Luke 23 New American Standard Bible

Jesus before Pilate

23 1  Then the whole body of them got up and brought Him before Pilate . 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 ." 3  So Pilate asked Him, saying , "Are You the King of the Jews ?" And He answered him and said , " It is as you say ." 4  Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds , " I find no guilt in this man . 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 ."

Jesus before Herod

6  When Pilate heard it, he asked whether the man was a Galilean . 7  And when he learned that He belonged e to Herod's jurisdiction , he sent Him to Herod , who himself also was in Jerusalem at that time . 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. 9  And he questioned Him at some length e ; but He answered him nothing . 10  And the chief priests and the scribes were standing there, accusing Him vehemently . 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 . 12  Now Herod and Pilate became friends with one another that very day ; for before they had been e enemies with each other .

Jesus Sentenced to Die

13  Pilate summoned the chief priests and the rulers and the people , 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 15  "No , nor has Herod , for he sent Him back to us; and behold , nothing deserving death has been done by Him. 16  "Therefore I will punish Him and release Him." 17  [Now he was obliged e to release to them at the feast one prisoner.] 18  But they cried out all together , saying , " Away with this man , and release for us Barabbas !" 19  (He was one who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection made in the city , and for murder . 20  Pilate , wanting to release Jesus , addressed them again , 21  but they kept on calling out, saying , "Crucify , crucify Him! 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." 23  But they were insistent , with loud voices asking that He be crucified . And their voices began to prevail . 24  And Pilate pronounced sentence that their demand be granted . 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 .

The Crucifixion

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 . 27  And following Him was a large crowd of the people , and of women who were mourning and lamenting Him. 28  But Jesus turning to them said , "Daughters of Jerusalem , stop weeping for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children . 29  "For behold , the days are coming when e they will say , ' Blessed are the barren , and the wombs that never bore , and the breasts that never nursed .' 30  "Then they will begin TO SAY TO THE MOUNTAINS , 'FALL ON US,' AND TO THE HILLS , 'COVER US.' 31  "For if they do these things when the tree is green , what will happen when it is dry ?"

32  Two others also , who were criminals , were being led away to be put to death with Him. 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 . 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. 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 ." 36  The soldiers also mocked Him, coming up to Him, offering Him sour wine 37  and saying , " If You are the King of the Jews , save Yourself !" 38  Now there was also an inscription above Him, " THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS . 39  One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying , "Are You not the Christ ? Save Yourself and us!" 40  But the other answered , and rebuking him said , "Do you not even fear God , since you are under the same sentence of condemnation ? 41  "And we indeed are suffering justly , for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds e ; but this man has done nothing wrong ." 42  And he was saying , "Jesus , remember me when You come in Your kingdom !" 43  And He said to him, "Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise ."

44  It was now about the sixth hour , and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour , 45  because the sun was obscured ; and the veil of the temple was torn in two . 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 . 47  Now when the centurion saw what had happened , he began praising God , saying , "Certainly this man was innocent ." 48  And all the crowds who came together for this spectacle , when they observed what had happened , began to return , beating their breasts . 49  And all His acquaintances and the women who accompanied Him from Galilee were standing at a distance , seeing these things .

The Burial of Jesus

50  And a man named Joseph , who was a member of the Council , a good and righteous man 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 ; 52  this man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus . 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 . 54  It was the preparation day , and the Sabbath was about to begin . 55  Now the women who had come with Him out of Galilee followed , and saw the tomb and how His body was laid . 56  Then they returned and prepared spices and perfumes . And on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment .

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