1But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, 2taking the spices they had prepared.
And they found 3the stone rolled away from the tomb,
but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
While they were perplexed about this, behold, 4two 5men stood by them in dazzling apparel.
And as they were 6frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead?
He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, 7while he was still in Galilee,
8that the Son of Man 9must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and 10be crucified and on 11the third day rise."
And 12they remembered his words,
and returning from the tomb they 13told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.
Now it was 14Mary Magdalene and 15Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles,
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but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and 16they did not believe them.
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But 17Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw 18the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.
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That very day 19two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem,
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and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened.
While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them.
20But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
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And he said to them, "What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?" And they stood still, looking sad.
Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, "Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?"
And he said to them, "What things?" And they said to him, "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was 21a prophet 22mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,
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and 23how our chief priests and 24rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him.
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But we had hoped that he was 25the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now 26the third day since these things happened.
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Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. 27They were at the tomb early in the morning,
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and 28when they did not find his body, they came back saying that 29they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive.
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30Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see."
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And he said to them, "O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
31Was it not necessary that 32the Christ should suffer these things and enter into 33his glory?"
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And 34beginning with 35Moses and 36all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
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So they drew near to the village to which they were going. 37He acted as if he were going farther,
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but they urged him strongly, saying, "Stay with us, for it is toward evening and 38the day is now far spent." So he went in to stay with them.
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When he was at table with them, he took the bread and 39blessed and broke it and gave it to them.
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40And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And 41he vanished from their sight.
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They said to each other, 42"Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he 43opened to us the Scriptures?"
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And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they 44found the eleven and 45those who were with them gathered together,
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saying, "The Lord has risen indeed, and 46has appeared to Simon!"
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Then they told what had happened on the road, and 47how he was known to them in 48the breaking of the bread.
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As they were talking about these things, 49Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, "Peace to you!"
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But they were 50startled and 51frightened and 52thought they saw a spirit.
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And he said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?
See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. 53Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have."
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And when he had said this, 54he showed them his hands and his feet.
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And while they still disbelieved 55for joy and were marveling, 56he said to them, "Have you anything here to eat?"
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They gave him a piece of broiled fish,
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and he took it and ate before them.
Then he said to them, 57"These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, 58that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled."
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Then 59he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,
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and said to them, "Thus 60it is written, 61that the Christ should suffer and on the third day 62rise from the dead,
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and that 63repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed 64in his name 65to all nations, 66beginning from Jerusalem.
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67You are witnesses of these things.
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And behold, I am sending 68the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you 69are clothed with 70power 71from on high."
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Then 72he led them out as far as 73Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them.
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While he blessed them, 74he parted from them and was carried up into heaven.
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And they 75worshiped him and 76returned to Jerusalem 77with great joy,
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and 78were continually in the temple 79blessing God.
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