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Chapter 15

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1 AS SOON as morning came, the whole Council, chief priests, elders, and scribes, made their plans. They bound Jesus and led him away to hand him over to Pilate. 2‘Are you the king of the Jews?’ Pilate asked him. ‘The words a 15:2 The words are yours: or It is as you say. are yours,’ he replied. 3And the chief priests brought many charges against him. 4Pilate questioned him again: ‘Have you nothing to say in your defence? You see how many charges they are bringing against you.’ 5But, to Pilate's astonishment, Jesus made no further reply.

6At the festival season the governor used to release one prisoner requested by the people. 7As it happened, a man known as Barabbas was then in custody with the rebels who had committed murder in the rising. 8When the crowd appeared b 15:8 appeared: some witnesses read shouted. and began asking for the usual favour, 9Pilate replied, ‘Would you like me to release the king of the Jews?’ 10For he knew it was out of malice that Jesus had been handed over to him. 11But the chief priests incited the crowd to ask instead for the release of Barabbas. 12Pilate spoke to them again: ‘Then what shall I do with the man you call king of the Jews?’ 13They shouted back, ‘Crucify him!’ 14‘Why, what wrong has he done?’ Pilate asked; but they shouted all the louder, ‘Crucify him!’ 15So Pilate, in his desire to satisfy the mob, released Barabbas to them; and he had Jesus flogged, and then handed him over to be crucified.

16The soldiers took him inside the governor's residence, the Praetorium, and called the whole company together. 17They dressed him in purple and, plaiting a crown of thorns, placed it on his head. 18Then they began to salute him: ‘Hail, king of the Jews!’ 19They beat him about the head with a stick and spat at him, and then knelt and paid homage to him. 20When they had finished their mockery, they stripped off the purple robe and dressed him in his own clothes.

THEN they led him out to crucify him. 21A man called Simon, from Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they pressed him into service to carry his cross.

22They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha, which means ‘Place of a Skull’, 23and they offered him drugged wine, but he did not take it. 24Then they fastened him to the cross. They shared out his clothes, casting lots to decide what each should have.

25It was nine in the morning when they crucified him; 26and the inscription giving the charge against him read, ‘The King of the Jews’. 27Two robbers were crucified with him, one on his right and the other on his left c 15:27 on his left: some witnesses add 28So was fulfilled the text of scripture which says, ‘He was reckoned among criminals.’ .

29The passers-by wagged their heads and jeered at him: ‘Bravo!’ they cried, ‘So you are the man who was to pull down the temple, and rebuild it in three days! 30Save yourself and come down from the cross.’ 31The chief priests and scribes joined in, jesting with one another: ‘He saved others,’ they said, ‘but he cannot save himself. 32Let the Messiah, the king of Israel, come down now from the cross. If we see that, we shall believe.’ Even those who were crucified with him taunted him.

33At midday a darkness fell over the whole land, which lasted till three in the afternoon; 34and at three Jesus cried aloud, ‘Eloï, Eloï, lema sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ 35Hearing this, some of the bystanders said, ‘Listen! He is calling Elijah.’ 36Someone ran and soaked a sponge in sour wine and held it to his lips on the end of a stick. ‘Let us see’, he said, ‘if Elijah will come to take him down.’ 37Then Jesus gave a loud cry and died; 38and the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39When the centurion who was standing opposite him saw how he died, he said, ‘This man must have been a son of God d 15:39 a son of God: or the Son of God. .’

40A NUMBER of women were also present, watching from a distance. Among them were Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome, 41who had all followed him and looked after him when he was in Galilee, and there were many others who had come up to Jerusalem with him.

42By this time evening had come; and as it was the day of preparation (that is, the day before the sabbath), 43Joseph of Arimathaea, a respected member of the Council, a man who looked forward to the kingdom of God, bravely went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 44Pilate was surprised to hear that he had died so soon, and sent for the centurion to make sure that he was already dead. 45And when he heard the centurion's report, he gave Joseph leave to take the body. 46So Joseph bought a linen sheet, took him down from the cross, and wrapped him in the sheet. Then he laid him in a tomb cut out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the entrance. 47And Mary of Magdala and Mary the mother of Joses were watching and saw where he was laid.

Notes:

a 15:2 The words are yours: or It is as you say.

b 15:8 appeared: some witnesses read shouted.

c 15:27 on his left: some witnesses add 28So was fulfilled the text of scripture which says, ‘He was reckoned among criminals.’

d 15:39 a son of God: or the Son of God.

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