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Luke 23

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1Then the whole group got up and took Jesus to Pilate, the Roman governor.
2They began to accuse Jesus, saying, “We (exc) have determined that this fellow has caused political trouble in our country. He has been telling people that they should not pay taxes to the Roman government MTY. Also, he says that he is the Messiah, a king!”
3Pilate asked him, “Do you (sg) claim that you are the King of the Jews?” He replied, “ It is as you have just now said.”
4Pilate said to the chief priests and the rest of the crowd, “I do not conclude that this man is guilty of any crime.”
5But they kept insisting, “He is inciting the people to riot! He has been teaching his ideas throughout all of Judea district. He started doing it in Galilee district and now he is doing it here!”
6When Pilate heard that, he asked, “Is this man from Galilee district?”
7When they told him that Jesus was from Galilee, which was the district that Herod Antipas ruled, he told them to take Jesus to Herod Antipas, because Herod was in Jerusalem at that time.
8So they did. When Herod saw Jesus, he was very happy. He had heard about Jesus, and he had been hoping for a long time that he could see Jesus perform a miracle.
9So he asked Jesus many questions, but Jesus did not reply to any of them.
10The chief priests and men who taught the Jewish laws stood near Jesus, accusing him very strongly.
11Then Herod and his soldiers ◄made fun of/ridiculed► Jesus. They put gorgeous clothes on him to mock him as being a king. Then Herod sent him back to Pilate.
12Until that time Herod and Pilate had been very hostile to each other, but that very day they became friends.
13Pilate then gathered together the chief priests and other Jewish leaders and the crowd that was still there.
14He said to them, “You brought this man to me, saying that he had caused trouble among the people. But I want you to know that after having examined him while you were listening, I do not conclude that he is guilty of any of the things that you are accusing him about.
15Obviously Herod did not conclude that either, because he sent him back to me without punishing him. So it is clear that this man has not done anything for which we (inc) should kill him.
16So I will have my soldiers flog him and then release him.”
18But the whole crowd shouted, “Execute this man! Release Barrabas for us (exc)!”
19Barrabas was a man who had tried to persuade people in the city to rebel against the Roman government. While doing that, he had murdered someone. So he had been put {they had put him} in prison, where he was waiting to be executed.

20Because Pilate wanted to release Jesus, he tried to persuade the crowd again.
21But they kept shouting, “ Command your soldiers to kill him by nailing him to a cross!/Have him crucified!”
22He spoke to them a third time and asked them, “Why? What crime has he committed? I have concluded that he has done nothing for which he deserves to die. So I will have my soldiers flog him and then release him.”
23But they kept insisting. They shouted loudly that Jesus should be nailed {that Pilate should have his soldiers nail Jesus} to a cross. Finally, because they continued to shout PRS so loudly,
24Pilate decided to do what the crowd requested.
25The man who had been {whom they had} put in prison because he had rebelled against the government and who had murdered someone, he released! That was the man whom the crowd had asked him to release. He handed Jesus over to the soldiers, to do what the crowd wanted.
26As the soldiers were taking Jesus away, they seized a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene city in Africa. He was returning to Jerusalem from out in the countryside. They took from Jesus the cross that he had been carrying. Then they put it on Simon's shoulders, and told him to carry it behind Jesus.
27A large crowd followed Jesus. The crowd included many women who were beating their breasts to show how sad they were, and wailing for him.
28But Jesus turned to them and said, “You women of Jerusalem, do not cry for me! Instead, cry because of what is going to happen to yourselves and your children!
29I want you to know that there will soon be a time when people will say, ‘Women SYN who have never borne children or nursed babies are fortunate!’
30Then, in order that they will not have to suffer greatly when their enemies destroy this city, people who are left in the city will say to the mountains, ‘Fall down on us!’ And people will say to the hills, ‘Cover us!’
31I am innocent MET. I am like a living tree that people do not try to burn. But the people of Jerusalem deserve that their enemies punish them. They are like dry wood that is ready to burn. So if they nail me to the cross, ◄ their enemies will certainly do much worse things to them!/what worse things will happen to them?► RHQ”
32Two other men who were criminals were also being led away { The soldiers also led away two other men who were criminals}. They were going to be executed { The soldiers were going to execute them} with Jesus.
33When they came to the place which is called ❛The Skull❜, they nailed Jesus to a cross after removing his clothes. They did the same thing to the two criminals. They crucified one at the right side of Jesus and one at his left side.
34Jesus prayed, “ My Father, forgive them, because they do not realize whom they are doing this to!” Then the soldiers divided Jesus' clothing by gambling with something like dice, to decide which piece of clothing each one would get.
35Many people stood nearby, watching. And the Jewish leaders ◄made fun of/ridiculed► Jesus, saying, “He said IRO that he saved other people! If he is the Messiah, the one God has chosen, he should save himself!”
36The soldiers also ridiculed him because he claimed to be a king. They came up to him and offered him some sour wine.
37They said to him, “If you (sg) are the King of the Jews, save yourself!”

38They also fastened on the cross a sign that stated why they were nailing him to the cross. But all it said was, ❛This is the King of the Jews❜.
39One of the criminals who was hanging on a cross began to insult Jesus, saying, “You (sg) said that you are the Messiah, so you must be powerful! So save yourself, and save us, too!”
40But the other criminal rebuked him, saying, “◄You (sg) should be afraid of God punishing you!/Are you not afraid of God punishing you?► RHQ They are punishing him and us similarly.
41They have justly decided that we (inc) two must die. They are punishing us as we deserve for the evil things that we did. But this man has done nothing wrong!”
42Then he said, “Jesus, please remember me and take care of me when you become king!”
43Jesus replied, “I want you (sg) to know that today you (sg) will be with me in the place where everyone is happy!” (OR, that today you will be with me in Paradise!)
44Then it was about noontime. It became dark over the whole land, and it stayed dark until three o'clock in the afternoon.
45There was no light from the sun. Then the thick curtain that closed off the most holy place in the Temple split into two pieces. That signified that ordinary people could now go into the presence of God.
46As that happened, Jesus shouted loudly, “Father, I put my spirit into your care MTY!” When he said that, he EUP died.
47When the officer who supervised the soldiers who were executing Jesus saw what happened, he praised God for the way Jesus died, saying, “ I am sure that this man had done nothing wrong!”
48When the crowd of people who had gathered to see those events saw what happened, they returned to their homes, beating their chests to show that they were sorrowful.
49All of Jesus' friends, including the women who had come with him from Galilee district, stood at a distance and saw everything that happened.
50There was a man named Joseph who came there. He was from the town of Arimathea in Judea. He was a good and a righteous man, and he was a member of the Jewish Council.
51But he had not agreed with the other Council members when they decided to kill Jesus and when they planned how to do it. He was waiting expectantly for the time when God would send his king to begin to rule.
52He went to Pilate and asked Pilate to permit him to take Jesus' body and bury it. After Pilate allowed him to do that,
53he and some others took Jesus' body down from the cross. They wrapped it in a linen cloth. Then they put his body in a tomb that he had hired others to dig out of a rock cliff. No one had ever put a body in it before.
54They had to do it quickly because that was Friday, the day when people prepared things for the Jewish day of rest. ◄The Sabbath/The day of rest► was about to start at sunset, so they had to finish burying Jesus' body before sunset.
55The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee district followed Joseph and the men who were with him. They saw the tomb, and they saw how the men laid Jesus' body inside it, and saw the men roll a huge stone across the entrance.

56Then the women returned to the houses where they were staying. That evening they prepared spices and ointments to put on Jesus' body, but ◄on the Sabbath/on the Jewish rest day► they rested, according to what Moses had commanded.