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John 19:1-42

19  So then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him; 2  and the soldiers braided a wreath of thorns and set it on his head and put a purple cloak round him, 3  and came to him and said “Good morning, King of the Jews!” and gave him slaps. 4  And Pilate came outside again and said to them “Here, I am bringing him outside to you so that you may know that I do not find any case against him”; 5  so Jesus came outside wearing the thorn wreath and the purple cloak; and he said to them “There is the man!” 6  So when the chief priests and the officers saw him they went to shouting “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them “Take him yourselves and crucify him; for I do not find any case against him.” 7  The Jews answered “We have a law, and according to the law he ought to die, because he claimed to be God’s son.” 8  So when Pilate heard those words he was all the more afraid, 9  and went in again into the praetorium and said to Jesus “Where do you come from?” but Jesus did not give him any answer. 10  So Pilate said to him “Do you not speak to me? do you not know that I have power to release you and have power to crucify you?” 11  Jesus answered “You would not have any power at all against me if it were not given to you from above; for this reason the one who handed me over to you has the greater sin.” 12  At that Pilate made a move to release him; but the Jews went to shouting “If you release this man you are no friend to Caesar; anyone who claims to be a king is opposing Caesar.” 13*  So, hearing those words, Pilate brought Jesus out and took his seat on a judgment-bench in a place called the Mosaic Pavement, or, in Hebrew, Gabbatha. 14  And it was Passover Friday. It was about twelve o’clock; and he said to the Jews “Here is your King.” 15  So they shouted “Get him away, get him away, crucify him!” Pilate said to them “Crucify your King?” The chief priests answered “We have no king but Caesar.” 16  So then he turned him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus over, 17  and, carrying the cross for himself, he went out to the so-called Skull-Place, of which name the Hebrew is Golgotha, 18  where they crucified him, and with him two others, one on each side and Jesus in the middle. 19  And Pilate also wrote a sign and put it on the cross; and what was written was “Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews.” 20  So a great many of the Jews read that sign, because the place was near the city, where Jesus was crucified, and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek. 21  So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate “Do not write ‘King of the Jews,’ but that he said ‘I am King of the Jews.’” 22  Pilate answered “What I have written I have written.” 23  So the soldiers, when they crucified Jesus, took his clothes and made four parts, a part for each soldier, and the tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven work all the way from the top; 24  so they said to each other “Let us not tear it, but toss for it to decide who shall have it”—that the text might be fulfilled, “They divided my clothes among them and threw lots for my apparel.” So those were the things the soldiers did. 25*  But by Jesus’s cross were standing his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the daughter of Clopas, and Mary the Magdalene. 26  So Jesus, seeing his mother and the disciple he loved standing beside her, said to his mother “Woman, there is your son”; 27  then he said to the disciple “There is your mother.” And from that moment the disciple took her into his home. 28*  After that Jesus, knowing that everything was finished now, said “I am thirsty,” in order that the text might completely come true. 29**  There was a dish standing there full of vinegar; so they stuck a sponge full of the vinegar on a pilum and put it to his mouth. 30  So when Jesus had had the vinegar he said “It is finished” and bowed his head and gave up his spirit. 31  So the Jews, since it was Friday, asked Pilate, in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath (for that sabbath was a great day) to have their legs broken and have them taken away. 32  So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who was crucified with him; 33  but when in coming to Jesus they saw he had already died, they did not break his legs, 34  but one of the soldiers ran a pike into his side, and at once blood and water came out. 35  And the one who saw it has testified, and his testimony is authentic, and he himself knows he is speaking the truth, that you too may believe. 36  For these things took place so that the text “not a bone of his is to be broken” should be fulfilled. 37  And again another text says “they shall look toward him whom they pierced.” 38  And after this was done Joseph from Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus but had kept it hidden for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away Jesus’s body; and Pilate gave permission. 39  And Nicodemus too, he who had in the first place come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and eaglewood, about a hundred pounds of it. 40  So they took Jesus’s body and tied it up in lawn sheets with the spices, as it is customary among the Jews to do in burying. 41  And in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which nobody had as yet been laid; 42  so, because of the Jews’ preparation day, they laid Jesus there because the tomb was nearby.


19:13 Lit. but in Hebrew
19:25 Or Clopas’s Mary
19:28 Or knowing that everything was finished now so that the scriptures should completely come true, said “I am thirsty.”
19:29 Lit. without there
19:29 Codd. on hyssop