Care of the Body of Jesus

31 Now then, since it was (A)the day of preparation, to prevent (B)the bodies from remaining on the cross on the Sabbath ([a]for that Sabbath was a (C)high day), the Jews requested of Pilate that their legs be broken, and the bodies be taken away. 32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first man, and of the other who was (D)crucified with Him; 33 but after they came to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. 34 Yet one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately (E)blood and water came out. 35 And he who has seen has (F)testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe. 36 For these things took place (G)so that the Scripture would be fulfilled: “(H)Not a bone of Him shall be [b]broken.” 37 And again another Scripture says, “(I)They will look at Him whom they pierced.”

38 Now (J)after these things Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but a (K)secret one for (L)fear of the [c]Jews, requested of Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate granted permission. So he came and took away His body. 39 (M)Nicodemus, who had first come to Him by night, also came, (N)bringing a [d]mixture of (O)myrrh and aloes, about a [e](P)hundred litras weight. 40 So they took the body of Jesus and (Q)bound it in (R)linen wrappings with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. 41 Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden was a (S)new tomb (T)in which no one had yet been laid. 42 Therefore because of the Jewish day of (U)preparation, since the tomb was (V)nearby, they laid Jesus there.

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  1. John 19:31 Lit for the day of that Sabbath was great
  2. John 19:36 Or crushed; or shattered
  3. John 19:38 I.e., the Jewish leaders
  4. John 19:39 Two early mss package of
  5. John 19:39 I.e., Roman libras (about 75 lb. or 34 kg)