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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.
Source. Translated by S.D.F. Salmond. From Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, First Series, Vol. 6. Edited by Philip Schaff. (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1888.) Revised and edited for New Advent by Kevin Knight. <http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/1602312.htm>.
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