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74. But Peter in great Confternation, 74 Then began he denied again with Oaths and Impreca- to curse and to swear, tions, that ever he knew Jefus : And saying, I know not

And impresently the Cock crew.

,75: Then Peter in great confusion of mediately the cock Mind, remembred how efus, reprov 75 And Peter re

ing his too forward Confidence, had membred the words See ver. foretold that * before Cock-crowing of Jesus, which said 34. he would deny him thrice: And grieved unto him, Before the

at his own Weakness and Fearfulness, cock crow, thou shalt he went out and wept bitterly.

deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

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Christ carried before Pilate, ver. 1. Judas's Death, ver. 3.
Christ's Tryal before Pilate, ver. 11.

Pilate endeavours to release Christ, but cannot, ver. 15. Christ mocked by the Soldiers, and crucified, ver. 27.

The three hours Darkness, ver. 45. Christ's Death, and the following Signs, ver. 50. Christ's Burial, ver. 57. His Sepulchre watched, ver. 62.


1. Now

OW the Council of the Jews i When the having spent the greatest part

morning was of the Night in examining Jefus,

all the chief after a short Retirement came in the priests and elders of Morning to consult among themselves, fel against Jesus to put

the people, took counwhich way they should get him put to

put to him to death. Death.

2. And because they might not of 2 And when they themselves cause him to be executed, had bound him, they they resolved to carry him before the led him away, and Roman Governour, with a grievous Ac- delivered him




Pontius Pilate the go. cusation of Blasphemy against God and vemour.

the Emperor, as having owned himself to be the Messiah and King of the Jews. Putting him therefore in Bonds, they brought him to Pilate, who was

at that time Governour of Judea. 3 Then Judas 3. I Then Judas (who had betraywhich had betrayed ed Jesus out of Covetousness) when him, when he saw he faw that the Council had really that he was demned, repented

condemned Jesus, and that they were himself, and brought likely to prevail to have him put to again the thirty pie- Death; was struck with Remorse and ces of silver, to the Horror at the greatness of his Crime, chief priests and el- and carried back the Thirty Pieces ders,

of Silver to the Chief Priests and

Elders. 4 Saying, I have

4. And he said; I have committed finned,' in that I a horrid Sin, in betraying an innohave betrayed the in- cent Man to Death. But they said, nocent blood. And

That's not our Fault; Look you to they said, What is

that. that to us? see thou to that.

5. Seeing therefore that he could not 5

And he cast retrieve what he had done, he in great down the pieces of Anguish of Mind threw down the filver in the temple, Money in the Council-chamber adjoinand departed, and ing to the Temple ; and unable to bear

and hanged the Horror and Despair of a Guilty himself.

Conscience, went and * made away

with himself. 6 And the chief 6. Now the Chief Priests taking up priests took

the the Money, thought it was not fit to


* In this place the Word is murgato, he hanged himse't. In Acts i. 18, 'tis as powing yevepesvos rexnce wéros, he fell headlong and burst afunder. Either therefore in the utmost despair and contution of mind, he hanged himself in such a manner, as that he fell down and burft ; as most Expasitors both ancient and modern suppose. Or else he threw himself down some Precipice, zprvins éry éveto. And then the word uirúrgato muft here be used proverbially, to signifie. only in general that he destroyed himself.

this day:

put it into the Treasury among the Ob- filver pieces, and lations consecrated to the Service of faid, It is not lawGod, because it was the Price of Blood,

ful to put them into having been given to procure a Man's the treasury, because being betray'd to Death. So religiously blood. did those Hypocrites pretend to be cau 7 And they took tious in difpofing of that Money, counsel, and bought wherewith they had not scrupled to pro

with them the potcure the Death of an innocent Person. ters field, to bury 7. Upon Consultation they resolved ftrangers in.

8 Wherefore that therefore to lay it out upon a piece of Land to bury Strangers in, and they field of blood unto

field was called, The bought therewith the Potters-Field. 8. And the Field was from thence

9 (Then was fulforward called Aceldema, that is, the filled that which was Field of Blood.

fpoken by Jeremy 9 & 10. Then was fulfilled that Pro the Prophet, saying, phecy, * Zech. xi. 13. I took the thirty And they took the Pieces of Silver, the price of him that thirty pieces of fil

ver, the price of him was valued, and gave them for the that

valued, Potters Field, by the Command of the whom they of the Lord.

children of Israel did 11. Now when Jesus was brought value: before Pilate the Roman Governour,


them being accused of setting up himself to

for the potters field,

as the Lord appointbe a King in Opposition to Cesar, Pi

ed me.) late asked him, saying ; Do you pre And Jesus tend to be King of the Jerus ? clus stood before the gofaid; Tho' I appear to you a mean and

and the contemptible Person, yet 'tis true that governour asked I am a King; only my Kingdom is not him, saying, Art indeed of this World.


10 And



* 'Tis possible that some of that Prophecy, which goes under the Name of Zechary, might be indeed Jeremiah's (as Mr. Mead thinks ;) or that Zechary might have this passage from Jeremy, (as Grotius conjectures.) But Bishop Hall, with others, supposes that the Transcriber of this Verse mistook Zpôr for Ipão, as he lays he had seen it abbreviated in a very old Manuscript.


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thou the king of the 12. But when the Chief-Priests and Jews? And Jesus Elders continued still to accuse him, and said unto him, Thou lay many things to his Charge ; Jesus, fayest.

12 And when he knowing their unreasonable Malice, was accused of the and the manifest improbability of their chief priests and el. Accusations, refused to return any more ders, he answered Answers. nothing.

13. Then faid Pilate ; Why do you 13 Then faith Pi- not answer? Do

you not hear how

many late unto him, Hear- Accusations they bring against you? eft thou not how many things they so that Pilate greatly wondred what his

14. But Jefus ftill continued filent; witness against thee?

14 And he answer. meaning should be. ed to never a word, 15. Now it was the Custom, that insomuch that the at every Passover, the Governour gragovernour marvelled tified the People with pardoning and regreatly.

leasing one of the Prisoners; whom they 15 Now at that should choose. feaft' the governour

16. And it happened that there was was wont to release unto the people à at that time a notorious Malefactor, prisoner, whom they called Barabbas, in Prison for having would.

been at the Head of a great Sedition. 16 And they had 17. When therefore Pilate saw, that then a notable priso- tho no Capital Crime was prov'd aner, called Barabbas. gainst Jefus, yet the Chief of the Jews 17 Therefore

were obstinately bent to have him put when they were ga to Death, and would hear no Reason láte faid unto them, he thought of this Expedient; to proWhom will ye that pose to the People Jesus and Barabbas, I release unto you? that they might choose which of them Barabbas, or Jesus, they would have released ; thinking that which

is called furely they would choose Jejus, rather Chrift?

than such an infamous Malefactor as

Barabbas. 18 For he knew 18. For Pilate perceived plainly, by that for envy they the whole carriage of the matter, that had delivered him.

Jesus was brought before him merely through the Envy and Malice of the Chief-Priests and Scribes, who were enraged at the Efteem which his Works and Doctrine had gained him among the People.


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19. And

19. And Pilate was the more con 19 S When he firmed in his Opinion, by this Acci

was set down on the dent. As he was fitting upon the Bench, Judgment-seat, his there came a Messenger from his Wife, wife sent unto him, to defire him not to have

saying, Have thou Hand in any

nothing to do with any thing that should be done against that just man: for I that Innocent Person; for she had been have suffered many much troubled in a Dream about him things this day in a that Morning. God fo ordering things dream,becauseof him. by his special Providence, that there 20 But the chief should be from all fides Evidence of priests and elders Jefus's Innocence, and of the Jews in- perfuaded the mul

titude that they vincible and inexcufable Malice.

should ask Barrabbas, 20 & 21. Pilate therefore hoping to and destroy Jesus. get Jesus released by this Expedient,

21 The governour proposed Jesus and Barabbas together, answered and said that the People might choose which of unto them, Whether them they would have released. But of the twain will ye the Chief-Priests and Elders strongly that I release unta urged the People, and, contrary to you? They said, Ba

. Pilate's Expectation, prevailed upon 22 Pilate faith unthem to ask Barabbás, and not Jesus. to them, What shall

22. Then said Pilate; What shall I I do then with Jesus, do then with Jesus? They all said with which is called one consent, Let him be crucified.

Chrift? they all say 23. Pilate said; Why, what Capi- unto him, Let him

be crucified. tal Crime have ye covicted him of?

23 And the goverI do not see that any thing worthy of

nour said, Why,what Death, according to the Roman Laws, evil hath he done? is proved against him. But they cried But they cried out out with so much the greater Rage and the more, saying, Let Madness ; Away with him, Crucify him. him be crucified.

24. Then Pilate, feeing that he could 24 S When Pilate not prevail with the People to set Jesus saw that he could free, but that the Tumult increased to prevail nothing, but such a degree as even to endanger a Se- that rather a tumult dition, yielded to their Importunity; water, and washed

was made, he took yet with a Protestation of his own dis his hands before the like of the Fact. For, taking Water multitude, saying, I and washing his Hands openly before am innocent of the the Multitude, he faid; I am

blood of this juft perguilty of this innocent Man's Death;

fon: fee ye to it. Be ye answerable for it.


25 Then

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