Luke 23:26-56 Bible in Basic English

The Crucifixion

26  And while they were taking him away, they put their hands on Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and made him take the cross after Jesus. 27  And a great band of people went after him, and of women making signs of grief and weeping for him. 28  But Jesus, turning to them, said, Daughters of Jerusalem, let not your weeping be for me, but for yourselves and for your children. 29  For the days are coming in which they will say, Happy are those who have had no children, whose bodies have never given birth, whose breasts have never given milk. 30  And they will say to the mountains, Come down on us, and to the hills, Be a cover over us. 31  For if they do these things when the tree is green, what will they do when it is dry?

32  And two others, evil-doers, were taken with him to be put to death. 33  And when they came to the place which is named Golgotha, they put him on the cross, and the evil-doers, one on the right side, and the other on the left. 34  And Jesus said, Father, let them have forgiveness, for they have no knowledge of what they are doing. And they made division of his clothing among them by the decision of chance. 35  And the people were looking on. And the rulers made sport of him, saying, He was a saviour of others; let him do something for himself, if he is the Christ, the man of God's selection. 36  And the men of the army made sport of him, coming to him and giving him bitter wine, 37  And saying, If you are the King of the Jews, get yourself free. 38  And these words were put in writing over him, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. 39  And one of the evil-doers on the cross, with bitter feeling, said to him, Are you not the Christ? Get yourself and us out of this. 40  But the other, protesting, said, Have you no fear of God? for you have a part in the same punishment, 41  And with reason; for we have the right reward of our acts, but this man has done nothing wrong. 42  And he said, Jesus, keep me in mind when you come in your kingdom. 43  And he said to him, Truly I say to you, Today you will be with me in Paradise.

44  And it was now about the sixth hour; and all the land was dark till the ninth hour; 45  The light of the sun went out, and the curtain in the Temple was parted in two. 46  And Jesus gave a loud cry and said, Father, into your hands I give my spirit: and when he had said this, he gave up his spirit. 47  And when the captain saw what was done, he gave praise to God, saying, Without doubt this was an upright man. 48  And all the people who had come together to see it, when they saw the things which were done, went back again making signs of grief. 49  And all his friends and the women who came with him from Galilee, were waiting at a distance, watching these things.

The Burial of Jesus

50  Now there was a man named Joseph, a man of authority and a good and upright man 51  (He had not given his approval to their decision or their acts), of Arimathaea, a town of the Jews, who was waiting for the kingdom of God: 52  This man went to Pilate and made a request for the body of Jesus. 53  And he took it down, and folding it in a linen cloth, he put it in a place cut in the rock for a dead body; and no one had ever been put in it. 54  Now it was the day of making ready and the Sabbath was coming on. 55  And the women who had come with him from Galilee went after him and saw the place and how his body had been put to rest; 56  And they went back and got ready spices and perfumes; and on the Sabbath they took their rest, in agreement with the law.

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