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the Jews until this day.

Then the eleven disciples went away into (ialilee, into a
mountain where Je.sus had appointed them. And when they shw
him, they worsliii)ped liim : but some doubted. And Jesns v.-.ime
and spake nnto tiiem.

When Je.sus was ri.sen early, the first day of the week, he .ap-
peared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had ca-t sev.-n
devils. And she went and told them that had been with him, as



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tliey mourned and wept. And tliey, wlu'ii they had heard that lie
was alive, and had been seen of her, helirved not.

After tliat, he appeared in another form unto two of them, as
tliey walked, and wem into the country. And they went and told
it uiilo the lesidiie: neither believed they them.

Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat,
and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of h.;art,
because they believed not them wliirli had seen him after he was
risen.



And, behold, two of them went to a village called Einmaus,
which was from Jerusalem about threescore fiirlono's. And thev
talked toijether of all these things which had happened. And it
came to pass, tliat. while they communed together, and reasoned,
Jesns himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes
were holden, that they should not know him.

And he .said unto them, Wliat manner of communications are
these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad ? And
the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering, said nnto
him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known
the things which are come to pass there in these days? And he
said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Con-
cerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed
and word before God and all the people: and how the chief
piiests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and
have ciucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which
should have redeemed Israel : and beside all this, to-day is the
third day since these things were done. Yea, and certain women
also of our companv made us astonished, which were early at the
sepulchre. And when they found not his body, they came, saying,
that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was
alive. And certain of them which were with us, went to the sepul-
chre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they
saw not.

Then he .said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe
all that the prophets have spoken ! Ought not Christ to have suf-
fered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at
Moses, and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the
scriptures the things concerning himself.

And they drew nigh unto the village whither they went : and
he made as though he would have gone further. But they con-
strained him, saying. Abide with us : for it is toward evening, and
the day is far spent. And he went in to tariy with them. And it
came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and
blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were
opened, and they knew him ; and he vainshed out of their sight.
And thev said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us,
while lie talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the



Luke,
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Jolm,

XX. l-;.'n.

24-:;!), x\i.

J-H.



Scriptures ? And tliey rose up the same Lour, and returned to
Jerusalem, and found the eleven gatheied together, and them that
were with them, saying, (I[l)e £orb is riscu iubecb, and hath
appeared to Simon. And they told what things were done in the
way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.

And as tliey thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of
them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. But thev were ter-
rified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts
arise in your hearts ? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I
myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones,
as ye see m.e have. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed
them his hands and feet. And while they yet believed not for joy,
and wondered, he said unto them. Have ye here any meat? And
they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.
And he took it, an(i did eat before them. And he said unto thein.
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.
Then opened he their understanding, that they might undei'stand
the Scriptures, and said unto them. Thus it is written, and thus it
behoved Christ to suffer, and to idse from the dead the third day.

The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene eai-ly, when
it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away
from the sepulchre. Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon
Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and saith unto
them. They have taken away the Loid out of the sepulchre, and
we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went
forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. So they
ran both together : and the other disciple did outi-un Peter, and
came first to the sepulchre. And he stooping down, and looking
in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. Then cometh
wSimon Peter tollowiug him, and went into the sepulchre, and seetii
the linen clothes he; and the napkin that was about his head, nut
lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by
itself. Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to
the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. For as yet they knew
not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. Then
the disciples went away again unto their own home.

But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as
she wept she stooped down and looked into the sepulchre, and seeth
two angels in white, sitting, the one at the head, and the other at
the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her,
Woman, why weepest thou ? She saith unto them. Because they
liave taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid
him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, ami
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imto her, Woman, why weepest thou ? whom seelcest thou ? She,
supposing- him to be the gardener, saith unto liim, Sii', if thou liave
borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and 1 will take
him awav. Jesus saith unto her, Marv. She tui-ned herself, and
saith unto him, Rabboni, which is to say. Master. Jesus saith unto
her, Touch me not ; for I am not yet ascended to my Father : but
go to my brethren, and say unto theni, 1 ascend unto ray Father,
and your Father ; and to ray God, and your God. Mary Mag-
dalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and
that he had spoken these things unto her.

Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week,
Avhen the doors were shut wliei'e the disciples were assembled for
fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto
them. Peace be unto yon. And when he had so said, he shewed
unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad
when they saw the Lord

Ihit Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with
them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto
him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I
shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into
the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not
believe.

And after eight days again his disciples were within, and
Thomas with them : then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and
stood in the midst, and said. Peace be unto you. Then saith he to
Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands ; and reach
hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side : and be not faithless,
but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him. My
Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou
hast seen me, thou hast believed : blessed are they that have not
seen, and yet have believed.

After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples
at the sea of Tiberias : and on this wise showed he himself. There
were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Na-
thanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other
of his disciples. Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing.
They say unlo him. We also go with thee. They went forth, and
entered into a ship immediately ; and that night they caught
nothiii"-. But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on
the shore ; but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. Then
Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They
answered him. No. And he said unto them. Cast the net on the
right side of tlie ship, and ye sh;ill find. They cast therefore, and
now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.

Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It
is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord,
he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked) and did cast
himself into the sea. And the other disciples came in a little ship



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Acts, i. 1-3.



Acts,

. 'ia-32.



Act's
lii. 14, 15.



(for they were not far from land, but as it were two lumdred cubits)
draofgini^ the net with fishes. As soon tlien as they Avere come to
hand, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid tliereon, an<l Ijreatl.
Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now cauo-ht.
Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes,
an hundred and fifty and tliree : and for all there were so many,
yet was not the net broken. Jesus saith unto them, Come and
dine. And none of the disciples durst ask hiin, Who art thou ?
knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then cometh, and taketh
bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise. This is now the third
time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was
risen from the dead.

The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that
Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which he was
taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given com-
mandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen : to whom also
he shewed himself alive after his passion, by many infallible proofs,
being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertain-
incr to the kingdom of God.

Ye men of Israel, hear these words ; Jesus of Nazareth, a man
approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs
which God did by him in the mid.st of you, as ye yourselves also
know: him being delivered by the determinate counsel and fore-
knowledge of God, ye liave taken, and by wicked hands have cru-
cified and slain: toljom ©ob l)all) ruiscb lip, having loo.sed tlie
pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be hold-
en of it. For David speaketh concerning him, T ftresaw the Lord
always before my face ; for he is on my right hand, tliat 1 shuuld
not be moved : therefore did my heart rejoice and my tongue was
glad ; moreover also, my tTesh .shall rest in hope : bcCilUGC tl)Oll

roilt not Icuuc inn sonl in Ijell, ncitl)cr luilt tl)ou suffer tl)iuc

i]oln (Due to sec COVrU^Jtioil. Thou ha.st made known to me
the ways of life ; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy counte-
nance.

Men and bretliren, let me freely speak unto you of the patri-
arch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is
with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing
that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his
loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Chri.st to sit on his
throne ; he seeing this before, spake of the resurrection of Christ,
that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see cor-
ruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are wit-
nesses.

Ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murdt'n^r
to l)f gr;nit.-d unto you: and kill''d tli<' Prince of litV, uil)0m i&oh

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Tliey tauglit the people, and preached through Jesus tl)C

rcsttrrcction from tl)c beob.

With great ]>ower gave the apostles witness of tl)e rcsitrrCC-

tion of tl)c iiiorb Jesus.

God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and
with power : who went about doing good, and healing all that were
oppressed of the devil ; for God was with him. And we ai-e wit-
nesses of all things which he did, both in the land of the Jews,
and in Jerusalem ; whom they slew and hanged on a tree : |)im
(Sob raiscb up tl)c tliirb ha^, anb sljctocb l)im opculn; not to
all the people, but unto witnesses cliosen before of God, even to us,
who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.

And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they
took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre. JBut
(Sob raiscb l)im from tl)C hcah. And he was seen many days
of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who
are his witnesses unto the people. And we declare unto you glad
tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers,
God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath
raised up Jesus again.

Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was
stirred in him, when he saw the city wliolly given to idolatry.
Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with
the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met
Avith him. Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of
the Stoics, encountered him. And some said, What will this bab-
bler say ? other some. He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange

gods: because l)e preacljcb uuto tljcm Jesus, an'b tlje resur-
rection.

And the times of this ignorance God winked at ; but now
commandeth all mew everywhere to repent : because he hath ap-
pointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteous-
ness by that man whom he hath ordained : whereof he hath
given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from
the dead.

And when they heard of tl)C resurrection of tl)C hca'b,
some mocked, and others said, We will hear thee again of this
matter.

When Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and
the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren,
1 am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of tl)C l)Ope iTub resur-
rection of tl)e beub I am called in question. And when he had
so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the
Sadducees: and the multitude was divided. For the Sadducees
say that there is no resurrection, neither angel nor spirit : but the
Pharisees confess both.



Acts, iv. 2.



Acts, iv. 33.



Acts,
X. 38-41.



Acts,
xiii. 'J9-33.



Acts,
xvii. 16-18.



Acts
xvii. 30-32.



Acts,
xxiii. 6-8.



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Acts,
xxiv. 14, 15.



Acts,
xxvi. 1, 2,
6-8, 'iS, '-'3.



Romans,
viii. 10, 11.



Romans,
viii. 2-2, 23.



1 Cor. vi. 14.



1 Corinlli.
XV. 1-54.



After the way wliich they call heresy, so worship I the God
of my father.s, believing all things which are written in the law and
in the prophets : and have hope toward God, which thev them-

selv^es also allow, tljat tijcvc sl)aU bc ix rcsurvcctiou of tl)c lica^,
boti) of tijcinst tinb unjust.

Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for
thyself. Then Paul stretched forth tlie hand, and answered for
himself: I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall
answer for myself this day before thee, touching all the things

whereof I am accused of the Jews And now I

stand, and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God
unto our fathers : unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly
serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope's sake,
king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews. Why should it be
thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the

dead? Having obtained help of God, I continue

unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none
other things than those which the ])i-ophets and Moses did say
should come: that Christ should sutfer, uub tl)iU l)e sl)Oulb bc

tl)c first ll)at slionib rise from tl)c bca^, and should shew light

unto the peojde, and to the Gentiles.

If Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin ; but the
Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him
that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, \)c tl)tTt raiscb

up (rijrist from tl)c bciib si) ill also quicken jiour mortal
bobics, bp Ijis Gpirit tl)at bujcUctI) in nou.

For we know tliat the whole creation groaiieth, and travaileth
in pain together until now: and not only they, but ourselves also,
which have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan
within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption
of our body.

And God hath both raised up the Lord, anb U)ill also raise
up ns by his own power.

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel whicli I
preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye
stand ; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I
preacheil unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I deliv-
ered unto you first of all that which I also received, liow that Christ
died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was
buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scrip-
tures : and that he was seen of Ceplias, then of the twelve: after
that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once ; of whom
the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen
asleep. After that, he was seen of James: then of all the apo.stles.
And \iv>t of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due
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called an apostle, because I persecuted the churcli of Goi.l. But by
the grace of God I am what I am : and his giace which was be-
stowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly
than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
Therefore whether it were 1 or they, so we preach, and so ye beheved.

Now if Christ be preached that he rose fi'oni the dead, how
say some among you that there is no resurrection of tlie dead ?
But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not
risen : and if Christ be not risen, tlien is our preaching vain, and
your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of
God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ:
whom he raised not up, if so be thiit the dead rise not. For if the
dead rise not, then is not Christ raised : and if Christ be not raised,
your faith is vain ; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which
aie fallen asleep in Clirist are perished. If in this life only we
liave hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first-
fruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man
came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die,
even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his
own order: Christ the first-fruits; afterward they that are Christ's
at his coming. Then conieth the end, when he shall have deliv-
ered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have
put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign,
till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that
shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his
feet. But when he saith, All things are put under him, it is mani-
fest that he is exce|)ted, which did put all things under him. And
when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also
himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that
God may be all in all.

Else what shall they do, which are baptized for the dead, if
the dead rise not at all I why are they then baptized for the dead ?
And why stand we in jeopardy every hour ? I protest by your re-
joicing wnich I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. If after
the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what ad-
vantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat anil driidc ; for to-
mori-ow we die. Be not deceived : Evil communications corrupt
good manners. Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some
have not the knowledge of God : I speak this to your shame.

But some man will say, How are the dead raised up ? and
with what body do they come? Thou fool, that which thou sow-
est is not quickened except it die : and that which thou sowest,
thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain ; it may
chance of wheat, or of some other grain : but God giveth it a body
as it hath pleased him, and to eveiy seed his own body. All fiesh
is not the same fiesh : but there is one kind of fiesh of men,
another fiesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.



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2 Corinth,
iv. 11-14.



Philippians,
iii. iJO, 21.



1 Thessjilon.
iv. 13-18.



There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial : but the ii'lorv
of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
Tlxr^re is one glory of the sun, and another glory of tiie Jiionn, and
another glory of the stars : for one star ditfereth from atiothiM- star
in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in
corru|ttion ; it is raised in incorru|>tioii : it is sown in dishonour;
it is raised in glory: it is sown iu weakness; it is raised in |)ow»'r:
it is sown a natural body ; it is raised a spiritual body. There is
a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written,
The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last i\dam was
made a quickening spirit, llowbeit, that was not first which is
spiritual, but that which is natural ; and afterward that which is
spiiitual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man
is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that
are earthy : and as is the heavenly, such are they also that aie
heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall
also l)ear the image of the heavenly.

Now this I say, brethren, that tiesh and blood cannot inherit
the kingdom of God ; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
Heh-.ld," I shew you a m3-stery ; We shall not all sleep, but we
shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at
the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be
raised incorruptible, and we sludl be changed. For this corrupti-
ble must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immoi-
tality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption.
and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought
to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

We which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus'
sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our
mortal fiesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in you. We
havir)g the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed,
and tiierefore have I spoken ; we also believe, and therefore speak;
knowing, that he which raised ui) the Lord Jesus, sljuU raisc up

US also bn Jcsiis, anb slptU |]rcscnt us witi] ijou.

Our conversation is in heaven ; from whencf also we look for
the Saviour, the Lord Jesus C^hrist : vul)0 g1)ii11 chaugc OHV uilc

boI:)n. tl)at it man be fasl)ioucii like unto l)is glorious boiin,

accordino- to the"woikiug wherebv he is able even to subdue all
things unto himself.

I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concern-
ing them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which
have no hope. For if we believe tliat Jesus died and rose again, cneu

SO them also u)l]icl) sleep iu Jesus ujill ^ob bring roitl) l)iin.

For this We say unto you l>y the word of the Lord, that we
which are jilive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not
prevent thi-m which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend
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the trump of God : an^ tl]: bciib in '€l)n5t sl)all rise first : tlien

we which are alive ami remain shall l>e cawg'lit up toirotlier with
tlieui in the ch^uils, to meet the Lord in the air : and sosliail we ever
be with tlie Lord. Wlierefore, comfort one another with these words.

Consider what I say ; and tl)e Lord jrjve thee understandinor



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