Simon Carries the Cross

26 (A)And when they led Him away, they seized a man, Simon of (B)Cyrene, as he was coming in from the country, and placed on him the cross to carry behind Jesus.

27 Now following Him was a large crowd of the people, and of women who were [a](C)mourning and grieving for Him. 28 But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For behold, days are coming when they will say, ‘(D)Blessed are those who cannot bear, and the wombs that have not given birth, and the breasts that have not nursed.’ 30 Then they will begin to (E)say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ 31 For if they do these things [b]when the tree is green, what will happen [c]when it is dry?”

32 (F)Now two others, who were criminals, were also being led away to be put to death with Him.

The Crucifixion

33 (G)And when they came to the place called [d]The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. 34 [[e]But Jesus was saying, (H)Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”] (I)And they cast lots, dividing His garments among themselves. 35 And the people stood by, watching. And even the (J)rulers were sneering at Him, saying, “He saved others; (K)let Him save Himself if this is the [f]Christ of God, His Chosen One.” 36 The soldiers also ridiculed Him, coming up to Him, (L)offering Him sour wine, 37 and saying, “(M)If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself!” 38 Now there was also an inscription above Him, “(N)THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

39 (O)One of the criminals who were hanged there was [g]hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the [h]Christ? (P)Save Yourself and us!” 40 But the other responded, and rebuking him, said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving [i]what we deserve for our crimes; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom!” 43 And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you will be with Me in (Q)Paradise.”

44 (R)It was now about [j](S)the sixth hour, and darkness came over the entire land until [k]the ninth hour, 45 [l]because the sun stopped shining; and (T)the veil of the temple was torn [m]in two. 46 And Jesus, (U)crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, (V)into Your hands I entrust My spirit.” And having said this, He [n]died. 47 (W)Now when the centurion saw what had happened, he began (X)praising God, saying, “This man was in fact [o]innocent.” 48 And all the crowds who came together for this spectacle, after watching what had happened, began to return home, [p](Y)beating their chests. 49 (Z)And all His acquaintances and (AA)the women who accompanied Him from Galilee were standing at a distance, seeing these things.

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  1. Luke 23:27 Lit beating their breasts
  2. Luke 23:31 Lit in the green tree
  3. Luke 23:31 Lit in the dry
  4. Luke 23:33 Gr Kranion, Lat Calvaria (Calvary)
  5. Luke 23:34 Most early mss do not contain But Jesus was saying...doing
  6. Luke 23:35 I.e., Messiah
  7. Luke 23:39 Or blaspheming
  8. Luke 23:39 I.e., Messiah
  9. Luke 23:41 Lit things worthy of what we have done
  10. Luke 23:44 I.e., noon
  11. Luke 23:44 I.e., 3 p.m.
  12. Luke 23:45 Lit the sun failing
  13. Luke 23:45 Lit in the middle
  14. Luke 23:46 Lit expired
  15. Luke 23:47 Lit righteous
  16. Luke 23:48 I.e., as a traditional sign of mourning or contrition