1 Then PilateI tookII JesusIII and had him flogged.IV
2 And the soldiersV woveVI a crownVII of thornsVIII
and put it onIX his head,X and they dressed him inXI a purpleXII robe.XIII
3 They kept coming upXIV to him, saying, “Hail,XV KingXVI of the Jews!”XVII and strikingXVIII him on the face.
4 Pilate wentXIX out again and saidXX to them, “Look,XXI I am bringingXXII him out to you to let you knowXXIII that I findXXIV no caseXXV against him.”
5 So Jesus cameXXVI out wearingXXVII the crown of thornsXXVIII and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “BeholdXXIX the man!”XXX
6 When the chief priestsXXXI and the policeXXXII sawXXXIII him, they shouted,XXXIV “CrucifyXXXV him! Crucify him!”
Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him; I find no case against him.”
7 The Jews answeredXXXVI him, “We haveXXXVII a law,XXXVIII
and according to that law he oughtXXXIX to dieXL because he has claimed to beXLI the SonXLII of God.”XLIII
8 Now when Pilate heardXLIV this,XLV he was moreXLVI afraidXLVII than ever.
9 He enteredXLVIII his headquartersXLIX again and askedL Jesus, “Where areLI you from?” But Jesus gaveLII him no answer.LIII
10 Pilate therefore said to him, “Do you refuse to speak to me? Do you not knowLIV that I have powerLV to releaseLVI 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;LVII therefore the one who handed me overLVIII to you is guiltyLIX of a greaterLX sin.”LXI
12 From then on Pilate triedLXII to release him, but the Jews cried out,LXIII “If you release this man, you are no friendLXIV
of Caesar.LXV EveryoneLXVI who claims to be a king sets himself againstLXVII Caesar.”
13 When Pilate heard these words,LXVIII he brought Jesus outside and satLXIX on the judge’s benchLXX
at a placeLXXI calledLXXII The Stone Pavement,LXXIII or in HebrewLXXIV Gabbatha.LXXV
14 Now it was the day of PreparationLXXVI for the Passover,LXXVII and it was about noon.LXXVIII He said to the Jews, “Here is your King!”
15 They cried out, “AwayLXXIX with him! Away with him! Crucify him!”
Pilate asked 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. So they tookLXXX Jesus, 17 and carryingLXXXI the crossLXXXII by himself
he went outLXXXIII to what is called the Place of the Skull,LXXXIV which in Hebrew is called Golgotha.LXXXV
18 There they crucified him and with him twoLXXXVI others,LXXXVII one on either side,LXXXVIII with Jesus betweenLXXXIX them.
19 Pilate also had an inscriptionXC writtenXCI and putXCII on the cross. It read,XCIII “Jesus of Nazareth,XCIV the King of the Jews.”
20 ManyXCV of the Jews readXCVI this inscription because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city,XCVII and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin,XCVIII and in Greek.XCIX
21 Then the chief priests of the Jews 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 tookC his clothesCI and dividedCII them into fourCIII parts,CIV oneCV for eachCVI soldier.
They also took his tunic;CVII now the tunic was seamless,CVIII wovenCIX in one pieceCX from the top.CXI
24 So they said to one another, “Let us not tearCXII it but cast lotsCXIII for it to see who will getCXIV it.”
This was to fulfillCXV what the scriptureCXVI says,
“They dividedCXVII my clothes among themselves,
and for my clothingCXVIII they castCXIX lots.”CXX
25 AndCXXI that is what the soldiers did.CXXII
Meanwhile, standingCXXIII near the cross of Jesus were his mother,CXXIV
and his mother’s sister,CXXV MaryCXXVI the wife of Clopas,CXXVII and Mary Magdalene.CXXVIII
26 When Jesus saw his mother and the discipleCXXIX whom he lovedCXXX standing besideCXXXI her, he said to his mother, “Woman,CXXXII here is your son.”
27 Then he said to the disciple, “HereCXXXIII is your mother.” And from that hourCXXXIV the disciple tookCXXXV her into his own home.CXXXVI
28 After this, when Jesus knewCXXXVII that allCXXXVIII was now finished,CXXXIX he said (in order to fulfillCXL the scripture), “I am thirsty.”CXLI
29 A jarCXLII fullCXLIII of sour wineCXLIV was standingCXLV there.
So they putCXLVI a spongeCXLVII full of the wine on a branch of hyssopCXLVIII and heldCXLIX it to his mouth.CL
30 When Jesus had receivedCLI the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowedCLII his head and gave upCLIII his spirit.CLIV
31 Since it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want the bodiesCLV leftCLVI on the cross during the Sabbath,CLVII especially because that Sabbath was a dayCLVIII of greatCLIX solemnity.
So they askedCLX Pilate to have the legsCLXI of the crucified men brokenCLXII and the bodies removed.CLXIII
32 Then the soldiers cameCLXIV andCLXV broke the legs of the firstCLXVI and of the other who had been crucified withCLXVII him.
33 But when they cameCLXVIII to Jesus and saw that he was already dead,CLXIX they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, oneCLXX of the soldiers piercedCLXXI his sideCLXXII with a spear,CLXXIII
and at onceCLXXIV bloodCLXXV and waterCLXXVI came out.CLXXVII
35 (He who saw this has testifiedCLXXVIII so that you also may believe. His testimonyCLXXIX is true,CLXXX
and he knowsCLXXXI that he tellsCLXXXII the truth,CLXXXIII so that you also may continue to believe.)CLXXXIV
36 These things occurredCLXXXV so that the scripture might be fulfilled,CLXXXVI “None of his bonesCLXXXVII shall be broken.”CLXXXVIII
37 And again anotherCLXXXIX passage of scripture says, “They will lookCXC on the one whom they have pierced.”CXCI
38 After these things, JosephCXCII of Arimathea,CXCIII who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secretCXCIV one because of his fearCXCV of the Jews,
askedCXCVI Pilate to let him take awayCXCVII the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission,CXCVIII so he cameCXCIX and removed his body.
39 Nicodemus,CC who had at first comeCCI to Jesus by night,CCII also came,CCIII bringingCCIV a mixtureCCV
of myrrhCCVI and aloes,CCVII weighing about a hundredCCVIII pounds.CCIX
40 They tookCCX the body of Jesus and wrappedCCXI it with the spicesCCXII
in linen cloths,CCXIII according to the burialCCXIV customCCXV of the Jews.
41 Now there was a gardenCCXVI in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a newCCXVII tombCCXVIII in which no one had ever been laid.CCXIX 42 And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
Image credit: “Piedada” of Donostia by Jose Oteiza. Photo by Ksarasola, 2022.