They, however, persistently shouted, "Crucify, crucify him!"
A third time he appealed to them: "Why, what crime has the man committed? I have discovered in him nothing that deserves death. I will therefore give him a light punishment and release him."
But they urgently insisted, demanding with frantic outcries that He should be crucified; and their clamour prevailed.
So Pilate gave judgement, yielding to their demand.
The man who was lying in prison charged with riot and murder and for whom they clamoured he set free, but Jesus he gave up to be dealt with as they desired.
As soon as they led Him away, they laid hold on one Simon, a Cyrenaean, who was coming in from the country, and on his shoulders they put the cross, for him to carry it behind Jesus.
A vast crowd of the people also followed Him, and of women who were beating their breasts and wailing for Him.
But Jesus turned towards them and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.
For a time is coming when they will say, `Blessed are the women who never bore children, and the breasts which have never given nourishment.'
Then will they begin to say to the mountains, `Fall on us;' and to the hills, `Cover us.'
For if they are doing these things in the case of the green tree, what will be done in that of the dry?"