Jesus Faces the Sanhedrin(A)

66 (B)As soon as it was day, (C)the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, came together and led Him into their council, saying, 67 (D)“If You are the Christ, tell us.”

But He said to them, “If I tell you, you will (E)by no means believe. 68 And if I [a]also ask you, you will by no means answer [b]Me or let Me go. 69 (F)Hereafter the Son of Man will sit on the right hand of the power of God.”

70 Then they all said, “Are You then the Son of God?”

So He said to them, (G)“You rightly say that I am.”

71 (H)And they said, “What further testimony do we need? For we have heard it ourselves from His own mouth.”

Jesus Handed Over to Pontius Pilate(I)

23 Then (J)the whole multitude of them arose and led Him to (K)Pilate. And they began to (L)accuse Him, saying, “We found this fellow (M)perverting [c]the nation, and (N)forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, saying (O)that He Himself is Christ, a King.”

(P)Then Pilate asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?”

He answered him and said, It is as you say.”

So Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowd, (Q)“I find no fault in this Man.”

But they were the more fierce, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, beginning from (R)Galilee to this place.”

Jesus Faces Herod

When Pilate heard [d]of Galilee, he asked if the Man were a Galilean. And as soon as he knew that He belonged to (S)Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time. Now when Herod saw Jesus, (T)he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for a long time to see Him, because (U)he had heard many things about Him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by Him. Then he questioned Him with many words, but He answered him (V)nothing. 10 And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused Him. 11 (W)Then Herod, with his [e]men of war, treated Him with contempt and mocked Him, arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate. 12 That very day (X)Pilate and Herod became friends with each other, for previously they had been at enmity with each other.

Taking the Place of Barabbas(Y)

13 (Z)Then Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people, 14 said to them, (AA)“You have brought this Man to me, as one who misleads the people. And indeed, (AB)having examined Him in your presence, I have found no fault in this Man concerning those things of which you accuse Him; 15 no, neither did Herod, for [f]I sent you back to him; and indeed nothing deserving of death has been done by Him. 16 (AC)I will therefore chastise Him and release Him 17 (AD)(for[g] it was necessary for him to release one to them at the feast).

18 And (AE)they all cried out at once, saying, “Away with this Man, and release to us Barabbas”— 19 who had been thrown into prison for a certain rebellion made in the city, and for murder.

20 Pilate, therefore, wishing to release Jesus, again called out to them. 21 But they shouted, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!”

22 Then he said to them the third time, “Why, what evil has He done? I have found no reason for death in Him. I will therefore chastise Him and let Him go.”

23 But they were insistent, demanding with loud voices that He be crucified. And the voices of these men [h]and of the chief priests prevailed. 24 So (AF)Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they requested. 25 (AG)And he released [i]to them the one they requested, who for rebellion and murder had been thrown into prison; but he delivered Jesus to their will.

The King on a Cross(AH)

26 (AI)Now as they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus.

27 And a great multitude of the people followed Him, and women who also mourned and lamented Him. 28 But Jesus, turning to them, said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 (AJ)For indeed the days are coming in which they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, wombs that never bore, and breasts which never nursed!’ 30 Then they will begin (AK)‘to say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!” ’ 31 (AL)For if they do these things in the green wood, what will be done in the dry?”

32 (AM)There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. 33 And (AN)when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. 34 [j]Then Jesus said, “Father, (AO)forgive them, for (AP)they do not know what they do.”

And (AQ)they divided His garments and cast lots. 35 And (AR)the people stood looking on. But even the (AS)rulers with them sneered, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God.”

36 The soldiers also mocked Him, coming and offering Him (AT)sour wine, 37 and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself.”

38 (AU)And an inscription also was [k]written over Him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew:


39 (AV)Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, [l]“If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.”

40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done (AW)nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said [m]to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”

43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in (AX)Paradise.”

Jesus Dies on the Cross(AY)

44 (AZ)Now it [n]was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. 45 Then the sun was [o]darkened, and (BA)the veil of the temple was torn in [p]two. 46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, (BB)‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ (BC)Having said this, He breathed His last.

47 (BD)So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous Man!”

48 And the whole crowd who came together to that sight, seeing what had been done, beat their breasts and returned. 49 (BE)But all His acquaintances, and the women who followed Him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.


  1. Luke 22:68 NU omits also
  2. Luke 22:68 NU omits the rest of v. 68.
  3. Luke 23:2 NU our
  4. Luke 23:6 NU omits of Galilee
  5. Luke 23:11 troops
  6. Luke 23:15 NU he sent Him back to us
  7. Luke 23:17 NU omits v. 17.
  8. Luke 23:23 NU omits and of the chief priests
  9. Luke 23:25 NU, M omit to them
  10. Luke 23:34 NU brackets the first sentence as a later addition.
  11. Luke 23:38 NU omits written and in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew
  12. Luke 23:39 NU Are You not the Christ? Save
  13. Luke 23:42 NU “Jesus, remember me
  14. Luke 23:44 NU adds already
  15. Luke 23:45 NU obscured
  16. Luke 23:45 the middle

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