cxch. 16:21; 17:23; 20:19; 28:6; Mark 8:31; 10:34; Luke 9:22; 18:33; 24:6, 7; [ch. 26:61; John 2:19]
Jesus Delivered to Pilate1 a When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people b took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. 2 And they bound him and c led him away and d delivered him over to e Pilate the governor.
Judas Hangs Himself3 Then when f Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus ▼
▼ Greek hewas condemned h he changed his mind and brought back i the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, 4 saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? j See to it yourself.” 5 And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple k he departed, and he went and hanged himself. 6 But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into l the treasury, since it is blood money.” 7 So they took counsel and bought with them the potter’s field as a burial place for strangers. 8 Therefore m that field has been called the Field of Blood n to this day. 9 o Then was fulfilled what had been spoken by the prophet Jeremiah, saying p “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him on whom a price had been set by some of the sons of Israel, 10 and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.”
Jesus Before Pilate11 q Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you r the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, s “You have said so.” 12 t But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer. 13 Then Pilate said to him u “Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?” 14 But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.
The Crowd Chooses Barabbas15 v Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the crowd any one prisoner whom they wanted. 16 And they had then a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. 17 So when they had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you: Barabbas, or w Jesus who is called Christ?” 18 For he knew that it was out x of envy that they had delivered him up. 19 Besides, while he was sitting on y the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with z that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today aa in a dream.” 20 Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ab ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. 21 The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” 22 Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” ac They all said, “Let him be crucified!” 23 And he said, “Why ad what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!”
Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified24 So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that ae a riot was beginning, he took water and af washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of ag this man’s blood; ▼
▼ Some manuscripts this righteous blood, or this righteous man’s bloodai see to it yourselves.” 25 And all the people answered aj “His blood be on us and ak on our children!” 26 Then he released for them Barabbas, and having al scourged ▼
▼ A Roman judicial penalty, consisting of a severe beating with a multi-lashed whip containing imbedded pieces of bone and metalJesus, delivered him to be crucified.
Jesus Is Mocked27 an Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the ao governor’s headquarters ▼
▼ Greek the praetoriumand they gathered the whole aq battalion ▼
▼ Greek cohort; a tenth of a Roman legion, usually about 600 menbefore him. 28 And they stripped him and put as a scarlet robe on him, 29 and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they at mocked him, saying, “Hail au King of the Jews!” 30 And av they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. 31 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and aw led him away to crucify him.
The Crucifixion32 ax, ay As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. They compelled this man to az carry his cross. 33 ba And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), 34 bb they offered him wine to drink, mixed with bc gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. 35 And when they had crucified him bd they divided his garments among them by casting lots. 36 Then they sat down and be kept watch over him there. 37 And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus bf the King of the Jews.” 38 Then two bg robbers were crucified with him bh one on the right and one on the left. 39 And bi those who passed by bj derided him bk wagging their heads 40 and saying bl “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! bm If you are bn the Son of God, come down from the cross.” 41 So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, 42 bo “He saved others; bp he cannot save himself. bq He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 br He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 bs And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.
The Death of Jesus45 Now from the sixth hour ▼
▼ That is, noonthere was darkness over all the land ▼
▼ Or earthuntil the ninth hour. ▼
▼ That is, 3 p.m.46 And about the ninth hour Jesus bw cried out with a loud voice, saying, bx “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 47 And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.” 48 And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with by sour wine, and put it on a reed and bz gave it to him to drink. 49 But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” 50 And Jesus ca cried out again with a loud voice and cb yielded up his spirit. 51 And behold cc the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And cd the earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of ce the saints cf who had fallen asleep were raised, 53 and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into cg the holy city and appeared to many. 54 ch When the centurion and those who were with him ci keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said cj “Truly this was the Son ▼
▼ Or a sonof God!” 55 There were also cl many women there, looking on cm from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, cn ministering to him, 56 among whom were co Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and cp the mother of the sons of Zebedee.
Jesus Is Buried57 cq When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. 58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud 60 and cr laid it in his own new tomb cs which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled ct a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and cu the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.
The Guard at the Tomb62 The next day, that is, after the day of cv Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63 and said, “Sir, we remember how cw that impostor said, while he was still alive, cx ‘After three days I will rise.’ 64 Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day cy lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.” 65 Pilate said to them, “You have cz a guard ▼
▼ Or Take a guardof soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by db sealing the stone and setting a guard.
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