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Jesus Delivered to Pilate
1When morning came all the High Priests and the Elders of the people consulted together against Jesus to put Him to death;
2and binding Him they led Him away and handed Him over to Pilate the Governor.
Judas Hangs Himself
3Then when Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He was condemned, smitten with remorse he brought back the thirty shekels to the High Priests and Elders
4and said, "I have sinned, in betraying to death one who is innocent." "What does that matter to us?" they replied; it is your business."
5Flinging the shekels into the Sanctuary he left the place, and went and hanged himself.
6When the High Priests had gathered up the money they said, "It is illegal to put it into the Treasury, because it is the price of blood."
7So after consulting together they spent the money in the purchase of the Potter's Field as a burial place for people not belonging to the city;
8for which reason that piece of ground received the name, which it still bears, of 'the Field of Blood.'
9Then were fulfilled the words spoken by the Prophet Jeremiah, "And I took the thirty shekels, the price of the prized one on whom Israelites had set a price,
10and gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord directed me."
Jesus Before Pilate
11Meanwhile Jesus was brought before the Governor, and the latter put the question, "Are you the King of the Jews?" "I am their King," He answered.
12When however the High Priests and the Elders kept bringing their charges against Him, He said not a word in reply.
13"Do you not hear," asked Pilate, "what a mass of evidence they are bringing against you?"
14But He made no reply to a single accusation, so that the Governor was greatly astonished.
The Crowd Chooses Barabbas
15"Now it was the Governor's custom at the Festival to release some one prisoner, whomsoever the populace desired;
16and at this time they had a notorious prisoner called Barabbas.
17So when they were now assembled Pilate appealed to them. "Whom shall I release to you," he said, "Barabbas, or Jesus the so-called Christ?"
18For he knew that it was from envious hatred that Jesus had been brought before him.
19While he was sitting on the tribunal a message came to him from his wife. "Have nothing to do with that innocent man," she said, "for during the night I have suffered terribly in a dream through him."
20The High Priests, however, and the Elders urged the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to demand the death of Jesus.
21So when the Governor a second time asked them, "Which of the two shall I release to you?" —they cried, "Barabbas!"
22"What then," said Pilate, "shall I do with Jesus, the so-called Christ?" With one voice they shouted, "Let him be crucified!"
23"Why, what crime has he committed?" asked Pilate. But they kept on furiously shouting, "Let him be crucified!"
Pilate Washes his Hands
24So when he saw that he could gain nothing, but that on the contrary there was a riot threatening, he called for water and washed his hands in sight of them all, saying, "I am not responsible for this murder: you must answer for it."
25"His blood," replied all the people, "be on us and on our children!"
26Then he released Barabbas to them, but Jesus he ordered to be scourged, and gave Him up to be crucified.
The Soldiers Mock Jesus
27Then the Governor's soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium, and called together the whole battalion to make sport of Him.
28Stripping off His garments, they put on Him a general's short crimson cloak.
29They twisted a wreath of thorny twigs and put it on His head, and they put a sceptre of cane in His right hand, and kneeling to Him they shouted in mockery, "Long live the King of the Jews!"
30Then they spat upon Him, and taking the cane they repeatedly struck Him on the head with it.
31At last, having finished their sport, they took off the cloak, clothed Him again in His own garments, and led Him away for crucifixion.
32Going out they met a Cyrenaean named Simon; whom they compelled to carry His cross,
33and so they came to a place called Golgotha, which means 'Skull-ground.'
34Here they gave Him a mixture of wine and gall to drink, but having tasted it He refused to drink it.
35After crucifying Him, they divided His garments among them by lot,
36and sat down there on guard.
37Over His head they placed a written statement of the charge against Him: THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
38At the same time two robbers were crucified with Him, one at His right hand and the other at His left.
39And the passers-by reviled Him. They shook their heads at Him
40and said, "You who would pull down the Sanctuary and build a new one within three days, save yourself. If you are God's Son, come down from the cross."
41In like manner the High Priests also, together with the Scribes and the Elders, taunted Him.
42"He saved others," they said, "himself he cannot save! He is the King of Israel! Let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in him.
43His trust is in God: let God deliver him now, if He will have him; for he said, 'I am God's Son.'"
44Insults of the same kind were heaped on Him even by the robbers who were being crucified with Him.
The Death of Jesus
45Now from noon until three o'clock in the afternoon there was darkness over the whole land;
46but about three o'clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is to say, "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?"
47"The man is calling for Elijah," said some of the bystanders.
48One of them ran forthwith, and filling a sponge with sour wine put it on the end of a cane and offered it Him to drink;
49while the rest said, "Let us see whether Elijah is coming to deliver him."
50But Jesus uttered another loud cry and then yielded up His spirit.
51Immediately the curtain of the Sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom: the earth quaked; the rocks split;
52the tombs opened; and many of God's people who were asleep in death awoke.
53And coming out of their tombs after Christ's resurrection they entered the holy city and showed themselves to many.
54As for the Captain and the soldiers who were with Him keeping guard over Jesus, when they witnessed the earthquake and the other occurrences they were filled with terror, and exclaimed, "Assuredly he was God's Son."
55And there were a number of women there looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee ministering to His necessities;
56among them being Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of the sons of Zabdi.
The Burial of Jesus
57Towards sunset there came a wealthy inhabitant of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who himself also had become a disciple of Jesus.
58He went to Pilate and begged to have the body of Jesus, and Pilate ordered it to be given to him.
59So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean sheet of fine linen.
60He then laid it in his own new tomb which he had hewn in the solid rock, and after rolling a great stone against the door of the tomb he went home.
61Mary of Magdala and the other Mary were both present there, sitting opposite to the sepulchre.
The Guard at the Tomb
62On the next day, the day after the Preparation, the High Priests and the Pharisees came in a body to Pilate.
63"Sir," they said, "we recollect that during his lifetime that impostor pretended that after two days he was to rise to life again.
64So give orders for the sepulchre to be securely guarded till the third day, for fear his disciples should come by night and steal the body, and then tell the people that he has come back to life; and so the last imposture will be more serious than the first."
65"You can have a guard," said Pilate: "go and make all safe, as best you can."
66So they went and made the sepulchre secure, sealing the stone besides setting the guard.