Luke 23 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then the entire council took Jesus over to Pilate, the Roman governor. 1 Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate.
2 They began at once to state their case: "This man has been leading our people to ruin by telling them not to pay their taxes to the Roman government and by claiming he is the Messiah, a king." 2 And they began to accuse him, saying, "We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Christ, a king."
3 So Pilate asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus replied, "Yes, it is as you say." 3 So Pilate asked Jesus, "Are you the king of the Jews?" "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied.
4 Pilate turned to the leading priests and to the crowd and said, "I find nothing wrong with this man!" 4 Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, "I find no basis for a charge against this man."#cr
5 Then they became desperate. "But he is causing riots everywhere he goes, all over Judea, from Galilee to Jerusalem!" 5 But they insisted, "He stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here."
6 "Oh, is he a Galilean?" Pilate asked. 6 On hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean.
7 When they answered that he was, Pilate sent him to Herod Antipas, because Galilee was under Herod's jurisdiction, and Herod happened to be in Jerusalem at the time. 7 When he learned that Jesus was under Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.
8 Herod was delighted at the opportunity to see Jesus, because he had heard about him and had been hoping for a long time to see him perform a miracle. 8 When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform some miracle.
9 He asked Jesus question after question, but Jesus refused to answer. 9 He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer.
10 Meanwhile, the leading priests and the teachers of religious law stood there shouting their accusations. 10 The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him.
11 Now Herod and his soldiers began mocking and ridiculing Jesus. Then they put a royal robe on him and sent him back to Pilate. 11 Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate.
12 Herod and Pilate, who had been enemies before, became friends that day. 12 That day Herod and Pilate became friends--before this they had been enemies.
13 Then Pilate called together the leading priests and other religious leaders, along with the people, 13 Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers and the people,
14 and he announced his verdict. "You brought this man to me, accusing him of leading a revolt. I have examined him thoroughly on this point in your presence and find him innocent 14 and said to them, "You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him.
15 Herod came to the same conclusion and sent him back to us. Nothing this man has done calls for the death penalty. 15 Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death.
16 So I will have him flogged, but then I will release him." 16 Therefore, I will punish him and then release him. "
17 17 With one voice they cried out, "Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!"
18 Then a mighty roar rose from the crowd, and with one voice they shouted, "Kill him, and release Barabbas to us!" 18 (Barabbas had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for murder.
19 (Barabbas was in prison for murder and for taking part in an insurrection in Jerusalem against the government. 19 Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again.
20 Pilate argued with them, because he wanted to release Jesus. 20 But they kept shouting, "Crucify him! Crucify him!
21 But they shouted, "Crucify him! Crucify him!" 21 For the third time he spoke to them: "Why? What crime has this man committed? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I will have him punished and then release him."
22 For the third time he demanded, "Why? What crime has he committed? I have found no reason to sentence him to death. I will therefore flog him and let him go." 22 But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed.
23 But the crowd shouted louder and louder for Jesus' death, and their voices prevailed. 23 So Pilate decided to grant their demand.
24 So Pilate sentenced Jesus to die as they demanded. 24 He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.
25 As they had requested, he released Barabbas, the man in prison for insurrection and murder. But he delivered Jesus over to them to do as they wished. 25 As they led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.
26 As they led Jesus away, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country just then, was forced to follow Jesus and carry his cross. 26 A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him.
27 Great crowds trailed along behind, including many grief-stricken women. 27 Jesus turned and said to them, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.
28 But Jesus turned and said to them, "Daughters of Jerusalem, don't weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 28 For the time will come when you will say, 'Blessed are the barren women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!'
29 For the days are coming when they will say, 'Fortunate indeed are the women who are childless, the wombs that have not borne a child and the breasts that have never nursed.' 29 Then " 'they will say to the mountains, "Fall on us!" and to the hills, "Cover us!" '
30 People will beg the mountains to fall on them and the hills to bury them. 30 For if men do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?"
31 For if these things are done when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?" 31 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed.
32 Two others, both criminals, were led out to be executed with him. 32 When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals--one on his right, the other on his left.
33 Finally, they came to a place called The Skull. All three were crucified there -- Jesus on the center cross, and the two criminals on either side. 33 Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
34 Jesus said, "Father, forgive these people, because they don't know what they are doing." And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice. 34 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, "He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One."
35 The crowd watched, and the leaders laughed and scoffed. "He saved others," they said, "let him save himself if he is really God's Chosen One, the Messiah." 35 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar
36 The soldiers mocked him, too, by offering him a drink of sour wine 36 and said, "If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself."
37 They called out to him, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!" 37 There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews.
38 A signboard was nailed to the cross above him with these words: "This is the King of the Jews. 38 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!"
39 One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, "So you're the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself -- and us, too, while you're at it!" 39 But the other criminal rebuked him. "Don't you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same sentence?
40 But the other criminal protested, "Don't you fear God even when you are dying? 40 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong."
41 We deserve to die for our evil deeds, but this man hasn't done anything wrong." 41 Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. "
42 Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom." 42 Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."
43 And Jesus replied, "I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise." 43 It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour,
44 By this time it was noon, and darkness fell across the whole land until three o'clock. 44 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.
45 The light from the sun was gone. And suddenly, the thick veil hanging in the Temple was torn apart. 45 Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last.
46 Then Jesus shouted, "Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!" And with those words he breathed his last. 46 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, "Surely this was a righteous man."
47 When the captain of the Roman soldiers handling the executions saw what had happened, he praised God and said, "Surely this man was innocent. " 47 When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away.
48 And when the crowd that came to see the crucifixion saw all that had happened, they went home in deep sorrow. 48 But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
49 But Jesus' friends, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance watching. 49 Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man,
50 Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph. He was a member of the Jewish high council, 50 who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea and he was waiting for the kingdom of God.
51 but he had not agreed with the decision and actions of the other religious leaders. He was from the town of Arimathea in Judea, and he had been waiting for the Kingdom of God to come. 51 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus' body.
52 He went to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body. 52 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid.
53 Then he took the body down from the cross and wrapped it in a long linen cloth and laid it in a new tomb that had been carved out of rock. 53 It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.
54 This was done late on Friday afternoon, the day of preparation for the Sabbath. 54 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it.
55 As his body was taken away, the women from Galilee followed and saw the tomb where they placed his body. 55 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.
56 Then they went home and prepared spices and ointments to embalm him. But by the time they were finished it was the Sabbath, so they rested all that day as required by the law. 56