Matthew 27:51-66 (New American Standard)

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51 1And behold, 2the aveil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and 3the earth shook and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the bsaints who had 4fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered 5the holy city and appeared to many. 54 6Now the centurion, and those who were with him 7keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw 8the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, "Truly this was c9the Son of God!" 55 10Many women were there looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee while d11ministering to Him. 56 Among them was 12Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and 13the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

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57 14When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. 58 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock; and he rolled 15a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and went away. 61 And 16Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the grave. 62 Now on the next day, ethe day after 17the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together with Pilate, 63 and said, "Sir, we remember that when He was still alive that deceiver said, '18After three days I am to rise again.' 64 "Therefore, give orders for the grave to be made secure until the third day, otherwise His disciples may come and steal Him away and say to the people, 'He has risen from the dead,' and the last deception will be worse than the first." 65 Pilate said to them, "You have a 19guard; go, make it as secure as you know how." 66 And they went and made the grave secure, and along with 20the guard they set a 21seal on 22the stone.
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