Matthew 27:51-66 New American Standard Bible

51  And behold , the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom ; and the earth shook and the rocks were split . 52  The tombs were opened , and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised ; 53  and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many . 54  Now the centurion , and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus , when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening , became very frightened and said , "Truly this was the Son of God !" 55  Many women were there looking on from a distance , who had followed Jesus from Galilee while ministering to Him. 56  Among them was Mary Magdalene , and Mary the mother of James and Joseph , and the mother of the sons of Zebedee .

The Burial of Jesus

57  When it was evening , there came a rich man from Arimathea , named Joseph , who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus . 58  This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus . Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59  And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth , 60  and laid it in his own new tomb , which he had hewn out in the rock ; and he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and went away . 61  And Mary Magdalene was there , and the other Mary , sitting opposite the grave .

The Guard at the Tomb

62  Now on the next day , the day after the preparation , the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together with Pilate , 63  and said , "Sir , we remember that when He was still alive that deceiver said , ' After three days I am to rise again .' 64  "Therefore , give orders for the grave to be made secure until the third day , otherwise His disciples may come and steal Him away and say to the people , 'He has risen from the dead ,' and the last deception will be worse than the first ." 65  Pilate said to them, "You have a guard ; go , make it as secure as you know how ." 66  And they went and made the grave secure , and along with the guard they set a seal on the stone .

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