John 19

1So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged him. 2And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they clothed him in a purple robe. 3They came up to him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" and struck him with their hands. 4Pilate went out again, and said to them, "See, I am bringing him out to you, that you may know that I find no crime in him." 5So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, "Behold the man!" 6When the chief priests and officers saw him, they cried out, "Crucify him, crucify him!" Pilate said to them, "You take him and crucify him, for I find no fault in him." 7The Jews answered him, "We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God." 8When Pilate heard these words, he was the more afraid, 9and he went again into the Praetorium and said to Jesus, "Where are you from?" But Jesus gave him no answer. 10Pilate said to him, "You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you, and power to crucify you?" 11Jesus answered, "You would have no power over me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered me to you has the greater sin." 12From then on Pilate sought to release him, but the Jews cried out, "If you let this man go, you are not Caesar’s friend. Anyone who makes himself a king sets himself against Caesar." 13When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out, and sat down on the judgment seat at a place that is called The Pavement, but in Hebrew, Gabbatha. 14Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover, about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, "Behold your King!" 15But they cried out, "Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!" Pilate said to them, "Shall I crucify your King?" The chief priests answered, "We have no King but Caesar."

16Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus. 17And he, bearing his cross, went out to a place called the Place of the Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. 18There they crucified him, and two others with him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center.

19Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 20Many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. 21The chief priests of the Jews then said to Pilate, "Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews, ‘but, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’" 22Pilate answered, "What I have written, I have written." 23When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments, and made four parts, one for each soldier, and also his tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven in one piece from top to bottom. 24So they said to one another, "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be." This happened that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says: "They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots." This is what the soldiers did. 25By the cross of Jesus stood his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing by, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold your son!" 27Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. 28After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, "I thirst." 29Now a vessel full of wine vinegar was sitting there; so they filled a sponge with the vinegar, put it on hyssop, and put it to his mouth. 30So when Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, "It is finished!" And he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

31Therefore, because it was the day of Preparation, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. 33But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. 35He who saw it has testified, and his testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth, that you also may believe. 36For these things were done that the scripture should be fulfilled, "Not one of his bones shall be broken." 37And again another scripture says, "They shall look on him whom they have pierced."

38After this Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. 39And Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. 40So they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. 41Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. 42So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, as the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

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