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Home > Fathers of the Church > The Harmony of the Gospels (Augustine) > Book III, Chapter 12

The Harmony of the Gospels, Book III

Chapter 12. Of the Concord Preserved Among All the Four Evangelists on the Subject of the Parting of His Raiment.

39. Matthew goes on thus: And after they crucified Him, they parted His garments, casting lots: and sitting down, they watched Him. Mark reports the same incident, as follows: And crucifying Him, they parted His garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take. In like manner Luke says: And they parted His raiment, and cast lots. And the people stood beholding. The occurrence is thus recorded briefly by the first three. But John gives us a more detailed narrative of the method in which the act had gone about. His version runs thus: Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also His coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the Scripture might be fulfilled, which says, They parted my garments, and for my vesture they did cast lots.

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