1And immediately at dawn the chief priests with the older men and the scribes, even the whole San′he‧drin, conducted a consultation, and they bound Jesus and led him off and handed him over to Pilate.2So Pilate put the question to him: “Are you the king of the Jews?” In answer to him he said: “You yourself say [it].”3But the chief priests proceeded to accuse him of many things.4Now Pilate began questioning him again, saying: “Have you no reply to make? See how many charges they are bringing against you.”5But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate began to marvel.
6Well, from festival to festival he used to release to them one prisoner, whom they petitioned for.7At the time there was the so‐called Bar‧ab′bas in bonds with the seditionists, who in their sedition had committed murder.8So the crowd came on up and started to make petition according to what he used to do for them.9Pilate responded to them, saying: “Do YOU want me to release to YOU the king of the Jews?”10For he was aware that because of envy the chief priests had handed him over.11But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Bar‧ab′bas to them, instead.12Again in reply Pilate was saying to them: “What, then, shall I do with him whom YOU call the king of the Jews?”13Once more they cried out: “Impale him!”14But Pilate went on to say to them: “Why, what bad thing did he do?” Still they cried out all the more: “Impale him!”15At that Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Bar‧ab′bas to them, and, after having Jesus whipped, he handed him over to be impaled.
16The soldiers now led him off into the courtyard, that is, into the governor’s palace; and they called the whole body of troops together,17and they decked him with purple and braided a crown of thorns and put it on him.18And they started greeting him: “Good day, you King of the Jews!”19Also, they would hit him on the head with a reed and spit upon him and, bending their knees, they would do obeisance to him.20Finally, when they had made fun of him, they stripped him of the purple and put his outer garments upon him. And they led him out to impale him.21Also, they impressed into service a passerby, a certain Simon of Cy‧re′ne, coming from the country, the father of Alexander and Ru′fus, that he should lift up his torture stake.
22So they brought him to the place Gol′go‧tha, which means, when translated, Skull Place.23Here they tried to give him wine drugged with myrrh, but he would not take it.24And they impaled him and distributed his outer garments by casting the lot over them as to who takes what.25It was now the third hour, and they impaled him.26And the inscription of the charge against him was written above, “The King of the Jews.”27Moreover, they impaled two robbers with him, one on his right and one on his left.28——29And those going by would speak abusively to him, wagging their heads and saying: “Bah! You would‐be thrower‐down of the temple and builder of it in three days’ time,30save yourself by coming down off the torture stake.”31In like manner also the chief priests were making fun among themselves with the scribes and saying: “Others he saved; himself he cannot save!32Let the Christ the King of Israel now come down off the torture stake, that we may see and believe.” Even those impaled together with him were reproaching him.
33When it became the sixth hour a darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour.34And at the ninth hour Jesus called out with a loud voice: “E′li, E′li, la′ma sa‧bach‧tha′ni?” which means, when translated: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”35And some of those standing near, on hearing it, began to say: “See! He is calling E‧li′jah.”36But a certain one ran, soaked a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed, and began giving him a drink, saying: “LET [him] be! Let us see whether E‧li′jah comes to take him down.”37But Jesus let out a loud cry and expired.38And the curtain of the sanctuary was rent in two from top to bottom.39Now, when the army officer that was standing by with him in view saw he had expired under these circumstances, he said: “Certainly this man was God’s Son.”
40There were also women viewing from a distance, among them Mary Mag′da‧lene as well as Mary the mother of James the Less and of Jo′ses, and Sa‧lo′me,41who used to accompany him and minister to him when he was in Gal′i‧lee, and many other women who had come up together with him to Jerusalem.
42Now as it was already late in the afternoon, and since it was Preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath,43there came Joseph of Ar‧i‧ma‧the′a, a reputable member of the Council, who also himself was waiting for the kingdom of God. He took courage to go in before Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.44But Pilate wondered whether he was already dead, and, summoning the army officer, he asked him whether he had already died.45So after making certain from the army officer, he granted the corpse to Joseph.46Accordingly he bought fine linen and took him down, wrapped him in the fine linen and laid him in a tomb which was quarried out of a rock‐mass; and he rolled a stone up to the door of the memorial tomb.47But Mary Mag′da‧lene and Mary the mother of Jo′ses continued looking at where he had been laid.