As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene,1 who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.227
A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed3 for him.
Jesus turned and said to them, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.429For the time will come when you will say, 'Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!'530Then " 'they will say to the mountains, "Fall on us!" and to the hills, "Cover us!" 'a631For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?"732
Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed.833
When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals--one on his right, the other on his left.
Jesus said, "Father,9 forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."b10 And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.1135
The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him.12 They said, "He saved others; let him save himself if he is God's Messiah, the Chosen One."1336
The soldiers also came up and mocked him.14 They offered him wine vinegar
and said, "If you are the king of the Jews,15 save yourself."
There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews.
One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!"1640
But the other criminal rebuked him. "Don't you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same sentence?
We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong."1742
Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.c "1843
Jesus answered him, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise."19