Chapter 164: Tomb found empty

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1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him yet again and keep the infection at bay. 2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.

3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?

4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. And about the stone lay still the guards, for they had no brains.

5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man lying on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted, believing it was of the risen. 6 But he saith nothing unto them, though appearing risen, he moved not. And they beheld the place where they laid Jesus, and it was empty. 7 But they saw that the one who had been risen had in his mouth a finger, and Mary said, It is of Jesus.

8 And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid and disgusted.

9 It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. 10 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not, for how could a man, being devoured, kill a risen?.

11 Peter therefore went forth, and that other warrior, and came to the sepulchre. 12 So they ran both together: and the other warrior did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.

13 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying bloody and torn to pieces; yet went he not in. 14 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen scraps lie, 15 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen rags, but thrown in a place by itself, as if in a great tumult. 16 Then went in also that other warrior, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. 17 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. 18 Then the warriors went away again unto their own home, passing many in stillness who had once been risen..