Mark 15
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1Very early in the morning the leading priests, the elders, and the teachers of religious law—the entire high council —met to discuss their next step. They bound Jesus, led him away, and took him to Pilate, the Roman governor.1Early in the morning the chief priests with the elders and scribes and the whole Council, immediately held a consultation; and binding Jesus, they led Him away and delivered Him to Pilate.
2Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus replied, “You have said it.”2Pilate questioned Him, "Are You the King of the Jews?" And He answered him, "It is as you say."
3Then the leading priests kept accusing him of many crimes,3The chief priests began to accuse Him harshly.
4and Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer them? What about all these charges they are bringing against you?”4Then Pilate questioned Him again, saying, "Do You not answer? See how many charges they bring against You!"
5But Jesus said nothing, much to Pilate’s surprise.5But Jesus made no further answer; so Pilate was amazed.
6Now it was the governor’s custom each year during the Passover celebration to release one prisoner—anyone the people requested.6Now at the feast he used to release for them any one prisoner whom they requested.
7One of the prisoners at that time was Barabbas, a revolutionary who had committed murder in an uprising.7The man named Barabbas had been imprisoned with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the insurrection.
8The crowd went to Pilate and asked him to release a prisoner as usual.8The crowd went up and began asking him to do as he had been accustomed to do for them.
9“Would you like me to release to you this ‘King of the Jews’?” Pilate asked.9Pilate answered them, saying, "Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?"
10(For he realized by now that the leading priests had arrested Jesus out of envy.)10For he was aware that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.
11But at this point the leading priests stirred up the crowd to demand the release of Barabbas instead of Jesus.11But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to ask him to release Barabbas for them instead.
12Pilate asked them, “Then what should I do with this man you call the king of the Jews?”12Answering again, Pilate said to them, "Then what shall I do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?"
13They shouted back, “Crucify him!”13They shouted back, "Crucify Him!"
14“Why?” Pilate demanded. “What crime has he committed?” But the mob roared even louder, “Crucify him!”14But Pilate said to them, "Why, what evil has He done?" But they shouted all the more, "Crucify Him!"
15So to pacify the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman soldiers to be crucified. The Soldiers Mock Jesus15Wishing to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them, and after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified.
16The soldiers took Jesus into the courtyard of the governor’s headquarters (called the Praetorium) and called out the entire regiment.16The soldiers took Him away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium), and they called together the whole Roman cohort.
17They dressed him in a purple robe, and they wove thorn branches into a crown and put it on his head.17They dressed Him up in purple, and after twisting a crown of thorns, they put it on Him;
18Then they saluted him and taunted, “Hail! King of the Jews!”18and they began to acclaim Him, "Hail, King of the Jews!"
19And they struck him on the head with a reed stick, spit on him, and dropped to their knees in mock worship.19They kept beating His head with a reed, and spitting on Him, and kneeling and bowing before Him.
20When they were finally tired of mocking him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led him away to be crucified. The Crucifixion20After they had mocked Him, they took the purple robe off Him and put His own garments on Him. And they led Him out to crucify Him.
21A passerby named Simon, who was from Cyrene, was coming in from the countryside just then, and the soldiers forced him to carry Jesus’ cross. (Simon was the father of Alexander and Rufus.)21They pressed into service a passer-by coming from the country, Simon of Cyrene (the father of Alexander and Rufus), to bear His cross.
22And they brought Jesus to a place called Golgotha (which means “Place of the Skull”).22Then they brought Him to the place Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull.
23They offered him wine drugged with myrrh, but he refused it.23They tried to give Him wine mixed with myrrh; but He did not take it.
24Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross. They divided his clothes and threw dice to decide who would get each piece.24And they crucified Him, and divided up His garments among themselves, casting lots for them to decide what each man should take.
25It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him.25It was the third hour when they crucified Him.
26A sign announced the charge against him. It read, “The King of the Jews.”26The inscription of the charge against Him read, "THE KING OF THE JEWS."
27Two revolutionaries were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left.27They crucified two robbers with Him, one on His right and one on His left.
2828And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "And He was numbered with transgressors."
29The people passing by shouted abuse, shaking their heads in mockery. “Ha! Look at you now!” they yelled at him. “You said you were going to destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days.29Those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads, and saying, "Ha! You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days,
30Well then, save yourself and come down from the cross!”30save Yourself, and come down from the cross!"
31The leading priests and teachers of religious law also mocked Jesus. “He saved others,” they scoffed, “but he can’t save himself!31In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes, were mocking Him among themselves and saying, "He saved others; He cannot save Himself.
32Let this Messiah, this King of Israel, come down from the cross so we can see it and believe him!” Even the men who were crucified with Jesus ridiculed him. The Death of Jesus32"Let this Christ, the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, so that we may see and believe!" Those who were crucified with Him were also insulting Him.
33At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock.33When the sixth hour came, darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour.
34Then at three o’clock Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”34At the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, "ELOI, ELOI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?" which is translated, "MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?"
35Some of the bystanders misunderstood and thought he was calling for the prophet Elijah.35When some of the bystanders heard it, they began saying, "Behold, He is calling for Elijah."
36One of them ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, holding it up to him on a reed stick so he could drink. “Wait!” he said. “Let’s see whether Elijah comes to take him down!”36Someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed, and gave Him a drink, saying, "Let us see whether Elijah will come to take Him down."
37Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last.37And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed His last.
38And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.38And the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
39When the Roman officer who stood facing him saw how he had died, he exclaimed, “This man truly was the Son of God!”39When the centurion, who was standing right in front of Him, saw the way He breathed His last, he said, "Truly this man was the Son of God!"
40Some women were there, watching from a distance, including Mary Magdalene, Mary (the mother of James the younger and of Joseph ), and Salome.40There were also some women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the Less and Joses, and Salome.
41They had been followers of Jesus and had cared for him while he was in Galilee. Many other women who had come with him to Jerusalem were also there. The Burial of Jesus41When He was in Galilee, they used to follow Him and minister to Him; and there were many other women who came up with Him to Jerusalem.
42This all happened on Friday, the day of preparation, the day before the Sabbath. As evening approached,42When evening had already come, because it was the preparation day, that is, the day before the Sabbath,
43Joseph of Arimathea took a risk and went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. (Joseph was an honored member of the high council, and he was waiting for the Kingdom of God to come.)43Joseph of Arimathea came, a prominent member of the Council, who himself was waiting for the kingdom of God; and he gathered up courage and went in before Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus.
44Pilate couldn’t believe that Jesus was already dead, so he called for the Roman officer and asked if he had died yet.44Pilate wondered if He was dead by this time, and summoning the centurion, he questioned him as to whether He was already dead.
45The officer confirmed that Jesus was dead, so Pilate told Joseph he could have the body.45And ascertaining this from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph.
46Joseph bought a long sheet of linen cloth. Then he took Jesus’ body down from the cross, wrapped it in the cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been carved out of the rock. Then he rolled a stone in front of the entrance.46Joseph bought a linen cloth, took Him down, wrapped Him in the linen cloth and laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.
47Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where Jesus’ body was laid.47Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses were looking on to see where He was laid.
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