18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,”(A)
    says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;(B)
though they are red as crimson,
    they shall be like wool.(C)

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But he was pierced(A) for our transgressions,(B)
    he was crushed(C) for our iniquities;
the punishment(D) that brought us peace(E) was on him,
    and by his wounds(F) we are healed.(G)
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,(H)
    each of us has turned to our own way;(I)
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity(J) of us all.

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Let the wicked forsake(A) their ways
    and the unrighteous their thoughts.(B)
Let them turn(C) to the Lord, and he will have mercy(D) on them,
    and to our God, for he will freely pardon.(E)

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21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[a](A) because he will save his people from their sins.”(B)

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  1. Matthew 1:21 Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, which means the Lord saves.

22 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?”(A) Pilate asked.

They all answered, “Crucify him!”

23 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.

But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”

24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar(B) was starting, he took water and washed his hands(C) in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,”(D) he said. “It is your responsibility!”(E)

25 All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!”(F)

26 Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged,(G) and handed him over to be crucified.

The Soldiers Mock Jesus(H)

27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium(I) and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him,(J) 29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said.(K) 30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again.(L) 31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.(M)

The Crucifixion of Jesus(N)

32 As they were going out,(O) they met a man from Cyrene,(P) named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross.(Q) 33 They came to a place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”).(R) 34 There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall;(S) but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. 35 When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.(T) 36 And sitting down, they kept watch(U) over him there. 37 Above his head they placed the written charge against him: this is jesus, the king of the jews.

38 Two rebels were crucified with him,(V) one on his right and one on his left. 39 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads(W) 40 and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days,(X) save yourself!(Y) Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!”(Z) 41 In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. 42 “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel!(AA) Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe(AB) in him. 43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue him(AC) now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

The Death of Jesus(AD)

45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness(AE) came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,[a] lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).[b](AF)

47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”

48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar,(AG) put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49 The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”

50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.(AH)

51 At that moment the curtain of the temple(AI) was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split(AJ) 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and[c] went into the holy city(AK) and appeared to many people.

54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding(AL) Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”(AM)

55 Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs.(AN) 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph,[d] and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.(AO)

The Burial of Jesus(AP)

57 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 58 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tomb(AQ) that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.

The Guard at the Tomb

62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’(AR) 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body(AS) and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”

65 “Take a guard,”(AT) Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal(AU) on the stone(AV) and posting the guard.(AW)

Jesus Has Risen(AX)

28 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene(AY) and the other Mary(AZ) went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake,(BA) for an angel(BB) of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone(BC) and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.(BD) The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid,(BE) for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.(BF) Come and see the place where he lay.


  1. Matthew 27:46 Some manuscripts Eloi, Eloi
  2. Matthew 27:46 Psalm 22:1
  3. Matthew 27:53 Or tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they
  4. Matthew 27:56 Greek Joses, a variant of Joseph

68 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,(A)
    because he has come to his people and redeemed them.(B)
69 He has raised up a horn[a](C) of salvation for us
    in the house of his servant David(D)

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  1. Luke 1:69 Horn here symbolizes a strong king.

28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,(A)
    you may now dismiss[a] your servant in peace.(B)
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,(C)
31     which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
    and the glory of your people Israel.”(D)

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  1. Luke 2:29 Or promised, / now dismiss

12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed(A) in his name,(B) he gave the right to become children of God(C)

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16 For God so loved(A) the world that he gave(B) his one and only Son,(C) that whoever believes(D) in him shall not perish but have eternal life.(E)

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36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life,(A) but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.

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24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me(A) has eternal life(B) and will not be judged(C) but has crossed over from death to life.(D)

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21 And everyone who calls
    on the name of the Lord(A) will be saved.’[a](B)

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  1. Acts 2:21 Joel 2:28-32

12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”(A)

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30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”(A)

31 They replied, “Believe(B) in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved(C)—you and your household.”(D)

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16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel,(A) because it is the power of God(B) that brings salvation to everyone who believes:(C) first to the Jew,(D) then to the Gentile.(E) 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed(F)—a righteousness that is by faith(G) from first to last,[a] just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”[b](H)

God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity

18 The wrath of God(I) is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,

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  1. Romans 1:17 Or is from faith to faith
  2. Romans 1:17 Hab. 2:4

23 for all have sinned(A) and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified(B) freely by his grace(C) through the redemption(D) that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,[a](E) through the shedding of his blood(F)—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished(G)

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  1. Romans 3:25 The Greek for sacrifice of atonement refers to the atonement cover on the ark of the covenant (see Lev. 16:15,16).

Peace and Hope

Therefore, since we have been justified(A) through faith,(B) we[a] have peace(C) with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,(D)

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  1. Romans 5:1 Many manuscripts let us

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.(A)

Since we have now been justified(B) by his blood,(C) how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath(D) through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies,(E) we were reconciled(F) to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!(G)

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Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ

What shall we say, then?(A) Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?(B)

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