Matthew 28:1-15 NIV

The Resurrection

28:1-8pp -- Mk 16:1-8; Lk 24:1-10; Jn 20:1-8

1 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene1 and the other Mary2 went to look at the tomb.

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2 There was a violent earthquake,3 for an angel4 of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone5 and sat on it.

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3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.6

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4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
5 The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid,7 for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.

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6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.8 Come and see the place where he lay.

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7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.9 There you will see him.' Now I have told you."

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      8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
      9 Suddenly Jesus met them.10 "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.

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      10 Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers11 to go to Galilee; there they will see me."

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      The Guards' Report

      11 While the women were on their way, some of the guards12 went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened.

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      12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money,
      13 telling them, "You are to say, 'His disciples came during the night and stole him away13 while we were asleep.'

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      14 If this report gets to the governor,14 we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble."

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      15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.