- ¶ AND immediately in the morning the high priests took counsel together with the elders and the scribes and with the whole council;
and they bound Jesus and took him away, and delivered him to Pilate the governor.
- And Pilate asked him, Are you the King of the Jews?
He answered, saying to him, That is what you say.
- And the high priests accused him of many things.
- Then Pilate asked again and said to him, Do you not answer?
See how many are testifying against you.
- But Jesus gave no answer, so that Pilate marveled.
- Now it was the custom on every feast to release to them one prisoner whom they asked for.
- There was one called Bar-Abba, who was bound with those who made insurrection and who had committed murder during that insurrection.
- And the people cried out, and began to ask Pilate to do for them according to the custom.
- Pilate answered, saying, Are you willing that I release to you the King of the Jews?
- For Pilate knew that the high priests had delivered him because of envy.
- But the high priests incited the people the more, that he should release Bar-Abba to them.
- Pilate said to them, What then do you wish me to do to this man whom you call the King of the Jews?
- And they cried out again, Crucify him!
- Then Pilate said to them, What evil has he done?
But they cried aloud the more, Crucify him!
- ¶ Now Pilate wanted to do the will of the people;
so he released Bar-Abba to them, and he delivered to them Jesus, scourged, to be crucified.
- Then the soldiers took him to the inner courtyard, which is the Praetorium;
and they called together the whole company.
- And they dressed him in purple, and wove a crown of thorns and put it on him.
- And they began to salute him, Hail, O King of the Jews.
- And they muck him on his head with a reed, and spat in his face, and fell on their knees and worshipped him.
- And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple and put on him his own clothes, and took him out to crucify him.
- And they compelled one who was passing by, Simon the Cyrenian, who was coming from the field, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.
- ¶ And they brought him to Golgotha, a place which is interpreted The Skull.
- And they gave him to drink wine mixed with myrrh;
but he would not take it.
- And when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes and cast lots on them, to see what each man should take.
- It was the third hour when they crucified him.
- And the reason for his death was inscribed in writing, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
- And they crucified with him two bandits, one on his right and one on his left.
- And the scripture was fulfilled which said, He was reckoned with the wicked.
- Even those who passed by blasphemed against him, nodding their heads and saying, O destroyer of the temple and builder of it in three days,
- Deliver yourself and come down from the cross.
- The high priests likewise were laughing among themselves, with the scribes, and saying, He saved others;
but he cannot save himself.
- O Christ, you are the King of Israel!
Let him now come down from the cross, so that we may see and believe in him.
Even those who were crucified with him reproached him.
- ¶ And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over all the land, which lasted until the ninth hour.
- And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying Eli, Eli, lemana, shabakthani!
which means, My God, my God, few this I was spared!
- Some of the men who were standing by, when they heard it, said, He called for Elijah.
- And one ran and filled a sponge with vinegar, and tied it on a reed to give him a drink;
and he said, Hush, let us see if Elijah will come to take him down.
- But Jesus cried with a loud voice, and the end came.
- And the curtains at the door of the temple were torn in two, from the top to the bottom.
- And when the centurion, who stood near him, saw that he cried out in this manner and died, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.
- There were also women who were looking from afar, Mary of Magdala, and Mary the mother of James the young and of Joses, and Salome;
- Who had followed him, when he was in Galilee and ministered to him;
and many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem.
- ¶ land when it was Friday evening, which is before the sabbath,
- There came Joseph of Ramtha, an honorable counsellor, who was also waiting for the kingdom of God;
and he dared to go to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus.
- But Pilate marveled that he was already dead.
So he called the centurion and asked him if he had already died.
- And when he learned it, he gave the body to Joseph.
- And Joseph bought linen, and took him down and wrapped him in it, and laid him in a tomb which was hewn in a rock;
and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.
- But Mary of Magdala and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.