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Luke 23


Jesus before Pilate

Luke 23:1
  Then the whole body of them got up and brought Him before Pilate.
Luke 23:2
  And they began to accuse Him, saying, "We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, and saying that He Himself is Christ, a King."
Luke 23:3
  So Pilate asked Him, saying, "Are You the King of the Jews?" And He answered him and said, "It is as you say."
Luke 23:4
  Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, "I find no guilt in this man."
Luke 23:5
  But they kept on insisting, saying, "He stirs up the people, teaching all over Judea, starting from Galilee even as far as this place."
Luke 23:6
  When Pilate heard it, he asked whether the man was a Galilean.
Luke 23:7
  And when he learned that He belonged to Herod's jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who himself also was in Jerusalem at that time.

Jesus before Herod

Luke 23:8
  Now Herod was very glad when he saw Jesus; for he had wanted to see Him for a long time, because he had been hearing about Him and was hoping to see some sign performed by Him.
Luke 23:9
  And he questioned Him at some length; but He answered him nothing.
Luke 23:10
  And the chief priests and the scribes were standing there, accusing Him vehemently.
Luke 23:11
  And Herod with his soldiers, after treating Him with contempt and mocking Him, dressed Him in a gorgeous robe and sent Him back to Pilate.
Luke 23:12
  Now Herod and Pilate became friends with one another that very day; for before they had been enemies with each other.

Pilate Seeks Jesus' Release

Luke 23:13
  Pilate summoned the chief priests and the rulers and the people,
Luke 23:14
  and said to them, "You brought this man to me as one who incites the people to rebellion, and behold, having examined Him before you, I have found no guilt in this man regarding the charges which you make against Him.
Luke 23:15
  No, nor has Herod, for he sent Him back to us; and behold, nothing deserving death has been done by Him.
Luke 23:16
  Therefore I will punish Him and release Him."
Luke 23:17
  [Now he was obliged to release to them at the feast one prisoner.]
Luke 23:18
  But they cried out all together, saying, "Away with this man, and release for us Barabbas!"
Luke 23:19
  (He was one who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection made in the city, and for murder.)
Luke 23:20
  Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again,
Luke 23:21
  but they kept on calling out, saying, "Crucify, crucify Him!"
Luke 23:22
  And he said to them the third time, "Why, what evil has this man done? I have found in Him no guilt demanding death; therefore I will punish Him and release Him."
Luke 23:23
  But they were insistent, with loud voices asking that He be crucified. And their voices began to prevail.
Luke 23:24
  And Pilate pronounced sentence that their demand be granted.
Luke 23:25
  And he released the man they were asking for who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, but he delivered Jesus to their will.

Simon Bears the Cross

Luke 23:26
  When they led Him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, coming in from the country, and placed on him the cross to carry behind Jesus.
Luke 23:27
  And following Him was a large crowd of the people, and of women who were mourning and lamenting Him.
Luke 23:28
  But Jesus turning to them said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.
Luke 23:29
  For behold, the days are coming when they will say, 'Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.'
Luke 23:30
Luke 23:31
  For if they do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?"
Luke 23:32
  Two others also, who were criminals, were being led away to be put to death with Him.

The Crucifixion

Luke 23:33
  When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left.
Luke 23:34
  But Jesus was saying, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves.
Luke 23:35
  And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, "He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One."
Luke 23:36
  The soldiers also mocked Him, coming up to Him, offering Him sour wine,
Luke 23:37
  and saying, "If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself!"
Luke 23:38
  Now there was also an inscription above Him, "THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS."
Luke 23:39
  One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, "Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!"
Luke 23:40
  But the other answered, and rebuking him said, "Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?
Luke 23:41
  And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong."
Luke 23:42
  And he was saying, "Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!"
Luke 23:43
  And He said to him, "Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise."
Luke 23:44
  It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour,
Luke 23:45
  because the sun was obscured; and the veil of the temple was torn in two.
Luke 23:46
  And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, "Father, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT." Having said this, He breathed His last.
Luke 23:47
  Now when the centurion saw what had happened, he began praising God, saying, "Certainly this man was innocent."
Luke 23:48
  And all the crowds who came together for this spectacle, when they observed what had happened, began to return, beating their breasts.
Luke 23:49
  And all His acquaintances and the women who accompanied Him from Galilee were standing at a distance, seeing these things.

Jesus Is Buried

Luke 23:50
  And a man named Joseph, who was a member of the Council, a good and righteous man
Luke 23:51
  (he had not consented to their plan and action), a man from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who was waiting for the kingdom of God;
Luke 23:52
  this man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
Luke 23:53
  And he took it down and wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid Him in a tomb cut into the rock, where no one had ever lain.
Luke 23:54
  It was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.
Luke 23:55
  Now the women who had come with Him out of Galilee followed, and saw the tomb and how His body was laid.
Luke 23:56
  Then they returned and prepared spices and perfumes. And on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.
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