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Luke 23

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1And they all went and took him before Pilate.
2And they made statements against him, saying, This man has to our knowledge been teaching our nation to do wrong, and not to make payment of taxes to Caesar, even saying that he himself is Christ, a king.
3And Pilate said to him, Are you the King of the Jews? And he said in answer, You say so.
4And Pilate said to the chief priests and the people, In my opinion this man has done no wrong.
5But they became more violent than before, saying, He has made trouble among the people, teaching through all Judaea from Galilee to this place.
6But at these words Pilate said, Is the man a Galilaean?
7And when he saw that he was under the authority of Herod, he sent him to Herod, who was in Jerusalem himself at that time.
8Now when Herod saw Jesus he was very glad, having for a long time had a desire to see him, for he had had accounts of him, and was hoping to see some wonders done by him.
9And he put a great number of questions to him, but he said nothing.
10And the chief priests and the scribes were there, making statements against him violently.
11And Herod, with the men of his army, put shame on him and made sport of him, and dressing him in shining robes, he sent him back to Pilate.
12And that day Herod and Pilate became friends with one another, for before they had been against one another.
13And Pilate sent for the chief priests and the rulers and the people, and said to them,
14You say that this man has been teaching the people evil things: now I, after going into the question before you, see nothing wrong in this man in connection with the things which you have said against him:
15And Herod is of the same opinion, for he has sent him back to us; for, you see, he has done nothing for which I might put him to death.
16And so I will give him punishment and let him go.
18But with loud voices they said all together, Put this man to death, and make Barabbas free.
19Now this man was in prison because of an attack against the government in the town, in which there had been loss of life.

20And Pilate again said to them that it was his desire to let Jesus go free.
21But crying out they said, To the cross with him!
22And he said to them a third time, Why, what evil has he done? I see no reason for putting him to death: I will give him punishment and let him go.
23But they went on crying out loudly, Let him be put to death on the cross. And they had their way.
24And Pilate gave his decision for their desire to be put into effect.
25And in answer to their request, he let that man go free who had been in prison for acting against the government and causing death, and Jesus he gave up to their pleasure.
26And while they were taking him away, they put their hands on Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and made him take the cross after Jesus.
27And a great band of people went after him, and of women making signs of grief and weeping for him.
28But Jesus, turning to them, said, Daughters of Jerusalem, let not your weeping be for me, but for yourselves and for your children.
29For the days are coming in which they will say, Happy are those who have had no children, whose bodies have never given birth, whose breasts have never given milk.
30And they will say to the mountains, Come down on us, and to the hills, Be a cover over us.
31For if they do these things when the tree is green, what will they do when it is dry?
32And two others, evil-doers, were taken with him to be put to death.
33And when they came to the place which is named Golgotha, they put him on the cross, and the evil-doers, one on the right side, and the other on the left.
34And Jesus said, Father, let them have forgiveness, for they have no knowledge of what they are doing. And they made division of his clothing among them by the decision of chance.
35And the people were looking on. And the rulers made sport of him, saying, He was a saviour of others; let him do something for himself, if he is the Christ, the man of God's selection.
36And the men of the army made sport of him, coming to him and giving him bitter wine,
37And saying, If you are the King of the Jews, get yourself free.

38And these words were put in writing over him, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
39And one of the evil-doers on the cross, with bitter feeling, said to him, Are you not the Christ? Get yourself and us out of this.
40But the other, protesting, said, Have you no fear of God? for you have a part in the same punishment,
41And with reason; for we have the right reward of our acts, but this man has done nothing wrong.
42And he said, Jesus, keep me in mind when you come in your kingdom.
43And he said to him, Truly I say to you, Today you will be with me in Paradise.
44And it was now about the sixth hour; and all the land was dark till the ninth hour;
45The light of the sun went out, and the curtain in the Temple was parted in two.
46And Jesus gave a loud cry and said, Father, into your hands I give my spirit: and when he had said this, he gave up his spirit.
47And when the captain saw what was done, he gave praise to God, saying, Without doubt this was an upright man.
48And all the people who had come together to see it, when they saw the things which were done, went back again making signs of grief.
49And all his friends and the women who came with him from Galilee, were waiting at a distance, watching these things.
50Now there was a man named Joseph, a man of authority and a good and upright man
51(He had not given his approval to their decision or their acts), of Arimathaea, a town of the Jews, who was waiting for the kingdom of God:
52This man went to Pilate and made a request for the body of Jesus.
53And he took it down, and folding it in a linen cloth, he put it in a place cut in the rock for a dead body; and no one had ever been put in it.
54Now it was the day of making ready and the Sabbath was coming on.
55And the women who had come with him from Galilee went after him and saw the place and how his body had been put to rest;

56And they went back and got ready spices and perfumes; and on the Sabbath they took their rest, in agreement with the law.