Matthew 27:32-44 (New International Version)

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The Crucifixion

27:33-44pp -- Mk 15:22-32; Lk 23:33-43; Jn 19:17-24

32 As they were going out,1 they met a man from Cyrene,2 named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross.3 33 They came to a place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull).4 34 There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall;5 but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. 35 When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.a6 36 And sitting down, they kept watch7 over him there. 37 Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 38 Two robbers were crucified with him,8 one on his right and one on his left. 39 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads9 40 and saying, "You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days,10 save yourself !11 Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!"12 41 In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. 42 "He saved others," they said, "but he can't save himself ! He's the King of Israel!13 Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe14 in him. 43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue him15 now if he wants him, for he said, 'I am the Son of God.' " 44 In the same way the robbers who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.
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