Matthew 27:27-50 Bible in Basic English

27  Then the ruler's armed men took Jesus into the open square, and got all their band together. 28  And they took off his clothing, and put on him a red robe. 29  And they made a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and put a rod in his right hand, and they went down on their knees before him, and made sport of him, saying, Long life to the King of the Jews. 30  And they put shame on him, and gave him blows on the head with the rod. 31  And when they had made sport of him, they took the robe off him, and put his clothing on him, and took him away to put him on the cross.

The Crucifixion

32  And while they were coming out, they saw a man of Cyrene, Simon by name, and they made him go with them, so that he might take up his cross.

33  And when they came to the place named Golgotha, that is to say, Dead Man's Head, 34  They gave him wine mixed with bitter drink: and after tasting it, he took no more. 35  And when they had put him on the cross, they made division of his clothing among them by the decision of chance. 36  And they were seated there watching him. 37  And they put up over his head the statement of his crime in writing, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. 38  Then two thieves were put on crosses with him, one on the right and one on the left. 39  And those who went by said bitter words to him, shaking their heads and saying, 40  You who would give the Temple to destruction and put it up again in three days, get yourself free: if you are the Son of God, come down from the cross. 41  In the same way, the chief priests, making sport of him, with the scribes and those in authority, said, 42  A saviour of others, he has no salvation for himself. If he is the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will have faith in him. 43  He put his faith in God; let God be his saviour now, if he will have him; for he said, I am the Son of God. 44  And the thieves who were on the crosses said evil words to him. 45  Now from the sixth hour it was dark over all the land till the ninth hour. 46  And about the ninth hour Jesus gave a loud cry, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is, My God, my God, why are you turned away from me? 47  And some of those who were near by, hearing it, said, This man is crying to Elijah. 48  And straight away one of them went quickly, and took a sponge, and made it full of bitter wine, and put it on a rod and gave him drink. 49  And the rest said, Let him be; let us see if Elijah will come to his help.

50  And Jesus gave another loud cry, and gave up his spirit.

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