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27:1When the morning was come, all the chiefe Priests, and the elders of the people tooke counsell against Iesus, to put him to death,
27:2And led him away bounde, and deliuered him vnto Pontius Pilate the gouernour.
27:3Then when Iudas which betraied him, sawe that hee was condemned, hee repented himselfe, and brought againe the thirtie pieces of siluer to the chiefe Priestes, and Elders,
27:4Saying, I haue sinned, betraying the innocent bloud. But they sayde, What is that to vs? see thou to it.
27:5And when hee had cast downe the siluer pieces in the Temple, hee departed, and went, and hanged himselfe.
27:6And the chiefe Priestes tooke the siluer pieces, and sayde, It is not lawfull for vs to put them into the treasure, because it is the price of bloud.
27:7And they tooke counsell, and bought with them a potters fielde, for the buriall of strangers.
27:8Wherefore that field is called, The field of bloud, vntill this day.
27:9(Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Ieremias the Prophet, saying, And they tooke thirtie siluer pieces, ye price of him that was valued, whom they of ye children of Israel valued.
27:10And they gaue them for the potters fielde, as the Lord appointed me.)
27:11And Iesus stood before ye gouernour, and the gouernour asked him, saying, Art thou that King of the Iewes? Iesus said vnto him, Thou sayest it.
27:12And when he was accused of the chiefe Priestes, and Elders, he answered nothing.
27:13Then saide Pilate vnto him, Hearest thou not howe many things they lay against thee?
27:14But he answered him not to one worde, in so much that the gouernour marueiled greatly.
27:15Nowe at the feast, the gouernour was wont to deliuer vnto the people a prisoner whom they would.
27:16And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.
27:17When they were then gathered together, Pilate said vnto the, Whether will ye that I let loose vnto you Barabbas, or Iesus which is called Christ?
27:18(For he knewe well, that for enuie they had deliuered him.
27:19Also when he was set downe vpon the iudgement seate, his wife sent to him, saying, Haue thou nothing to do with that iust man: for I haue suffered many things this day in a dreame by reason of him.)
27:20But the chiefe Priestes and the Elders had persuaded the people that they shoulde aske Barabbas, and should destroy Iesus.
27:21Then the gouernour answered, and said vnto them, Whether of the twaine will ye that I let loose vnto you? And they said, Barabbas.
27:22Pilate said vnto them, What shall I do then with Iesus, which is called Christ? They all said to him, Let him be crucified.
27:23Then saide the gouernour, But what euill hath he done? Then they cryed the more, saying, Let him be crucified.
27:24When Pilate saw that he auailed nothing, but that more tumult was made, he tooke water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this iust man: looke you to it.
27:25Then answered all the people, and saide, His bloud be on vs, and on our children.
27:26Thus let he Barabbas loose vnto them, and scourged Iesus, and deliuered him to be crucified.
27:27Then the souldiers of the gouernour tooke Iesus into the common hall, and gathered about him the whole band,
27:28And they stripped him, and put about him a skarlet robe,
27:29And platted a crowne of thornes, and put it vpon his head, and a reede in his right hand, and bowed their knees before him, and mocked him, saying, God saue thee King of the Iewes,
27:30And spitted vpon him, and tooke a reede, and smote him on the head.
27:31Thus when they had mocked him, they tooke the robe from him, and put his owne rayment on him, and led him away to crucifie him.
27:32And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, named Simon: him they compelled to beare his crosse.
27:33And when they came vnto the place called Golgotha, (that is to say, the place of dead mens skulles)
27:34They gaue him vineger to drinke, mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drinke.
27:35And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, and did cast lottes, that it might be fulfilled, which was spoken by the Prophet, They deuided my garments among them, and vpon my vesture did cast lottes.
27:36And they sate, and watched him there.
27:37They set vp also ouer his head his cause written, THIS IS IESVS THE KING OF THE IEVVES.
27:38And there were two theeues crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.
27:39And they that passed by, reuiled him, wagging their heades,
27:40And saying, Thou that destroyest ye Temple, and buildest it in three dayes, saue thy selfe: if thou be ye Sonne of God, come downe from ye crosse.
27:41Likewise also the hie Priests mocking him, with the Scribes, and Elders, and Pharises, said,
27:42He saued others, but he cannot saue him selfe: if he be ye King of Israel, let him now come downe from ye crosse, and we will beleeue in him.
27:43He trusted in God, let him deliuer him nowe, if he will haue him: for he saide, I am the Sonne of God.
27:44The selfe same thing also ye theeues which were crucified with him, cast in his teeth.
27:45Now from ye sixt houre was there darkenesse ouer all the land, vnto the ninth houre.
27:46And about ye ninth houre Iesus cryed with a loud voyce, saying, Eli, Eli, lamasabachthani? that is, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
27:47And some of them that stoode there, when they heard it, said, This man calleth Elias.
27:48And straightway one of them ran, and tooke a spondge, and filled it with vineger, and put it on a reede, and gaue him to drinke.
27:49Other said, Let be: let vs see, if Elias wil come and saue him.
27:50Then Iesus cryed againe with a loude voyce, and yeelded vp the ghost.
27:51And behold, the vayle of the Temple was rent in twaine, from the top to the bottome, and the earth did quake, and the stones were cloue.
27:52And the graues did open themselues, and many bodies of the Saintes, which slept, arose,
27:53And came out of the graues after his resurrection, and went into the holy citie, and appeared vnto many.
27:54When the Centurion, and they that were with him watching Iesus, saw the earthquake, and the thinges that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truely this was the Sonne of God.
27:55And many women were there, beholding him a farre off, which had folowed Iesus from Galile, ministring vnto him.
27:56Among whom was Marie Magdalene, and Marie the mother of Iames, and Ioses, and the mother of Zebedeus sonnes.
27:57And when the euen was come, there came a riche man of Arimathea, named Ioseph, who had also himselfe bene Iesus disciple.
27:58He went to Pilate, and asked ye body of Iesus. Then Pilate commanded ye body to be deliuered.
27:59So Ioseph tooke the body, and wrapped it in a cleane linnen cloth,
27:60And put it in his new tombe, which he had hewen out in a rocke, and rolled a great stone to the doore of the sepulchre, and departed.
27:61And there was Marie Magdalene, and the other Marie sitting ouer against the sepulchre.
27:62Nowe the next day that followed the Preparation of the Sabbath, the hie Priestes and Pharises assembled to Pilate,
27:63And said, Syr, we remember that that deceiuer saide, while he was yet aliue, Within three dayes I will rise.
27:64Command therefore, that the sepulchre be made sure vntill the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steale him away, and say vnto the people, He is risen from the dead: so shall the last errour be worse then the first.
27:65Then Pilate saide vnto them, Ye haue a watch: goe, and make it sure as ye knowe.
27:66And they went, and made the sepulchre sure with the watch, and sealed the stone.
Geneva Bible 1560/1599

Geneva Bible 1560/1599

The Geneva Bible is one of the most influential and historically significant translations of the Bible into English, preceding the King James translation by 51 years. It was the primary Bible of 16th century Protestantism and was the Bible used by William Shakespeare, Oliver Cromwell, John Knox, John Donne, and John Bunyan. The language of the Geneva Bible was more forceful and vigorous and because of this, most readers strongly preferred this version at the time.

The Geneva Bible was produced by a group of English scholars who, fleeing from the reign of Queen Mary, had found refuge in Switzerland. During the reign of Queen Mary, no Bibles were printed in England, the English Bible was no longer used in churches and English Bibles already in churches were removed and burned. Mary was determined to return Britain to Roman Catholicism.

The first English Protestant to die during Mary's turbulent reign was John Rogers in 1555, who had been the editor of the Matthews Bible. At this time, hundreds of Protestants left England and headed for Geneva, a city which under the leadership of Calvin, had become the intellectual and spiritual capital of European Protestants.

One of these exiles was William Whittingham, a fellow of Christ Church at Oxford University, who had been a diplomat, a courtier, was much traveled and skilled in many languages including Greek and Hebrew. He eventually succeeded John Knox as the minister of the English congregation in Geneva. Whittingham went on to publish the 1560 Geneva Bible.

This version is significant because, it came with a variety of scriptural study guides and aids, which included verse citations that allow the reader to cross-reference one verse with numerous relevant verses in the rest of the Bible, introductions to each book of the Bible that acted to summarize all of the material that each book would cover, maps, tables, woodcut illustrations, indices, as well as other included features, all of which would eventually lead to the reputation of the Geneva Bible as history's very first study Bible.