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Matthew 27

MSG 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. NIV 1 Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people came to the decision to put Jesus to death. MSG 2 Then they tied him up and paraded him to Pilate, the governor. NIV 2 They bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate, the governor. MSG 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, NIV 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. MSG 4 saying, "I've sinned. I've betrayed an innocent man." They said, "What do we care? That's your problem!" NIV 4 "I have sinned," he said, "for I have betrayed innocent blood." "What is that to us?" they replied. "That's your responsibility." MSG 5 Judas threw the silver coins into the Temple and left. Then he went out and hung himself. NIV 5 So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself. MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 7 They decided to get rid of it by buying the "Potter's Field" and use it as a burial place for the homeless. NIV 7 So they decided to use the money to buy the potter's field as a burial place for foreigners. MSG 8 That's how the field got called "Murder Meadow," a name that has stuck to this day. NIV 8 That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day. MSG 9 Then Jeremiah's words became history: They took the thirty silver pieces, The price of the one priced by some sons of Israel, NIV 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, MSG 10 And they purchased the potter's field. And so they unwittingly followed the divine instructions to the letter. NIV 10 and they used them to buy the potter's field, as the Lord commanded me." MSG 11 Jesus was placed before the governor, who questioned him: "Are you the 'King of the Jews'?" Jesus said, "If you say so." NIV 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. MSG 12 But when the accusations rained down hot and heavy from the high priests and religious leaders, he said nothing. NIV 12 When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. MSG 13 Pilate asked him, "Do you hear that long list of accusations? Aren't you going to say something?" NIV 13 Then Pilate asked him, "Don't you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?" MSG 14 Jesus kept silence - not a word from his mouth. The governor was impressed, really impressed. NIV 14 But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge--to the great amazement of the governor. MSG 15 It was an old custom during the Feast for the governor to pardon a single prisoner named by the crowd. NIV 15 Now it was the governor's custom at the Feast to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd. MSG 16 At the time, they had the infamous Jesus Barabbas in prison. NIV 16 At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas. MSG 17 With the crowd before him, Pilate said, "Which prisoner do you want me to pardon: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus the so-called Christ?" NIV 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?" MSG 18 He knew it was through sheer spite that they had turned Jesus over to him. NIV 18 For he knew it was out of envy that they had handed Jesus over to him. MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 20 Meanwhile, the high priests and religious leaders had talked the crowd into asking for the pardon of Barabbas and the execution of Jesus. NIV 20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed. MSG 21 The governor asked, "Which of the two do you want me to pardon?" They said, "Barabbas!" NIV 21 "Which of the two do you want me to release to you?" asked the governor. "Barabbas," they answered. MSG 22 "Then what do I do with Jesus, the so-called Christ?" They all shouted, "Nail him to a cross!" NIV 22 "What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?" Pilate asked. They all answered, "Crucify him!" MSG 23 He objected, "But for what crime?" But they yelled all the louder, "Nail him to a cross!" NIV 23 "Why? What crime has he committed?" asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, "Crucify him!" MSG 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." NIV 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!" MSG 25 The crowd answered, "We'll take the blame, we and our children after us." NIV 25 All the people answered, "Let his blood be on us and on our children!" MSG 26 Then he pardoned Barabbas. But he had Jesus whipped, and then handed over for crucifixion. NIV 26 Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified. MSG 27 The soldiers assigned to the governor took Jesus into the governor's palace and got the entire brigade together for some fun. NIV 27 Then the governor's soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. MSG 28 They stripped him and dressed him in a red toga. NIV 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, MSG 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!" NIV 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. MSG 30 Then they spit on him and hit him on the head with the stick. NIV 30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 32 Along the way they came on a man from Cyrene named Simon and made him carry Jesus' cross. NIV 32 As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. MSG 33 Arriving at Golgotha, the place they call "Skull Hill," NIV 33 They came to a place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull). MSG 34 they offered him a mild painkiller (a mixture of wine and myrrh), but when he tasted it he wouldn't drink it. NIV 34 There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. MSG 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. NIV 35 When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. MSG 36 NIV 36 And sitting down, they kept watch over him there. MSG 37 Above his head they had posted the criminal charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS. NIV 37 Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS. MSG 38 Along with him, they also crucified two criminals, one to his right, the other to his left. NIV 38 Two robbers were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. MSG 39 People passing along the road jeered, shaking their heads in mock lament: NIV 39 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads MSG 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!" NIV 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!" MSG 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: NIV 41 In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. MSG 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! NIV 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. MSG 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?" NIV 43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, 'I am the Son of God.' " MSG 44 Even the two criminals crucified next to him joined in the mockery. NIV 44 In the same way the robbers who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him. MSG 45 From noon to three, the whole earth was dark. NIV 45 From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. MSG 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?" NIV 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?" MSG 47 Some bystanders who heard him said, "He's calling for Elijah." NIV 47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, "He's calling Elijah." MSG 48 One of them ran and got a sponge soaked in sour wine and lifted it on a stick so he could drink. NIV 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. MSG 49 The others joked, "Don't be in such a hurry. Let's see if Elijah comes and saves him." NIV 49 The rest said, "Now leave him alone. Let's see if Elijah comes to save him." MSG 50 But Jesus, again crying out loudly, breathed his last. NIV 50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. MSG 51 At that moment, the Temple curtain was ripped in two, top to bottom. There was an earthquake, and rocks were split in pieces. NIV 51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. MSG 52 What's more, tombs were opened up, and many bodies of believers asleep in their graves were raised. NIV 52 The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. MSG 53 (After Jesus' resurrection, they left the tombs, entered the holy city, and appeared to many.) NIV 53 They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people. MSG 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!" NIV 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!" MSG 55 There were also quite a few women watching from a distance, women who had followed Jesus from Galilee in order to serve him. NIV 55 Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. MSG 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the Zebedee brothers. NIV 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's sons. MSG 57 Late in the afternoon a wealthy man from Arimathea, a disciple of Jesus, arrived. His name was Joseph. NIV 57 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. MSG 58 He went to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body. Pilate granted his request. NIV 58 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus' body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. MSG 59 Joseph took the body and wrapped it in clean linens, NIV 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 61 But Mary Magdalene and the other Mary stayed, sitting in plain view of the tomb. NIV 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb. MSG 62 After sundown, the high priests and Pharisees arranged a meeting with Pilate. NIV 62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. MSG 63 They said, "Sir, we just remembered that that liar announced while he was still alive, 'After three days I will be raised.' NIV 63 "Sir," they said, "we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, 'After three days I will rise again.' MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 65 Pilate told them, "You will have a guard. Go ahead and secure it the best you can." NIV 65 "Take a guard," Pilate answered. "Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how." MSG 66 So they went out and secured the tomb, sealing the stone and posting guards. NIV 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.