Matthew 27:51-66 Darby’s Translation

51  And lo, the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom, and the earth was shaken, and the rocks were rent, 52  and the tombs were opened; and many bodies of the saints fallen asleep arose, 53  and going out of the tombs after his arising, entered into the holy city and appeared unto many. 54  But the centurion, and they who were with him on guard over Jesus, seeing the earthquake and the things that took place, feared greatly, saying, Truly this [man] was Son of God. 55  And there were there many women beholding from afar off, who had followed Jesus from Galilee ministering to him, 56  among whom was Mary of Magdala, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

The Burial of Jesus

57  Now when even was come there came a rich man of Arimathaea, his name Joseph, who also himself was a disciple to Jesus. 58  He, going to Pilate, begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given up. 59  And Joseph having got the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60  and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn in the rock; and having rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb, went away. 61  But Mary of Magdala was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the sepulchre.

The Guard at the Tomb

62  Now on the morrow, which is after the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees came together to Pilate, 63  saying, Sir, we have called to mind that that deceiver said when he was still alive, After three days I arise. 64  Command therefore that the sepulchre be secured until the third day, lest his disciples should come and steal him away, and say to the people, He is risen from the dead; and the last error shall be worse than the first. 65  And Pilate said to them, Ye have a watch: go, secure it as well as ye know how. 66  And they went and secured the sepulchre, having sealed the stone, with the watch [besides].

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