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that pafled by, blafphemed him, wagging their heads, and saying; “ Vah, thou that destroveit the temple of God and in three days buildest ic up again, fave thy own self; if thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. I like manner also the chief priest, with the scribes and ancients mocking, said, “ Fie saved others, himself he cannot saye; if he be king of Ifrael, let him now come down from the cross and we will believe him. He crusted in God, les him deliver him now if he will have him ; for he faid; I am the Son of God.” And the self same thing the thieves also, that were crucified with him, reproached him with. Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the earth, until the ninth hour; and about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saya ing: “ Eli, Eli, lamma Sabacchani?” that is, - My God, my God, why halt thou forsaken me?” And some of them that stood there and heard, said, “ This man calleth for Elias ;” and immediately one of them running, took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put on a reed, and gave it him to drink. And the others said i “ Let be, let us fee whether Elias will come to deliver him.” And behold the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top even to the bottom, and the earth quaked, and the rocks were rent; and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the sain:s that had Nept, arose, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection, came into the holy city and appeared to many. Now the centurion and they that were with him watching Jefus, hay. ing seen the earth quake and the thirgs that were done, were greatly afraid, saying, “ indeed, this was the Son of God.” · Moses. Then Judas, who betrayed hiin, seeing that he was condemned, repenting himself, brought back the thirty pieces of silver so the chief prieits and the ancients, saying, “I have finned, in beiraying innocent blood.” But they faid, “What is that to us? look thou to it." And caiting down the pieces of Glver in the temple, he departed: and went and hanged himself. Pfalm 41. “My enemies speak evil of me; when shall he die, and his name pe: rilh ? and if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity; his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it; all that hate me whisper together against me; against me do they devise my hurt. An evil disease, say they, cleaveih fast unto him; and now that he lieth, he shall rise up no more. Yea, niy own fainilar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifced up his heel against me. But thou, O Lord, be merciful un:o me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.' By this I know that thou favourest me, because my enemy doth nor triumph over 'me. And as für me, thou upholdest me in' my integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever. bilelled be the Lord God of Israel, from ever. lafting, and to everlasting. Amen and Amen." The accomplishment of ihis prophecy was fulfilled in the council of our chief priests and ancienis, for putting to death the Messiah, confiftent with our orñer scriptures, and the treason

. .and and reprobation of Judas, one of the twelve apostles. Matthew 26th chapter. “ And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended all these words, he said to his disciples: You know that after two days shall be the Pafch, and the Son of man shall be delivered up to be crucified: then were gathered together the chief priests and the ancients of the people into the palace of the high-priest, who was called Caiphas; and they consulted together, that by subtlety they mighe apprehend Jesus and put him to death. Then went one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, to the chief priests, and he said to them ; What will you give me, and I will deliver him unto you? But they appointed him thirty pieces of silver, and from thenceforth he sought opportunity to betray him. And on the first day of the Azymes the · disciples came to Jesus, saying; Where wilt

thou that we prepare for to eat the Pasch? But Jesus said, Go ye into the city to a certain man, and say to him ; The Master faith, my time is near at hand, 'I will keep the Pasch at thy house with my disciples. And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them, and they prepared the Pasch. Now when it was evening, he sac down with his twelve disciples, and whilst they were eating, he said ; Amen, I say to you, that one of you is about to betray me. And they being very much troubled, began every one to say, Is it I, Lord ? But he answering, said ; He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. The son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him; but woe

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to that man, by whom the son of man shall be betrayed ; it were better for that man if he had not been born. And Judas that betrayed him, answering, said ; Is it. I, Rabbi? He faith to him, Thou hast said it. And while they were at supper, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke, and gave to his disciples, and said, This is my Body. And taking the chalice he gave thanks; and gave to them, saying, Drink ye all of this; for This is my Blood of the New Testament, which shall be shed for many for the remission of sins. And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to mount Olivet. Then Jesus faith to them; All you shall be fcandalized in me this night : for it is written; I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be dispersed. But after I shall be risen, I will go before you into Galilee. Then Jesus came with them to a country place, which is called Gechsemani, and he said to his disciples ; Sit you here, till I go yonder, and pray. And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to grow sorrowful and to be fad. Then he faith to them ; My soul is sorrowful even unto death; stay you here, and watch with me.

And going a little further, he fell upon his face, - praying, and saying, O my Father, if it is

pollible, let this chalice pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he conneth 'to his disciples and findeth them asleep, and he saith to Peter; What? could you not watch one hour with me? watch ye and pray, that ye enter not into temptacion. The Spirit indeed is willing, but the filesh weak, Again, he went the second time and prayed, saying; O my Father, if this chalice may not pass away but I must drink it, thy will be done. And he cometh again, and findeth them asleep, for their eyes were heavy ; and leaving them, he went away again, and he prayed the third time, saying the same words. Then he cometh to his disciples, and faith to them; Sleep on now, and take your rest; behold the hour is at hand, and the son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of finners. Rise, let us go; behold he is at hand that will betray me. As he yet spoke, behold Judas one of the twelve came, and with him a great multitude with swords and clubs, fent from the chief priests and the ancients of the people ; and he that betrayed him, gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that is he, hold him faft. And forthwith coming to Jesus, he said, Hail, Rabbi, and he kissed him. And Jesus said to him, Friend, whereto art thou come? Then they came up, and laid hands on Jesus, and held him. In that same hour Jesus said to the multitudes; You are come out as against a robber with swords and clubs to apprehend me; I fat daily with you, teaching in the temple, and you laid not hands on me. Now all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophecs might be fulfilled. Then the disciples all leaving him fed away ; but they holding Jesus led him to Caiphas the highpriest, where the scribes and the ancients were afsembled. Now the chief priests and the whole council fought false witness against Jesus, that they might put him to death; and they found


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