Matthew 28

1Christ's resurrection is declared by an angel to the women. 9Christ himself appeareth to them. 11The chief priests bribe the soldiers to report that he was stolen by the disciples. 16Christ appeareth to the eleven in Galilee; 18and sendeth them to teach and baptize all nations.

1INa the 1end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward 2the first day 3of the week, came 4Mary Magdalene and the other Mary 5to see the sepulchre.

a Mark 16:1; Luke 24:1; John 20:1.

1 Gr. late of the sabbaths, that is, as is expounded in Mark 16:1, when the sabbath-day was passed, for, by the word sabbaths in the plural, the sabbath-day or seventh day is also understood, Mat. 12:1; Acts 13:14.

2 Gr. one, that is, the first, as is declared, Mark 16:9.

3 Gr. of the sabbaths, which word is also sometimes taken for the whole week, Mark 16:9; John 20:1; 1 Cor. 16:2.

4 There were yet some others named in Mark 16:1; Luke 24:10, with the two.

5 Having with them spices, Luke 24:1 to anoint the body of Christ, Mark 16:1.

2And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord 6descended from heaven, and came and 7rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

6 Namely, in the form of a young man, Mark 16:5.

7 Namely, to open the grave. Not that Christ was not able to do this Himself by His divine power, but to show the truth of His human nature, even after His resurrection, as is to be seen also, John 11:39, 41.

3His 8countenance was like lightning, and his raimentb white as snow:

8 That is, face.

b Dan. 7:9; Acts 1:10.

4And for fear of him the keepers did 9shake, and became as dead men.

9 Gr. shaking, trembling.

5And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: forc I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

c Mark 16:6; Luke 24:4.

6He is not here: for he is risen, 10as he said.d Come, see the place where the 11Lord lay.

10 As is to be seen, Mat. 26:32.

d Mat. 16:21; 17:23; 20:19; Mark 8:31; 9:31; 10:34; Luke 9:22; 18:33; 24:6.

11 That is, the Lord’s dead body, which even after death remained united to the Divine nature, as also the soul did in heaven.

7And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; theree shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

e Mat. 26:32; Mark 16:7.

8Andf they departed quickly from the sepulchre with 12fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

f Mark 16:8; John 20:18.

12 The fear was out of human infirmity, because they saw the glory of the angel; and the joy from the joyful message of Christ’s resurrection.

9¶And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesusg met them, saying, All hail. And they came and 13held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

g Mark 16:9; John 20:14.

13 That is, fell down at His feet, embracing the same, as an indication of love and reverence; as may be seen, 2 Kings 4:27; Luke 7:38.

10Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my 14brethren that they go into 15Galilee, and thereh shall they see me.

14 Thus He calls His disciples for their comfort, to show that, although they had forsaken Him, yet notwithstanding His love to them ceased not, nor was diminished. See John 20:17.

15 There Christ intended chiefly to manifest Himself, because He had there the most disciples, and there it was the safest for them.

h Acts 1:3; 13:31; 1 Cor. 15:5.

11¶Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things 16that were done.

16 Namely, concerning the resurrection of Christ.

12And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave 17large money unto the soldiers,

17 Gr. sufficient money, or sufficient silverlings, that is, silver pence.

13Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

14And if this come to the governor's ears, we will 18persuade him, and securei you.

18 Or, convince, prevail upon him, that is, make him believe with reasons.

i free from anxiety

15So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and 19this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

19 Namely, that the disciples had taken Christ’s body by night.

16¶Then the 20eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain wherej Jesus had 21appointed them.

20 For, the twelfth, namely Judas, was departed from them.

j Mat. 26:32; Mark 14:28.

21 Gr. had commanded, or ordained, namely, for to come to Him there.

17And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some 22doubted.

22 See hereof in more detail, Luke 24:38, 41.

18And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All 23power is given unto mek in heaven and in earth.

23 That is, all authority and faculty or ability, namely, as the Head of the church, to gather, govern and defend the same throughout the entire world.

k Psalm 8:6; Mat. 11:27; Luke 10:22; John 3:35; 17:2; 1 Cor. 15:27; Eph. 1:22; Heb. 2:8.

19¶Gol ye therefore, and 24teach all nations, baptizing them 25in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

l Mark 16:15; John 15:16.

24 Or, make disciples among all nations, as this word is also taken, Acts 14:21. See also Mark 16:15.

25 That is, that so by God’s command, they may be hallowed and consecrated as children of and in covenant with the true God, Father, Son and the Holy Ghost, and consequently obliged to His service and obedience. See 1 Cor. 1:15.

20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and,m lo, I am 26with you alway, even unto the end of the world. 27Amen.

m John 14:18.

26 Namely, with you, My disciples, and all your successors in My church, and that according to My Godhead, majesty, grace and Spirit. See Mat. 26:11.

27 What this word signifies, see Mat. 6:13; 1 Cor. 14:16; 2 Cor. 1:20, and it is here added to the end of this Gospel, as also to almost all the writings of the New Testament, to show the stability and assurance of that which is contained in the same. See John 21:24.