Mark 15 CSB

Jesus Faces Pilate

1 As soon as it was morning, the chief priests had a meeting with the elders, scribes, and the whole Sanhedrin. After tying Jesus up, they led Him away and handed Him over to Pilate.

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      2 So Pilate asked Him, "Are You the King of the Jews?" He answered him, "You have said it." a

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        • a 15:2 - Or That is true, an affirmative oath; Mt 26:64; 27:11
          3 And the chief priests began to accuse Him of many things.
          4 Then Pilate questioned Him again, "Are You not answering anything? Look how many things they are accusing You of!"
          5 But Jesus still did not answer anything, so Pilate was amazed.

          Jesus or Barabbas

          6 At the festival it was Pilate's custom to release for the people a prisoner they requested.

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              7 There was one named Barabbas, who was in prison with rebels who had committed murder during the rebellion.
              8 The crowd came up and began to ask [Pilate] to do for them as was his custom.
              9 So Pilate answered them, "Do you want me to release the King of the Jews for you?"
              10 For he knew it was because of envy that the chief priests had handed Him over.
              11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd so that he would release Barabbas to them instead.
              12 Pilate asked them again, "Then what do you want me to do with the One you call the King of the Jews?"
              13 Again they shouted, "Crucify Him!"
              14 Then Pilate said to them, "Why? What has He done wrong?" But they shouted, "Crucify Him!" all the more.
              15 Then, willing to gratify the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. And after having Jesus flogged,b he handed Him over to be crucified.

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                • b 15:15 - Roman flogging was done with a whip made of leather strips embedded with pieces of bone or metal that brutally tore the flesh.

                  Mocked by the Military

                  16 Then the soldiers led Him away into the courtyard (that is, headquarters) and called the whole company together.

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                      17 They dressed Him in a purple robe, twisted together a crown of thorns, and put it on Him.
                      18 And they began to salute Him, "Hail, King of the Jews!"
                      19 They kept hitting Him on the head with a reed and spitting on Him. Getting down on their knees, they were paying Him homage.
                      20 When they had mocked Him, they stripped Him of the purple robe, put His clothes on Him, and led Him out to crucify Him.

                      Crucified between Two Criminals

                      21 They forced a man coming in from the country, who was passing by, to carry Jesus' cross. He was Simon, a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus.

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                          22 And they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means Skull Place).
                          23 They tried to give Him wine mixed with myrrh, but He did not take it.
                          24 Then they crucified Him and divided His clothes, casting lotsc for them to decide what each would get.

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                              25 Now it was nine in the morningd when they crucified Him.

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                                • d 15:25 - Lit was the third hour
                                  26 The inscription of the charge written against Him was THE KING OF THE JEWS
                                  27 They crucified two criminalse with Him, one on His right and one on His left. [

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                                    • e 15:27 - Or revolutionaries
                                      28 So the Scripture was fulfilled that says: And He was counted among outlaws. ]f g

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                                        • f 15:28 - Other mss omit bracketed text
                                        • g 15:28 - Isaiah 53:12
                                          29 Those who passed by were yelling insults ath Him, shaking their heads, and saying, "Ha! The One who would demolish the sanctuary and build it in three days,

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                                            • h 15:29 - Lit passed by blasphemed
                                              30 save Yourself by coming down from the cross!"
                                              31 In the same way, the chief priests with the scribes were mocking Him to one another and saying, "He saved others; He cannot save Himself!
                                              32 Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, so that we may see and believe." Even those who were crucified with Him were taunting Him.

                                              The Death of Jesus

                                              33 When it was noon,i darkness came over the whole landj until three in the afternoon.k

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                                                • i 15:33 - Lit the sixth hour
                                                • j 15:33 - Or whole earth
                                                • k 15:33 - Lit the ninth hour
                                                  34 And at threel Jesus cried out with a loud voice, " Eloi, Eloi, lemá m sabachtháni ?" which is translated, " My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? " n

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                                                    • l 15:34 - Lit the ninth hour
                                                    • m 15:34 - Other mss read lama; other mss read lima
                                                    • n 15:34 - Ps 22:1
                                                      35 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, "Look, He's calling for Elijah!"
                                                      36 Someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, fixed it on a reed, offered Him a drink, and said, "Let's see if Elijah comes to take Him down!"
                                                      37 But Jesus let out a loud cry and breathed His last.
                                                      38 Then the curtain of the sanctuaryo was split in two from top to bottom.

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                                                        • o 15:38 - A heavy curtain separated the inner room of the temple from the outer.
                                                          39 When the centurion, who was standing opposite Him, saw the way Hep breathed His last, he said, "This man really was God's Son!"q

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                                                            • p 15:39 - Other mss read saw that He cried out like this and
                                                            • q 15:39 - Or the Son of God; Mk 1:1
                                                              40 There were also women looking on from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome.
                                                              41 When He was in Galilee, they would follow Him and help Him. Many other women had come up with Him to Jerusalem.

                                                              The Burial of Jesus

                                                              42 When it was already evening, because it was preparation day (that is, the day before the Sabbath),

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                                                                  43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Sanhedrin who was himself looking forward to the kingdom of God, came and boldly went in to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body.
                                                                  44 Pilate was surprised that He was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him whether He had already died.
                                                                  45 When he found out from the centurion, he gave the corpse to Joseph.
                                                                  46 After he bought some fine linen, he took Him down and wrapped Him in the linen. Then he placed Him in a tomb cut out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb.
                                                                  47 Now Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses were watching where He was placed.