Luke 23

VIN(i) 1 Then the whole assembly arose and led him away to Pilate, 2 And they began to accuse Him, saying, “We found this man subverting our nation, forbidding payment of taxes to Caesar, and proclaiming Himself to be Christ, a king.” 3 So Pilate asked Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” “You have said so,” Jesus replied. 4 Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no basis for a charge against this man.” 5 But they kept insisting, “He stirs up the people all over Judea with His teaching. He began in Galilee and has come all the way here.” 6 Hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean; 7 And learning that Jesus was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who himself was in Jerusalem at that time. 8 When Herod saw Jesus he was extremely pleased; for he had long desired to see him, having heard much of him, and hoped to see him perform some miracle. 9 He questioned him with many words; but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 And the chief priests and the scribes were standing there vehemently accusing him. 11 And even Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked Him. Dressing Him in a fine robe, they sent Him back to Pilate. 12 That day Herod and Pilate became friends; before this time they had been enemies. 13 Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined Him here in your presence and found Him not guilty of your charges against Him. 15 Neither has Herod, for he sent Him back to us. As you can see, He has done nothing deserving of death. 16 Therefore I will punish him and release him." 18 But they all cried out in unison: “Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!” 19 (Barabbas had been imprisoned for an insurrection in the city, and for murder.) 20 Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate addressed them again, 21 But they kept on shouting, "Crucify him! Crucify him!" 22 A third time he appealed to them: "Why, what crime has the man committed? I have discovered in him nothing that deserves death. I will therefore give him a light punishment and release him." 23 But they kept shouting the more insistently, demanding that he should be crucified, and their shouts won the day. 24 So Pilate decided to grant their demand. 25 He released the one who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for; but he delivered Jesus to their will. 26 As they led Jesus away, they grabbed Simon, a man from Cyrene, as he was coming in from the country, and they put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27 A great number of people followed Him, including women who kept mourning and wailing for Him. 28 Jesus turned and said to them, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 Look, the days are coming when people will say, ‘Blessed are the barren women, the wombs that never bore, and breasts that never nursed.’ 30 "Then they will say to the mountains fall on us and to the hills cover us. 31 For if men do these things while the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?” 32 And two others, both criminals, were led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called Skull, there they crucified him and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34 And Jesus said: Father, forgive them. For they do not know what they do. And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. 35 The people stood watching, and the rulers sneered at Him, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.” 36 The soldiers mocked him and offered him vinegar, 37 and said, If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself. 38 There was a writing over him, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS 39 And one of the criminals that hung there hurled insults at him, saying: Are not you the Christ? Save yourself and us. 40 But the other criminal rebuked him, "Aren't you afraid of God, since you are suffering the same penalty? 41 We are punished justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our actions. But this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." 43 Jesus said to him, "I tell you truly to-day you will be with me in Paradise." 44 It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. 45 For the sun was darkened. And the veil of the temple was torn in two. 46 Then Jesus called out in a loud voice, “Father, into Your hands I commit My Spirit.” And when He had said this, He breathed His last. 47 When the centurion saw what had happened, he praised God and said, Truly this was a righteous man. 48 When all the crowds who had come together for this spectacle saw what had taken place, they beat their chests and left. 49 But all those who knew Jesus, including the women who had followed Him from Galilee, stood at a distance watching these things. 50 Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the council, a good and upright man, 51 who had not consented to their decision or action. He was from the Judean town of Arimathea, and was waiting for the kingdom of God. 52 He went to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a tomb cut in the rock, in which no one had yet been laid. 54 It was the Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was just beginning. 55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed along and saw the tomb and how his body was laid, 56 Then they returned and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.