CHAPTER 27 27 Jesus before Pilate. 1[G] When it was morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel[H] against Jesus to put him to death. 2They bound him, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate, the governor. The Death of Judas. 3Then Judas, his betrayer, seeing that Jesus had been condemned, deeply regretted what he had done. He returned the thirty pieces of silver[I] to the chief priests and elders, 4saying, “I have sinned in betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? Look to it yourself.” 5[J] Flinging the money into the temple, he departed and went off and hanged himself. 6The chief priests gathered up the money, but said, “It is not lawful to deposit this in the temple treasury, for it is the price of blood.” 7After consultation, they used it to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners. 8That is why that field even today is called the Field of Blood. 9Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet,[K] “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the value of a man with a price on his head, a price set by some of the Israelites, 10and they paid it out for the potter’s field just as the Lord had commanded me.” Jesus Questioned by Pilate. 11Now Jesus stood before the governor, and he questioned him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”[L] Jesus said, “You say so.” 12And when he was accused by the chief priests and elders,[M] he made no answer. 13Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many things they are testifying against you?” 14But he did not answer him one word, so that the governor was greatly amazed. The Sentence of Death. 15[N] Now on the occasion of the feast the governor was accustomed to release to the crowd one prisoner whom they wished. 16[O] And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called [Jesus] Barabbas. 17So when they had assembled, Pilate said to them, “Which one do you want me to release to you, [Jesus] Barabbas, or Jesus called Messiah?” 18[P] For he knew that it was out of envy that they had handed him over. 19[Q] While he was still seated on the bench, his wife sent him a message, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man. I suffered much in a dream today because of him.” 20The chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas but to destroy Jesus. 21The governor said to them in reply, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” They answered, “Barabbas!” 22[R] Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus called Messiah?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!” 23But he said, “Why? What evil has he done?” They only shouted the louder, “Let him be crucified!” 24[S] When Pilate saw that he was not succeeding at all, but that a riot was breaking out instead, he took water and washed his hands in the sight of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood. Look to it yourselves.” 25And the whole people said in reply, “His blood be upon us and upon our children.” 26Then he released Barabbas to them, but after he had Jesus scourged,[T] he handed him over to be crucified. Mockery by the Soldiers. 27Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus inside the praetorium[U] and gathered the whole cohort around him. 28They stripped off his clothes and threw a scarlet military cloak[V] about him. 29Weaving a crown out of thorns,[W] they placed it on his head, and a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30They spat upon him[X] and took the reed and kept striking him on the head. 31And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the cloak, dressed him in his own clothes, and led him off to crucify him. The Way of the Cross. [Y] 32As they were going out, they met a Cyrenian named Simon; this man they pressed into service to carry his cross. The Crucifixion. 33And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of the Skull), 34they gave Jesus wine to drink mixed with gall.[Z] But when he had tasted it, he refused to drink. 35After they had crucified him, they divided his garments[A] by casting lots; 36then they sat down and kept watch over him there. 37And they placed over his head the written charge[B] against him: This is Jesus, the King of the Jews. 38Two revolutionaries[C] were crucified with him, one on his right and the other on his left. 39[D] Those passing by reviled him, shaking their heads 40and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself, if you are the Son of God, [and] come down from the cross!” 41Likewise the chief priests with the scribes and elders mocked him and said, 42“He saved others; he cannot save himself. So he is the king of Israel![E] Let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. 43[F] He trusted in God; let him deliver him now if he wants him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44The revolutionaries who were crucified with him also kept abusing him in the same way. The Death of Jesus. 45[G] From noon onward, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 46And about three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?”[H] which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 47[I] Some of the bystanders who heard it said, “This one is calling for Elijah.” 48Immediately one of them ran to get a sponge; he soaked it in wine, and putting it on a reed, gave it to him to drink. 49But the rest said, “Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to save him.” 50[J] But Jesus cried out again in a loud voice, and gave up his spirit. 51And behold, the veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom.[K] The earth quaked, rocks were split, 52tombs were opened, and the bodies of many saints who had fallen asleep were raised. 53And coming forth from their tombs after his resurrection, they entered the holy city and appeared to many. 54[L] The centurion and the men with him who were keeping watch over Jesus feared greatly when they saw the earthquake and all that was happening, and they said, “Truly, this was the Son of God!” 55There were many women there, looking on from a distance,[M] who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him. 56Among them were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee. The Burial of Jesus. [N] 57When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph, who was himself a disciple of Jesus. 58He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be handed over. 59Taking the body, Joseph wrapped it [in] clean linen 60and laid it in his new tomb that he had hewn in the rock. Then he rolled a huge stone across the entrance to the tomb and departed. 61But Mary Magdalene and the other Mary remained sitting there, facing the tomb. The Guard at the Tomb. [O] 62The next day, the one following the day of preparation,[P] the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63and said, “Sir, we remember that this impostor while still alive said, ‘After three days I will be raised up.’ 64Give orders, then, that the grave be secured until the third day, lest his disciples come and steal him and say to the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead.’ This last imposture would be worse than the first.”[Q] 65Pilate said to them, “The guard is yours;[R] go secure it as best you can.” 66So they went and secured the tomb by fixing a seal to the stone and setting the guard.
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