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Mark 15:1-25 (New American Standard)

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Jesus before Pilate

1 1Early in the morning the chief priests with the elders and scribes and the whole a2Council, immediately held a consultation; and binding Jesus, they led Him away and delivered Him to Pilate. 2 3Pilate questioned Him, "Are You the King of the Jews?" And He answered him, "It is as you say." 3 The chief priests began to accuse Him bharshly. 4 Then Pilate questioned Him again, saying, "Do You not answer? See how many charges they bring against You!" 5 But Jesus 4made no further answer; so Pilate was amazed. 6 5Now at the feast he used to release for them any one prisoner whom they requested. 7 The man named Barabbas had been imprisoned with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the insurrection. 8 The crowd went up and began asking him to do as he had been accustomed to do for them. 9 Pilate answered them, saying, "Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?" 10 For he was aware that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy. 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd 6to ask him to release Barabbas for them instead. 12 Answering again, Pilate said to them, "Then what shall I do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?" 13 They shouted cback, "Crucify Him!" 14 But Pilate said to them, "Why, what evil has He done?" But they shouted all the more, "Crucify Him!" 15 Wishing to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them, and after having Jesus 7scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified.

Jesus Is Mocked

16 8The soldiers took Him away into 9the dpalace (that is, the Praetorium ), and they called together the whole Roman e10cohort. 17 They dressed Him up in purple, and after twisting a crown of thorns, they put it on Him; 18 and they began to acclaim Him, "Hail, King of the Jews!" 19 They kept beating His head with a freed, and spitting on Him, and kneeling and bowing before Him. 20 After they had mocked Him, they took the purple robe off Him and put His own garments on Him. And they led Him out to crucify Him. 21 11They pressed into service a passer-by coming from the country, Simon of Cyrene (the father of Alexander and 12Rufus ), to bear His cross.

The Crucifixion

22 13Then they brought Him to the place 14Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull. 23 They tried to give Him 15wine mixed with myrrh; but He did not take it. 24 And they crucified Him, and 16divided up His garments among themselves, casting glots for them to decide hwhat each man should take. 25 It was the i17third hour jwhen they crucified Him.
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