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1And as soon as it was morning the chief priests, with the elders and scribes, and the whole council held a consultation; and they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him to Pilate. 2And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” 3And the chief priests accused him of many things. 4And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you.” 5But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate wondered.

6Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked. 7And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabʹbas. 8And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he was wont to do for them. 9And he answered them, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” 10For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up. 11But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabʹbas instead. 12And Pilate again said to them, “Then what shall I do with the man whom you call the King of the Jews?” 13And they cried out again, “Crucify him.” 14And Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him.” 15So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabʹbas; and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

16And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the praetorium); and they called together the whole battalion. 17And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on him. 18And they began to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19And they struck his head with a reed, and spat upon him, and they knelt down in homage to him. 20And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak, and put his own clothes on him. And they led him out to crucify him.

21And they compelled a passer-by, Simon of Cyreʹne, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. 22And they brought him to the place called Golʹgotha (which means the place of a skull). 23And they offered him wine mingled with myrrh; but he did not take it. 24And they crucified him, and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take. 25And it was the third hour, when they crucified him. 26And the inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” 27And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left. 29And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads, and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30save yourself, and come down from the cross!” 31So also the chief priests mocked him to one another with the scribes, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. 32Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also reviled him.

33And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eʹlo-i, Eʹlo-i, laʹma sabach-thaʹni?” which means, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” 35And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Eliʹjah.” 36And one ran and, filling a sponge full of vinegar, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Eliʹjah will come to take him down.” 37And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed his last. 38And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that he thus breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”

40There were also women looking on from afar, among whom were Mary Magʹdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Saloʹme, 41who, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered to him; and also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.

42And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, 43Joseph of Arimatheʹa, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. 44And Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. 45And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. 46And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. 47Mary Magʹdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
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