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1 Very early in the morning, the leading priests and other leaders met again to discuss how to persuade the Roman government to sentence Jesus to death. 1 Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people came to the decision to put Jesus to death.
2 Then they bound him and took him to Pilate, the Roman governor. 2 They bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate, the governor.
3 When Judas, who had betrayed him, realized that Jesus had been condemned to die, he was filled with remorse. So he took the thirty pieces of silver back to the leading priests and other leaders. 3 When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders.
4 "I have sinned," he declared, "for I have betrayed an innocent man." "What do we care?" they retorted. "That's your problem." 4 "I have sinned," he said, "for I have betrayed innocent blood." "What is that to us?" they replied. "That's your responsibility."
5 Then Judas threw the money onto the floor of the Temple and went out and hanged himself. 5 So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.
6 The leading priests picked up the money. "We can't put it in the Temple treasury," they said, "since it's against the law to accept money paid for murder." 6 The chief priests picked up the coins and said, "It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money."
7 After some discussion they finally decided to buy the potter's field, and they made it into a cemetery for foreigners. 7 So they decided to use the money to buy the potter's field as a burial place for foreigners.
8 That is why the field is still called the Field of Blood. 8 That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day.
9 This fulfilled the prophecy of Jeremiah that says, "They took the thirty pieces of silver -- the price at which he was valued by the people of Israel -- 9 Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: "They took the thirty silver coins, the price set on him by the people of Israel,
10 and purchased the potter's field, as the Lord directed." 10 and they used them to buy the potter's field, as the Lord commanded me."
11 Now Jesus was standing before Pilate, the Roman governor. "Are you the King of the Jews?" the governor asked him.Jesus replied, "Yes, it is as you say." 11 Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied.
12 But when the leading priests and other leaders made their accusations against him, Jesus remained silent. 12 When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer.
13 "Don't you hear their many charges against you?" Pilate demanded. 13 Then Pilate asked him, "Don't you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?"
14 But Jesus said nothing, much to the governor's great surprise. 14 But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge--to the great amazement of the governor.
15 Now it was the governor's custom to release one prisoner to the crowd each year during the Passover celebration -- anyone they wanted. 15 Now it was the governor's custom at the Feast to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd.
16 This year there was a notorious criminal in prison, a man named Barabbas. 16 At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas.
17 As the crowds gathered before Pilate's house that morning, he asked them, "Which one do you want me to release to you -- Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?" 17 So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, "Which one do you want me to release to you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?"
18 (He knew very well that the Jewish leaders had arrested Jesus out of envy.) 18 For he knew it was out of envy that they had handed Jesus over to him.
19 Just then, as Pilate was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent him this message: "Leave that innocent man alone, because I had a terrible nightmare about him last night." 19 While Pilate was sitting on the judge's seat, his wife sent him this message: "Don't have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him."
20 Meanwhile, the leading priests and other leaders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas to be released and for Jesus to be put to death. 20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.
21 So when the governor asked again, "Which of these two do you want me to release to you?" the crowd shouted back their reply: "Barabbas!" 21 "Which of the two do you want me to release to you?" asked the governor. "Barabbas," they answered.
22 "But if I release Barabbas," Pilate asked them, "what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?" And they all shouted, "Crucify him!" 22 "What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?" Pilate asked. They all answered, "Crucify him!"
23 "Why?" Pilate demanded. "What crime has he committed?" But the crowd only roared the louder, "Crucify him!" 23 "Why? What crime has he committed?" asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, "Crucify him!"
24 Pilate saw that he wasn't getting anywhere and that a riot was developing. So he sent for a bowl of water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, "I am innocent of the blood of this man. The responsibility is yours!" 24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. "I am innocent of this man's blood," he said. "It is your responsibility!"
25 And all the people yelled back, "We will take responsibility for his death -- we and our children!" 25 All the people answered, "Let his blood be on us and on our children!"
26 So Pilate released Barabbas to them. He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman soldiers to crucify him. 26 Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.
27 Some of the governor's soldiers took Jesus into their headquarters and called out the entire battalion. 27 Then the governor's soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him.
28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him,
29 They made a crown of long, sharp thorns and put it on his head, and they placed a stick in his right hand as a scepter. Then they knelt before him in mockery, yelling, "Hail! King of the Jews!" 29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. "Hail, king of the Jews!" they said.
30 And they spit on him and grabbed the stick and beat him on the head with it. 30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again.
31 When they were finally tired of mocking him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led him away to be crucified. 31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.
32 As they were on the way, they came across a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, and they forced him to carry Jesus' cross. 32 As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross.
33 Then they went out to a place called Golgotha (which means Skull Hill). 33 They came to a place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull).
34 The soldiers gave him wine mixed with bitter gall, but when he had tasted it, he refused to drink it. 34 There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it.
35 After they had nailed him to the cross, the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice. 35 When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
36 Then they sat around and kept guard as he hung there. 36 And sitting down, they kept watch over him there.
37 A signboard was fastened to the cross above Jesus' head, announcing the charge against him. It read: "This is Jesus, the King of the Jews." 37 Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
38 Two criminals were crucified with him, their crosses on either side of his. 38 Two robbers were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left.
39 And the people passing by shouted abuse, shaking their heads in mockery. 39 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads
40 "So! You can destroy the Temple and build it again in three days, can you? Well then, if you are the Son of God, save yourself and come down from the cross!" 40 and saying, "You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself ! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!"
41 The leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the other leaders also mocked Jesus. 41 In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him.
42 "He saved others," they scoffed, "but he can't save himself! So he is the king of Israel, is he? Let him come down from the cross, and we will believe in him! 42 "He saved others," they said, "but he can't save himself ! He's the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.
43 He trusted God -- let God show his approval by delivering him! For he said, 'I am the Son of God.'" 43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, 'I am the Son of God.' "
44 And the criminals who were crucified with him also shouted the same insults at him. 44 In the same way the robbers who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.
45 At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o'clock. 45 From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land.
46 At about three o'clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" 46 About 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?"
47 Some of the bystanders misunderstood and thought he was calling for the prophet Elijah. 47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, "He's calling Elijah."
48 One of them ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, holding it up to him on a stick so he could drink. 48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink.
49 But the rest said, "Leave him alone. Let's see whether Elijah will come and save him." 49 The rest said, "Now leave him alone. Let's see if Elijah comes to save him."
50 Then Jesus shouted out again, and he gave up his spirit. 50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
51 At that moment the curtain in the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart, 51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split.
52 and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead 52 The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.
53 after Jesus' resurrection. They left the cemetery, went into the holy city of Jerusalem, and appeared to many people. 53 They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
54 The Roman officer and the other soldiers at the crucifixion were terrified by the earthquake and all that had happened. They said, "Truly, this was the Son of God!" 54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, "Surely he was the Son of God!"
55 And many women who had come from Galilee with Jesus to care for him were watching from a distance. 55 Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs.
56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary (the mother of James and Joseph), and Zebedee's wife, the mother of James and John. 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's sons.
57 As evening approached, Joseph, a rich man from Arimathea who was one of Jesus' followers, 57 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus.
58 went to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body. And Pilate issued an order to release it to him. 58 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus' body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him.
59 Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a long linen cloth. 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
60 He placed it in his own new tomb, which had been carved out of the rock. Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance as he left. 60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.
61 Both Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting nearby watching. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.
62 The next day -- on the first day of the Passover ceremonies -- the leading priests and Pharisees went to see Pilate. 62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate.
63 They told him, "Sir, we remember what that deceiver once said while he was still alive: 'After three days I will be raised from the dead.' 63 "Sir," they said, "we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, 'After three days I will rise again.'
64 So we request that you seal the tomb until the third day. This will prevent his disciples from coming and stealing his body and then telling everyone he came back to life! If that happens, we'll be worse off than we were at first." 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first."
65 Pilate replied, "Take guards and secure it the best you can." 65 "Take a guard," Pilate answered. "Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how."
66 So they sealed the tomb and posted guards to protect it. 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.