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1 Then they all took Jesus to Pilate 1 Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate.
2 and began to bring up charges against him. They said, "We found this man undermining our law and order, forbidding taxes to be paid to Caesar, setting himself up as Messiah-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 Pilate asked him, "Is this true that you're 'King of the Jews'?" "Those are your words, not mine," Jesus replied. 3 So Pilate asked Jesus, "Are you the king of the Jews?" "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied.
4 Pilate told the high priests and the accompanying crowd, "I find nothing wrong here. He seems harmless enough to me. 4 Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, "I find no basis for a charge against this man."#cr
5 But they were vehement. "He's stirring up unrest among the people with his teaching, disturbing the peace everywhere, starting in Galilee and now all through Judea. He's a dangerous man, endangering the peace." 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 When Pilate heard that, he asked, "So, he's a Galilean?" 6 On hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean.
7 Realizing that he properly came under Herod's jurisdiction, he passed the buck to Herod, who just happened to be in Jerusalem for a few days. 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 when Jesus showed up. He had wanted for a long time to see him, he'd heard so much about him. He hoped to see him do something spectacular. 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 peppered him with questions. Jesus didn't answer - not one word. 9 He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer.
10 But the high priests and religion scholars were right there, saying their piece, strident and shrill in their accusations. 10 The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him.
11 Mightily offended, Herod turned on Jesus. His soldiers joined in, taunting and jeering. Then they dressed him up in an elaborate king costume 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 That day Herod and Pilate became thick as thieves. Always before they had kept their distance. 12 That day Herod and Pilate became friends--before this they had been enemies.
13 Then Pilate called in the high priests, rulers, and the others 13 Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers and the people,
14 and said, "You brought this man to me as a disturber of the peace. I examined him in front of all of you and found there was nothing to your charge 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 And neither did Herod, for he has sent him back here with a clean bill of health. It's clear that he's done nothing wrong, let alone anything deserving death. 15 Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death.
16 I'm going to warn him to watch his step and let him go." 16 Therefore, I will punish him and then release him. "
18 At that, the crowd went wild: "Kill him! Give us Barabbas!" 18 With one voice they cried out, "Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!"
19 (Barabbas had been thrown in prison for starting a riot in the city and for murder. 19 (Barabbas had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for murder.
20 Pilate still wanted to let Jesus go, and so spoke out again. 20 Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again.
21 But they kept shouting back, "Crucify! Crucify him! 21 But they kept shouting, "Crucify him! Crucify him!
22 He tried a third time. "But for what crime? I've found nothing in him deserving death. I'm going to warn him to watch his step and let him go." 22 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."
23 But they kept at it, a shouting mob, demanding that he be crucified. And finally they shouted him down. 23 But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed.
24 Pilate caved in and gave them what they wanted. 24 So Pilate decided to grant their demand.
25 He released the man thrown in prison for rioting and murder, and gave them Jesus to do whatever they wanted. 25 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.
26 As they led him off, they made Simon, a man from Cyrene who happened to be coming in from the countryside, carry the cross behind Jesus. 26 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.
27 A huge crowd of people followed, along with women weeping and carrying on. 27 A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him.
28 At one point Jesus turned to the women and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, don't cry for me. Cry for yourselves and for your children. 28 Jesus turned and said to them, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.
29 The time is coming when they'll say, 'Lucky the women who never conceived! Lucky the wombs that never gave birth! Lucky the breasts that never gave milk!' 29 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!'
30 Then they'll start calling to the mountains, 'Fall down on us!' calling to the hills, 'Cover us up!' 30 Then " 'they will say to the mountains, "Fall on us!" and to the hills, "Cover us!" '
31 If people do these things to a live, green tree, can you imagine what they'll do with deadwood?" 31 For if men do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?"
32 Two others, both criminals, were taken along with him for execution. 32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed.
33 When they got to the place called Skull Hill, they crucified him, along with the criminals, one on his right, the other on his left. 33 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.
34 Jesus prayed, "Father, forgive them; they don't know what they're doing." 34 Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
35 The people stood there staring at Jesus, and the ringleaders made faces, taunting, "He saved others. Let's see him save himself! The Messiah of God - ha! The Chosen - ha!" 35 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."
36 The soldiers also came up and poked fun at him, making a game of it. They toasted him with sour wine 36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar
37 "So you're King of the Jews! Save yourself!" 37 and said, "If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself."
38 Printed over him was a sign: this is the king of the jews 38 There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews.
39 One of the criminals hanging alongside cursed him: "Some Messiah you are! Save yourself! Save us!" 39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!"
40 But the other one made him shut up: "Have you no fear of God? You're getting the same as him. 40 But the other criminal rebuked him. "Don't you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same sentence?
41 We deserve this, but not him - he did nothing to deserve this." 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong."
42 Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you enter your kingdom." 42 Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. "
43 He said, "Don't worry, I will. Today you will join me in paradise." 43 Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."
44 By now it was noon. The whole earth became dark, the darkness lasting three hours - 44 It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour,
45 a total blackout. The Temple curtain split right down the middle. 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.
46 Jesus called loudly, "Father, I place my life in your hands!" Then he breathed his last. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last.
47 When the captain there saw what happened, he honored God: "This man was innocent! A good man, and innocent!" 47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, "Surely this was a righteous man."
48 All who had come around as spectators to watch the show, when they saw what actually happened, were overcome with grief and headed home. 48 When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away.
49 Those who knew Jesus well, along with the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a respectful distance and kept vigil. 49 But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
50 There was a man by the name of Joseph, a member of the Jewish High Council, a man of good heart and good character. 50 Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man,
51 He had not gone along with the plans and actions of the council. His hometown was the Jewish village of Arimathea. 51 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.
52 He lived in alert expectation of the kingdom of God. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 52 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus' body.
53 Taking him down, he wrapped him in a linen shroud and placed him in a tomb chiseled into the rock, a tomb never yet used. 53 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.
54 It was the day before Sabbath, the Sabbath just about to begin. 54 It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.
55 The women who had been companions of Jesus from Galilee followed along. They saw the tomb where Jesus' body was placed. 55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it.
56 Then they went back to prepare burial spices and perfumes. They rested quietly on the Sabbath, as commanded. 56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.