THE GOSPEL ACCORDING to
Luke 23 ©
1 Christ is brought to Pilate, accused before him, and declared guiltless by him. 7 Who sends Him to Herod, who despises Him, and sends Him back again. 13 Pilate endeavors to release Him, but by the hard pressing of the Jews, he releases Barabbas, and delivers Christ over to be crucified. 26 Simon of Cyrene bears the cross after Him. 27 The women of Jerusalem bewail Him, to whom He foretells the misery which would come upon them and their children. 32 He is crucified between two murderers, and prays for His enemies. 35 Is reviled and mocked on the cross. 38 The superscription of the cross. 39 One of the malefactor reviles Him, and the other is converted and comforted by Christ. 44 Darkness comes upon the earth, the veil of the temple is rent, and Christ gives up the ghost. 47 The centurion acknowledges that He is righteous, as also the multitudes. 50 He is buried by Joseph of Arimathæa. 54 The women see where He is laid, and buy spices to anoint Him.
ANDa1the whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto 2Pilate.
And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting 3the nation, and forbiddingb to give tribute to Cæsar,sayingc that he himself is Christ a 4King.
Andd Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answered him and said, 5Thou sayest it.
Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no 6fault in this man.
And they 7were the more fierce, saying, He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry,e beginning from Galilee to this place.
When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilaean.
Andf as soon as he knew that he belonged unto 8Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was 9at Jerusalem at that time.
¶Andg when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some 10miracle done by him.
Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing.
And the 11chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him.
And Herod with his 12men of war 13set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a 14gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.
¶Andh the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.
¶Andi Pilate, 15when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people,
Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having 16examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him:
No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done 17unto him.
I will therefore 18chastise him, and release him.
(Forj of necessity he 19must release one unto them at 20the feast.)
And they cried out all at once, saying, 21Awayk with this man, and release unto us Barabbas:
(Who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.)
Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them.
But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.
And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore 22chastise him, and let him go.
And they were instantl23with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests 24prevailed.
Andm Pilate 25gave sentence that it should be as they required.
And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus 26to their will.
Andn as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they 27laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.
¶And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, 28which also 29bewailed and lamented him.
But Jesus turning unto them said, 30Daughters of Jerusalem, 31weep not for me, but 32weep for yourselves, and for your children.
For, behold, the days are coming, in the which 33they shall say, Blessed are 34the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.
Then shall they begin 35to say to the mountains, Fallo on us; and to the hills, Cover us.
Forp if they do these things in a 36green tree, 37what shall be done in the dry?
Andq there were also two other, malefactors,r led with him to be put to death.
Ands when they were come to the place, which is called 38Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
¶Then said Jesus, Father,t forgive them; for 39they know not 40what they do. Andu they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
And the people stood beholding. And thev rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, 41the chosen of God.
And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, 42and offering him vinegar,
And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.
Andw a 43superscription also was written 44over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
¶And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy 45kingdom.
And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me 46in paradise.
Andx it was about 47the sixth hour, and there was a darkness 48over all the earth until the ninth hour.
And the 49sun was darkened, andy the 50veil of the temple was rent in the midst.
¶And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father,z into thy hands I 51commend 52my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.aa
Nowab when the centurion saw what was done, he 53glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.
And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, 54smote their breasts, and returned.
And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things.
¶And,ac behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just:
(The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself 55waited for the kingdom of God.
This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.
And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, andad laid it in a sepulchre that was hewnae in stone, wherein never man before was laid.
And 56that day was the preparation, and the sabbath 57drew on.
And the women also, whichaf came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.
And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day 58according to the commandment.