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Mark 15

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1And the first thing in the morning the chief priests, with those in authority and the scribes and all the Sanhedrin, had a meeting, and put cords round Jesus, and took him away, and gave him up to Pilate.
2And Pilate put a question to him, Are you the King of the Jews? And he, answering, said to him, You say so.
3And the chief priests said a number of things against him.
4And Pilate again put a question, Do you say nothing in answer? see how much evil they say you have done.
5But Jesus gave no more answers, so that Pilate was full of wonder.
6Now at the feast every year he let one prisoner go free at their request.
7And there was one named Barabbas, in prison with those who had gone against the government and in the fight had taken life.
8And the people went up, requesting him to do as he had done for them in other years.
9And Pilate said in answer to them, Is it your desire that I let the King of the Jews go free?
10For he saw that the chief priests had given him up through envy.
11But the people were moved by the chief priests to make him let Barabbas go free.
12And Pilate again said in answer to them, What then am I to do to him to whom you give the name of the King of the Jews?
13And they said again loudly, To the cross with him!
14And Pilate said to them, Why, what evil has he done? But their cry was the louder, To the cross!
15And Pilate, desiring to do what was pleasing to the people, let Barabbas go free, and gave up Jesus, when he had been whipped, to be put to death on the cross.
16And the men of the army took him away into the square in front of the building which is the Praetorium, and they got together all the band.
17And they put a purple robe on him, and twisting a crown of thorns, they put it on him;
18And, as if honouring him, they said, Long life to the King of the Jews!

19And they gave him blows on the head with a stick and put shame on him and, going down on their knees, gave him worship.
20And when they had made sport of him, they took the purple robe off him and put his clothing on him. And they took him out to put him to death on the cross.
21And they made one, Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, who was going by, coming from the country, go with them, so that he might take his cross.
22And they took him to the place named Golgotha, which is, Dead Man's Head.
23And they gave him wine mixed with myrrh; but he did not take it.
24And he was nailed to the cross; and they made a division of his clothing among them, putting to the decision of chance what everyone was to take.
25And it was the third hour when they put him on the cross.
26And the statement of his crime was put in writing on the cross, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
27And they put two thieves on crosses with him, one on his right side, and one on his left.
29And those who went by made sport of him, shaking their heads, and saying, Ha! you who give the Temple to destruction, and put it up again in three days,
30Keep yourself from death, and come down from the cross.
31In the same way the chief priests, laughing at him among themselves with the scribes, said, A saviour of others, he has no salvation for himself.
32Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, so that we may see and have belief. And those who were put on crosses with him said evil things against him.
33And when the sixth hour had come, it was dark over all the land till the ninth hour.
34And at the ninth hour, Jesus said in a loud voice, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, My God, my God, why are you turned away from me?
35And some of those who were near, hearing it, said, See, he is crying to Elijah.
36And one of them went quickly and, getting a sponge full of bitter wine, put it on a rod, and gave it to him for drink, saying, Let be; let us see if Elijah will come to take him down.
37And Jesus gave a loud cry, and gave up his spirit.

38And the curtain of the Temple was parted in two from end to end.
39And when the captain, who was near, saw how he gave up his spirit, he said, Truly this man was a son of God.
40And there were women watching from a distance: among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary, the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome,
41Who went with him when he was in Galilee and took care of him; and a number of other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.
42And when it was evening, because it was the time of getting ready, that is, the day before the Sabbath,
43There came Joseph of Arimathaea, a responsible man in high honour, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God; and he went in to Pilate without fear, and made a request for the body of Jesus.
44And Pilate was surprised that he was dead; and, sending for the captain, he put a question to see if he had been dead for long.
45And when he had news of it from the captain, he let Joseph have the body.
46And he got a linen cloth and, taking him down, put the linen cloth round him, and put him in a place for the dead which had been cut out of a rock; and a stone was rolled against the door.
47And Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Joses, saw where he was put.