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Matthew 27

NLT 1 Very early in the morning the leading priests and the elders of the people met again to lay plans for putting Jesus to death. MSG 1 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. NLT 2 Then they bound him, led him away, and took him to Pilate, the Roman governor. MSG 2 Then they tied him up and paraded him to Pilate, the governor. NLT 3 When Judas, who had betrayed him, realized that Jesus had been condemned to die, he was filled with remorse. So he took the thirty pieces of silver back to the leading priests and the elders. MSG 3 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, NLT 4 “I have sinned,” he declared, “for I have betrayed an innocent man.” “What do we care?” they retorted. “That’s your problem.” MSG 4 saying, "I've sinned. I've betrayed an innocent man." They said, "What do we care? That's your problem!" NLT 5 Then Judas threw the silver coins down in the Temple and went out and hanged himself. MSG 5 Judas threw the silver coins into the Temple and left. Then he went out and hung himself. NLT 6 The leading priests picked up the coins. “It wouldn’t be right to put this money in the Temple treasury,” they said, “since it was payment for murder.” MSG 6 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." NLT 7 After some discussion they finally decided to buy the potter’s field, and they made it into a cemetery for foreigners. MSG 7 They decided to get rid of it by buying the "Potter's Field" and use it as a burial place for the homeless. NLT 8 That is why the field is still called the Field of Blood. MSG 8 That's how the field got called "Murder Meadow," a name that has stuck to this day. NLT 9 This fulfilled the prophecy of Jeremiah that says, “They took the thirty pieces of silver— the price at which he was valued by the people of Israel, MSG 9 Then Jeremiah's words became history: They took the thirty silver pieces, The price of the one priced by some sons of Israel, NLT 10 and purchased the potter’s field, as the LORD directed. ” MSG 10 And they purchased the potter's field. And so they unwittingly followed the divine instructions to the letter. NLT 11 Now Jesus was standing before Pilate, the Roman governor. “Are you the king of the Jews?” the governor asked him. Jesus replied, “You have said it.” MSG 11 Jesus was placed before the governor, who questioned him: "Are you the 'King of the Jews'?" Jesus said, "If you say so." NLT 12 But when the leading priests and the elders made their accusations against him, Jesus remained silent. MSG 12 But when the accusations rained down hot and heavy from the high priests and religious leaders, he said nothing. NLT 13 “Don’t you hear all these charges they are bringing against you?” Pilate demanded. MSG 13 Pilate asked him, "Do you hear that long list of accusations? Aren't you going to say something?" NLT 14 But Jesus made no response to any of the charges, much to the governor’s surprise. MSG 14 Jesus kept silence - not a word from his mouth. The governor was impressed, really impressed. NLT 15 Now it was the governor’s custom each year during the Passover celebration to release one prisoner to the crowd—anyone they wanted. MSG 15 It was an old custom during the Feast for the governor to pardon a single prisoner named by the crowd. NLT 16 This year there was a notorious prisoner, a man named Barabbas. MSG 16 At the time, they had the infamous Jesus Barabbas in prison. NLT 17 As the crowds gathered before Pilate’s house that morning, he asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you—Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” MSG 17 With the crowd before him, Pilate said, "Which prisoner do you want me to pardon: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus the so-called Christ?" NLT 18 (He knew very well that the religious leaders had arrested Jesus out of envy.) MSG 18 He knew it was through sheer spite that they had turned Jesus over to him. NLT 19 Just then, as Pilate was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent him this message: “Leave that innocent man alone. I suffered through a terrible nightmare about him last night.” MSG 19 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." NLT 20 Meanwhile, the leading priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas to be released and for Jesus to be put to death. MSG 20 Meanwhile, the high priests and religious leaders had talked the crowd into asking for the pardon of Barabbas and the execution of Jesus. NLT 21 So the governor asked again, “Which of these two do you want me to release to you?” The crowd shouted back, “Barabbas!” MSG 21 The governor asked, "Which of the two do you want me to pardon?" They said, "Barabbas!" NLT 22 Pilate responded, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” They shouted back, “Crucify him!” MSG 22 "Then what do I do with Jesus, the so-called Christ?" They all shouted, "Nail him to a cross!" NLT 23 “Why?” Pilate demanded. “What crime has he committed?” But the mob roared even louder, “Crucify him!” MSG 23 He objected, "But for what crime?" But they yelled all the louder, "Nail him to a cross!" NLT 24 Pilate saw that he wasn’t getting anywhere and that a riot was developing. So he sent for a bowl of water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood. The responsibility is yours!” MSG 24 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." NLT 25 And all the people yelled back, “We will take responsibility for his death—we and our children!” MSG 25 The crowd answered, "We'll take the blame, we and our children after us." NLT 26 So Pilate released Barabbas to them. He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman soldiers to be crucified. MSG 26 Then he pardoned Barabbas. But he had Jesus whipped, and then handed over for crucifixion. NLT 27 Some of the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into their headquarters and called out the entire regiment. MSG 27 The soldiers assigned to the governor took Jesus into the governor's palace and got the entire brigade together for some fun. NLT 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him. MSG 28 They stripped him and dressed him in a red toga. NLT 29 They wove thorn branches into a crown and put it on his head, and they placed a reed stick in his right hand as a scepter. Then they knelt before him in mockery and taunted, “Hail! King of the Jews!” MSG 29 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!" NLT 30 And they spit on him and grabbed the stick and struck him on the head with it. MSG 30 Then they spit on him and hit him on the head with the stick. NLT 31 When they were finally tired of mocking him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led him away to be crucified. MSG 31 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. NLT 32 Along the way, they came across a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, and the soldiers forced him to carry Jesus’ cross. MSG 32 Along the way they came on a man from Cyrene named Simon and made him carry Jesus' cross. NLT 33 And they went out to a place called Golgotha (which means “Place of the Skull”). MSG 33 Arriving at Golgotha, the place they call "Skull Hill," NLT 34 The soldiers gave Jesus wine mixed with bitter gall, but when he had tasted it, he refused to drink it. MSG 34 they offered him a mild painkiller (a mixture of wine and myrrh), but when he tasted it he wouldn't drink it. NLT 35 After they had nailed him to the cross, the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice. MSG 35 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. NLT 36 Then they sat around and kept guard as he hung there. MSG 36 NLT 37 A sign was fastened above Jesus’ head, announcing the charge against him. It read: “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” MSG 37 Above his head they had posted the criminal charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS. NLT 38 Two revolutionaries were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. MSG 38 Along with him, they also crucified two criminals, one to his right, the other to his left. NLT 39 The people passing by shouted abuse, shaking their heads in mockery. MSG 39 People passing along the road jeered, shaking their heads in mock lament: NLT 40 “Look at you now!” they yelled at him. “You said you were going to destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days. Well then, if you are the Son of God, save yourself and come down from the cross!” MSG 40 "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!" NLT 41 The leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders also mocked Jesus. MSG 41 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: NLT 42 “He saved others,” they scoffed, “but he can’t save himself! So he is the King of Israel, is he? Let him come down from the cross right now, and we will believe in him! MSG 42 "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! NLT 43 He trusted God, so let God rescue him now if he wants him! For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” MSG 43 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?" NLT 44 Even the revolutionaries who were crucified with him ridiculed him in the same way. MSG 44 Even the two criminals crucified next to him joined in the mockery. NLT 45 At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. MSG 45 From noon to three, the whole earth was dark. NLT 46 At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” MSG 46 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?" NLT 47 Some of the bystanders misunderstood and thought he was calling for the prophet Elijah. MSG 47 Some bystanders who heard him said, "He's calling for Elijah." NLT 48 One of them ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, holding it up to him on a reed stick so he could drink. MSG 48 One of them ran and got a sponge soaked in sour wine and lifted it on a stick so he could drink. NLT 49 But the rest said, “Wait! Let’s see whether Elijah comes to save him.” MSG 49 The others joked, "Don't be in such a hurry. Let's see if Elijah comes and saves him." NLT 50 Then Jesus shouted out again, and he released his spirit. MSG 50 But Jesus, again crying out loudly, breathed his last. NLT 51 At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart, MSG 51 At that moment, the Temple curtain was ripped in two, top to bottom. There was an earthquake, and rocks were split in pieces. NLT 52 and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead. MSG 52 What's more, tombs were opened up, and many bodies of believers asleep in their graves were raised. NLT 53 They left the cemetery after Jesus’ resurrection, went into the holy city of Jerusalem, and appeared to many people. MSG 53 (After Jesus' resurrection, they left the tombs, entered the holy city, and appeared to many.) NLT 54 The Roman officer and the other soldiers at the crucifixion were terrified by the earthquake and all that had happened. They said, “This man truly was the Son of God!” MSG 54 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!" NLT 55 And many women who had come from Galilee with Jesus to care for him were watching from a distance. MSG 55 There were also quite a few women watching from a distance, women who had followed Jesus from Galilee in order to serve him. NLT 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary (the mother of James and Joseph), and the mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee. MSG 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the Zebedee brothers. NLT 57 As evening approached, Joseph, a rich man from Arimathea who had become a follower of Jesus, MSG 57 Late in the afternoon a wealthy man from Arimathea, a disciple of Jesus, arrived. His name was Joseph. NLT 58 went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. And Pilate issued an order to release it to him. MSG 58 He went to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body. Pilate granted his request. NLT 59 Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a long sheet of clean linen cloth. MSG 59 Joseph took the body and wrapped it in clean linens, NLT 60 He placed it in his own new tomb, which had been carved out of the rock. Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance and left. MSG 60 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. NLT 61 Both Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting across from the tomb and watching. MSG 61 But Mary Magdalene and the other Mary stayed, sitting in plain view of the tomb. NLT 62 The next day, on the Sabbath, the leading priests and Pharisees went to see Pilate. MSG 62 After sundown, the high priests and Pharisees arranged a meeting with Pilate. NLT 63 They told him, “Sir, we remember what that deceiver once said while he was still alive: ‘After three days I will rise from the dead.’ MSG 63 They said, "Sir, we just remembered that that liar announced while he was still alive, 'After three days I will be raised.' NLT 64 So we request that you seal the tomb until the third day. This will prevent his disciples from coming and stealing his body and then telling everyone he was raised from the dead! If that happens, we’ll be worse off than we were at first.” MSG 64 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." NLT 65 Pilate replied, “Take guards and secure it the best you can.” MSG 65 Pilate told them, "You will have a guard. Go ahead and secure it the best you can." NLT 66 So they sealed the tomb and posted guards to protect it. MSG 66 So they went out and secured the tomb, sealing the stone and posting guards.

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