Mark 15

Jesus before Pilate

1 1Early in the morning the chief priests with the elders and scribes and the whole 2Council, immediately held a consultation; and binding Jesus, they led Him away and delivered Him to Pilate.
2 3Pilate questioned Him, "Are You the King of the Jews?" And He answered him, "It is as you say."
3 The chief priests began to accuse Him harshly.
4 Then Pilate questioned Him again, saying, "Do You not answer? See how many charges they bring against You!"
6 5Now at the feast he used to release for them any one prisoner whom they requested.
8 The crowd went up and began asking him to do as he had been accustomed to do for them.
9 Pilate answered them, saying, "Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?"
10 For he was aware that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.
11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd 6to ask him to release Barabbas for them instead.
12 Answering again, Pilate said to them, "Then what shall I do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?"
13 They shouted back, "Crucify Him!"
14 But Pilate said to them, "Why, what evil has He done?" But they shouted all the more, "Crucify Him!"
15 Wishing to satisfy * the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them, and after having Jesus 7scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified.

Jesus Is Mocked

16 8The soldiers took Him away into 9the palace (that is, the Praetorium ), and they called together the whole Roman 10cohort.
17 They dressed Him up in purple, and after twisting a crown of thorns, they put it on Him;
18 and they began to acclaim Him, "Hail, King of the Jews!"
19 They kept beating His head with a reed, and spitting on Him, and kneeling * and bowing before Him.
20 After they had mocked Him, they took the purple robe off Him and put His own garments on Him. And they led Him out to crucify Him.
21 11They pressed into service a passer-by coming from the country, Simon of Cyrene (the father of Alexander and 12Rufus ), to bear His cross.

The Crucifixion

22 13Then they brought Him to the place 14Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull.
23 They tried to give Him 15wine mixed with myrrh; but He did not take it.
24 And they crucified Him, and 16divided up His garments among themselves, casting lots for them to decide what each man should take.
25 It was the 17third hour when they crucified Him.
26 The inscription of the charge against Him read, "18THE KING OF THE JEWS."
27 They crucified two robbers with Him, one on His right and one on His left.
28 [And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "And He was numbered with transgressors."]
29 Those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, 19wagging their heads, and saying, "Ha! You who are going to 20destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days,
30 save Yourself, and come down from the cross!"
31 In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes, were mocking Him among themselves and saying, "21He saved others; He cannot * save Himself.
32 "Let this Christ, 22the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, so that we may see and believe!" 23Those who were crucified with Him were also insulting Him.
34 At the 27ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, "28ELOI, ELOI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?" which is translated, "MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY * HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?"
35 When some of the bystanders heard it, they began saying, "Behold, He is calling for Elijah."
36 Someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed, and gave Him a drink, saying, "Let us see whether Elijah will come to take Him down."
37 29And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed His last.
38 30And the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
39 31When the centurion, who was standing right in front of Him, saw the way He breathed His last, he said, "Truly this man was the Son of God!"
40 32There were also some women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James 33the Less and Joses, and 34Salome.
41 When He was in Galilee, they used to follow Him and 35minister to Him; and there were many other women who came up with Him to Jerusalem.

Jesus Is Buried

42 36When evening had already come, because it was 37the preparation day, that is, the day before the Sabbath,
43 Joseph of Arimathea came, a 38prominent member of the Council, who himself was 39waiting for the kingdom of God; and he 40gathered up courage and went in before Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus.
44 Pilate wondered if He was dead by this time, and summoning the centurion, he questioned him as to whether He was already dead.
45 And ascertaining this from 41the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph.
46 Joseph bought a linen cloth, took Him down, wrapped Him in the linen cloth and laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.
47 42Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses were looking on to see where He was laid.
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