Page images






10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid : go cell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there thall they see me.

u Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and Thewed unto the chief priests

: all the things that were done,

12 And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the Touldiers,

13 Saying, Say ye, His difciples came by night, and ftole him away, while we slept.

14 And if this come to the governours ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.

15 So they took the money, and did as they were taught : and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until

this day.

PAUL. i Cor. chap. XV. 5. He was seen of Cephas,

Apostles, whom he honour'd with the gracious Appellation of his Brethren, and tell them that he would go before them into Galilee, and that they should see him.

Mean while some of the Soldiers, who had bin plac'd for a guard to the Sepulchre, having seen the Angels, and Jesus's Resurrection, went into the City, and acquainted the chief Priests with it, who immediatly convening the Sanhedrim advis'd the bribing of the Soldiers; and accordingly a round sum was paid them down, upon condition they should give out, that his Disciples had stolen away bis Body while they slept, telling them also that if this should come to the Governor's Ear, they would secure them harmless. The Soldiers performd their part, having receiv'd the Mony; and this Rumor which was then divulg’d, was believed for many years after. Jesus also appear'd to Peter, tho the circumstances are not recorded.

The :

[merged small][ocr errors][ocr errors]
[blocks in formation]
[ocr errors]

12 After that, unto two 13 And behold, two of
of them as they walked, +

them went that same day to a
village called Emmaus, which
was from Jerusalem about
threescore furlongs.

14 And they talked toge-
ther of all these things which
had happened.

15 And it came to pass,

that while they communed * he appeared together, and reasoned, Jesus in another form, tand went himself drew near, and went into the country,

with them.

16 But their eyes were holden, that they should not know him.

17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad ?

18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering, said unto him, Arc thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?

19 And he said unto them, what things? And they said unco him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God, and all the people :

[ocr errors]

The same day two of the Disciples went from Jerusalem to Emmaus, a Village about six or seven Miles off the City; and discourling concerning Jesus and his Crucifixion, Jesus himself came up to them, and bore them Company; howbeit they knew him not, as not in the least expecting any thing like it. He then ask'd them, what was the Subject of their Discourse, and the occasion of their fadness. One of them, nam'd Cleopas, replied, he wondred how a man who seem'd to come from Jerusalem f.ould be ignorant of what bad bin tranfacted there but the last Friday. Fefus demanded what. Cleopas and his Companion made answer, that they meant the Crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth, a man who certainly was a Prophet, and in great esteem among the People, by reason of his Doctrin and Miracles,







20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.

21 But we trusted that it had been he, which should have redeemed Ifrael: and besides all this, to day is the third day since there things were done.

22 Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the fepulchre :

23 And when they found noc his body, they came, saying, that they had also fecn a vision of angels, which said that he was also alive.

24 And certain of them which were with us, went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said ; but him they saw not.

25 Then he said unco them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophers have spoken

26 Ought noc Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter inco his glory?

[ocr errors]

whom the Striedrim deliver'd up to Pilat as a Malefactor, who commanded him to be crucified by the Roman Soldiers ; that as for them they hop'd it had bin he whom God delign'd to be the Deliverer of the Jewish Nation, viz. the Mesah : nevertheless, that it was now the third day since his decease, fo as they had no hopes left, altho certain Women Disciples of Iclies, who had bin early at the Sepulchre that morning, reported they had seen a Vision of Angels, who affirm'd that Jefits was alive ; but fome of the Disciples going thither also, found the Sepulchre indeed empty, as the Women had done, but faw neither Jesus, nor the Angels.

Jesus then having upbraided them for their Stupidity and Oblimacy, as not hav. ing a clear notion of the Prophecies so often explain’d to the:11, nor yet giving a full affent to them, he show'd them how by God's appointment, and the Prophecies concerning him, the Meffiah was to be put to Death, and after that to take



[ocr errors][ocr errors]

have gone




27 And beginning at Mofes,
and all the prophers, he ex-
pounded unto them in all the:
scriptures, the things concerning

28 And they drew nigh unto
the village whither they went :
and he made as though he would.

29 But they constrained hiin,
saying, Abide with us, for it is
towards evening, and the day
is far spent. And he wenc in to
tarry with them.

30 And it came to pass, as
he far ar meat with them, he
cook bread, and blessed it, and
brake, and gave to them.

31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him, and he vanished our of their sight.

32 And they said one to anocher, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with uş by the - way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

33 And they rose up the same
13. And, they hour, and returned to Jerusa-

lem, and found the eleven ga-
thered together, and them thac

were with them, possession of his Kingdom, citing and expounding all the Passages relating to himflf in Moses and the Prophets. In these Discourses they passid the time till they were come unto Emmaus, when Jelies pretended he was to go further, that. he might experience their Good will to him. But they urg'd him to stay with them because night was now come on : Being therefore as it were prevaild on by their intreaties, he went in with them, as if he design d to tarry'there. While they were at Supper; Jesus took Bread, and having broke it, divided it among them; at which time they tock notice of him, and plainly perceiv'd it was their Master, who presently vanillid out of their light. They then confess'd to one another, they felt a more than ordinary commotion in their minds while he was discoarsmg with them, and expounding the more difficult passages of the Scriptures, which had they reflected on, they might have known that none but Jesus could interpret fo clearly to them. Hereupon they return'd immediatly to Jerufalem ; and having met the Apostles with the other Disciples, who were inform d of his Resurrection, nuk





34 Saying, The Lord
is risen indeed, and
hath appeared to Si.

and told it to 35 And they told
the residuc:

what things were done
in the way, and how
he was known of them

in breaking of bread.
neither believed
they them.

19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors

were shut, where the PAUL.

disciples were affem

bled for fear of the 1 Cor. XV. 5.

Jews, came Jefus, then of the twelve. 14 Afterward her

appeared unto the e-
leven, as they fac at

36 And as they chus
Jerus himself

and food in the stood in the midst of midit, and faith unto them, and faith unto them, Peace be unto them, Peace be unto you.

and upbraided
them with their un-
belief, and hardness of
heart, because they

which had seen him

after he was riscn. only by the Women, but by Peter also, who, as we have related, had also seen him, they acquainted them with all that had happen'd to them upon their journy, and now he was known to them by breaking of Bread and Prayer. But they gave no credit to them notwithitanding there were many both Men ard Women that had now seen him. On that same day, late in the Evening, the Doors being close fhut for fear of the Jews, and all the Apostles except Thomas discoursing about these affairs, while Cleopes was yet speaking, the Doors on a sudden opening as of their own accord, Jelus appeard in the midit of them, and faluted them according to his custom, reprehending them for their obstinacy in not believing the many Eyewitnesses of his Re

Bbbb 2



[ocr errors]
« PreviousContinue »