15:1 Immediately in the morning the chief priests, with the elders and scribes, and the whole council, held a consultation, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him up to Pilate.
15:2 Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” He answered, “So you say.”
15:3 The chief priests accused him of many things.
15:4 Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer? See how many things they testify against you!”
15:5 But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate marveled.
15:6 Now at the feast he used to release to them one prisoner, whom they asked of him.
15:7 There was one called Barabbas, bound with those who had made insurrection, men who in the insurrection had committed murder.
15:8 The multitude, crying aloud, began to ask him to do as he always did for them.
15:9 Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?”
15:10 For he perceived that for envy the chief priests had delivered him up.
15:11 But the chief priests stirred up the multitude, that he should release Barabbas to them instead.
15:12 Pilate again asked them, “What then should I do to him whom you call the King of the Jews?”
15:13 They cried out again, “Crucify him!”
15:14 Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they cried out exceedingly, “Crucify him!”
15:15 Pilate, wishing to please the multitude, released Barabbas to them, and handed over Jesus, when he had flogged him, to be crucified.
15:16 The soldiers led him away within the court, which is the Praetorium; and they called together the whole cohort.
15:17 They clothed him with purple, and weaving a crown of thorns, they put it on him.
15:18 They began to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
15:19 They struck his head with a reed, and spat on him, and bowing their knees, did homage to him.
15:20 When they had mocked him, they took the purple off of him, and put his own garments on him. They led him out to crucify him.
15:21 They compelled one passing by, coming from the country, Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to go with them, that he might bear his cross.
15:22 They brought him to the place called Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, “The place of a skull.”
15:23 They offered him wine mixed with myrrh to drink, but he didn’t take it.
15:24 Crucifying him, they parted his garments among them, casting lots on them, what each should take.
15:25 It was the third hour, and they crucified him.
15:26 The superscription of his accusation was written over him, “THE KING OF THE JEWS.”
15:27 With him they crucified two robbers; one on his right hand, and one on his left.
15:28 The Scripture was fulfilled, which says, “He was numbered with transgressors.”
15:29 Those who passed by blasphemed him, wagging their heads, and saying, “Ha! You who destroy the temple, and build it in three days,
15:30 save yourself, and come down from the cross!”
15:31 Likewise, also the chief priests mocking among themselves with the scribes said, “He saved others. He can’t save himself.
15:32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, that we may see and believe him. ” Those who were crucified with him insulted him.
15:33 When the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.
15:34 At the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is, being interpreted, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
15:35 Some of those who stood by, when they heard it, said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.”
15:36 One ran, and filling a sponge full of vinegar, put it on a reed, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Let him be. Let’s see whether Elijah comes to take him down.”
15:37 Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and gave up the spirit.
15:38 The veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom.
15:39 When the centurion, who stood by opposite him, saw that he cried out like this and breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”
15:40 There were also women watching from afar, among whom were both Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome;
15:41 who, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and served him; and many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.
15:42 When evening had now come, because it was the Preparation Day, that is, the day before the Sabbath,
15:43 Joseph of Arimathaea, a prominent council member who also himself was looking for the Kingdom of God, came. He boldly went in to Pilate, and asked for Jesus’ body.
15:44 Pilate marveled if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead long.
15:45 When he found out from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph.
15:46 He bought a linen cloth, and taking him down, wound him in the linen cloth, and laid him in a tomb which had been cut out of a rock. He rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.
15:47 Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Joses, saw where he was laid.
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