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Matthew 27:1
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Judas Hangs Himself

Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed.(a)
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Matthew 27:2
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So they bound him, led him away and handed him over(b) to Pilate the governor.(c)
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Matthew 27:3
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When Judas, who had betrayed him,(d) saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver(e) to the chief priests and the elders.
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Matthew 27:4
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"I have sinned," he said, "for I have betrayed innocent blood." "What is that to us?" they replied. "That's your responsibility."(f)
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Matthew 27:5
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So Judas threw the money into the temple(g) and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.(h)
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Matthew 27:6
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The chief priests picked up the coins and said, "It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money."
Matthew 27:7
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So they decided to use the money to buy the potter's field as a burial place for foreigners.
Matthew 27:8
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That is why it has been called the Field of Blood(i) to this day.
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Matthew 27:9
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Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled:(j) "They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price set on him by the people of Israel,
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Matthew 27:10
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and they used them to buy the potter's field, as the Lord commanded me."[a](k)
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Matthew 27:11
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Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?"(m) "You have said so," Jesus replied.
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Matthew 27:12
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When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer.(n)
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Matthew 27:13
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Then Pilate asked him, "Don't you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?"(o)
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Matthew 27:14
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But Jesus made no reply,(p) not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor.
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Matthew 27:15
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Now it was the governor's custom at the festival to release a prisoner(q) chosen by the crowd.
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Matthew 27:16
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At that time they had a well-known prisoner whose name was Jesus[b] Barabbas.
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Matthew 27:17
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So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, "Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?"(r)
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Matthew 27:18
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For he knew it was out of self-interest that they had handed Jesus over to him.
Matthew 27:19
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While Pilate was sitting on the judge's seat,(s) his wife sent him this message: "Don't have anything to do with that innocent(t) man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream(u) because of him."
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Matthew 27:20
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But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.(v)
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Matthew 27:21
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"Which of the two do you want me to release to you?" asked the governor. "Barabbas," they answered.
Matthew 27:22
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"What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?"(w) Pilate asked. They all answered, "Crucify him!"
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Matthew 27:23
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"Why? What crime has he committed?" asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, "Crucify him!"
Matthew 27:24
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When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar(x) was starting, he took water and washed his hands(y) in front of the crowd. "I am innocent of this man's blood,"(z) he said. "It is your responsibility!"(aa)
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Matthew 27:25
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All the people answered, "His blood is on us and on our children!"(ab)
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Matthew 27:26
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Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged,(ac) and handed him over to be crucified.
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Matthew 27:27
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Then the governor's soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium(ae) and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him.
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Matthew 27:28
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They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him,(af)
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Matthew 27:29
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and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. "Hail, king of the Jews!" they said.(ag)
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Matthew 27:30
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They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again.(ah)
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Matthew 27:31
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After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.(ai)
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Matthew 27:32
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As they were going out,(ak) they met a man from Cyrene,(al) named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross.(am)
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Matthew 27:33
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They came to a place called Golgotha (which means "the place of the skull").(an)
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Matthew 27:34
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There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall;(ao) but after tasting it, he refused to drink it.
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Matthew 27:35
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When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.(ap)
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Matthew 27:36
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And sitting down, they kept watch(aq) over him there.
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Matthew 27:37
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Above his head they placed the written charge against him: this is jesus, the king of the jews .
Matthew 27:38
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Two rebels were crucified with him,(ar) one on his right and one on his left.
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Matthew 27:39
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Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads(as)
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Matthew 27:40
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and saying, "You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days,(at) save yourself!(au) Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!"(av)
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Matthew 27:41
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In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him.
Matthew 27:42
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"He saved others," they said, "but he can't save himself! He's the king of Israel!(aw) Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe(ax) in him.
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Matthew 27:43
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He trusts in God. Let God rescue him(ay) now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.'"
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Matthew 27:44
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In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.
Matthew 27:45
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From noon until three in the afternoon darkness(ba) came over all the land.
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Matthew 27:46
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About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eli, Eli,[c] lema sabachthani?" (which means "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" ).[d](bb)
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Matthew 27:47
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When some of those standing there heard this, they said, "He's calling Elijah."
Matthew 27:48
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Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar,(bc) put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink.
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Matthew 27:49
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The rest said, "Now leave him alone. Let's see if Elijah comes to save him."
Matthew 27:50
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And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.(bd)
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Matthew 27:51
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At that moment the curtain of the temple(be) was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split(bf)
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Matthew 27:52
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and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.
Matthew 27:53
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They came out of the tombs after Jesus' resurrection and[e] went into the holy city(bg) and appeared to many people.
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Matthew 27:54
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When the centurion and those with him who were guarding(bh) Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, "Surely he was the Son of God!"(bi)
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Matthew 27:55
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Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs.(bj)
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Matthew 27:56
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Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph,[f] and the mother of Zebedee's sons.(bk)
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Matthew 27:57
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As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus.
Matthew 27:58
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Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus' body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him.
Matthew 27:59
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Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
Matthew 27:60
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and placed it in his own new tomb(bm) that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.
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Matthew 27:61
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Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.
Matthew 27:62
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The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate.
Matthew 27:63
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"Sir," they said, "we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.'(bn)
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Matthew 27:64
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So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body(bo) and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first."
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Matthew 27:65
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"Take a guard,"(bp) Pilate answered. "Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how."
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Matthew 27:66
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So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal(bq) on the stone(br) and posting the guard.(bs)
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