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Luke 23:1-56

23  And the entire body of them stood up and brought him to Pilate. 2  And they began to accuse him, saying “We have found this man inciting our nation to disloyalty and keeping them from paying taxes to Caesar, and asserting himself to be King Messiah.” 3  And Pilate asked him “Are you the ‘king of the Jews’?” and he answered him “As you say.” 4  And Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds “I do not find anything punishable in this man.” 5  But they said more and more positively “He agitates the people, teaching all over Palestine, beginning from Galilee and clear to here.” 6  But Pilate, hearing it, put the question whether the man was a Galilean, 7  and, ascertaining that he was from Herod’s jurisdiction, sent him up to Herod, he too being in Jerusalem during those days. 8  And Herod was exceedingly glad to see Jesus; for he had for a considerable time been wanting to see him because he heard him talked of, and he hoped to see some token done by him; 9  and he questioned him at considerable length, but he gave him no answer. 10  And the chief priests and the scribes stood there accusing him energetically. 11*  And Herod, with his soldiery, scorned him and made fun of him, and put splendid vestures on him and sent him back to Pilate; 12  and that very day Herod and Pilate became friends, for they had previously been at enmity. 13  But Pilate, calling together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, 14  said to them “You brought this man to me as an alienator of the people, and here have I examined this man before you and not found in him anything punishable under the accusations you bring against him; 15  neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. And here he has committed no act to deserve death; 16  so I will give him a lesson and release him.” 17  —— 18  But they screamed out, the whole mass of them, “Get that fellow out of the way and release Bar-Abbas for us”— 19  which Bar-Abbas had been thrown into prison for a certain riot that had taken place in the city, and for murder. 20  And Pilate called out to them again, wanting to release Jesus; 21  but they raised a hue and cry “Crucify, crucify him.” 22  And he said to them a third time “Why, what harm has this man done? I have not found in him anything punishable with death; so I will give him a lesson and release him.” 23  But they pressed their demand with loud cries, asking that he be crucified, and their cries prevailed, 24  and Pilate passed sentence that what they asked should be done; 25  and he released the man thrown into prison for riot and murder, whom they asked for, but gave Jesus up to their will. 26  And as they were leading him to execution they took one Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and put the cross on him to carry it behind Jesus. 27  And there followed him a great number of the people, and of women who bewailed and lamented him; 28  but Jesus turned toward them and said “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but do weep for yourselves and your children; 29  for here are days coming in which they will say ‘Happy are the barren, and the bodies that have not held children, and the breasts that have not fed.’ 30  Then they will begin to say to the mountains ‘Fall on us’ and to the hills ‘Cover us’; 31  because if they do this with a green stick, what will be done with the dry one?” 32  And two other criminals also were led with him to be put to death. 33  And when they came to the place known as the Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on the right and one on the left. 34*  [But Jesus said “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”] And to divide up his clothes they threw lots; 35*  and the people stood looking on. And the rulers too sneered at him, saying “He saved others; let him save himself, if this is God’s chosen Messiah.” 36  And the soldiers too made fun of him, putting vinegar up to him 37  and saying “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” 38  And there was an inscription over him too, “This is the king of the Jews.” 39  And one of the criminals that were hanging there taunted him: “You are the Messiah, aren’t you? save yourself and us”; 40  but the other answered him in rebuke, “Do you not even fear God, when you are under the same sentence? 41  and we justly, for we are being paid as our acts deserved, but this man had done nothing out of the way,” 42*  and said, “Jesus, remember me when you come to your Reign”; 43  and he said to him “I tell you verily, today you shall be with me in Paradise.” 44  And it was now about twelve o’clock, and there came a darkness all over the land till three, 45  the sun going dark; and the curtain of the temple split down the middle, 46  and Jesus, with a loud cry, said “Father, to your hands I commit my spirit”; and with this he expired. 47  And the centurion, seeing what had happened, glorified God, saying “This man really was a saint”; 48  and all the crowds that had thronged to that sight returned beating their breasts after they saw what happened. 49  And all his acquaintances were standing at a distance, and so were women who had come along with him from Galilee, seeing these things. 50  And now a man by name Joseph, who was a member of the Council, a good honest man 51  (he had not assented to their plan and their action) from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, one who was watching for the Reign of God,— 52  this man went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’s body, 53  and took it down and wrapped it in a linen wrapper and laid it in a rock-cut tomb where as yet no one was lying. 54  And it was Friday, and the eve of the sabbath had begun; 55  but the women who had come from Galilee with him followed after and viewed the tomb, and how his body was laid, 56  and returned and got ready spices and perfumes. And through the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

Footnotes

23:11 Var. And Herod too, with
23:34 The evidence seems to show that this saying of Jesus is not really part of the Gospel of Luke, but has been copied into many copies of Luke out of some very ancient record.
23:35 Or (as the same word is translated in some places) made others well
23:42 Var. in your Reign