Lectionary Year A
March 28, 1999
Matthew 27:11-54

Initial Acquaintance/Rough Translation


(DH) ROUGH TRANSLATION - Matthew 27:1-54

(v.1) As it became morning, there a plan put together all the chief priests and the elders of the people against Jesus, with the result that he might be killed; (v.2) and after they tied him up, they led [him] away and delivered [him] over to Pilate, the governor.

(v.3) When Judas, the one who delivered him over [betrayed him], saw that he was being condemned, her returned, after having repented, the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and [the] elders, (v.4) saying: "I sinned in betraying innocent blood." But they said: "What [is it] to us? You shall see (fut.middle.indic.)." (v.5) And after throwing down the silver coins, he withdrew, and after going away he hanged himself.

(v.6) But the chief priests, after taking the silver coins, said: "It is not lawful to throw these things into the temple treasury, because money of blood it is." (v.7) But after holding council, they purchased from them [the silver coins] the field of the potter into [as] a burial place with respect to the strangers. (v.8) On account of this, that [particular] field was called 'field of blood' until this day. (v.9) Then the said-thing [the thing which had been spoken] by Jeremiah the prophet, was fulfilled, saying: "And they [I?] took the thirty silver coins, the money of the precious one [the having-been-honored-one], on whom a price had been set from [the] sons [children, people] of Israel (v.10) and they gave these things [coins] into [for] the field of the potter, just as commanded me the Lord."

(v.11) But Jesus stood before the ruler [governor]; and the ruler [governor] asked him, saying: "Are you, [yes] you, the king of the Jews?" But Jesus said: "You, [yes] you, are saying [this]." (v.12) And in the being accused of him by the chief priests and elders, nothing he answered. (v.13) Then Pilate is saying to him: "Are you not hearing how many things of [against] you they are testifying?" (v.14) And he did not answer to him, not even one word, which resulted in the wondering [being amazed] of the ruler [governor], a lot.

(v.15) But at each festival, with respect to custom, the governor [was] to set free one to the crowd, a prisoner whom they wanted. (v.16) Now then they had a notorious prisoner called [Jesus] Barrabas; (v.17) therefore, after they gathered together, Pilate said to them: "Whom do you wish I shall set free to you, [Jesus, the one called] Barrabas or Jesus, the one called the Anointed One [lit. the Christ]?" (v.18) For he had come to understand that on account of jealousy they delivered him over [betrayed him].

(v.19) Now while he was sitting [up]on the judicial bench, his wife sent [a message] to[ward] him, saying: "Nothing to you and to [with?] that righteous one [man]! For many things I suffered today in a dream on account of him."

(v.20) But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds so that they would demand [the release of] Barrabas, but Jesus they would destroyed [killed]. (v.21) But the ruler [governor] answered and said to them: "Whom do you wish from the two I shall set free to you?" But they said: "Barrabas!" (v.22) Pilate is saying [continues to say] to them: "Then, what shall I do with respect to Jesus, called the Anointed One [the Christ]?" All are saying: "Let him be crucified!" (v.23) But he said: "For what evil did he do?" But they screamed even louder, saying: "Let him be crucified!"

(v.24) But Pilate, having seen that nothing he is achieving, but rather [that] a riot is beginning, having taken/received water, he washed his hands before the crowd, saying: "Innocent I am from the blood of this one [man]; you all shall see!" (v.25) And/then the entire people answered and said: "His blood [be] upon us and upon our children." (v.26) Then he set free to them Barrabas, but Jesus, after beating [him] with a whip, he delivered over in order that he might be crucified.

(v.27) The soldiers of the ruler [governor], having taken Jesus alongside into the praetorium, gathered together upon him the whole cohort [remark: that could have been anywhere between 500 and 1,000 soldiers]. (v.28) And after stripping him, they put around him a scarlet robe, (v.29) and after twisting together a crown out of thorns, they put [it] upon his head and a reed [cane] in his right hand, and after kneeling down before him, they made fun of him, saying: "Hail [rejoice?], king of the Jews," (v.30) and after spitting into him, they took the reed [cane] and beat into his head. (v.31) And when they had made fun of him, they stripped him of the robe and put on him his [own] garments and they led him away in order to be crucified.

(v.32) Now after going out, they found a Cyrenian man by name of Simon, they forced him in order that he might carry his cross. (v.33) And after coming into [the] place called Golgotha, which is called Place of [the] Skull, they gave to him to drink wine, having been mixed with something bitter; and after tasting [it], he did not wish to drink. (v.35) But after crucifying him, they divided his garments while casting lots, (v.36) and sitting down, they observed [kept an eye on] him there. (v.37) And they put above his head his charge being written [in writing?]:
      "This one [man] is Jesus, the King of the Jews."

(v.38) Then they crucified with him two robbers [troublemakers?], one from [on] [the] right and one from [on] [the] left. (v.39) Now the ones who are passing by [alongside] were [continued to] blaspheming him while shaking their heads (v.40) and while saying: "The one who destroys the temple and in three days builds [it] up, save yourself, if you are [the] Son of God, and get yourself down from the cross. (v.41) Also in the same manner the chief priests, while making fun of [him] with the scribes and the elders, were [continued to] saying: "Others he saved, himself he is not able to save; King of Israel he is, let him now come down from the cross and we will believe upon him." (v.43) "He has had confidence upon God, now let him rescue [save] him if he wants to;" for he said: "I AM God's Son!" (v.44) But with respect to this [thing], even the robbers [troublemakers], the ones who were being crucified together with him, kept on insulting him.

(v.45) But from [the] sixth hour darkness came upon all the earth until [the] ninth hour. (v.46) Now around the ninth hour, Jesus cried up by means of a loud voice, saying: "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani!" this is: "My God, my God, for what reason did you abandon me?" (v.47) But some of those standing there, having heard [him crying up], were saying: "This man is calling [sounding out?] Elijah." (v.48) And immediately one of them, having run and having taken a sponge filled with respect to sour wine and having wrapped it around a cane, gave it to him to drink. (v.49) But the rest were saying: "Leave [him], let us see if Elijah is coming to save him! (v.50) But Jesus, again having cried out by means of a loud voice, left the spirit [died?].

(v.51) And suddenly the curtain of the temple was torn [divided] from above until below into two, and the earth trembled and the rocks were split apart, (v.52) and the [tombs] graves were opened and many bodies of the holy ones [saints?], the ones who had fallen asleep, were raised, (v.53) and having come out from the tombs [graves] after his resurrection, they entered into the holy city and were made manifest [appeared] to many.

(v.54) But the centurion and the ones standing watch with him with respect to Jesus, having seen the earthquake and the things that had happened, were terribly afraid, saying:"Truly, God's Son was this man!" [cf. v. 43!].



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