The Gospel According to Matthew Chapter 27:1-66
Matthew 27:1 When it was morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.
Matthew 27:2 They bound him, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate, the governor.
Matthew 27:3 Then Judas, his betrayer, seeing that Jesus had been condemned, deeply regretted what he had done. He returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
Matthew 27:4 saying, "I have sinned in betraying innocent blood." They said, "What is that to us? Look to it yourself."
Matthew 27:5 Flinging the money into the temple, he departed and went off and hanged himself.
Matthew 27:6 The chief priests gathered up the money, but said, "It is not lawful to deposit this in the temple treasury, for it is the price of blood."
Matthew 27:7 After consultation, they used it to buy the potter's field as a burial place for foreigners.
Matthew 27:8 That is why that field even today is called the Field of Blood.
Matthew 27:9 Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet, "And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the value of a man with a price on his head, a price set by some of the Israelites,
Matthew 27:10 and they paid it out for the potter's field just as the Lord had commanded me."
Matthew 27:12 And when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, 7 he made no answer.
Matthew 27:13 Then Pilate said to him, "Do you not hear how many things they are testifying against you?"
Matthew 27:14 But he did not answer him one word, so that the governor was greatly amazed.
Matthew 27:15 Now on the occasion of the feast the governor was accustomed to release to the crowd one prisoner whom they wished.
Matthew 27:16 And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called (Jesus) Barabbas.
Matthew 27:18 For he knew that it was out of envy that they had handed him over.
Matthew 27:19 While he was still seated on the bench, his wife sent him a message, "Have nothing to do with that righteous man. I suffered much in a dream today because of him."
Matthew 27:20 The chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas but to destroy Jesus.
Matthew 27:21 The governor said to them in reply, "Which of the two do you want me to release to you?" They answered, "Barabbas!"
Matthew 27:22 Pilate said to them, "Then what shall I do with Jesus called Messiah?" They all said, "Let him be crucified!"
Matthew 27:23 But he said, "Why? What evil has he done?" They only shouted the louder, "Let him be crucified!"
Matthew 27:24 When Pilate saw that he was not succeeding at all, but that a riot was breaking out instead, he took water and washed his hands in the sight of the crowd, saying, "I am innocent of this man's blood. Look to it yourselves."
Matthew 27:25 And the whole people said in reply, "His blood be upon us and upon our children."
Matthew 27:26 Then he released Barabbas to them, but after he had Jesus scourged, he handed him over to be crucified.
Matthew 27:27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus inside the praetorium and gathered the whole cohort around him.
Matthew 27:28 They stripped off his clothes and threw a scarlet military cloak about him.
Matthew 27:29 Weaving a crown out of thorns, they placed it on his head, and a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!"
Matthew 27:30 They spat upon him and took the reed and kept striking him on the head.
Matthew 27:31 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the cloak, dressed him in his own clothes, and led him off to crucify him.
Matthew 27:32 As they were going out, they met a Cyrenian named Simon; this man they pressed into service to carry his cross.
Matthew 27:33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of the Skull),
Matthew 27:34 they gave Jesus wine to drink mixed with gall. But when he had tasted it, he refused to drink.
Matthew 27:35 After they had crucified him, they divided his garments by casting lots;
Matthew 27:36 then they sat down and kept watch over him there.
Matthew 27:37 And they placed over his head the written charge against him: This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.
Matthew 27:38 Two revolutionaries were crucified with him, one on his right and the other on his left.
Matthew 27:39 Those passing by reviled him, shaking their heads
Matthew 27:40 and saying, "You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself, if you are the Son of God, (and) come down from the cross!"
Matthew 27:41 Likewise the chief priests with the scribes and elders mocked him and said,
Matthew 27:42 "He saved others; he cannot save himself. So he is the king of Israel! Let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him.
Matthew 27:43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now if he wants him. For he said, 'I am the Son of God.'"
Matthew 27:44 The revolutionaries who were crucified with him also kept abusing him in the same way.
Matthew 27:45 From noon onward, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.
Matthew 27:46 And about three o'clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
Matthew 27:47 Some of the bystanders who heard it said, "This one is calling for Elijah."
Matthew 27:48 Immediately one of them ran to get a sponge; he soaked it in wine, and putting it on a reed, gave it to him to drink.
Matthew 27:49 But the rest said, "Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to save him."
Matthew 27:50 But Jesus cried out again in a loud voice, and gave up his spirit.
Matthew 27:51 And behold, the veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth quaked, rocks were split,
Matthew 27:52 tombs were opened, and the bodies of many saints who had fallen asleep were raised.
Matthew 27:53 And coming forth from their tombs after his resurrection, they entered the holy city and appeared to many.
Matthew 27:54 The centurion and the men with him who were keeping watch over Jesus feared greatly when they saw the earthquake and all that was happening, and they said, "Truly, this was the Son of God!"
Matthew 27:55 There were many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him.
Matthew 27:57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph, who was himself a disciple of Jesus.
Matthew 27:58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be handed over.
Matthew 27:59 Taking the body, Joseph wrapped it (in) clean linen
Matthew 27:60 and laid it in his new tomb that he had hewn in the rock. Then he rolled a huge stone across the entrance to the tomb and departed.
Matthew 27:62 The next day, the one following the day of preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate
Matthew 27:63 and said, "Sir, we remember that this impostor while still alive said, 'After three days I will be raised up.'
Matthew 27:64 Give orders, then, that the grave be secured until the third day, lest his disciples come and steal him and say to the people, 'He has been raised from the dead.' This last imposture would be worse than the first."
Matthew 27:65 Pilate said to them, "The guard is yours; go secure it as best you can."
Matthew 27:66 So they went and secured the tomb by fixing a seal to the stone and setting the guard.