John 18-19 Bible in Basic English

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The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

18 1  When Jesus had said these words he went out with his disciples over the stream Kedron to a garden, into which he went with his disciples. 2  And Judas, who was false to him, had knowledge of the place because Jesus went there frequently with his disciples. 3  So Judas, getting a band of armed men and police from the chief priests and Pharisees, went there with lights and with arms. 4  Then Jesus, having knowledge of everything which was coming on him, went forward and said to them, Who are you looking for? 5  Their answer was, Jesus the Nazarene. Jesus said, I am he. And Judas, who was false to him, was there at their side. 6  And when he said to them, I am he, they went back, falling to the earth. 7  So again he put the question to them, Who are you looking for? And they said, Jesus the Nazarene. 8  Jesus made answer, I have said that I am he; if you are looking for me, let these men go away. 9  (He said this so that his words might come true, I have kept safe all those whom you gave to me.) 10  Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, took it out and gave the high priest's servant a blow, cutting off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus. 11  Then Jesus said to Peter, Put back your sword: am I not to take the cup which my Father has given to me?

Jesus Brought before the High Priest

12  Then the band and the chief captain and the police took Jesus and put cords round him.

13  They took him first to Annas, because Annas was the father-in-law of Caiaphas who was the high priest that year. 14  It was Caiaphas who had said to the Jews that it was in their interest for one man to be put to death for the people.

Peter in the High Priest's Court

15  And Simon Peter went after Jesus with another disciple. Now that disciple was a friend of the high priest and he went in with Jesus into the house of the high priest; 16  But Peter was kept outside at the door. Then this other disciple, who was a friend of the high priest, came out and had a word with the girl who kept the door, and took Peter in. 17  Then the girl who was the door-keeper said to Peter, Are you not one of this man's disciples? In answer he said, I am not. 18  Now the servants and the police had made a fire of coals because it was cold; they were warming themselves in front of it and Peter was there with them, warming himself.

The High Priest Questions Jesus

19  Then the high priest put questions to Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. 20  Jesus made answer, I said things openly to the world at all times; I have given my teaching in the Synagogues and in the Temple to which all the Jews come; and I have said nothing secretly. 21  Why are you questioning me? put questions to my hearers about what I have said to them: they have knowledge of what I said. 22  When he said this, one of the police by his side gave him a blow with his open hand, saying, Do you give such an answer to the high priest? 23  Jesus said in answer, If I have said anything evil, give witness to the evil: but if I said what is true, why do you give me blows? 24  Then Annas sent him chained to Caiaphas, the high priest.

Peter Denies Jesus

25  But Simon Peter was still there warming himself by the fire. They said to him, Are you not one of his disciples? He said, No, I am not. 26  One of the servants of the high priest, a relation of him whose ear had been cut off by Peter, said, Did I not see you with him in the garden? 27  Then again Peter said, No. And straight away a cock gave its cry.

Jesus before Pilate

28  So they took Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the Praetorium. It was early. They themselves did not go into the Praetorium, so that they might not become unclean, but might take the Passover. 29  So Pilate came out to them and put the question: What have you to say against this man? 30  They said to him in answer, If the man was not a wrongdoer we would not have given him up to you. 31  Then Pilate said to them, Take him yourselves and let him be judged by your law. But the Jews said to him, We have no right to put any man to death. 32  (That the word of Jesus might come true, pointing to the sort of death he would have.) 33  Then Pilate went back into the Praetorium and sent for Jesus and said to him, Are you the King of the Jews? 34  Jesus made answer, Do you say this of yourself, or did others say it about me? 35  Pilate said, Am I a Jew? Your nation and the chief priests have given you into my hands: what have you done? 36  Jesus said in answer, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom was of this world, my disciples would have made a good fight to keep me out of the hands of the Jews: but my kingdom is not here. 37  Then Pilate said to him, Are you then a king? Jesus made answer, You say that I am a king. For this purpose was I given birth, and for this purpose I came into the world, that I might give witness to what is true. Every lover of what is true gives ear to my voice. 38  Pilate said to him, True? what is true? Having said this he went out again to the Jews and said to them, I see no wrong in him.

Jesus Sentenced to Die

39  But every year you make a request to me to let a prisoner go free at the Passover. Is it your desire that I let the King of the Jews go free? 40  Then again they gave a loud cry, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was an outlaw.

19 1  Then Pilate took Jesus and had him whipped with cords. 2  And the men of the army made a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they put a purple robe on him. 3  And they kept coming and saying, Long life to the King of the Jews! And they gave him blows with their hands. 4  And Pilate went out again and said to them, See, I let him come out to you to make it clear to you that I see no wrong in him. 5  Then Jesus came out with the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, Here is the man! 6  So when the chief priests and the police saw him they gave a loud cry, To the cross! to the cross! Pilate said to them, Take him yourselves and put him on the cross: I see no crime in him. 7  And the Jews made answer, We have a law, and by that law it is right for him to be put to death because he said he was the Son of God. 8  When this saying came to Pilate's ears his fear became greater; 9  And he went again into the Praetorium and said to Jesus, Where do you come from? But Jesus gave him no answer. 10  Then Pilate said to him, You say nothing to me? is it not clear to you that I have power to let you go free and power to put you to death on the cross? 11  Jesus gave this answer: You would have no power at all over me if it was not given to you by God; so that he who gave me up to you has the greater sin. 12  Hearing this, Pilate had a desire to let him go free, but the Jews said in a loud voice, If you let this man go, you are not Caesar's friend: everyone who makes himself a king goes against Caesar. 13  So when these words came to Pilate's ear, he took Jesus out, seating himself in the judge's seat in a place named in Hebrew, Gabbatha, or the Stone Floor. 14  (It was the day when they made ready for the Passover; and it was about the sixth hour.) And he said to the Jews, There is your King! 15  Then they gave a loud cry, Away with him! away with him! to the cross! Pilate said to them, Am I to put your King to death on the cross? The chief priests said in answer, We have no king but Caesar.

16  So then he gave him up to them to be put to death on the cross. And they took Jesus away;

The Crucifixion

17  And he went out with his cross on him to the place which is named Dead Man's Head (in Hebrew, Golgotha): 18  Where they put him on the cross with two others, one on this side and one on that, and Jesus in the middle.

19  And Pilate put on the cross a statement in writing. The writing was: JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 20  The writing was seen by a number of the Jews, for the place where Jesus was put to death on the cross was near the town; and the writing was in Hebrew and Latin and Greek. 21  Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, Do not put, The King of the Jews, but, He said, I am the King of the Jews. 22  But Pilate made answer, What I have put in writing will not be changed. 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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