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1 In the first light of dawn, all the high priests and religious leaders met and put the finishing touches on their plot to kill Jesus. 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 tied him up and paraded him to Pilate, the governor. 2 They bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate, the governor.
3 Judas, the one who betrayed him, realized that Jesus was doomed. Overcome with remorse, he gave back the thirty silver coins to the high priests, 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 saying, "I've sinned. I've betrayed an innocent man." They said, "What do we care? 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 Judas threw the silver coins into the Temple and left. Then he went out and hung himself. 5 So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.
6 The high priests picked up the silver pieces, but then didn't know what to do with them. "It wouldn't be right to give this - a payment for murder! - as an offering in the Temple." 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 They decided to get rid of it by buying the "Potter's Field" and use it as a burial place for the homeless. 7 So they decided to use the money to buy the potter's field as a burial place for foreigners.
8 That's how the field got called "Murder Meadow," a name that has stuck to this day. 8 That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day.
9 Then Jeremiah's words became history: They took the thirty silver pieces, The price of the one priced by some sons 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 they purchased the potter's field. And so they unwittingly followed the divine instructions to the letter. 10 and they used them to buy the potter's field, as the Lord commanded me."
11 Jesus was placed before the governor, who questioned him: "Are you the 'King of the Jews'?" Jesus said, "If you say so." 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 accusations rained down hot and heavy from the high priests and religious leaders, he said nothing. 12 When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer.
13 Pilate asked him, "Do you hear that long list of accusations? Aren't you going to say something?" 13 Then Pilate asked him, "Don't you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?"
14 Jesus kept silence - not a word from his mouth. The governor was impressed, really impressed. 14 But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge--to the great amazement of the governor.
15 It was an old custom during the Feast for the governor to pardon a single prisoner named by the crowd. 15 Now it was the governor's custom at the Feast to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd.
16 At the time, they had the infamous Jesus Barabbas in prison. 16 At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas.
17 With the crowd before him, Pilate said, "Which prisoner do you want me to pardon: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus the so-called Christ?" 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 it was through sheer spite that they had turned Jesus over to him. 18 For he knew it was out of envy that they had handed Jesus over to him.
19 While court was still in session, Pilate's wife sent him a message: "Don't get mixed up in judging this noble man. I've just been through a long and troubled night because of a dream about him." 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 high priests and religious leaders had talked the crowd into asking for the pardon of Barabbas and the execution of Jesus. 20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.
21 The governor asked, "Which of the two do you want me to pardon?" They said, "Barabbas!" 21 "Which of the two do you want me to release to you?" asked the governor. "Barabbas," they answered.
22 "Then what do I do with Jesus, the so-called Christ?" They all shouted, "Nail him to a cross!" 22 "What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?" Pilate asked. They all answered, "Crucify him!"
23 He objected, "But for what crime?" But they yelled all the louder, "Nail him to a cross!" 23 "Why? What crime has he committed?" asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, "Crucify him!"
24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere and that a riot was imminent, he took a basin of water and washed his hands in full sight of the crowd, saying, "I'm washing my hands of responsibility for this man's death. From now on, it's in your hands. You're judge and jury." 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 The crowd answered, "We'll take the blame, we and our children after us." 25 All the people answered, "Let his blood be on us and on our children!"
26 Then he pardoned Barabbas. But he had Jesus whipped, and then handed over for crucifixion. 26 Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.
27 The soldiers assigned to the governor took Jesus into the governor's palace and got the entire brigade together for some fun. 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 dressed him in a red toga. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him,
29 They plaited a crown from branches of a thorn bush and set it on his head. They put a stick in his right hand for a scepter. Then they knelt before him in mocking reverence: "Bravo, King of the Jews!" they said. "Bravo!" 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 Then they spit on him and hit him on the head with the stick. 30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again.
31 When they had had their fun, they took off the toga and put his own clothes back on him. Then they proceeded out to the crucifixion. 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 Along the way they came on a man from Cyrene named Simon and made him 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 Arriving at Golgotha, the place they call "Skull Hill," 33 They came to a place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull).
34 they offered him a mild painkiller (a mixture of wine and myrrh), but when he tasted it he wouldn't 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 finished nailing him to the cross and were waiting for him to die, they whiled away the time by throwing dice for his clothes. 35 When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
36 36 And sitting down, they kept watch over him there.
37 Above his head they had posted the criminal charge against him: 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 Along with him, they also crucified two criminals, one to his right, the other to his left. 38 Two robbers were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left.
39 People passing along the road jeered, shaking their heads in mock lament: 39 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads
40 "You bragged that you could tear down the Temple and then rebuild it in three days - so show us your stuff! Save yourself! If you're really God's Son, come down from that 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 high priests, along with the religion scholars and leaders, were right there mixing it up with the rest of them, having a great time poking fun at him: 41 In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him.
42 "He saved others - he can't save himself! King of Israel, is he? Then let him get down from that cross. We'll all become believers then! 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 was so sure of God - well, let him rescue his 'Son' now - if he wants him! He did claim to be God's Son, didn't he?" 43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, 'I am the Son of God.' "
44 Even the two criminals crucified next to him joined in the mockery. 44 In the same way the robbers who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.
45 From noon to three, the whole earth was dark. 45 From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land.
46 Around mid-afternoon Jesus groaned out of the depths, crying loudly, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you abandoned 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 bystanders who heard him said, "He's calling for Elijah." 47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, "He's calling Elijah."
48 One of them ran and got a sponge soaked in sour wine and lifted it 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 The others joked, "Don't be in such a hurry. Let's see if Elijah comes and saves him." 49 The rest said, "Now leave him alone. Let's see if Elijah comes to save him."
50 But Jesus, again crying out loudly, breathed his last. 50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
51 At that moment, the Temple curtain was ripped in two, top to bottom. There was an earthquake, and rocks were split in pieces. 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 What's more, tombs were opened up, and many bodies of believers asleep in their graves were raised. 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 tombs, entered the holy city, and appeared to many.) 53 They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
54 The captain of the guard and those with him, when they saw the earthquake and everything else that was happening, were scared to death. They said, "This has to be 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 There were also quite a few women watching from a distance, women who had followed Jesus from Galilee in order to serve him. 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 the mother of the Zebedee brothers. 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's sons.
57 Late in the afternoon a wealthy man from Arimathea, a disciple of Jesus, arrived. His name was Joseph. 57 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus.
58 He went to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body. Pilate granted his request. 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 clean linens, 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
60 put it in his own tomb, a new tomb only recently cut into the rock, and rolled a large stone across the entrance. Then he went off. 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 But Mary Magdalene and the other Mary stayed, sitting in plain view of the tomb. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.
62 After sundown, the high priests and Pharisees arranged a meeting with Pilate. 62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate.
63 They said, "Sir, we just remembered that that liar announced while he was still alive, 'After three days I will be raised.' 63 "Sir," they said, "we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, 'After three days I will rise again.'
64 We've got to get that tomb sealed until the third day. There's a good chance his disciples will come and steal the corpse and then go around saying, 'He's risen from the dead.' Then we'll be worse off than before, the final deceit surpassing the 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 told them, "You will have a guard. Go ahead 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 went out and secured the tomb, sealing the stone and posting guards. 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.