22 Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?”

They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!”

23 Then the governor said, (A)“Why, what evil has He done?”

But they cried out all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!”

24 When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a [a]tumult was rising, he (B)took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this [b]just Person. You see to it.

25 And all the people answered and said, (C)“His blood be on us and on our children.”

26 Then he released Barabbas to them; and when (D)he had [c]scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.

The Soldiers Mock Jesus(E)

27 (F)Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the [d]Praetorium and gathered the whole [e]garrison around Him. 28 And they (G)stripped Him and (H)put a scarlet robe on Him. 29 (I)When they had [f]twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30 Then (J)they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. 31 And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, (K)and led Him away to be crucified.

The King on a Cross(L)

32 (M)Now as they came out, (N)they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. Him they compelled to bear His cross. 33 (O)And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, that is to say, Place of a Skull, 34 (P)they gave Him [g]sour wine mingled with gall to drink. But when He had tasted it, He would not drink.

35 (Q)Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, [h]that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet:

(R)“They divided My garments among them,
And for My clothing they cast lots.”

36 (S)Sitting down, they kept watch over Him there. 37 And they (T)put up over His head the accusation written against Him:


38 (U)Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left.

39 And (V)those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads 40 and saying, (W)“You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! (X)If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”

41 Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the [i]scribes and elders, said, 42 “He (Y)saved others; Himself He cannot save. [j]If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe [k]Him. 43 (Z)He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ”

44 (AA)Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him with the same thing.

Jesus Dies on the Cross(AB)

45 (AC)Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. 46 And about the ninth hour (AD)Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, (AE)“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

47 Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, “This Man is calling for Elijah!” 48 Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, (AF)filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink.

49 The rest said, “Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to save Him.”

50 And Jesus (AG)cried out again with a loud voice, and (AH)yielded up His spirit.

51 Then, behold, (AI)the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, 52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.

54 (AJ)So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, (AK)“Truly this was the Son of God!”

55 And many women (AL)who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him, were there looking on from afar, 56 (AM)among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and [l]Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.

Jesus Buried in Joseph’s Tomb(AN)

57 Now (AO)when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. 58 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given to him. 59 When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and (AP)laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed. 61 And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting [m]opposite the tomb.

Pilate Sets a Guard

62 On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, 63 saying, “Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, (AQ)‘After three days I will rise.’ 64 Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come [n]by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead.’ So the last deception will be worse than the first.”

65 Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go your way, make it as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure, (AR)sealing the stone and setting the guard.

He Is Risen(AS)

28 Now (AT)after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene (AU)and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for (AV)an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone [o]from the door, and sat on it. (AW)His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like (AX)dead men.

But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, (AY)as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.


  1. Matthew 27:24 an uproar
  2. Matthew 27:24 NU omits just
  3. Matthew 27:26 flogged with a Roman scourge
  4. Matthew 27:27 The governor’s headquarters
  5. Matthew 27:27 cohort
  6. Matthew 27:29 Lit. woven
  7. Matthew 27:34 NU omits sour
  8. Matthew 27:35 NU, M omit the rest of v. 35.
  9. Matthew 27:41 M scribes, the Pharisees, and the elders
  10. Matthew 27:42 NU omits If
  11. Matthew 27:42 NU, M in Him
  12. Matthew 27:56 NU Joseph
  13. Matthew 27:61 in front of
  14. Matthew 27:64 NU omits by night
  15. Matthew 28:2 NU omits from the door