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ed, that the scripture
might be fulálled,
laich, I thirst.

29 Now there was
ser a vessel full of vine-
gar : and they filled
a spunge with vinegar,
and put it upon hyffop,
and put it to his mouth.

30 when Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said,

It is finished: 50 Jefus, when he

37 And Jesus cried 46 And when Jesus had cried again with with a loud voice, had cried with a loud a loud voice,

voice, he said, Father,
into thy hands I com-

mend ny spirit :
0 and having thus said,

and he bowed

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his head,


yielded up the ghos. and gave up the ghoft. he gave up the ghost. and gave up the ghoft. 51 And behold, the 38 And the veil of

* and the veil of veil of the temple the temple was rent in the temple was rent in was rent in twain, from cwain, from the top the mids. the top to the bottom; to the bottom. and the earth did a quake, and the rocks rent,

52 And the graves were opened, and many bodies of saints which slept, arose,

Spirits, faid, I thirst. Now there was plac'd by the Cross a Velfel filld with Vinegar mix'd with Myrrh ; in which one of the by-standers dipping a Spunge, and fattning it to the end of a blade of Hyffop, reach'd it to him, so as that befel Jesus which David faid of himself, PS. 69. 23. In my thirst they gave me Vinegar to drink. Jesus having tasted it, faid, It is finish'd ; and with a loud Exclamation, Into thy hands, O Father, I commend my Spirit. After which, bowing down his Head, he breath'd out the last Gasp.

At the same time there were many strange Prodigies: for the Veil of the Temple was rent in two; and there was so great an Earthquake, that the Rocks fplit, and the Monuments of the dead were open'd, and the Bodies of many holy Perfons








53 And came out of che graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared to many

54 Now when the 39. And when the 47 Now who the centurion, centurion,

centurion which stood over

against him, and they that were with, him warehing Jefus, faw the

saw that he lo

saw what was earthquake, and those cried out, and gave up done, things that

were done, the ghost, they feared greatly,

Dhe glorified God, saying, Truly

he said, Truly

saying, Certainly this i was the son of this man was the son this was a righteous God. of God.


48 And all the people that came together co char sight, beholding the things which were done, smore their breasts, and re

turned. 55 And many wo 40 There were also 49 And all his acmen were there (be. women looking on quaintance, holding afar off) *

afar off : 56 Among which was Mary Magdalene, was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother and Mary the mother of James and Joses, of James the sess and and the mother of of fores, and Salome: Zebedees children.

among whom

arole,and were after Jesus's Resurrection seen by many in Ferusalem. The Centurion and the three Soldiers that guarded the Croffes, perceiving the Earthquake that immedia atly succeeded the last Groans of Fesus and his expiring, together with the darkness that continued for three hours, cried out, Truly this Man was innocent, and the Son of God. The multitude also observing these Prodigies, were greatly astonishd, and return'd home, striking their hearts, and filld with grief and indignation against those that had caus'd Jesus to be crucified. There were several Women at a distance among the Spectators, particularly Mary Magdalene, Mary the Mother of James and Foses, Mary the Wife of Zebedee and Mother of two of the Apostles, and Salome) who had attended on Fesus in his progress thro Z z z





CHA P. XIX. * which follɔwed 41 Who also when and the women Jesus from Galilee, mi- he was in Galilee, fol- that followed him from niftring unto him lowed him, and mini- Galilee, stood afar off,

stred unto him; beholding these things.

and many other women which came up with him to Jerufalem.

31 The Jews there. fore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on · the fabbath-day (for that sabbath-day was a high day) besought Pilate that their legs. might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

32 Then came the souldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.

33 Buc when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs.

34 But one of the souldiers with a spear pierced his fide, and forchwich came chere

our blood and water. Galilee, and were wont to minister to him, and his Apostles, besides many others, who believed on Jesus, and were now at Jerufalem because of the Passover.

It being now Friday, and the preparation for the Sabbath, as the Jews are wont : to call that day, and the following Sabbath being to be celebrated in a more folemn manner than ordinary, as falling upon one of the eight Paschal Days; the ferps came to Pilat, and intreated him to order the legs of the condemned to be bro ken before the Sabbath begun, that their Country might not be polluted by their hanging all night on the Cro's. Piditt granted their Request, and Soldiers were appointed to put it in execution, who accordingly having found the two Thieves yet alive, brake their Legs to hasten their death, but perceiving Jesus already dead, they did not break his Legs, but one of them pierc'd his side with a Lance, and out of the Wound issued Blood and Serum, of which John the Son of Zebedec





35 And he that saw it, bare record, and his record is truc: and he knoweth that he faith true, that' ye might believe.

36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.

37 And again anca ther fcripture faith, They shall look on him

whom they pierced
57. When che even 42 And now when
was come,

the even was come
(because it was the 54 And that day
preparation, that is, was the preparation,
the day before the and the fabbach drew

there came a

43 Jofeph of Ari 50 And behold,
rich man of Arimathea, machea, an honorable there was a man named
named Joseph, who counseller, which also Joseph, a counseller,
also himself was Jesus waited for the king- and he was a good man,
dom of God,

and a just:

* he was of Ari. mathea, a city of the Jews (who also himself waited for the kingdom of God)

si (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them) +


was an Eye-witness; and this is recorded by him to ascertain the reality of Christ'? Pallion, whose Testimony is of unquestioned authority, as being one who would not be himself impos’d on in fo remarkable a particular, and who could have no design to impose on others. Now this befel Jesus, not without the singular Pro vidence of God, that that might be fulfilld in him which God has promis'd to the Pioas, Pf. 34. 21. That not a Bone of them should be broken without his permislion. There is allo another Scripture in part fulhill'd by this piercing of Fesus's side, in which the Inhabitants of Jerusalem are said to look on him whom they pierc'd.

Towards the Evening, the Sabbath now drawing near, Foseph of Arimatheuy à Man of Probity and Religion, and a Member of the Sanhedrim, a Disciple of Z z z 2






* (being a disciple of Jelus, but secretly

for fear of the Jews) boldly $8 He went to Pi- came, and wene in to 52 This man went

38 And after this late, and begged the Pilate, and craved the unto Pilate, and beg. Joseph of Arimathea * body of Jefus : body of Jesus. ged the body of Jesus. befought Pilate that he

might take away the body of Jefus : *

39 And there came allo Nicodemus (which at the first came to Je sus by night) and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, 2bout an hundred pound

44 And Pilate mar.
velled if he were al-
ready dead : and cal-
ling unto him the cen-
turion, he asked him
whether he had been
any while dead.

45 And when he
knew it of the cen-

then Pilare com-
he gave the

* and Pilate gave inanded the body to be body to Jofeph.

him leave : delivered.

he came therefore, and

took the body of Jesus. 59 And when Joseph 46 And he bought $3 And he took it 40 Then took they had taken the body, he fine linen, and took down, and wrapped it the body of Jesus, wrapped it in a clean him down, and wrap- in linen,

and wound it in linen linen cloth, ped him in the linen,

clothes, Fesus also, tho in private, for fear of the other Members of that Afsembly, and who was in expectation of the Kingdom of the Meffiah, came boldly to Pilat, and beg'd the Body of Jesus. There came along with him Nicodemus alfo, whose discourse with Jesus we have already related, Chap. 11, and who had prepar'd a handred pound of Ointment composd of Myrrh and Aloes, to embalm his Corps. Pilat being at the same time inform'd that Jesus had bin some time dead, wondring it. Thould happen fo foon, inquir'd of the Centurion whether it were truly ro or not; of which being certified, he permitted them to take down the Body, and dispose of it as they pleas'd. Foseph therefore immediatly hastn'd to Mount Calvary, and took down the Corps of Jesus from the Cross'; and having wrap'd it


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