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MATTHEW. MARK.

LUKE.

JOHN. CHA P. XXVII. CHA P. XV. CHA P. XXHI. - CHA P. XIX.

in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew,

JESUS THIS IS JESUS

THIS IS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE KING OF THE KING OF THE KING OF THE JEWS. : THE JEWS. THE JEWS. THE JEWS.

28 And the script ture was

fulfilled, which faith, And he was numbred with the transgreflors.

220 This title then

read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city. And it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.

21 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilare, Write noc, The king of the Jews ; buc that he laid, I am king of the Jews.

22 Pilare answered, What I have written,

I have written.
P 25 And it tớas they
third hour, and they

crucified him. Pilat's Order, in Hebrew, Greek and Latin, in these words : THIS IS F ESUS OF NAZARÉTH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Thus was fulhi'd that Prophecy of Scripture, which foretold that the Messiah should be reckon'd among the Malefactors. Now the place where Christ was crucified, commonly calld Mount Calvary, being not far from the City, it was read by many of the Jews, the Inscription being, as we said, in three Languages, that it might be understood by any that were skill'd in either of them. For which Reason the Chief Priests accosted Pilat, and desir'd him to alter the Form a little, and to order it to be written thus: This is Jesus of Nazareth, who said, he was the King of the Jews. But Pilat refus'd to alter a Tittle of what he had commanded to be written; Providence fo ordering it, that the Jews might be acquainted by a Heathen with the real Dignity of that Jesus whose death

they had with so much fury folicited. It was about the third Hour after the Sun rose, that Jesus was crucified, and Y yy 2

the

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40 And

CHAP. XXVII. CHA P. XV. CHA P. XXIII. 38 Then were there 27 And with him

and two thieves crucified they crucify two the malefactors; one with him ; one on the thieves; the one on on the right hand, right hand, and ano- his right hand, and and the other on the. ther on the left. the other on his left. left.

34 Then faid Jefus, Father, forgive them ; for chey know not

what they do. 39 And they thar 29 And they that 35 And the people paticed by, reviled him, pafled by, railed on stood beholding : wagging their heads, him, wagging their

saying, heads, and laying, Ah, Thoi that destroyeft thou that destroyest the temple, and build- the temple, and buildeit it in three days, est it in three days, Tave thy felf:

30 Save thy felt, if thou be the Son of God, come down from

and come down the crois.

from the cross. 41 Likewise allo

31. Likewise also and the rulers the chief priests mock- the chief priests mock- also with them derided. ing him, with the ing, said among them-' him, saying, 1cribes and elders, faid, felves with the fcribes,

42 He saved others, He lived others, him He saved others ; himself he cannot fave: self be cannot fave. ler him save himself,

if he be Christ the
chofen of God.

the two Thieves with him, one on his right hand, and the other on his left. The Ignominy and Cruelty of such barbarous usage were so far from working their usual effects in Jesus, that instead of Curses, and direful Imprecations, he pray'd to God to forgive his hard-hearted Enemies, fince many of them finn'd thro Ignorance. Notwithstanding, the insolent Rabble, who were got together, revild and jeer'd him, shaking their Heads at him, and faging, Othou that braggedít thou wouldst destroy the Temple of Jerusalem, and rebuild it in three days, now fave thy felf, and come down from the Cross, if thou art the Meffiah. In like manner the Chief Priests and others of the greatest quality among the fetes upbraided him, saying, If he has indeed cur'd so many of their distempers as is commonly reported, let him now exert that Power in his own behalf, but we fee he is no ways able to save bimself from Punishment: The Miracles therefore attributed to him, deferve no credit among us. If he be the Meffith, the deliverer of our Națion, let him first deliver himself from the danger he is now in: Let this King

of

MATTHEW. MARK

LUKE.

JOHN. CHA P. XXVII. CHA P. XV. CHA P. XXIII. if he be the king of 32 Let Chrift the Israel, let him now king of Israel defcend come down from the now from the cross, cross, and we will be that we may see and lieve him.

believe.. 43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God..

36 And the souldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar,

37 And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, live thy

felf. 44 The thieves also

And they that 39 And one of the which were crucified were crucified with malefactors , which with him, caft the him, reviled him. were hanged, railed on Lame in his teeth.

him, saying, If thou
be Christ, fave thy felf
and us.

40 But the other
ansiering, rebuked
him, saying, Dost not
thou fear God, seeing
thou are in the same
condemnation ?

41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man

of the Fews come down from the Cross in our presence; at sight of such Miracle we Shall no longer distrust the truth of his pretensions. He seemd to acquiesce in a firm reliance on God's favor to him; let God then set free this his beloved Son. The Soldiers also offering the Vinegar, scoff’d at him, saying: If thou art the King of the Jeros, come down from the Cross, and save thy felf.

One of the Thieves also, that were crucified at the same time with him, thus contumeliously upbraided him: If thou art the Meffiah, fave thy self and us. But the other, who before his crucifixion was penitent, and acquainted with the Doctrin and Miracles of Jefus, rebuk'd his Companion, saying, Hast thou no reverence for God, not yet when thou art almost ready to expire on the Cros? to which we indeed by our Crimes are justly' fastned; but as for him whom thou jeerest,

he

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hath done nothing
amiss.

42 And he said to Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comeft into chy kingdom.

43 And Jesus said unco him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.

25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother, and his mothers filter, Mary the wife of Cleopas, and Mary Magdalene.

26 when Jesus therefore law his mother, and the disciple standing by whom he loved, he faith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son.

27 Then Laich he to the disciple , Behold thy mother. And from that hour chat disciple took her unco his own home.

he has done nothing that can deservedly be blam'd; nor do I in the least doubt but God, who has given him Power of working, so many Miracles, will deliver him in a manner sutable to the Divine Wisdom, altho he now hangs on the Crofs like one of us. Then turning himself to Jesus, Lord, said hę, when thou shalt enter upon the Possession of the Kingdom God has promised thee, remember me. Jesus immediatly replied, that for the sake of his extraordinary Faith he should that very day be together with him in those Seats of Bliss whither the Souls of the Just are tranllated after their Separation from the Body.

At that time there stood by the Cross of Jesus, Mary his Mother, and May the Daughter of Cleopas, his Mother's Sister, and Mary Magdalen, with John the Son of Zebedee ; whom Jesus beholding, he thus comforted his Mother: Woman, faid he, this Man Thall be instead of a Son to thee. Then looking on that Dié ciple, he commanded him to reverence her as his mother. From that time John took Mary home with him, and had the same affection and kindness for ber as if She had bin his own Mother.

Now

MATTHEW.

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CH A P. XXIII:

CHA P. XIX... 45. Now from the 33 And when the

44 And it was about fixth hour there was fixch hour was come, the sixth hour, and darkness, over all the , there was darkness there was a darkness land unto the ninth over the whole land, cver all the earth until hour. until the ninth hour. the ninch hour.

45 And the sun was

darkened, * 46 And about the 34 And at the nintha ninth hour Jesus cried hour Jesus cried with with a loud voice, fay- a loud voice, saying, ing, Eli, Eli, lama Eloi, Eloi, lama fasabacthani ? that is to bacthani ? which is, fay, My God, my being interpreted, My God, why hast thou God, my God, why forsaken me?

hast thou forsaken me? 47 Some of them

35 And some of . that stood there, when them that stood by, they heard that, laid, when they heard it, This man callech for said, Behold, he calElias...

leth Elias.“ 48 And straightway

36 And one ran, one of them ran, and and filled a spunge took a Spunge, and full of vinegar, and filled it with vinegar, put it on a reed, and and put it on a reed, gave him to drink, and gave him to drink. 49 The rest said,

saying, Let Let be, let us see whe- alone; let us see who ther Elias will come to ther Elias will come to fave him. take him down,

28 After thi!, Jesus knowing that all things?

were now accomplimer Now when Jesus had hung three hours on the Cross, about the Sixth hour a dark and thick Vapor hover'dover all the Land of Judea, fo that the light of the Sun was obscur’d; and about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voiee in the Jewish Language,

ELOHI, ELOHI, LAMMAH SAB ACTHANI ? which signifies, My God, my God, why haft thou forsaken me? From which Exclamation might be understood the greatness of the Pain he' endur'd. But fome of the Spectators, not sufficiently heeding it, and mistaking the words, thought he had invok'd the Prophet Elias. One of them therefore fill'd a Spunge with Vinegar, and having fastned it to a Reed, reach'd it to Jesus to refrelh him, till Elias Thould come, whom he imagin’d Fesus had call d upon, expecting with-others when Elias Should come, and rescue him. But Jesus now perceiving the end of his Sufferings drew near, recollecting his.

Spirits,

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