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The Diatessaron (Section 51)

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1 [Arabic, p. 192] John 19:13 And when Pilate heard this saying, he took Jesus out, and sat on the tribune in the place which was called the pavement of stones, but in the Hebrew 2 called Gabbatha. John 19:14 And that day was the Friday of the passover: and it had reached 3 about the sixth hour. John 19:15 And he said to the Jews, Behold, your King! And they cried out, Take him, take him, crucify him, crucify him. Pilate said to them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests said to him, We have no king except 4 Cæsar. Matthew 27:24 And Pilate, when he saw it, and he was gaining nothing, but the tumult was increasing, took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, and said, I 5 am innocent of the blood of this innocent man: you shall know. Matthew 27:25 And all the people 6 answered and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. John 19:16a Then Pilate commanded to grant them their request; and delivered up Jesus to be crucified, according to their wish.

7 Matthew 27:3 Then Judas the betrayer, when he saw Jesus wronged, went and returned the 8 thirty pieces of money to the chief priests and the elders, Matthew 27:4 and said, I have sinned in my betraying innocent blood. And they said to him, And we, what must we do? 9 know thou. Matthew 27:5 And he threw down the money in the temple, and departed; and he 10 went away and hanged himself. Matthew 27:6 And the chief priests took the money, and said, We have not authority to cast it into the place of the offering, for it is the price 11 of blood. Matthew 27:7 And they took counsel, and bought with it the plain of the potter, for 12 the burial of strangers. Matthew 27:8 Therefore that plain was called, The field of blood, unto 13 [Arabic, p. 193] this day. Matthew 27:9 Therein was fulfilled the saying in the prophet which said, I took thirty pieces of money, the price of the precious one, which was fixed 14 by the children of Israel; Matthew 27:10 and I paid them for the plain of the potter, as the Lord commanded me.

15 And the Jews took Jesus, and went away to crucify him. And when he bare his 16 cross and went out, they stripped him of those purple and scarlet garments which he 17 had on, and put on him his own garments. And while they were going with him, they found a man, a Cyrenian, coming from the country, named Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus: Matthew 27:32b and they compelled this man to bear the cross of Jesus. 18 Luke 23:26b And they took the cross and laid it upon him, that he might bear it, and come after Jesus; and Jesus went, and his cross behind him.

19 Luke 23:27 And there followed him much people, and women which were lamenting and 20 raving. Luke 23:28 But Jesus turned unto them and said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not 21 for me: weep for yourselves, and for your children. Luke 23:29 Days are coming, when they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that bare not, and the breasts 22 that gave not suck. Luke 23:30 Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and 23 to the hills, Cover us. Luke 23:31 For if they do so in the green tree, what shall be in the dry?

24 Luke 23:32 And they brought with Jesus two others of the malefactors, to be put to death.

25 And when they came unto a certain place called The skull, and called in the Hebrew Golgotha, they crucified him there: Luke 23:33b they crucified with him these two 26 malefactors, one on his right, and the other on his left. Mark 15:28 And the scripture was 27 [Arabic, p. 194] fulfilled, which says, He was numbered with the transgressors. Mark 15:23a And they gave him to drink wine and myrrh, and vinegar which had been mixed with the myrrh; and he tasted, and would not drink; and he received it not.

28 John 19:23 And the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and cast lots for them in four parts, to every party of the soldiers a part; and his tunic was 29 without sewing, from the top woven throughout. John 19:24 And they said one to another, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: and the scripture was fulfilled, which says,

They divided my garments among them,
And cast the lot for my vesture.

30, 31 Matthew 27:36 This the soldiers did. And they sat and guarded him there. John 19:19 And Pilate wrote on a tablet the cause of his death, and put it on the wood of the cross above his head. Matthew 27:37 And there was written upon it thus: This is Jesus the Nazarene, the King of the 32 Jews. John 19:20 And this tablet read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city: and it was written in Hebrew and Greek and Latin. 33 John 19:21 And the chief priests said to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but, He it is 34 that said, I am the King of the Jews. John 19:22 Pilate said to them, What has been 35 written has been written. And the people were standing beholding; and they 36 that passed by were reviling him, and shaking their heads, and saying, You who destroys the temple, and builds it in three days, Matthew 27:40c save yourself if you are the Son 37 of God, and come down from the cross. Matthew 27:41 And in like manner the chief priests and the [Arabic, p. 195] scribes and the elders and the Pharisees derided him, and laughed one with 38, 39 another, and said, Matthew 27:42a The saviour of others cannot save himself. If he is the Messiah, the chosen of God, and the King of Israel, let him come down now from the 40 cross, that we may see, and believe in him. Matthew 27:43 He that relies on God — let him deliver him 41 now, if he is pleased with him: for he said, I am the Son of God. Luke 23:36 And the soldiers 42 also scoffed at him in that they came near unto him, Luke 23:37 and brought him vinegar, and 43 said to him, If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself. Matthew 27:44 And likewise the two robbers also that were crucified with him reproached him.

44 Luke 23:39 And one of those two malefactors who were crucified with him reviled him, and 45 said, If you are the Messiah, save yourself, and save us also. Luke 23:40 But his comrade rebuked him, and said, Do you not even fear God, being yourself also in this 46 condemnation? Luke 23:41 And we with justice, and as we deserved, and according to our deed, have we been rewarded: but this man has not done anything unlawful. 47 Luke 23:42 And he said to Jesus, Remember me, my Lord, when you come in your kingdom. 48 Luke 23:43 Jesus said to him, Verily I say unto you, Today shall you be with me in Paradise.

49 John 19:25 And there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, 50 Mary that was related to Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. John 19:26 And Jesus saw his mother, and that disciple whom he loved standing by; and he said to his mother, 51 Woman, behold, your son! John 19:27 And he said to that disciple, Behold, your mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto him self.

52 [Arabic, p. 196] And from the sixth hour darkness was on all the land unto the ninth 53 hour, and the sun became dark. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and said, Yail, Yaili, why have you forsaken me? Which is, My 54 God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Matthew 27:47 And some of those that stood there, when they heard, said, This man called Elijah.

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