Matthew 27:32-44

Crucified Between Two Criminals

32 As they were going out, they found a Cyrenian man named Simon. They forced this man to carry His cross.
33 When they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Skull Place),
34 they gave Him wine[a] mixed with gall[b] to drink. But when He tasted it, He would not drink it.
35 After crucifying Him they divided His clothes by casting lots.[c] [d]
36 Then they sat down and were guarding Him there.
37 Above His head they put up the charge against Him in writing: THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS
38 Then two criminals[e] were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left.
39 Those who passed by were yelling insults at[f] Him, shaking their heads
40 and saying, "The One who would demolish the sanctuary and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross!"
41 In the same way the chief priests, with the scribes and elders,[g] mocked Him and said,
42 "He saved others, but He cannot save Himself! He is the King of Israel! Let Him[h] come down now from the cross, and we will believe in Him.
43 He has put His trust in God; let God rescue Him now-if He wants Him![i] For He said, 'I am God's Son.' "
44 In the same way even the criminals who were crucified with Him kept taunting Him.

Matthew 27:32-44 In-Context

30 Then they spit at Him, took the reed, and kept hitting Him on the head.
31 When they had mocked Him, they stripped Him of the robe, put His clothes on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him.
32 As they were going out, they found a Cyrenian man named Simon. They forced this man to carry His cross.
33 When they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Skull Place),
34 they gave Him wine mixed with gall to drink. But when He tasted it, He would not drink it.
35 After crucifying Him they divided His clothes by casting lots.
36 Then they sat down and were guarding Him there.
37 Above His head they put up the charge against Him in writing: THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS
38 Then two criminals were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left.
39 Those who passed by were yelling insults at Him, shaking their heads
40 and saying, "The One who would demolish the sanctuary and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross!"
41 In the same way the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked Him and said,
42 "He saved others, but He cannot save Himself! He is the King of Israel! Let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in Him.
43 He has put His trust in God; let God rescue Him now-if He wants Him! For He said, 'I am God's Son.' "
44 In the same way even the criminals who were crucified with Him kept taunting Him.
45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over the whole land.
46 At about three in the afternoon Jesus cried out with a loud voice, " Elí, Elí, lemá sabachtháni ?" that is, " My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? "

Footnotes 9

  • [a]. Other mss read sour wine
  • [b]. Ps 69:21
  • [c]. Other mss add that what was spoken by the prophet might be fulfilled: "They divided My clothes among them, and for My clothing they cast lots."
  • [d]. Ps 22:18; Jn 19:24
  • [e]. Or revolutionaries
  • [f]. Lit passed by blasphemed or were blaspheming
  • [g]. Other mss add and Pharisees
  • [h]. Other mss read If He . . . Israel, let Him
  • [i]. Or if He takes pleasure in Him; Ps 22:8