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Lucas 23

1 And the assembly broke up, and conducted Jesus to Pilate:

2 and they accused him, saying, We found this man perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Cesar, calling himself Messiah the King.

3 Then Pilate, asking him, said, You are the King of the Jews? He answered, You say right.

4 Pilate said to the chief priests and the multitude, I find nothing criminal in this man.

5 But they became more vehement, adding, He raised sedition among the people, by the doctrine which he spread through all Judea, from Galilee, where he began, to this place.

6 When Pilate heard them mention Galilee, he asked, whether the man were a Galilean.

7 And finding that he belonged to Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also then at Jerusalem.

8 And Herod was very glad to see Jesus: it was what he had long desired; having heard much of him, and hoping to see him perform some miracle.

9 He, therefore, asked him many questions, but Jesus returned him no answer.

10 Yet the chief priests and the scribes, who were present, accused him with eagerness.

11 But Herod and his military train despised him: and having, in derision, arrayed him in a splendid robe, remanded him to Pilate.

12 On that day, Pilate and Herod became friends; for, before, they had been at enmity.

13 Pilate, having convened the chief priests, the magistrates and the people,

14 said to them, You have brought this man before me, as one who excites the people to revolt; yet, having examined him in your presence, I have not found him guilt of any of those crimes of which you accuse him.

15 Neither has Herod; for I referred you to him. Be assured, then, that he has done nothing to deserve death.

16 I will therefore chastise him, and release him.

17 For it was necessary that he should release one to them at the festival.

18 Then all cried out together, Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas.

19 Now Barabbas had been imprisoned for raising sedition in the city, and for murder.

20 Pilate, willing to release Jesus, again, expostulated.

21 But they cried, saying, Crucify! crucify him!

22 A third time he repeated, Why? What evil has this man done? I do not find him guilty of any capital crime; I will therefore chastise him, and release him.

23 But they persisted, demanding, with much clamor, that he might be crucified. At last, their clamors, and those of the chief priests, prevailed:

24 and Pilate pronounced sentence, that it should be as they desired.

25 Accordingly, he released a man who had been imprisoned for sedition and murder; whom they required; and gave up Jesus to their will.

26 As they led him away, they laid hold of one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming from the country, and laid the cross on him, that he might bear it after Jesus.

27 And a great multitude followed him, amongst whom were many women, who lamented and bewailed him.

28 But Jesus, turning to them, said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children:

29 for the days are coming, in which they shall say, Happy the barren, the wombs which never bare, and the breasts which never gave suck!

30 Then they shall cry to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us:

31 for if it fare thus with the green tree, how shall it fare with the dry?

32 And two malefactors were also led with him to execution.

33 When they came to the place called Calvary, they there nailed him to a cross, and the malefactors also; one at his right hand, the other at his left.

34 And Jesus said, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. And they parted his garments by lot.

35 While the people stood gazing, even their rulers joined them in ridiculing him, and saying, This man saved others; let him save himself, if he be the Messiah, the elect of God.

36 The soldiers likewise mocked him, coming and offering him vinegar,

37 and saying, If you be the King of the Jews, save yourself.

38 There was also an inscription over his head in Greek, Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

39 Now, one of the malefactors who suffered with him, reviled him, saying, If you be the Messiah, save yourself and us.

40 The other, rebuking him, answered, Have you no fear of God, you who are undergoing the same punishment?

41 And we, indeed, justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man has done nothing amiss.

42 And he said to Jesus, Remember me, Lord, when thou comest to thy kingdom.

43 Jesus answered, Indeed, I say to you, Today you shall be with me in paradise.

44 And, about the sixth hour, there was darkness over all the land, which lasted till the ninth.

45 The sun was darkened, and the vail of the temple was rent in the midst.

46 And Jesus said with a loud voice, Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit; and having thus said, he expired.

47 Then, the centurion, observing what had happened, gave glory to God; saying, Assuredly, this was a righteous man.

48 Nay, all the people who were present at this spectacle, and saw what had passed, returned, beating their breasts.

49 And all his acquaintance, and the women who had followed him from Galilee, standing at a distance, beheld these things.

50 Now, there was a senator, named Joseph, a good and just man,

51 from Arimathea, a city of Judea, who had not concurred in the resolutions and proceedings of the rest; and who himself, also expected the Reign of God.

52 This man went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.

53 And having taken it down, he wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a tomb cut in stone, in which no man had ever been deposited.

54 Now that day was the preparation, and the Sabbath approached.

55 And the women, who had accompanied Jesus from Galilee, followed Joseph, and observed the tomb, and how the body was laid.

56 When they returned, they provided spices and ointments, and then rested the Sabbath, according to the commandment.

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