Matthew 27:51-66 World English Bible

51  Behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom. The earth quaked 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 into the holy city and appeared to many. 54  Now the centurion, and those who were with him watching Jesus, when they saw the earthquake, and the things that were done, feared exceedingly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God.” 55  Many women were there watching from afar, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, serving him. 56  Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

The Burial of Jesus

57  When evening had come, a rich man from Arimathaea, named Joseph, who himself was also Jesus’ disciple came. 58  This man went to Pilate, and asked for Jesus’ body. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given up. 59  Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60  and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut out in the rock, and he rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb, and departed. 61  Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the tomb.

The Guard at the Tomb

62  Now on the next day, which was the day after the Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees were gathered together to Pilate, 63  saying, “Sir, we remember what that deceiver said while he was still alive: ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64  Command therefore that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest perhaps his disciples come at night and steal him away, and tell the people, ‘He is 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 can.” 66  So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone.

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