John 19:23-42 Bible in Basic English

23  And when Jesus was nailed to the cross, the men of the army took his clothing, and made a division of it into four parts, to every man a part, and they took his coat: now the coat was without a join, made out of one bit of cloth. 24  So they said among themselves, Let this not be cut up, but let us put it to the decision of chance and see who gets it. (They did this so that the Writings might come true, which say, They made a distribution of my clothing among them, and my coat they put to the decision of chance.) This was what the men of the army did. 25  Now by the side of the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister Mary, the wife of Cleopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26  So when Jesus saw his mother and the disciple who was dear to him, he said to his mother, Mother, there is your son! 27  Then he said to the disciple, There is your mother! And from that hour the disciple took her to his house. 28  After this, being conscious that all things had now been done so that the Writings might come true, Jesus said, Give me water. 29  Now there was a vessel ready, full of bitter wine, and they put a sponge full of it on a stick and put it to his mouth. 30  So when Jesus had taken the wine he said, All is done. And with his head bent he gave up his spirit.

Jesus' Side Pierced

31  Now it was the day of getting ready for the Passover, and so that the bodies might not be on the cross on the Sabbath (because the day of that Sabbath was a great day), the Jews made a request to Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32  So the men of the army came, and the legs of the first were broken and then of the other who was put to death on the cross with Jesus: 33  But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was dead by this time, and so his legs were not broken; 34  But one of the men made a wound in his side with a spear, and straight away there came out blood and water. 35  And he who saw it has given witness (and his witness is true; he is certain that what he says is true) so that you may have belief. 36  These things came about so that the Writings might be true, No bone of his body will be broken. 37  And again another verse says, They will see him who was wounded by their spears.

The Burial of Jesus

38  After these things, Joseph of Arimathaea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, made a request to Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate said he might do so. So he went and took away his body. 39  And Nicodemus came (he who had first come to Jesus by night) with a roll of myrrh and aloes mixed, about a hundred pounds. 40  Then they took the body of Jesus, folding linen about it with the spices, as is the way of the Jews when they put the dead to rest. 41  Now there was a garden near the cross, and in the garden a new place for the dead in which no man had ever been put. 42  So they put Jesus there, because it was the Jews' day of getting ready for the Passover, and the place was near.


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