38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.(A) 39 And when the centurion,(B) who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died,[a] he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”(C)

40 Some women were watching from a distance.(D) Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph,[b] and Salome.(E) 41 In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.(F)

The Burial of Jesus(G)

42 It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath).(H) So as evening approached, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council,(I) who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God,(J) went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. 45 When he learned from the centurion(K) that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. 46 So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.(L) 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph(M) saw where he was laid.

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  1. Mark 15:39 Some manuscripts saw that he died with such a cry
  2. Mark 15:40 Greek Joses, a variant of Joseph; also in verse 47

47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God(A) and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” 48 When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts(B) and went away. 49 But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee,(C) stood at a distance,(D) watching these things.

The Burial of Jesus(E)

50 Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God.(F) 52 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. 54 It was Preparation Day,(G) and the Sabbath was about to begin.

55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee(H) followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes.(I) But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.(J)

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31 Now it was the day of Preparation,(A) and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses(B) during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other.(C) 33 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced(D) Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.(E) 35 The man who saw it(F) has given testimony, and his testimony is true.(G) He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. 36 These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled:(H) “Not one of his bones will be broken,”[a](I) 37 and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.”[b](J)

The Burial of Jesus(K)

38 Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders.(L) With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. 39 He was accompanied by Nicodemus,(M) the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.[c] 40 Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen.(N) This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.(O) 41 At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. 42 Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation(P) and since the tomb was nearby,(Q) they laid Jesus there.

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  1. John 19:36 Exodus 12:46; Num. 9:12; Psalm 34:20
  2. John 19:37 Zech. 12:10
  3. John 19:39 Or about 34 kilograms

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