John 19:31

Overview - John 19
Christ is scourged, crowned with thorns, and beaten.
Pilate is desirous to release him, but being overcome with the outrage of the Jews, he delivers him to be crucified.
23 They cast lots for his garments.
25 He commends his mother to John.
28 He dies.
31 His side is pierced.
38 He is buried by Joseph and Nicodemus.
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John 19:31  (King James Version)
The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

John 19:14 John 19:42 ; Matthew 27:62 ; Mark 15:42

that the
Deuteronomy 21:22 Deuteronomy 21:23

that sabbath
Leviticus 23:7-16

Lactantius says that it was a custom to break the legs of criminals upon the cross; which was done, we are told, at the instep with an iron mallet; and appears to have been a kind of coup de grace, the sooner to put them out of pain.
1 ; Proverbs 12:10 ; Micah 3:3