The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid,1 for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.
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He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.2 Come and see the place where he lay.
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Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.3 There you will see him.' Now I have told you."
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So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
Suddenly Jesus met them.4 "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.
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Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers5 to go to Galilee; there they will see me."
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While the women were on their way, some of the guards6 went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened.
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When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money,
telling them, "You are to say, 'His disciples came during the night and stole him away7 while we were asleep.'
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If this report gets to the governor,8 we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble."
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