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Mark 15:1-47

15  And at once in the morning the chief priests, with the elders and scribes and the whole Sanhedrin, got their scheme ready and bound Jesus and brought him to Pilate and handed him over to him. 2  And Pilate put the question to him, “Are you the ‘king of the Jews’?” and he answered him “As you say.” 3  And the chief priests accused him vehemently; 4  and Pilate questioned him again, “Do you not make any answer? see at what a rate they are accusing you”; 5  but Jesus no longer made any answer, so that Pilate wondered. 6  And every feast-time he used to release to them one prisoner whom they begged off. 7  And the man known as Bar-Abbas was in custody with the rioters, who had committed murder in the riot. 8  And the crowd went up and began to ask for what he used to do for them; 9  and Pilate answered them “Will you have me release for you the King of the Jews?” 10  for he was aware that it was out of jealousy that the chief priests had had him arrested. 11  But the chief priests hounded the crowd on to have him release Bar-Abbas for them instead. 12  And Pilate answered them again “Then what shall I do with the one that you call the King of the Jews?” 13  but they screamed again “Crucify him.” 14  And Pilate said to them “Why, what harm has he done?” but they screamed more and more “Crucify him.” 15  And Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Bar-Abbas for them, but scourged Jesus and gave him in charge to be crucified. 16  And the soldiers took him inside the courtyard, that is, the praetorium; and they called together the whole cohort, 17  and dressed him in purple, and braided a wreath of thorns and put it around his head, 18  and began to salute him with “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19  and they beat his head with a reed and spat on him, and got down on their knees and did reverence to him. 20  And when they had had their fun with him, they took off the purple from him and put his own clothes on him. And they led him out to be crucified; 21  and they requisitioned a passerby coming from the country, Simon, a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to take up his cross. 22  And they brought him to the place Golgotha, which means “the Skull place”; 23  and they offered him wine with myrrh in it, but he did not take it; 24  and they crucified him and divided up his clothes, throwing lots over them, who should take what. 25  And it was at nine o’clock they crucified him. 26  And the inscription of his offense was written up, “The King of the Jews.” 27  And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left. 28  —— 29  And those who went past taunted him, shaking their heads and saying “Wow! you that were tearing down the temple and building it up in three days, 30  save yourself by getting down off the cross!” 31**  In the same way the chief priests too, making fun of him to each other with the scribes, said “He saved others; he cannot save himself! 32  Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, get down off the cross now, that we may see it and believe;” And those who were crucified with him twitted him. 33  And when twelve o’clock came there came a darkness all over the land till three. 34  And at three o’clock Jesus shrieked loudly “Elohí, Elohí, lamá shabaktáni?” which means “My God, my God, wherefore hast thou abandoned me?” 35  And some of those who were present said when they heard it “Hark, he is calling Eliah” [for that was the way Elijah’s name was then pronounced]. 36  And somebody ran and filled a sponge with vinegar and stuck it on a reed, and offered him the drink, saying “Just let us see if Elijah is coming to take him down.” 37  And Jesus uttered a loud cry and expired; 38  and the curtain of the temple split in two from top to bottom. 39*  And at seeing that he expired like that, the centurion who was there standing across the way from him said “This man positively was the son of God.” 40  And there were also women looking on from a distance; among them Mary the Magdalene, and Mary the mother of little James and of Jose, and Salome, 41  those who when he was in Galilee followed him and supplied his needs, and many others who had come up to Jerusalem with him. 42  And when evening had now come, since it was Friday, the day before the sabbath, 43  Joseph of Arimathea, a member of the Sanhedrin and a man of high standing in the community, who was himself watching for the Reign of God, plucked up courage to go into Pilate’s presence and ask for Jesus’s body. 44  And Pilate wondered that he should be already dead, and called in the centurion and questioned him as to whether he had been dead long; 45  and, having found this out from the centurion, he presented Joseph with the corpse. 46  And he bought a linen wrapper and took him down and did him up in the wrapper and placed him in a tomb that had been cut out of a rock, and rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. 47  And Mary the Magdalene and Jose’s Mary saw where he was laid.


15:31 Or (as the same word is translated in some places) made others well
15:31 Or can he not save himself?
15:39 Or the son of a god