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1 When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.
In the first light of dawn, all the high priests and religious leaders met and put the finishing touches on their plot to kill Jesus.
2 And they bound him and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate the governor.
Then they tied him up and paraded him to Pilate, the governor.
3 Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders,
Judas, the one who betrayed him, realized that Jesus was doomed. Overcome with remorse, he gave back the thirty silver coins to the high priests,
4 saying, "I have sinned by betraying innocent blood." They said, "What is that to us? See to it yourself."
saying, "I've sinned. I've betrayed an innocent man." They said, "What do we care? That's your problem!"
5 And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself.
Judas threw the silver coins into the Temple and left. Then he went out and hung himself.
6 But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, "It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is blood money."
The high priests picked up the silver pieces, but then didn't know what to do with them. "It wouldn't be right to give this - a payment for murder! - as an offering in the Temple."
7 So they took counsel and bought with them the potter's field as a burial place for strangers.
They decided to get rid of it by buying the "Potter's Field" and use it as a burial place for the homeless.
8 Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day.
That's how the field got called "Murder Meadow," a name that has stuck to this day.
9 Then was fulfilled what had been spoken by the prophet Jeremiah, saying, "And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him on whom a price had been set by some of the sons of Israel,
Then Jeremiah's words became history: They took the thirty silver pieces, The price of the one priced by some sons of Israel,
10 and they gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord directed me."
And they purchased the potter's field. And so they unwittingly followed the divine instructions to the letter.
11 Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus said, "You have said so."
Jesus was placed before the governor, who questioned him: "Are you the 'King of the Jews'?" Jesus said, "If you say so."
12 But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer.
But when the accusations rained down hot and heavy from the high priests and religious leaders, he said nothing.
13 Then Pilate said to him, "Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?"
Pilate asked him, "Do you hear that long list of accusations? Aren't you going to say something?"
14 But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.
Jesus kept silence - not a word from his mouth. The governor was impressed, really impressed.
15 Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the crowd any one prisoner whom they wanted.
It was an old custom during the Feast for the governor to pardon a single prisoner named by the crowd.
16 And they had then a notorious prisoner called Barabbas.
At the time, they had the infamous Jesus Barabbas in prison.
17 So when they had gathered, Pilate said to them, "Whom do you want me to release for you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?"
With the crowd before him, Pilate said, "Which prisoner do you want me to pardon: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus the so-called Christ?"
18 For he knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him up.
He knew it was through sheer spite that they had turned Jesus over to him.
19 Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, "Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today in a dream."
While court was still in session, Pilate's wife sent him a message: "Don't get mixed up in judging this noble man. I've just been through a long and troubled night because of a dream about him."
20 Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus.
Meanwhile, the high priests and religious leaders had talked the crowd into asking for the pardon of Barabbas and the execution of Jesus.
21 The governor again said to them, "Which of the two do you want me to release for you?" And they said, "Barabbas."
The governor asked, "Which of the two do you want me to pardon?" They said, "Barabbas!"
22 Pilate said to them, "Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?"They all said, "Let him be crucified!"
"Then what do I do with Jesus, the so-called Christ?" They all shouted, "Nail him to a cross!"
23 And he said, "Why, what evil has he done?" But they shouted all the more, "Let him be crucified!"
He objected, "But for what crime?" But they yelled all the louder, "Nail him to a cross!"
24 So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, "I am innocent of this man's blood;see to it yourselves."
When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere and that a riot was imminent, he took a basin of water and washed his hands in full sight of the crowd, saying, "I'm washing my hands of responsibility for this man's death. From now on, it's in your hands. You're judge and jury."
25 And all the people answered, "His blood be on us and on our children!"
The crowd answered, "We'll take the blame, we and our children after us."
26 Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.
Then he pardoned Barabbas. But he had Jesus whipped, and then handed over for crucifixion.
27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor's headquarters, and they gathered the whole battalion before him.
The soldiers assigned to the governor took Jesus into the governor's palace and got the entire brigade together for some fun.
28 And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him,
They stripped him and dressed him in a red toga.
29 and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!"
They plaited a crown from branches of a thorn bush and set it on his head. They put a stick in his right hand for a scepter. Then they knelt before him in mocking reverence: "Bravo, King of the Jews!" they said. "Bravo!"
30 And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head.
Then they spit on him and hit him on the head with the stick.
31 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him.
When they had had their fun, they took off the toga and put his own clothes back on him. Then they proceeded out to the crucifixion.
32 As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. They compelled this man to carry his cross.
Along the way they came on a man from Cyrene named Simon and made him carry Jesus' cross.
33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull),
Arriving at Golgotha, the place they call "Skull Hill,"
34 they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it.
they offered him a mild painkiller (a mixture of wine and myrrh), but when he tasted it he wouldn't drink it.
35 And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots.
After they had finished nailing him to the cross and were waiting for him to die, they whiled away the time by throwing dice for his clothes.
36 Then they sat down and kept watch over him there.
37 And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, "This is Jesus, the King of the Jews."
Above his head they had posted the criminal charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
38 Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left.
Along with him, they also crucified two criminals, one to his right, the other to his left.
39 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads
People passing along the road jeered, shaking their heads in mock lament:
40 and saying, "You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross."
"You bragged that you could tear down the Temple and then rebuild it in three days - so show us your stuff! Save yourself! If you're really God's Son, come down from that cross!"
41 So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying,
The high priests, along with the religion scholars and leaders, were right there mixing it up with the rest of them, having a great time poking fun at him:
42 "He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.
"He saved others - he can't save himself! King of Israel, is he? Then let him get down from that cross. We'll all become believers then!
43 He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, 'I am the Son of God.'"
He was so sure of God - well, let him rescue his 'Son' now - if he wants him! He did claim to be God's Son, didn't he?"
44 And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.
Even the two criminals crucified next to him joined in the mockery.
45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.
From noon to three, the whole earth was dark.
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" that is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
Around mid-afternoon Jesus groaned out of the depths, crying loudly, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?"
47 And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, "This man is calling Elijah."
Some bystanders who heard him said, "He's calling for Elijah."
48 And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink.
One of them ran and got a sponge soaked in sour wine and lifted it on a stick so he could drink.
49 But the others said, "Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him."
The others joked, "Don't be in such a hurry. Let's see if Elijah comes and saves him."
50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.
But Jesus, again crying out loudly, breathed his last.
51 And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.
At that moment, the Temple curtain was ripped in two, top to bottom. There was an earthquake, and rocks were split in pieces.
52 The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised,
What's more, tombs were opened up, and many bodies of believers asleep in their graves were raised.
53 and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
(After Jesus' resurrection, they left the tombs, entered the holy city, and appeared to many.)
54 When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, "Truly this was the Son of God!"
The captain of the guard and those with him, when they saw the earthquake and everything else that was happening, were scared to death. They said, "This has to be the Son of God!"
55 There were also many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him,
There were also quite a few women watching from a distance, women who had followed Jesus from Galilee in order to serve him.
56 among whom were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.
Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the Zebedee brothers.
57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus.
Late in the afternoon a wealthy man from Arimathea, a disciple of Jesus, arrived. His name was Joseph.
58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him.
He went to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body. Pilate granted his request.
59 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud
Joseph took the body and wrapped it in clean linens,
60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away.
put it in his own tomb, a new tomb only recently cut into the rock, and rolled a large stone across the entrance. Then he went off.
61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.
But Mary Magdalene and the other Mary stayed, sitting in plain view of the tomb.
62 The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate
After sundown, the high priests and Pharisees arranged a meeting with Pilate.
63 and said, "Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, 'After three days I will rise.'
They said, "Sir, we just remembered that that liar announced while he was still alive, 'After three days I will be raised.'
64 Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, 'He has risen from the dead,' and the last fraud will be worse than the first."
We've got to get that tomb sealed until the third day. There's a good chance his disciples will come and steal the corpse and then go around saying, 'He's risen from the dead.' Then we'll be worse off than before, the final deceit surpassing the first."
65 Pilate said to them, "You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can."
Pilate told them, "You will have a guard. Go ahead and secure it the best you can."
66 So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.
So they went out and secured the tomb, sealing the stone and posting guards.
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