15 Intent on satisfying the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them, and after having Jesus (A)flogged, he handed Him over to be crucified.

Jesus Is Mocked

16 (B)Now the soldiers took Him away into (C)the [a]palace (that is, the Praetorium), and they *called together the whole Roman [b](D)cohort. 17 And they *dressed Him in [c]purple, and after twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on Him; 18 and they began saluting Him: “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19 And they repeatedly beat His head with a [d]reed and spit on Him, and kneeling, they bowed down before Him. 20 And after they had mocked Him, they took the [e]purple cloak off Him and put His own garments on Him. And they *led Him out to crucify Him.

21 (E)And they *compelled a passer-by coming from the country, Simon of Cyrene (the father of Alexander and (F)Rufus), to carry His cross.

The Crucifixion

22 (G)Then they *brought Him to the place (H)Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull. 23 And they tried to give Him (I)wine mixed with myrrh; but He did not take it. 24 And they *crucified Him, and *(J)divided up His garments among themselves, casting [f]lots for them to decide [g]what each man would take. 25 Now it was the [h](K)third hour [i]when they crucified Him. 26 The inscription of the charge against Him [j]read, “(L)THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

27 And they *crucified two [k]rebels with Him, one on His right and one on His left.[l] 29 Those passing by were [m]hurling abuse at Him, (M)shaking their heads and saying, “Ha! You who are going to (N)destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, 30 save Yourself by coming down from the cross!” 31 In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes, were mocking Him among themselves and saying, “(O)He saved others; [n]He cannot save Himself! 32 Let this Christ, (P)the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, so that we may see and believe!” (Q)Those who were crucified with Him were also insulting Him.

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  1. Mark 15:16 Or court
  2. Mark 15:16 Normally 600 men (the number varied)
  3. Mark 15:17 Prob. a term for a Roman soldier’s red cloak (cf. Matt 27:28)
  4. Mark 15:19 Or staff (made of a reed)
  5. Mark 15:20 See note v 17
  6. Mark 15:24 Lit a lot upon
  7. Mark 15:24 Lit who would take what
  8. Mark 15:25 I.e., 9 a.m.
  9. Mark 15:25 Lit and
  10. Mark 15:26 Lit had been inscribed
  11. Mark 15:27 Or robbers
  12. Mark 15:27 Late mss add the following as v 28: And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And He was counted with wrongdoers.”
  13. Mark 15:29 Or blaspheming Him
  14. Mark 15:31 Or can He not save Himself?

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