John 19:1-22 New American Standard Bible

19 1  Pilate then took Jesus and scourged Him. 2  And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on His head , and put a purple robe on Him; 3  and they began to come up to Him and say , " Hail , King of the Jews !" and to give Him slaps in the face. 4  Pilate came out again and said to them, "Behold , I am bringing Him out to you so that you may know that I find no guilt in Him." 5  Jesus then came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe . Pilate said to them, "Behold , the Man !" 6  So when the chief priests and the officers saw Him, they cried out saying , "Crucify , crucify !" Pilate said to them, "Take Him yourselves and crucify Him, for I find no guilt in Him." 7  The Jews answered him, " We have a law , and by that law He ought to die because He made Himself out to be the Son of God ." 8  Therefore when Pilate heard this statement , he was even more afraid ; 9  and he entered into the Praetorium again and said to Jesus , "Where are You from?" But Jesus gave him no answer . 10  So Pilate said to Him, "You do not speak to me? Do You not know that I have authority to release You, and I have authority to crucify You?" 11  Jesus answered , " You would have no e authority over Me, unless e it had been given you from above ; for this reason he who delivered Me to you has the greater sin ." 12  As a result of this Pilate made efforts to release Him, but the Jews cried out saying , " If you release this Man , you are no friend of Caesar ; everyone who makes himself out to be a king opposes Caesar ." 13  Therefore when Pilate heard these words , he brought Jesus out, and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Pavement , but in Hebrew , Gabbatha . 14  Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover ; it was about the sixth hour . And he said to the Jews , "Behold , your King !" 15  So they cried out, " Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him!" Pilate said to them, "Shall I crucify your King ?" The chief priests answered , "We have no king but Caesar ."

16  So he then handed Him over to them to be crucified .

The Crucifixion

17  They took Jesus , therefore , and He went out, bearing His own cross , to the place called the Place of a Skull , which is called in Hebrew , Golgotha . 18  There they crucified Him, and with Him two other men , one on either side , and Jesus in between .

19  Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross . It was written , " JESUS THE NAZARENE , THE KING OF THE JEWS ." 20  Therefore many of the Jews read this inscription , for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city ; and it was written in Hebrew , Latin and in Greek . 21  So the chief priests of the Jews were saying to Pilate , "Do not write , ' The King of the Jews '; but that He said , 'I am King of the Jews .' " 22  Pilate answered , " What I have written I have written ."

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