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23:2 They began to accuse him, saying, "We found this man perverting the nation, forbidding paying taxes to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king."
23:3 Pilate asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" He answered him, "So you say."
23:4 Pilate said to the chief priests and the multitudes, "I find no basis for a charge against this man."
23:6 But when Pilate heard Galilee mentioned, he asked if the man was a Galilean.
23:7 When he found out that he was in Herod`s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem in those days.
23:9 He questioned him with many words, but he gave no answers.
23:10 The chief priests and the scribes stood, vehemently accusing him.
23:13 Pilate called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people,
23:14 and said to them, "You brought this man to me as one that perverts the people, and see, I have examined him before you, and found no basis for a charge against this man concerning those things of which you accuse him.
23:15 Neither has Herod, for I sent you to him, and see, nothing worthy of death has been done by him.
23:16 I will therefore chastise him and release him."
23:17 Now he had to release one prisoner to them at the feast.
23:18 But they all cried out together, saying, "Away with this man! Release to us Barabbas!" --
23:19 one who was thrown into prison for a certain revolt in the city, and for murder.
23:20 Pilate spoke to them again, desiring to release Jesus,
23:21 but they shouted, saying, "Crucify! Crucify him!"
23:23 But they were urgent with loud voices, asking that he might be crucified. Their voices and the voices of the chief priests prevailed.
23:24 Pilate adjudged that what they asked for should be done.
23:25 He released him who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus up to their will.
23:27 A great multitude of the people followed him, including women who also mourned and lamented him.
23:28 But Jesus, turning to them, said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, don`t weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.
23:29 For behold, the days are coming in which they will say, `Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.`
23:30 Then will they begin to tell the mountains, `Fall on us!` and to the hills, `Cover us.`
23:34 Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they don`t know what they are doing." Dividing his garments among them, they cast lots.
23:36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming to him and offering him vinegar,
23:37 and saying, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!"
23:39 One of the criminals who was hanged insulted him, saying, "If you are the Christ, save yourself and us!"
23:40 But the other answered, and rebuking him said, "Don`t you even fear God, seeing you are in the same condemnation?
23:41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong."
23:42 He said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
23:43 He said to him, "Most assuredly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise."
23:45 The sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two.
23:46 Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!" Having said this, he breathed his last.
23:48 All the multitudes that came together to see this, when they saw the things that were done, returned beating their breasts.
23:49 All his acquaintances, and the women who followed with him from Galilee, stood far away, watching these things.
23:50 Behold, a man named Joseph, who was a member of the council, a good and righteous man
23:51 (he had not consented to their counsel and deed), from Arimathaea, a city of the Jews, who was also waiting for the kingdom of God:
23:52 this man went to Pilate, and asked for Jesus` body.
23:53 He took it down, and wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid him in a tomb that was cut in stone, where no man had ever yet lain.
23:54 It was the day of the Preparation, and the Sabbath was coming on.
23:56 They returned, and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.