John 19-21 Revised Standard Version

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19 Then Pilate took Jesus and scourged him. 2  And the soldiers plaited a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and arrayed him in a purple robe; 3  they came up to him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" and struck him with their hands. 4  Pilate went out again, and said to them, "See, I am bringing him out to you, that you may know that I find no crime in him." 5  So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, "Behold the man!" 6  When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, "Crucify him, crucify him!" Pilate said to them, "Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no crime in him." 7  The Jews answered him, "We have a law, and by that law he ought to die, because he has made himself the Son of God." 8  When Pilate heard these words, he was the more afraid; 9  he entered the praetorium again and said to Jesus, "Where are you from?" But Jesus gave no answer. 10  Pilate therefore said to him, "You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you, and power to crucify you?" 11  Jesus answered him, "You would have no power over me unless it had been given you from above; therefore he who delivered me to you has the greater sin." 12  Upon this Pilate sought to release him, but the Jews cried out, "If you release this man, you are not Caesar's friend; every one who makes himself a king sets himself against Caesar." 13  When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Pavement, and in Hebrew, Gab'batha. 14  Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, "Behold your King!" 15  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  Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.

The Crucifixion

17  So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which is called in Hebrew Gol'gotha. 18  There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them.

19  Pilate also wrote a title and put it on the cross; it read, "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews." 20  Many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek. 21  The chief priests of the Jews then said to Pilate, "Do not write, 'The King of the Jews,' but, 'This man said, I am King of the Jews.'" 22  Pilate answered, "What I have written I have written." 23  When the soldiers had crucified Jesus they took his garments and made four parts, one for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was without seam, woven from top to bottom; 24  so they said to one another, "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be." This was to fulfil the scripture, "They parted my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots." 25  So the soldiers did this. But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Mag'dalene. 26  When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son!" 27  Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. 28  After this Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfil the scripture), "I thirst." 29  A bowl full of vinegar stood there; so they put a sponge full of the vinegar on hyssop and held it to his mouth. 30  When Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, "It is finished"; and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Jesus' Side Pierced

31  Since it was the day of Preparation, in order to prevent the bodies from remaining on the cross on the sabbath (for that sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32  So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him; 33  but when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34  But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. 35  He who saw it has borne witness--his testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth--that you also may believe. 36  For these things took place that the scripture might be fulfilled, "Not a bone of him shall be broken." 37  And again another scripture says, "They shall look on him whom they have pierced."

The Burial of Jesus

38  After this Joseph of Arimathe'a, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him leave. So he came and took away his body. 39  Nicode'mus also, who had at first come to him by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds' weight. 40  They took the body of Jesus, and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. 41  Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb where no one had ever been laid. 42  So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, as the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

The Resurrection

20 Now on the first day of the week Mary Mag'dalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2  So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." 3  Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb. 4  They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; 5  and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. 6  Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying, 7  and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. 8  Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9  for as yet they did not know the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10  Then the disciples went back to their homes.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11  But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb; 12  and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13  They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him." 14  Saying this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15  Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?" Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away." 16  Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rab-bo'ni!" (which means Teacher). 17  Jesus said to her, "Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God." 18  Mary Mag'dalene went and said to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord"; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

19  On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." 20  When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21  Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you." 22  And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. 23  If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."

The Unbelief of Thomas

24  Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25  So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe."

26  Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, "Peace be with you." 27  Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing." 28  Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" 29  Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe."

The Purpose of the Book

30  Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31  but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.

Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples

21 After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tibe'ri-as; and he revealed himself in this way. 2  Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathan'a-el of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zeb'edee, and two others of his disciples were together. 3  Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We will go with you." They went out and got into the boat; but that night they caught nothing. 4  Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5  Jesus said to them, "Children, have you any fish?" They answered him, "No." 6  He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, for the quantity of fish. 7  That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his clothes, for he was stripped for work, and sprang into the sea. 8  But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off. 9  When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread. 10  Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish that you have just caught." 11  So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and although there were so many, the net was not torn. 12  Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." Now none of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord. 13  Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. 14  This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Feed My Sheep

15  When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs." 16  A second time he said to him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep." 17  He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" And he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep. 18  Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you girded yourself and walked where you would; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go." 19  (This he said to show by what death he was to glorify God.) And after this he said to him, "Follow me."

The Beloved Disciple

20  Peter turned and saw following them the disciple whom Jesus loved, who had lain close to his breast at the supper and had said, "Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?" 21  When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, "Lord, what about this man?" 22  Jesus said to him, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!" 23  The saying spread abroad among the brethren that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?" 24  This is the disciple who is bearing witness to these things, and who has written these things; and we know that his testimony is true. 25  But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.

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