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Mark 15:16-47 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Mocked by the Military

16 Then the soldiers led Him away into the courtyard (that is, headquarters) and called the whole company together. 17 They dressed Him in a purple robe, twisted together a crown of thorns, and put it on Him. 18 And they began to salute Him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19 They kept hitting Him on the head with a reed and spitting on Him. Getting down on their knees, they were paying Him homage. 20 When they had mocked Him, they stripped Him of the purple robe, put His clothes on Him, and led Him out to crucify Him.

Crucified between Two Criminals

21 They forced a man coming in from the country, who was passing by, to carry Jesus’ cross. He was Simon, a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus. 22 And they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means Skull Place). 23 They tried to give Him wine mixed with myrrh, but He did not take it. 24 Then they crucified Him and divided His clothes, casting lots for them to decide what each would get. 25 Now it was nine in the morning[a] when they crucified Him. 26 The inscription of the charge written against Him was:

THE KING OF THE JEWS.

27 They crucified two criminals[b] with Him, one on His right and one on His left. [28 So the Scripture was fulfilled that says: And He was counted among outlaws.][c][d] 29 Those who passed by were yelling insults at[e] Him, shaking their heads, and saying, “Ha! The One who would demolish the sanctuary and build it in three days, 30 save Yourself by coming down from the cross!” 31 In the same way, the chief priests with the scribes were mocking Him to one another and saying, “He saved others; He cannot save Himself! 32 Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, so that we may see and believe.” Even those who were crucified with Him were taunting Him.

The Death of Jesus

33 When it was noon,[f] darkness came over the whole land[g] until three in the afternoon.[h] 34 And at three[i] Jesus cried out with a loud voice, Eloi, Eloi, lemá[j] sabachtháni? which is translated, My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?[k]

35 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “Look, He’s calling for Elijah!” 36 Someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, fixed it on a reed, offered Him a drink, and said, “Let’s see if Elijah comes to take Him down!”

37 But Jesus let out a loud cry and breathed His last. 38 Then the curtain of the sanctuary[l] was split in two from top to bottom. 39 When the centurion, who was standing opposite Him, saw the way He[m] breathed His last, he said, “This man really was God’s Son!”[n]

40 There were also women looking on from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. 41 When He was in Galilee, they would follow Him and help Him. Many other women had come up with Him to Jerusalem.

The Burial of Jesus

42 When it was already evening, because it was preparation day (that is, the day before the Sabbath), 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Sanhedrin who was himself looking forward to the kingdom of God, came and boldly went in to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 44 Pilate was surprised that He was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him whether He had already died. 45 When he found out from the centurion, he gave the corpse to Joseph. 46 After he bought some fine linen, he took Him down and wrapped Him in the linen. Then he placed Him in a tomb cut out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb. 47 Now Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses were watching where He was placed.

Footnotes:

  1. Mark 15:25 Lit was the third hour
  2. Mark 15:27 Or revolutionaries
  3. Mark 15:28 Other mss omit bracketed text
  4. Mark 15:28 Is 53:12
  5. Mark 15:29 Lit passed by blasphemed
  6. Mark 15:33 Lit the sixth hour
  7. Mark 15:33 Or whole earth
  8. Mark 15:33 Lit the ninth hour
  9. Mark 15:34 Lit the ninth hour
  10. Mark 15:34 Some mss read lama; other mss read lima
  11. Mark 15:34 Ps 22:1
  12. Mark 15:38 A heavy curtain separated the inner room of the temple from the outer.
  13. Mark 15:39 Other mss read saw that He cried out like this and
  14. Mark 15:39 Or the Son of God; Mk 1:1

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