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Mark 15 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 At dawn's first light, the high priests, with the religious leaders and scholars, arranged a conference with the entire Jewish Council. After tying Jesus securely, they took him out and presented him to Pilate. 1 Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, reached a decision. They bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate.
2 Pilate asked him, "Are you the 'King of the Jews'?" 2 "Are you the king of the Jews?" asked Pilate. "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied.
3 The high priests let loose a barrage of accusations. 3 The chief priests accused him of many things.
4 Pilate asked again, "Aren't you going to answer anything? That's quite a list of accusations." 4 So again Pilate asked him, "Aren't you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of."
5 Still, he said nothing. Pilate was impressed, really impressed. 5 But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed.
6 It was a custom at the Feast to release a prisoner, anyone the people asked for. 6 Now it was the custom at the Feast to release a prisoner whom the people requested.
7 There was one prisoner called Barabbas, locked up with the insurrectionists who had committed murder during the uprising against Rome. 7 A man called Barabbas was in prison with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the uprising.
8 As the crowd came up and began to present its petition for him to release a prisoner, 8 The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for them what he usually did.
9 Pilate anticipated them: "Do you want me to release the King of the Jews to you?" 9 "Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?" asked Pilate,
10 Pilate knew by this time that it was through sheer spite that the high priests had turned Jesus over to him. 10 knowing it was out of envy that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him.
11 But the high priests by then had worked up the crowd to ask for the release of Barabbas. 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas instead.
12 Pilate came back, "So what do I do with this man you call King of the Jews?" 12 "What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?" Pilate asked them.
13 They yelled, "Nail him to a cross!" 13 "Crucify him!" they shouted.
14 Pilate objected, "But for what crime?" But they yelled all the louder, "Nail him to a cross!" 14 "Why? What crime has he committed?" asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, "Crucify him!"
15 Pilate gave the crowd what it wanted, set Barabbas free and turned Jesus over for whipping and crucifixion. 15 Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.
16 The soldiers took Jesus into the palace (called Praetorium) and called together the entire brigade. 16 The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers.
17 They dressed him up in purple and put a crown plaited from a thorn bush on his head. 17 They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him.
18 Then they began their mockery: "Bravo, King of the Jews!" 18 And they began to call out to him, "Hail, king of the Jews!"
19 They banged on his head with a club, spit on him, and knelt down in mock worship. 19 Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him.
20 After they had had their fun, they took off the purple cape and put his own clothes back on him. Then they marched out to nail him to the cross. 20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.
21 There was a man walking by, coming from work, Simon from Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus. They made him carry Jesus' cross. 21 A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross.
22 The soldiers brought Jesus to Golgotha, meaning "Skull Hill." 22 They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull).
23 They offered him a mild painkiller (wine mixed with myrrh), but he wouldn't take it. 23 Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.
24 And they nailed him to the cross. They divided up his clothes and threw dice to see who would get them. 24 And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.
25 They nailed him up at nine o'clock in the morning. 25 It was the third hour when they crucified him.
26 The charge against him - the king of the jews - was printed on a poster. 26 The written notice of the charge against him read: the king of the jews.
27 Along with him, they crucified two criminals, one to his right, the other to his left. 27 They crucified two robbers with him, one on his right and one on his left.
29 People passing along the road jeered, shaking their heads in mock lament: "You bragged that you could tear down the Temple and then rebuild it in three days - 29 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, "So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days,
30 so show us your stuff! Save yourself! If you're really God's Son, come down from that cross!" 30 come down from the cross and save yourself !"
31 The high priests, along with the religion scholars, were right there mixing it up with the rest of them, having a great time poking fun at him: "He saved others - but he can't save himself! 31 In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. "He saved others," they said, "but he can't save himself !
32 Messiah, is he? King of Israel? Then let him climb down from that cross. We'll all become believers then!" Even the men crucified alongside him joined in the mockery. 32 Let this Christ, this King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe." Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.
33 At noon the sky became extremely dark. 33 At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour.
34 The darkness lasted three hours. At three o'clock, Jesus groaned out of the depths, crying loudly, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?" 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ""Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? ""--which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
35 Some of the bystanders who heard him said, "Listen, he's calling for Elijah." 35 When some of those standing near heard this, they said, "Listen, he's calling Elijah."
36 Someone ran off, soaked a sponge in sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, "Let's see if Elijah comes to take him down." 36 One man ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. "Now leave him alone. Let's see if Elijah comes to take him down," he said.
37 But Jesus, with a loud cry, gave his last breath. 37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.
38 At that moment the Temple curtain ripped right down the middle. 38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
39 When the Roman captain standing guard in front of him saw that he had quit breathing, he said, "This has to be the Son of God!" 39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, "Surely this man was the Son of God!"
40 There were women watching from a distance, among them Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of the younger James and Joses, and Salome. 40 Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome.
41 When Jesus was in Galilee, these women followed and served him, and had come up with him to Jerusalem. 41 In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.
42 Late in the afternoon, since it was the Day of Preparation (that is, Sabbath eve), 42 It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached,
43 Joseph of Arimathea, a highly respected member of the Jewish Council, came. He was one who lived expectantly, on the lookout for the kingdom of God. Working up his courage, he went to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body. 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body.
44 Pilate questioned whether he could be dead that soon and called for the captain to verify that he was really dead. 44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died.
45 Assured by the captain, he gave Joseph the corpse. 45 When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph.
46 Having already purchased a linen shroud, Joseph took him down, wrapped him in the shroud, placed him in a tomb that had been cut into the rock, and rolled a large stone across the opening. 46 So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.
47 Mary Magdalene and Mary, mother of Joses, watched the burial. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.