14 And he answered him not so much as one word, so that the governor wondered exceedingly.

15 Now at [the] feast the governor was accustomed to release one prisoner to the crowd, whom they would.

16 And they had then a notable prisoner, named Barabbas.

17 They therefore being gathered together, Pilate said to them, Whom will ye that I release to you, Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?

18 For he knew that they had delivered him up through envy.

19 But, as he was sitting on the judgment-seat, his wife sent to him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that righteous [man]; for I have suffered to-day many things in a dream because of him.

20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds that they should beg for Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.

21 And the governor answering said to them, Which of the two will ye that I release unto you? And they said, Barabbas.

22 Pilate says to them, What then shall I do with Jesus, who is called Christ? They all say, Let him be crucified.

23 And the governor said, What evil then has he done? But they cried more than ever, saying, Let him be crucified.

24 And Pilate, seeing that it availed nothing, but that rather a tumult was arising, having taken water, washed his hands before the crowd, saying, I am guiltless of the blood of this righteous one: see *ye* [to it].

25 And all the people answering said, His blood [be] on us and on our children.

26 Then he released to them Barabbas; but Jesus, having scourged [him], he delivered up that he might be crucified.

27 Then the soldiers of the governor, having taken Jesus with [them] to the praetorium, gathered against him the whole band,

28 and having taken off his garment, put on him a scarlet cloak;

29 and having woven a crown out of thorns, they put it on his head, and a reed in his right hand; and, bowing the knee before him, they mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!

30 And having spit upon him, they took the reed and beat [him] on his head.

31 And when they had mocked him, they took the cloak off him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him away to crucify.

32 And as they went forth they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name; him they compelled to go [with them] that he might bear his cross.

33 And having come to a place called Golgotha, which means Place of a skull,

34 they gave to him to drink vinegar mingled with gall; and having tasted [it], he would not drink.

35 And having crucified him, they parted his clothes amongst [themselves], casting lots.

36 And sitting down, they kept guard over him there.

37 And they set up over his head his accusation written: This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.

38 Then are crucified with him two robbers, one on the right hand and one on the left.

39 But the passers-by reviled him, shaking their heads

40 and saying, Thou that destroyest the temple and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou art Son of God, descend from the cross.

41 [And] in like manner the chief priests also, mocking, with the scribes and elders, said,

42 He saved others, himself he cannot save. He is King of Israel: let him descend now from the cross, and we will believe on him.

43 He trusted upon God; let him save him now if he will [have] him. For he said, I am Son of God.

44 And the robbers also who had been crucified with him cast the same reproaches on him.

45 Now from [the] sixth hour there was darkness over the whole land until [the] ninth hour;

46 but about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

47 And some of those who stood there, when they heard [it], said, This [man] calls for Elias.

48 And immediately one of them running and getting a sponge, having filled [it] with vinegar and fixed [it] on a reed, gave him to drink.

49 But the rest said, Let be; let us see if Elias comes to save him.

50 And Jesus, having again cried with a loud voice, gave up the ghost.

51 And lo, the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom, and the earth was shaken, and the rocks were rent,

52 and the tombs were opened; and many bodies of the saints fallen asleep arose,

53 and going out of the tombs after his arising, entered into the holy city and appeared unto many.

54 But the centurion, and they who were with him on guard over Jesus, seeing the earthquake and the things that took place, feared greatly, saying, Truly this [man] was Son of God.

55 And there were there many women beholding from afar off, who had followed Jesus from Galilee ministering to him,

56 among whom was Mary of Magdala, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

57 Now when even was come there came a rich man of Arimathaea, his name Joseph, who also himself was a disciple to Jesus.

58 *He*, going to Pilate, begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given up.

59 And Joseph having got the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,

60 and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn in the rock; and having rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb, went away.

61 But Mary of Magdala was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the sepulchre.

62 Now on the morrow, which is after the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees came together to Pilate,

63 saying, Sir, we have called to mind that that deceiver said when he was still alive, After three days I arise.

64 Command therefore that the sepulchre be secured until the third day, lest his disciples should come and steal him away, and say to the people, He is risen from the dead; and the last error shall be worse than the first.

65 And Pilate said to them, Ye have a watch: go, secure it as well as ye know how.

66 And they went and secured the sepulchre, having sealed the stone, with the watch [besides].

Matthew 27 New International Version (NIV)

Judas Hangs Himself

27 Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed. So they bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate the governor.

When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.”

“What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”

So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.

The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.” So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners. That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price set on him by the people of Israel, 10 and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”[a]

Jesus Before Pilate

11 Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

“You have said so,” Jesus replied.

12 When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. 13 Then Pilate asked him, “Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?” 14 But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor.

15 Now it was the governor’s custom at the festival to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd. 16 At that time they had a well-known prisoner whose name was Jesus[b] Barabbas. 17 So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” 18 For he knew it was out of self-interest that they had handed Jesus over to him.

19 While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”

20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.

21 “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor.

“Barabbas,” they answered.

22 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked.

They all answered, “Crucify him!”

23 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.

But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”

24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”

25 All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!”

26 Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

The Soldiers Mock Jesus

27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. 30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

The Crucifixion of Jesus

32 As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. 33 They came to a place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). 34 There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. 35 When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. 36 And sitting down, they kept watch over him there. 37 Above his head they placed the written charge against him: this is jesus, the king of the jews.

38 Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. 39 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads 40 and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” 41 In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. 42 “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

The Death of Jesus

45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,[c] lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).[d]

47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”

48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49 The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”

50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and[e] went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”

55 Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph,[f] and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.

The Burial of Jesus

57 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 58 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.

The Guard at the Tomb

62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”

65 “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 27:10 See Zech. 11:12,13; Jer. 19:1-13; 32:6-9.
  2. Matthew 27:16 Many manuscripts do not have Jesus; also in verse 17.
  3. Matthew 27:46 Some manuscripts Eloi, Eloi
  4. Matthew 27:46 Psalm 22:1
  5. Matthew 27:53 Or tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they
  6. Matthew 27:56 Greek Joses, a variant of Joseph
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