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and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

43 And he came and found them asleep again for their eyes were heavy.

44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.

45 Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

46 Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.

47¶ And "while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the Chief Priests and elders of the people.

48 Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.

49 And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.

50 And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.

51 And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the High Priest's, and smote off his ear.

52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

54 But how then shall the Scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

55 In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me.


56 But all this was done, that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled. 57 "And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the High Priest, where the Scribes and the elders were assembled.

58 But Peter followed him afar off unto the High Priest's palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.

17 Mark 14. 43. Luke 22. 47. John 18. 3.

21 Mark 14. 53. Luke 22 54.

John 18. 13. 24 Isa. 50. 6.

25 Or, rods.

59 Now the Chief Priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death,

60 But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,

61 And said, This fellow said, "I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.

62 And the High Priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?

63 But Jesus held his peace. And the High Priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.

64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said· nevertheless I say unto you, "Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

65 Then the High Priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.

66 What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death.

67 "Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with "the palms of their hands,

68 Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?

69 "Now Peter sat without in the palace and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.

70 But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.

71 And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.

72 And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.

73 And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.

74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.

75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

18 Gen. 9. 6. Rev. 13. 10. 28 John 2. 19. 23 Chap. 16. 27. 26 Mark 14. 66. Luke 22. 55.

19 Isa. 53. 10. 20 Lam. 4. 20. Rom. 14. 10. 1 Thess. 4. 16. John 18, 25.

Verse 3. "The palace of the high priest."-This was not their proper place of assembly; and we may therefore suppose that they met there for the sake of privacy, or that it might not be known that they had any affair in agitation. The Sanhedrim had been accustomed to meet in a room belonging to the Temple, called Gazith, or the paved chamber; but, according to the Babylon Talmud, they ceased to sit in this place forty years before the destruction of the Templethat is, rather more than a year before the death of Christ. But they still continued to meet within the bounds of the Temple, at a place called Chanoth, or the sheds. The palace of the high priest was in Jerusalem, where he constantly resided; but he was only to be found there at night, as, during the day, he was always in attendance at the Temple, where he had a suitable apartment, called the chamber of the high priest. If that personage were therefore himself present at this meeting, it must have been held in the night time, which indeed appears from other circum


"Caiaphas."-This was his surname, his proper name being Joseph. He was appointed high priest by Valerius Gratus, Pilate's predecessor in the government of Judea, towards the end of his administration, or about A.U.c. 777 (A.D. 24); and his removal was one of the first acts of Vitellius, Pilate's successor, A.U.c. 789 (A.D. 36). Caiaphas was, consequently, high priest during the whole of Pilate's administration. Vitellius, who went to Jerusalem soon after his appointment to the government, was well received by the people; and, in acknowledgment of the honour done to him, granted some important favours, among which Josephus includes the deposition of Caiaphas-which sufficiently shows that he was not popular among his own countrymen. It is not known what became of him after this.

5. "Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people."-It is not very clear, as some suppose, that their apprehensions of a tumult arose from the popularity of Christ among the people; particularly when we recollect that the multitude had just before been greatly disappointed in the expectations under which they had conducted him with triumphant" Hosannas" to Jerusalem. A better reason for their apprehensions may be found in the fact, frequently mentioned in the Talmud, that the trial of causes on days of public festival was forbidden-though such a prohibition certainly was not in accordance with the spirit of the law of Deut. xvii. 13. That the people might possibly resent the infraction of a popular usage was therefore very likely. But, as Jahn observes (Arch. Bib.' sect. 245), it appears that, as soon as a person was found treacherous enough to betray the Saviour, their fears even from this source vanished. It seems indeed that there is scarcely one of the then existing rules concerning the conduct of public trials which was observed on this occasion. Not to mention in this place other examples, it will be observed that the trial (if it may be so called) and condemnation took place by night; whereas their own canon strictly inculcated that capital causes should be proceeded with and completed by day. Cases of debt, and perhaps some others of a civil nature, were also to be taken by day; but, if prolonged, these might be concluded in the night-time: and this exception the more strongly marks the difference, and consequently points out the irregularity of the present proceeding.

6. "Simon the leper."-Simon was probably one of the lepers whom Jesus had healed. The reason usually given for his not being at present a leper, namely, that he would not have been allowed to live in Bethany, is however not a good one, since Bethany appears to have been only a village, and lepers were only excluded from walled towns.

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7. "An alabaster bor."-Theophrastus and Pliny speak of very precious unguents as kept in vessels of alabaster, for their better preservation; but sometimes the vessels or boxes employed for this use were of gold, silver, glass, stone, or even wood. The vessels of small size, and appear to have borne a form similar to that of our oil-flasks, with long and narrow necks. They were sometimes much ornamented. Our present cut offers rather a proximate than an exact

illustration, showing the form and ornaments of the small and rich boxes or coffers in which the Romans kept their incense.

Some other observations on this transaction may be found under the parallel account in Mark xiv.

18. "I will keep the Passover at thy house."-The inhabitants of Jerusalem prepared rooms, with the necessary furni ture, in their houses, where strangers might celebrate the passover. These apartments were not let out for the occasion, nor was any compensation taken, but were of common right, for any persons by whom they were wanted, and were freely allowed to any who came to claim them. This was also the case at the other great festivals, when the inhabitants of other places resorted to Jerusalem. The desire to accommodate their brethren was so strongly manifested by the people of Jerusalem that, as we are told by the Jewish writers, notwithstanding the multitudes which resorted to the city, "A man could never say to his friend, I have not found a fire to roast the passover lamb in Jerusalem, nor have I found a bed to sleep on in Jerusalem;' nor The place is too strait for me to lodge in, in Jerusalem."" See Gill, in loc. These parties for the celebration of the passover had commonly no communication with that of the family of the house; for not only might two parties celebrate the passover in the same house, but even in the same chamber, if the concourse to Jerusalem were such as to render it necessary.

73. “Thy speech bewrayeth thee.”—Compare Luke xxii. 59:—“ Another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilean." From which we learn that the dialect of the Galileans was so distinctly marked from that of the inhabitants of Judea, that a man could without hesitation be distinguished for a Galilean by his manner of speech. This is not surprising; since we see that even in comparatively small countries-our own for one-the dialects are found differing greatly from one another, and all from that of the metropolitan district. Even in the small island of Malta, where the vernacular language is a kind of barbarous Arabic, the dialects are so marked, that there was a knight of Malta who acquired some credit for being so well versed in them, that he was able, from hearing them spoken, to discover from what casals (villages) the peasantry who frequented the market of Valetta came. It appears from the Talmudists that the dialect of Galilee was considered very barbarous and corrupt by the people of Judea. This may have partly proceeded from the circumstance that the population was of a character much more mixed than that of Judea, being occupied along with the Jews by people of different origin and languages, whose attempts to understand and be understood by one another occasioned accommodations and amalgamations of words and sounds which, while they facilitated intercourse, tended to the corruption of the several languages. If we rightly collect the results of the Rabbinical statements, it appears that the dialect of the Galileans was marked by the indeterminate pronunciation of particular letters, so that the nice ear of the metropolitan Jew was often at a loss to distinguish their meaning; and in mispronouncing or confounding particular letters, especially the gutturals, in such a manner that they were frequently, out of their own country, understood to express something very different indeed from that which they intended to say. Lightfoot (Chorog. Cent.,' ch. 87) has collected some amusing examples, which we may cite in a condensed form.

A certain Galilean said, "Whose is (DN immar) this lamb?” But he pronounced the first letter of the word ON immar, so confusedly and uncertainly, that his hearers could not tell whether he meant chamar, “an ass ;” or chamar, "wine;" or amar, “wool;" or N immar, “a lamb." Another case is mentioned of a Galilean woman who said to her neighbour, bn ThƆINT 'N♫ tai doclic chalaba—“Come, and I will feed you with milk:" she pronounced the two last words as 25 toclic labe, words that imply a curse, "Let a lion devour

thee." Another case is that of a woman who intended to say before a judge, "My lord, I had a picture, which they stole, and it was so large that if you had been placed in it, your feet would not have touched the ground." But she so managed the pronunciation, that she was understood to say, "Sir, slave, I had a beam, and they stole thee away, and it was so large that if they had hung thee in it, thy feet would not have touched the ground."

74. "The cock crew."-To this it has been objected that there were no cocks kept in Jerusalem, lest their habit of turning over dunghills, where they might find creeping things, should expose to pollution the holy food-the peace offerings and thank offerings-which were eaten in that city. It is not disputed that such a regulation existed; but we know that it was on some account or other dispensed with or not enforced. For Lightfoot and others have shown that cocks were actually kept at Jerusalem, as in other places, and instance the story, in the Jerusalem Talmud, of a cock which was stoned, by the sentence of the council, for having killed a little child.


1 Christ is delivered bound to Pilate. 3 Judas hangeth himself. 19 Pilate, admonished of his wife, 24 washeth his hands: 26 and looseth Barabbas. 29 Christ is crowned with thorns, 34 crucified, 40 reviled, 50 dieth, and is buried: 66 his sepulchre is sealed, and watched.

WHEN the morning was come, 'all the Chief Priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:

2 And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.

3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the

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8 Wherefore that field was called, "The field of blood, unto this day.

9 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, "whom they of the children of Israel did value;

10 And gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me.

11 And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.

12 And when he was accused of the Chief Priests and elders, he answered nothing.

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

14 And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.

15 Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.

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

17 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?

18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

19 When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.

20 "But the Chief Priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.

21 The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.

22 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. 23 And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.

24 ¶ When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.

3 Acts 1. 19.

25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

27 "Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the 'common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.

28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.

29 ¶ And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, king of the Jews!

30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.

31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. 3210And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.

33 "And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,

34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.

35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, "They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.

36 And sitting down they watched him there;

37 And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.

39 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,

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

41 Likewise also the Chicf Priests mocking him, with the Scribes and elders, said,

42 He saved others; himself he cannot If he be the King of Israel, let him


• Zerh. 11. 13. 5 Or, whom they bought of the children of Israel. 8 John 19. 1. 9 Or, governor's hʊuse. 10 Mark 15. 21. Luke 23. 26.

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