Matthew 27:51-66 Bible in Basic English

51  And the curtain of the Temple was parted in two from end to end; and there was an earth-shock; and the rocks were broken; 52  And the resting-places of the dead came open; and the bodies of a number of sleeping saints came to life; 53  And coming out of their resting-places, after he had come again from the dead, they went into the holy town and were seen by a number of people. 54  Now the captain and those who were with him watching Jesus, when they saw the earth-shock and the things which were done, were in great fear and said, Truly this was a son of God. 55  And a number of women were there, watching from a distance, who had come with Jesus from Galilee, waiting on his needs. 56  Among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary, the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

The Burial of Jesus

57  And in the evening, there came a man of wealth from Arimathaea, Joseph by name, who was a disciple of Jesus: 58  This man went in to Pilate, and made a request for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate gave orders for it to be given to him. 59  And Joseph took the body, folding it in clean linen, 60  And put it in the resting-place which had been cut out of the rock for himself; and after rolling a great stone to the door of it he went away. 61  And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, seated by the place of the dead.

The Guard at the Tomb

62  Now on the day after the getting ready of the Passover, the chief priests and Pharisees came together to Pilate, 63  Saying, Sir, we have in mind how that false man said, while he was still living, After three days I will come again from the dead. 64  Give orders, then, that the place where his body is may be made safe till the third day, for fear that his disciples come and take him away secretly and say to the people, He has come back from the dead: and the last error will be worse than the first. 65  Pilate said to them, You have watchmen; go and make it as safe as you are able. 66  So they went, and made safe the place where his body was, putting a stamp on the stone, and the watchmen were with them.


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