Matthew Chapter Twenty-Seven

 

MATTHEW CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN

1 When it was early in the morning, all

The chief priests and the elders of the people

Decided that they would have Jesus put

 

To death. 2 They marched him off, hands tied, and turned

Him over to the governor, named Pilate.

3 About then Judas, who’d betrayed him, saw

 

That Jesus was condemned, became remorseful,

And he returned the thirty silver coins

To the chief priests and elders. 4 “I have sinned,”

 

He said, “for I have betrayed a blameless man.”

“What’s that to us?” they answered. “That’s your

Problem.” 5 So Judas threw the silver coins

 

Upon the temple floor and left, and went

And hanged himself. 6 The chief priests picked the coins

Up, saying, “It’s against the law to put

 

This money in the Temple treasury,

Since it’s blood money.” 7 So they talked about

It and decided they would use the money

 

To buy the potter’s field and make it as

A cemetery for the foreigners.

8 That’s why it has been called the Field of Blood

 

Down to this day: 9 Then what was spoken by

The prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:

“They took the thirty silver coins, the price

 

Set on him by the Israelites, 10 and they

Used them to buy the potter’s field, just as

The Lord commanded me.” 11 As Jesus stood

 

Before the governor, the governor

Asked him, “Are you the Jewish king?” “Yes, it’s

As you say,” Jesus answered. 12 When he was

 

Accused by the chief priests and elders,

He did not answer. 13 Pilate then asked him,

“Can you not hear the testimony they

 

Have brought against you?” 14 Jesus still did not

Reply, not even to a single charge−

This to the governor’s surprise. 15 Now at

 

The Feast the custom of the governor

Was to release a prisoner the crowd

Had chosen. 16 It so happened at this time

 

They had in prison a notorious

Man called Barabbas. 17 When the crowd had gathered,

Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me

 

To free to you: Barabbas, or this Jesus

Who is called Christ?” 18 For he knew it was from

Envy that they had handed Jesus over

 

To him. 19 While seated on the judge’s bench,

Pilate received a message from his wife

Which said: “Do not have anything to do

 

With that unprejudiced and blameless man,

For I have suffered greatly in a dream

Today because of him,” 20 but the chief priests

 

And elders coaxed the crowd to ask him for

Barabbas and have Jesus put to death.

21 “Which of the two do you want me to free

 

To you?” the governor inquired again.

“Barabbas,” they replied. 22 “What shall I do,

Then, with this Jesus who’s called Christ?” inquired

 

Pilate, and they all answered, “Crucify

Him!” 23 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked

Pilate, and yet they shouted all the louder,

 

“Crucify him!” 24 When Pilate saw that he

Was getting nowhere, and a riot was

Beginning, he took water and he washed

 

His hands before the crowd. “I’m innocent

Of this man’s blood,” he said. “You’ll have to see

To that yourselves!” 25 To this the people said,

 

“Allow his blood to be on us and on

Our children!” 26 Then he let Barabbas go

To them. But he had Jesus flogged, and gave

 

Him over to be crucified, 27 and then

The soldiers for the governor took Jesus

In the Praetorium and gathered all

 

The soldiers in the company around

Him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe

On him, 29 then wound a crown of thorns together

 

And placed it on his head. They put a staff

In his right hand and knelt in front of him

And mocked him. “Hail, O Jewish King!” they screamed.

 

30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck

Him on the head repeatedly. 31 Once they

Had mocked him, they took off the robe and put

 

His own clothes back on him, then led him off

To crucify him, 32 and as they went out,

They came on a Cyrenian named Simon,

 

And ordered him to bear the cross. 33 They came

Out to a place known as Golgotha (which

Means Skull Hill), 34 where they offered Jesus wine

 

To drink, mingled with gall; but after he

Had tasted it, he would not drink it. 35 They

Crucified him and divided his clothes

 

By casting lots, 36 and sitting down, they kept

Watch over him there, 37 and above his head

They placed the written charge against him: THIS

 

IS JESUS, KING OF JEWS. 38 Two robbers were

Crucified with him, one upon his right

And one upon his left. 39 Those who passed by

 

Hurled insults at him, shook their heads 40 and said,

“You can destroy the temple and rebuild

It in three days, so save yourself! Get off

 

The cross, if you’re the Son of God!” 41 So too

The chief priests, scribes and elders mocked him. 42 “He

Saved others,” they said, “but can’t save himself!

 

He is the King of Israel! Let him

Come down now from the cross, and we’ll believe

In him. 43 He trusts in God. Let God deliver

 

Him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I’m

The Son of God.’” 44 So too the robbers who

Were crucified with him heaped insults on

 

Him, 45 and from the sixth hour until the ninth

Hour darkness covered all the land. 46 About

The ninth hour Jesus cried out loudly, “Eloi,

 

Eloi, lama sabachthani?”–which means,

“My God, my God, why did you leave me?” 47 When

Some of those standing there heard this, they said,

 

“He’s calling to Elijah.” 48 Instantly

One of them ran and got a sponge. He filled

It with wine vinegar, put it upon

 

A stick, and offered it to Jesus for

A drink. 49 The rest said, “Now leave him alone.

Let us see if Elijah comes to save

 

Him”; 50 and when Jesus had cried out again

Loudly, he let his spirit go. 51 At that

Moment the temple curtain tore in two

 

From top to bottom: the earth shook; rocks split;

52 Graves opened: many godly people who

Had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of

 

The tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection

They left the cemetery, went into

The holy city and appeared to many

 

  1. 54 When the centurion and those

With him who guarded Jesus saw the earthquake

And all that had occurred, they were afraid,

 

And said, “He surely was the Son of God!”

55 And many women who had followed Jesus

From Galilee to minister to him

 

Were watching from afar, 56 among whom were

Mary Magdalene, Mary, James and Joses’

Mother, and Zebedee’s sons’ mother. 57 As

 

Evening approached, a man named Joseph came.

A wealthy man from Arimathea,

He had himself become a follower

 

Of Jesus. 58 Joseph went to Pilate and

He asked for Jesus’ body. Pilate ordered

That it be given him, 59 then Joseph took

 

The body, wrapped it in a spotless linen

Cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tomb

That he had cut out of the rock. He rolled

 

A giant stone before the entrance to

The tomb and left, 61 while sitting on the side

Facing the tomb were Mary Magdalene

 

And th’other Mary. 62 The next day, the one

Which followed Preparation Day, chief priests

And Pharisees came up to Pilate. 63 “Sir,”

 

They told him, “we remember while he was

Living that liar said, ‘I’ll rise again

After three days.’” 64 So give the order for

 

The tomb to be secured until the third

Day. Otherwise, his followers may steal

The body, then inform the people he

 

Has been raised from the dead. This last deceit

Will be worse than the first.” 65 “Go set a guard,”

Pilate replied, “and make the tomb secure

 

As you know how,” 66 and so they went and made

The tomb secure by sealing up the stone

And posting lookouts to patrol the zone.

 

S.D.G.