Lucas 23

1 THEN the whole assemblage arose and led him to Pilate.

2 They began accusing him, saying, "We have found this man corrupting our nation and opposing the payment of tribute to Caesar and saying that he himself is Christ a king."

3 Pilate asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" Jesus answered him, "I am."

4 Pilate said to the high priests and the crowd, "I find nothing criminal in this man."

5 But they were violent in saying, "He stirs up the people, teaching through the whole of Judaea. Starting in Galilee, he is now here."

6 Pilate, on hearing of Galilee, asked if the man was a Galilaean,

7 and when he learned that he was of Herod's jurisdiction he sent him to Herod, who was himself also in Jerusalem during those days.

8 Herod on seeing Jesus was much pleased because for a long time he had been anxious to see him on account of hearing about him, and he was hoping to see some miracle done by him.

9 He questioned him with many words; but Jesus gave him no answer.

10 The high priests and the scribes stood and vehemently accused him.

11 Herod along with his soldiers treated him with contempt and after making sport of him and putting a gorgeous robe on him, sent him back to Pilate.

12 So Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that day. Previously they had been at enmity.

13 Pilate called together the high priests and the rulers and the people

14 and said to them, "You have brought before me this man as one who misguides the people, and yet I, in examining him before you, have found in this man not one criminal thing of all that you charge against him.

15 No more has Herod; for he has sent him back to us. See, nothing deserving of death has been done by him.

16 So I will scourge him and release him."

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18 But the whole crowd cried out together, "Put him out of the way and free Barabbas for us!"

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20 Again Pilate spoke to them, wishing to release Jesus.

21 But they shouted, "Crucify him, crucify him!"

22 For the third time he said to them, "What wrong has he done? I have found nothing criminal in him. I will therefore scourge him and let him go."

23 But they insisted with loud voices asking to have him crucified, and their voices prevailed.

24 So Pilate gave sentence that what they asked should be done.

25 He freed the man who for riot and murder had been thrown into prison \'97 the man they asked for; but Jesus he handed over to their will.

26 As they led him away, they took hold of Simon, a Cyrenian coming from the country, and laid on him the cross to bear behind Jesus.

27 There followed him a great crowd of people and of women who were beating their breasts and bewailing him.

28 Jesus turned and said to them, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; but weep for yourselves and for your children.

29 For days are coming in which they will say, 'Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed a babe!'

30 Then they will begin and say to the mountains, 'Fall on us!' and to the hills, 'Hide us!'

31 For if they do these things in the green tree, what will happen in the dry?"

32 There were also two others, criminals, led with him to be put to death.

33 When they came to the place called Skull, there they crucified him and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left.

34 Jesus said, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." They divided his clothes by casting lots.

35 The people stood looking on. The rulers scoffed at him, saying, "He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen."

36 The soldiers made sport of him, coming up and offering him sour wine

37 and saying, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!"

38 There was a writing over him, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS

39 One of the criminals who were crucified insulted him, "Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us."

40 But the other rebuked him and said, "Have you no fear of God, since you are under the same sentence?

41 And we are here justly, for we are receiving our due for our deeds. But this man has done nothing wrong."

42 Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."

43 Jesus said to him, "I tell you truly to-day you will be with me in Paradise."

44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over all the land until three,

45 the sun being eclipsed. And the curtain in the Temple was torn in the middle.

46 Then Jesus said in a loud voice, "Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit." After saying this, he breathed his last.

47 When the Centurion saw what had happened, he gave glory to God, saying, "Certainly this was an upright man!"

48 And all the crowds that had stood by looking on the scene, after seeing what happened, turned away beating their breasts.

49 All his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee were standing at a distance looking on.

50 There was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man

51 who had not participated in their plan and action. He was of Arimathaea, a city of the Judaeans, and was looking for the kingdom of God.

52 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.

53 He took it down and wrapped it in fine linen and laid him in a tomb cut in the rock where no one was yet lying.

54 It was the day of Preparation and the Sabbath was about to begin.

55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed along and saw the tomb and how his body was laid,

56 and they went back and prepared perfumes and ointments. On the Sabbath they abstained from work according to the commandment.