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Mark 15 (Lexham English Bible)

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Jesus Taken to Pilate

1 And as soon as morning [came], [after]a formulating a plan, the chief priests, with the elders and scribes and the whole Sanhedrin, tied up Jesus, led [him]b away, and handed [him]c over to Pilate. 2 And Pilate asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" And he answered him [and]d said, "You say [so]." 3 And the chief priests began to accusee him [of] many [things]. 4 So Pilate asked him again, saying, "Do you not answer anything? See how many [charges]f they are bringing against you!" 5 But Jesus did not answer anything further, so that Pilate was astonished.

Pilate Releases Barabbas

6 Now at each feast he customarily releasedg for them one prisoner whom they requested. 7 And the one named Barabbash was imprisoned with the rebels who had committed murder in the rebellion. 8 And the crowd came up [and]i began to ask him to do as he customarily didj for them. 9 So Pilate answered them, saying, "Do you want me to release for you the king of the Jews?" 10 (For he realized that the chief priests had handed him over because of envy.) 11 But the chief priests incited the crowd so that he would release for them Barabbask instead. 12 So Pilate answered [and] said to them again, "Then what do you want me to do with [the one] whom you call the king of the Jews?" 13 And they shouted again, "Crucify him!" 14 And Pilate said to them, "Why? What evil has he done?" But they shouted even louder, "Crucify him!" 15 So Pilate, [because he]l wanted {to satisfy}m the crowd, released for them Barabbas. And [after]n he had Jesus flogged, he handed [him]o over so that he could be crucified.

Jesus Is Mocked

16 So the soldiers led him away into the palace (that is, the governor's residence) and called together the whole cohort. 17 And they put a purple cloak on him, and [after]p weaving a crown of thorns they placed [it]q on him. 18 And they began to greet him, "Hail, king of the Jews!" 19 And they repeatedly struckr him on the head with a reed, and were spitting on him, and {they knelt down}s [and]t did obeisance to him. 20 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothesu on him, and they led him out so that they could crucify him.

Jesus Is Crucified

21 And they forced a certain man who was passing by, Simon of Cyrene (the father of Alexander and Rufus), who was coming from the country, to carry his cross. 22 And they brought him to the place Golgotha (which is translated "Place of a Skull"). 23 And they attempted to givev him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him and divided his clothes among themselvesw [by]x casting lots for them [to see] who should take what. 25 Now it was the third hour when they crucified him. 26 And the inscription of the charge against him was written, "The king of the Jews." 27 And with him they crucified two robbers, one on [his] right and one on [his] left.y 29 And those who passed by reviled him, shaking their heads and saying, "Aha! The one who would destroy the temple and rebuild [it]z in three days, 30 save yourself [by]aa coming down from the cross!" 31 In the same way also the chief priests, along with the scribes, were mocking [him]bb to one another, saying, "He saved others; he is not able to save himself! 32 Let the Christ, 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 reviling him.

Jesus Dies on the Cross

33 And [when]cc the sixth hour came, darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" (which is translated, "My God, my God, {why}dd have you forsaken me?")ee 35 And some of the bystanders, [when they]ff heard [it],gg said, "Behold, he is summoning Elijah!" 36 And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put [it]hh on a reed, [and]ii gave [it]jj to him to drink, saying, "Leave [him]kk alone! Let us see if Elijah is coming to take him down." 37 But Jesus uttered a loud cry [and]ll expired. 38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 And [when]mm the centurion who was standing opposite him saw that he expired like this, he said, "Truly this man was God's Son!" 40 And there were also women observing from a distance, among whom [were] Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the youngernn and Joses,oo and Salome, 41 who used to followpp him and serve him when he was in Galilee, and many other [women] who went up with him to Jerusalem.

Jesus Is Buried

42 And [when it]qq was already evening, since it was the day of preparation (that is, the day before the Sabbath), 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the council who was also himself looking forward torr the kingdom of God, came acting courageously [and]ss went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 44 And Pilate was surprised that he was already dead, and summoning the centurion, asked him whether he had died already. 45 And [when he]tt learned of [it]uu from the centurion, he granted the corpse to Joseph. 46 And [after]vv purchasing a linen cloth [and]ww taking him down, he wrapped [him]xx in the linen cloth and placed him in a tomb that had been cut from the rock. And he rolled a stone over the entrance of the tomb. 47 Now Mary Magdalene and Mary the [mother] of Joses saw where he was placed.
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