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Lucas 24

1 Now upon thePoor humble women, who were certainly not expecting it, are chosen to be the first witnesses of the resurrection, so that there might not be any suspicion of either deceit or violence.first [day] of the week, veryVery early, as Mark says: or as John says, while it was yet dark, that is, when it was yet hardly the dawning of day.early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain [others] with them.

2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre,

3 And went in, but found not the body of the Lord Iesus.

4 And it came to passe, that as they were amased thereat, beholde, two men suddenly stood by them in shining vestures.

5 And as they were afraide, & bowed downe their faces to the earth, they sayd to them, Why seeke ye him that liueth, among the dead?

6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake vnto you, when he was yet in Galile,

7 Saying, that the sonne of man must be deliuered into the hands of sinfull men, and be crucified, and the third day rise againe.

8 And they remembred his wordes,

9 The cowardly and dastardly mind of the disciples is reproved by the brave courage of women (made so by God's great mercies) to show that the kingdom of God consists in an extraordinary power.And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.

10 Now it was Mary Magdalene, and Ioanna, and Mary the mother of Iames, and other women with them, which tolde these things vnto the Apostles.

11 But their wordes seemed vnto them, as a fained thing, neither beleeued they them.

12 Christ uses the incredulity of his disciples for the fuller setting forth of the truth of his resurrection, lest they should seem to have believed that too lightly which they preached afterward to all the world.Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; andAs it were holding down his head, and bowing his neck, looked diligently in.stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.

13 The resurrection is proved by two other witnesses who saw it, and all the circumstances surrounding it declare that it was no forged event thought up on purpose in their own minds.And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem [about] threescore furlongs.

14 And they talked together of al these things that were done.

15 And it came to passe, as they communed together, and reasoned, that Iesus himselfe drewe neere, and went with them.

16 Were held back and stayed, God no doubt appointing this to be so: and therefore his body was not invisible, but rather their eyes were dimmed.But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.

17 And he sayd vnto them, What maner of communications are these that ye haue one to another as ye walke and are sad?

18 AndSome of the old fathers think that the other disciple was the same evangelist who wrote this book, but Epiphanius, writing against the Saturnilians, says it was Nathanael; but none of these are certainties.the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?

19 And he said vnto them, What things? And they sayd vnto him, Of Iesus of Nazareth, which was a Prophet, mightie in deede and in word before God, and all people,

20 It appears by conferring the prophecies of the prophets that all those things are true and certain which the evangelist have put down in writing about Christ.And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.

21 But we trusted that it had bene he that should haue deliuered Israel, and as touching all these things, to day is ye third day, that they were done.

22 Yea, & certaine women among vs made vs astonied, which came early vnto the sepulchre.

23 And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seene a vision of Angels, which sayd, that he was aliue.

24 Therefore certaine of them which were with vs, went to the sepulchre, and found it euen so as the women had sayd, but him they saw not.

25 Then he sayd vnto them, O fooles and slowe of heart to beleeue all that the Prophets haue spoken!

26 Ought not Christ to haue suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?

27 And he began at Moses, & at all the Prophets, and interpreted vnto them in all the Scriptures the things which were written of him.

28 And they drew neere vnto ye towne, which they went to, but he made as though hee would haue gone further.

29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with vs: for it is towards night, & the day is farre spent. So he went in to tarie with them.

30 And it came to passe, as hee sate at table with them, he tooke the bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gaue it to them.

31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and heSuddenly taken away, and we may not therefore imagine that he was there in an invisible body, but indeed believe that he suddenly changed the place where he was.vanished out of their sight.

32 And they saide betweene themselues, Did not our heartes burne within vs, while he talked with vs by the way, and when he opened to vs the Scriptures?

33 And they rose vp the same houre, and returned to Hierusalem, and found the Eleuen gathered together, and them that were with them,

34 Which said, The Lord is risen in deede, and hath appeared to Simon.

35 And they told what things [were done] in the way, and how he was known of them inWhen he broke bread, which that people used to do, and as the Jews still do today at the beginning of their meals and say a prayer.breaking of bread.

36 The Lord himself shows by certain and necessary signs that he was risen again, and risen in the same body which he had taken upon himself.And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace [be] unto you.

37 But they were abashed and afraide, supposing that they had seene a spirit.

38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why doVarious and doubtful thoughts which fall often into men's heads, when any strange thing occurs, thoughts of which there is no great likelihood.thoughts arise in your hearts?

39 Beholde mine handes and my feete: for it is I my selfe: handle me, and see: for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me haue.

40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and feete.

41 And while they yet beleeued not for ioy, and wondred, he saide vnto them, Haue ye here any meate?

42 And they gaue him a piece of a broyled fish, and of an honie combe,

43 And hee tooke it, and did eate before them.

44 The preaching of the gospel, which was promised to the prophets, and performed in his time, is committed unto the apostles, the sum of which is repentance and remission of sins.And he said unto them, These [are] the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and [in] the prophets, and [in] the psalms, concerning me.

45 Then opened he their vnderstanding, that they might vnderstand the Scriptures,

46 And said vnto them, Thus is it written, and thus it behoued Christ to suffer, and to rise againe from the dead the third day,

47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations,The apostles, who are the preachers of the gospel, beginning at Jerusalem.beginning at Jerusalem.

48 Nowe ye are witnesses of these things.

49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem,Until the Holy Spirit comes down from heaven upon you.until ye be endued with power from on high.

50 Christ ascends into heaven, and departing bodily from his disciples, fills their hearts with the Holy Spirit.And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.

51 And it came to passe, that as he blessed them, he departed from them, and was caried vp into heauen.

52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Hierusalem with great ioy,

53 And were continually in the Temple, praysing, and lauding God, Amen.

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