1 As soon as it was daylight, the high priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes; and the whole council, after binding Jesus, took Him away and turned Him over to Pilate.
3 And the high priests kept piling up accusations against Him. 4 Then again Pilate asked Him, "Have you no answer to make? Just see how many charges they are making against you!" 5 But Jesus made no further answer at all, so that Pilate was astonished.
6 Now at the time of the feast Pilate usually set a prisoner free whom the people requested. 7 There was in prison a man named Barabbas, among some revolutionaries who in their uprising had committed murder, 8 So a crowd of people came up and started to request of the governor the usual favor. 9 Then Pilate answered them by asking, "Do you want me to set the king of the Jews free for you?" 10 For he knew that the high priests out of envy had turned Him over to him. 11 But the high priests stirred up the crowd to get him to set Barabbas free for them instead.
12 Then Pilate again said to them, "What then do you want me to do to the man whom you call king of the Jews?"
14 Then Pilate again asked, "Why, what has He done that is wrong?" But they shouted at the top of their voices, "Crucify Him!"
15 So, as Pilate wanted to satisfy the crowd, he set Barabbas free for them, but after having Jesus flogged, he turned Him over to be crucified.
16 Then the soldiers led Him away to a place inside the court yard, that is, of the governor's palace, and they called the whole battalion together. 17 And they dressed Him in a purple robe and made a crown of thorns and crowned Him with it, 18 and they began to shout at Him, "All hail, you king of the Jews!" 19 And they kept hitting Him on the head with a stick, and kept spitting on Him, and on bending knees they kept doing Him homage. 20 When they had finished making sport of Him, they took off the purple robe and put His own clothes on Him. Then they led Him out of the city to crucify Him.
21 They forced a certain passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry His cross -- Simon, a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus. 22 And they led Him to Golgotha, which means, the Place of the Skull. 23 They offered Him wine flavored with myrrh, but He would not take it. 24 Then they crucified Him and divided among them His clothes, by drawing lots for them to see which piece each of them should have. 25 It was nine o'clock in the morning when they crucified Him. 26 And the notice of the charge against Him read, "The king of the Jews."
27 They crucified two robbers along with Him, one at His right and one at His left. 28 Omitted Text. 29 And the passers-by kept hissing at Him, shaking their heads and saying, "Aha! You are the man who would tear down the temple and build another in three days! 30 Now save yourself by coming down from the cross." 31 The high priests too made sport of Him to one another with the scribes, and kept saying, "He saved others but He cannot save Himself! 32 Let the Christ, the king of Israel, come down now from the cross, so that we may see it and believe!" Even the men who were crucified with Him made sport of Him.
33 At twelve o'clock darkness covered the whole land and lasted until three in the afternoon. 34 And at three o'clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Eloi! Eloi! lama sabachthani?" which means, "My God! my God! why have you forsaken me?"
35 Some of the bystanders when they heard it said, "Listen! He is calling for Elijah!" 36 So one man ran and soaked a sponge in vinegar and put it on a stick and held it up to Him to drink, saying, "Wait, let us see whether Elijah does come to take Him down!"
37 Then Jesus gave a loud cry, and expired. 38 And the curtain of the sanctuary was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 And when the captain who stood facing him saw that He expired in this way, he said, "This man was surely God's Son!"
40 Now several women were there looking on from a distance, among them Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of the younger James and of Joses, and Salome, 41 who used to accompany Him when He was in Galilee, besides several other women who had come up to Jerusalem with Him.
42 Although it was now evening, yet since it was the Preparation Day, that is, the day before the Sabbath, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a highly honored member of the council, who was himself looking for the kingdom of God, ventured to go to Pilate and ask for Jesus' body. 44 Pilate wondered whether He was dead yet, and calling the captain to him asked whether He was already dead; 45 but when he found out from the captain that He was, he gave him permission to take His body. 46 So he bought a linen sheet, then took Him down from the cross, wrapped Him in the linen sheet, and laid Him in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock, and rolled a boulder up to the doorway of the tomb. 47 And Mary of Magdala and Mary, Joses' mother, were looking on to see where He was put.