Luke 23

Jesus before Pilate

1Then the whole body of them got up and a  brought Him before Pilate. 2 b  And they began to accuse Him, saying, “We found this man c  misleading our nation and d  forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, and saying that He Himself is
I.e. Messiah
Christ, a King.”
3So Pilate asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” And He answered him and said, f  It is as you say.” 4Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds g  I find no guilt in this man.” 5But they kept on insisting, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching all over Judea h  starting from Galilee even as far as this place.”

6When Pilate heard it, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 7And when he learned that He belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent Him to i  Herod, who himself also was in Jerusalem
Lit in these days
at that time.

Jesus before Herod

8Now Herod was very glad when he saw Jesus; for k  he had wanted to see Him for a long time, because he had been hearing about Him and was hoping to see some
Or attesting miracle
sign performed by Him.
9And he questioned Him
Lit in many words
at some length; but n  He answered him nothing.
10And the chief priests and the scribes were standing there, accusing Him vehemently. 11And Herod with his soldiers, after treating Him with contempt and mocking Him, o  dressed Him in a gorgeous robe and sent Him back to Pilate. 12Now p  Herod and Pilate became friends with one another that very day; for before they had been enemies with each other.

Pilate Seeks Jesus’ Release

13Pilate summoned the chief priests and the q  rulers and the people, 14and said to them, “You brought this man to me as one who r  incites the people to rebellion, and behold, having examined Him before you, I s  have found no guilt in this man regarding the charges which you make against Him. 15No, nor has t  Herod, for he sent Him back to us; and behold, nothing deserving death has been done by Him. 16Therefore I will u  punish Him and release Him.” 17[
Early mss do not contain this v
Now he was obliged to release to them at the feast one prisoner.]

18But they cried out all together, saying w  Away with this man, and release for us Barabbas!” 19(He was one who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection made in the city, and for murder.) 20Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again, 21but they kept on calling out, saying, “Crucify, crucify Him!” 22And he said to them the third time, “Why, what evil has this man done? I have found in Him no guilt demanding death; therefore I will x  punish Him and release Him.” 23But they were insistent, with loud voices asking that He be crucified. And their voices began to prevail. 24And Pilate pronounced sentence that their demand be granted. 25And he released the man they were asking for who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, but he delivered Jesus to their will.

Simon Bears the Cross

26 y  When they led Him away, they seized a man, Simon of z  Cyrene, coming in from the country, and placed on him the cross to carry behind Jesus.

27And following Him was a large crowd of the people, and of women who were
Lit beating the breast
,
ab  mourning and lamenting Him.
28But Jesus turning to them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘ ac  Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’ 30Then they will begin to ad  say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ 31For if they do these things
Lit in the green tree
when the tree is green, what will happen
Lit in the dry
when it is dry?”

32 ag  Two others also, who were criminals, were being led away to be put to death with Him.

The Crucifixion

33 ah  When they came to the place called
In Lat Calvarius; or Calvary
The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left.
34
Some early mss do not contain But Jesus was saying...doing
But Jesus was saying, ak  Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” al  And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves.
35And the people stood by, looking on. And even the am  rulers were sneering at Him, saying, “He saved others; an  let Him save Himself if this is the
I.e. Messiah
Christ of God, His Chosen One.”
36The soldiers also mocked Him, coming up to Him, ap  offering Him sour wine, 37and saying aq  If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself!” 38Now there was also an inscription above Him, ar  THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

39 as  One of the criminals who were hanged there was
Or blaspheming
hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the
I.e. Messiah
Christ? av  Save Yourself and us!”
40But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving
Lit things worthy of what we have done
what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”
42And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come
Or into
in Your kingdom!”
43And He said to him, Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in ay  Paradise.”

44 az  It was now about
I.e. noon
,
bb  the sixth hour, and darkness
Or occurred
fell over the whole land until
I.e. 3 p.m.
the ninth hour,
45
Lit the sun failing
because the sun was obscured; and bf  the veil of the temple was torn
Lit in the middle
in two.
46And Jesus bh  crying out with a loud voice, said, Father, bi  into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last. 47 bj  Now when the centurion saw what had happened, he began bk  praising God, saying, “Certainly this man was
Lit righteous
innocent.”
48And all the crowds who came together for this spectacle, when they observed what had happened, began to return
I.e. as a traditional sign of mourning or contrition
,
bn  beating their breasts.
49 bo  And all His acquaintances and bp  the women who accompanied Him from Galilee were standing at a distance, seeing these things.

Jesus Is Buried

50 bq  And a man named Joseph, who was a br  member of the Council, a good and righteous man 51(he had not consented to their plan and action), a man from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who was bs  waiting for the kingdom of God; 52this man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53And he took it down and wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid Him in a tomb cut into the rock, where no one had ever lain. 54It was bt  the
I.e. preparation for the Sabbath
preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to
Lit dawn
begin.
55Now bw  the women who had come with Him out of Galilee followed, and saw the tomb and how His body was laid. 56Then they returned and bx  prepared spices and perfumes.

And by  on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.
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