The Holy Bible - The New King James Version - Mark
- Immediately, in the morning, the chief priests held a consultation with
the elders and scribes and the whole council; and they bound Jesus, led Him
away, and delivered Him to Pilate.
- Then Pilate asked Him, "Are You the King of the Jews?" He answered and
said to him, "It is as you say."
- And the chief priests accused Him of many things, but He answered nothing.
- Then Pilate asked Him again, saying, "Do You answer nothing? See how many
things they testify against You!"
- But Jesus still answered nothing, so that Pilate marveled.
- Now at the feast he was accustomed to releasing one prisoner to them,
whomever they requested.
- And there was one named Barabbas, who was chained with his fellow rebels;
they had committed murder in the rebellion.
- Then the multitude, crying aloud, began to ask him to do just as he had
always done for them.
- But Pilate answered them, saying, "Do you want me to release to you the
King of the Jews?"
- For he knew that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.
- But the chief priests stirred up the crowd, so that he should rather
release Barabbas to them.
- Pilate answered and said to them again, "What then do you want me to do
with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?"
- So they cried out again, "Crucify Him!"
- Then Pilate said to them, "Why, what evil has He done?" But they cried out
all the more, "Crucify Him!"
- So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he
delivered Jesus, after he had scourged Him, to be crucified.
- Then the soldiers led Him away into the hall called Praetorium, and they
called together the whole garrison.
- And they clothed Him with purple; and they twisted a crown of thorns, put
it on His head,
- And began to salute Him, "Hail, King of the Jews!"
- Then they struck Him on the head with a reed and spat on Him; and bowing
the knee, they worshiped Him.
- And when they had mocked Him, they took the purple off Him, put His own
clothes on Him, and led Him out to crucify Him.
- Then they compelled a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, the father of
Alexander and Rufus, as he was coming out of the country and passing by, to
bear His cross.
- And they brought Him to the place Golgotha, which is translated, Place of
- Then they gave Him wine mingled with myrrh to drink, but He did not take
- And when they crucified Him, they divided His garments, casting lots for
them to determine what every man should take.
- Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him.
- And the inscription of His accusation was written above: THE KING OF THE
- With Him they also crucified two robbers, one on His right and the other
on His left.
- So the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "And He was numbered with the
- And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads and saying,
"Aha! You who destroy the temple and build it in three days,
- Save Yourself, and come down from the cross!"
- Likewise the chief priests also, mocking among themselves with the
scribes, said, "He saved others; Himself He cannot save.
- Let the Christ, the King of Israel, descend now from the cross, that we
may see and believe." Even those who were crucified with Him reviled Him.
- Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land
until the ninth hour.
- And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eloi,
Eloi, lama sabachthani?" which is translated, "My God, My God, why have You
- Some of those who stood by, when they heard that, said, "Look, He is
calling for Elijah!"
- Then someone ran and filled a sponge full of sour wine, put it on a reed,
and offered it to Him to drink, saying, "Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah
will come to take Him down."
- And Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and breathed His last.
- Then the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
- So when the centurion, who stood opposite Him, saw that He cried out like
this and breathed His last, he said, "Truly this Man was the Son of God!"
- There were also women looking on from afar, among whom were Mary
Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the Less and of Joses, and Salome,
- Who also followed Him and ministered to Him when He was in Galilee, and
many other women who came up with Him to Jerusalem.
- Now when evening had come, because it was the Preparation Day, that is,
the day before the Sabbath,
- Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting
for the kingdom of God, coming and taking courage, went in to Pilate and asked
for the body of Jesus.
- Pilate marveled that He was already dead; and summoning the centurion, he
asked him if He had been dead for some time.
- So when he found out from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph.
- Then he bought fine linen, took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen.
And he laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock, and rolled a
stone against the door of the tomb.
- And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses observed where He was
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