The Holy Bible - The New King James Version - Luke
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- Then the whole multitude of them arose and led Him to Pilate.
- And they began to accuse Him, saying, "We found this fellow perverting the
nation, and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, saying that He Himself is
Christ, a King."
- Then Pilate asked Him, saying, "Are You the King of the Jews?" He answered
him and said, "It is as you say."
- So Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowd, "I find no fault in
- But they were the more fierce, saying, "He stirs up the people, teaching
throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee to this place."
- When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked if the Man were a Galilean.
- And as soon as he knew that He belonged to Herod's jurisdiction, he sent
Him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.
- Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for
a long time to see Him, because he had heard many things about Him, and he
hoped to see some miracle done by Him.
- Then he questioned Him with many words, but He answered him nothing.
- And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused Him.
- Then Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and mocked Him,
arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate.
- That very day Pilate and Herod became friends with each other, for
previously they had been at enmity with each other.
- Then Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests, the rulers,
and the people,
- Said to them, "You have brought this Man to me, as one who misleads the
people. And indeed, having examined Him in your presence, I have found no
fault in this Man concerning those things of which you accuse Him;
- No, neither did Herod, for I sent you back to him; and indeed nothing
deserving of death has been done by Him.
- I will therefore chastise Him and release Him"
- (for it was necessary for him to release one to them at the feast).
- And they all cried out at once, saying, "Away with this Man, and release
to us Barabbas"--
- Who had been thrown into prison for a certain rebellion made in the city,
and for murder.
- Pilate, therefore, wishing to release Jesus, again called out to them.
- But they shouted, saying, "Crucify Him, crucify Him!"
- Then he said to them the third time, "Why, what evil has He done? I have
found no reason for death in Him. I will therefore chastise Him and let Him
- But they were insistent, demanding with loud voices that He be crucified.
And the voices of these men and of the chief priests prevailed.
- So Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they requested.
- And he released to them the one they requested, who for rebellion and
murder had been thrown into prison; but he delivered Jesus to their will.
- Now as they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon a
Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and on him they laid the cross that
he might bear it after Jesus.
- And a great multitude of the people followed Him, and women who also
mourned and lamented Him.
- But Jesus, turning to them, said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for
Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.
- For indeed the days are coming in which they will say, 'Blessed are the
barren, wombs that never bore, and breasts which never nursed!'
- Then they will begin 'to say to the mountains, "Fall on us!" and to the
hills, "Cover us!" '
- For if they do these things in the green wood, what will be done in the
- There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death.
- And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified
Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left.
- Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they
do." And they divided His garments and cast lots.
- And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered,
saying, "He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen
- The soldiers also mocked Him, coming and offering Him sour wine,
- And saying, "If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself."
- And an inscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, Latin,
and Hebrew: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
- Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, "If You
are the Christ, save Yourself and us."
- But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear God,
seeing you are under the same condemnation?
- And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this
Man has done nothing wrong."
- Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your
- And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me
- Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth
until the ninth hour.
- Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two.
- And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, "Father, 'into
Your hands I commit My spirit.' " Having said this, He breathed His last.
- So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying,
"Certainly this was a righteous Man!"
- And the whole crowd who came together to that sight, seeing what had been
done, beat their breasts and returned.
- But all His acquaintances, and the women who followed Him from Galilee,
stood at a distance, watching these things.
- Now behold, there was a man named Joseph, a council member, a good and
- He had not consented to their decision and deed. He was from Arimathea, a
city of the Jews, who himself was also waiting for the kingdom of God.
- This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
- Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a tomb that was
hewn out of the rock, where no one had ever lain before.
- That day was the Preparation, and the Sabbath drew near.
- And the women who had come with Him from Galilee followed after, and they
observed the tomb and how His body was laid.
- Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils. And they rested
on the Sabbath according to the commandment.
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