1Pilate then had Jesus taken away and scourged; 2and after this, the soldiers twisted some thorns into a crown and put it on his head and dressed him ina purple robe. 3They kept coming up to him and saying, 'Hail, king of the Jews!' and slapping him in the face. 4Pilate came outside again and said to them, 'Look, I am going to bring him out to you to let you seethat I find no case against him.' 5Jesus then came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said, 'Here is the man.' 6When they saw him, the chief priests and the guards shouted, 'Crucify him! Crucify him!' Pilate said,'Take him yourselves and crucify him: I find no case against him.' 7The Jews replied, 'We have a Law, and according to that Law he ought to be put to death, because hehas claimed to be Son of God.' 8When Pilate heard them say this his fears increased. 9Re-entering the Praetorium, he said to Jesus, 'Where do you come from?' But Jesus made no answer. 10Pilate then said to him, 'Are you refusing to speak to me? Surely you know I have power to releaseyou and I have power to crucify you?' 11Jesus replied, 'You would have no power over me at al if it had not been given you from above; thatis why the man who handed me over to you has the greater guilt.' 12From that moment Pilate was anxious to set him free, but the Jews shouted, 'If you set him free youare no friend of Caesar's; anyone who makes himself king is defying Caesar.' 13Hearing these words, Pilate had Jesus brought out, and seated him on the chair of judgement at aplace cal ed the Pavement, in Hebrew Gabbatha. 14It was the Day of Preparation, about the sixth hour. 'Here is your king,' said Pilate to the Jews. 15But they shouted, 'Away with him, away with him, crucify him.' Pilate said, 'Shall I crucify your king?'The chief priests answered, 'We have no king except Caesar.' 16So at that Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. They then took charge of Jesus, 17and carrying his own cross he went out to the Place of the Skul or, as it is cal ed in Hebrew,Golgotha, 18where they crucified him with two others, one on either side, Jesus being in the middle. 19Pilate wrote out a notice and had it fixed to the cross; it ran: 'Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews'. 20This notice was read by many of the Jews, because the place where Jesus was crucified was nearthe city, and the writing was in Hebrew, Latin and Greek. 21So the Jewish chief priests said to Pilate, 'You should not write "King of the Jews", but that the mansaid, "I am King of the Jews". ' 22Pilate answered, 'What I have written, I have written.' 23When the soldiers had finished crucifying Jesus they took his clothing and divided it into four shares,one for each soldier. His undergarment was seamless, woven in one piece from neck to hem; 24so they said to one another, 'Instead of tearing it, let's throw dice to decide who is to have it.' In thisway the words of scripture were fulfilled: They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothes.That is what the soldiers did. 25Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Maryof Magdala. 26Seeing his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing near her, Jesus said to his mother,'Woman, this is your son.' 27Then to the disciple he said, 'This is your mother.' And from that hour the disciple took her into hishome. 28After this, Jesus knew that everything had now been completed and, so that the scripture should becompletely fulfil ed, he said: I am thirsty. 29A jar full of sour wine stood there; so, putting a sponge soaked in the wine on a hyssop stick, theyheld it up to his mouth. 30After Jesus had taken the wine he said, 'It is fulfil ed'; and bowing his head he gave up his spirit. 31It was the Day of Preparation, and to avoid the bodies' remaining on the cross during the Sabbath --since that Sabbath was a day of special solemnity -- the Jews asked Pilate to have the legs broken and thebodies taken away. 32Consequently the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with himand then of the other. 33When they came to Jesus, they saw he was already dead, and so instead of breaking his legs 34one of the soldiers pierced his side with a lance; and immediately there came out blood and water. 35This is the evidence of one who saw it -- true evidence, and he knows that what he says is true -- andhe gives it so that you may believe as wel . 36Because al this happened to fulfil the words of scripture: Not one bone of his wil be broken; 37and again, in another place scripture says: They wil look to the one whom they have pierced. 38After this, Joseph of Arimathaea, who was a disciple of Jesus -- though a secret one because he wasafraid of the Jews -- asked Pilate to let him remove the body of Jesus. Pilate gave permission, so they came andtook it away. 39Nicodemus came as wel -- the same one who had first come to Jesus at night-time -- and he broughta mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. 40They took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, fol owing the Jewish burialcustom. 41At the place where he had been crucified there was a garden, and in this garden a new tomb in whichno one had yet been buried. 42Since it was the Jewish Day of Preparation and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
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