Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified

18 (A)But they all cried out together, (B)“Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas”— 19 a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city and (C)for murder. 20 Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, 21 but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” 22 A third time he said to them, “Why? (D)What evil has he done? (E)I have found in him no guilt deserving death. (F)I will therefore punish and release him.” 23 But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. 24 So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted. 25 He released the man who had been thrown into prison (G)for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, (H)but he delivered Jesus over to their will.

The Crucifixion

26 (I)And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. 27 And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were (J)mourning and lamenting for him. 28 But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For behold, (K)the days are coming when they will say, (L)‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30 (M)Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ 31 For (N)if they do these things when (O)the wood is green, what will happen (P)when it is dry?”

32 (Q)Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33 (R)And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, (S)one on his right and one on his left. 34 And Jesus said, “Father, (T)forgive them, (U)for they know not what they do.”[a] And they cast lots (V)to divide his garments. 35 And (W)the people stood by, watching, (X)but (Y)the rulers (Z)scoffed at him, saying, (AA)“He saved others; (AB)let him save himself, (AC)if he is (AD)the Christ of God, (AE)his Chosen One!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and (AF)offering him sour wine 37 and saying, (AG)“If you are (AH)the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 (AI)There was also an inscription over him,[b] “This is (AJ)the King of the Jews.”

39 (AK)One of the criminals who were hanged (AL)railed at him,[c] saying, “Are you not (AM)the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me (AN)when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in (AO)paradise.”

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  1. Luke 23:34 Some manuscripts omit the sentence And Jesus… what they do
  2. Luke 23:38 Some manuscripts add in letters of Greek and Latin and Hebrew
  3. Luke 23:39 Or blasphemed him

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