Pilate, therefore, wishing to release Jesus, again called out to them.
But they shouted, saying, "Crucify Him, crucify Him!
Then he said to them the third time, "Why, what evil has He done? I have found no reason for death in Him. I will therefore chastise Him and let Him go."
But they were insistent, demanding with loud voices that He be crucified. And the voices of these men and of the chief priests prevailed. a24
So Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they requested.
And he released to them b the one they requested, who for rebellion and murder had been thrown into prison; but he delivered Jesus to their will.
Now as they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus.
And a great multitude of the people followed Him, and women who also mourned and lamented Him.
But Jesus, turning to them, said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.
For indeed the days are coming in which they will say, 'Blessed are the barren, wombs that never bore, and breasts which never nursed!'
Then they will begin 'to say to the mountains, "Fall on us!" and to the hills, "Cover us!" ' c