Matthew 27:51-66 (New International Version)

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51 At that moment the curtain of the temple1 was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split.2 52 The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they went into the holy city3 and appeared to many people. 54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding4 Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, "Surely he was the Sona of God!"5 55 Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs.6 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's sons.7

The Burial of Jesus

27:57-61pp -- Mk 15:42-47; Lk 23:50-56; Jn 19:38-42

57 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 58 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus' body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tomb8 that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.

The Guard at the Tomb

62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 "Sir," they said, "we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, 'After three days I will rise again.'9 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body10 and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first." 65 "Take a guard,"11 Pilate answered. "Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how." 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal12 on the stone13 and posting the guard.14
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