Jesus Delivered to Pilate

27 (A)When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people (B)took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. And they bound him and (C)led him away and (D)delivered him over to (E)Pilate the governor.

Judas Hangs Himself

Then when (F)Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus[a] was condemned, (G)he changed his mind and brought back (H)the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? (I)See to it yourself.” And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, (J)he departed, and he went and hanged himself. But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into (K)the treasury, since it is blood money.” So they took counsel and bought with them the potter's field as a burial place for strangers. Therefore (L)that field has been called the Field of Blood (M)to this day. (N)Then was fulfilled what had been spoken by the prophet Jeremiah, saying, (O)“And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him on whom a price had been set by some of the sons of Israel, 10 and they gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord directed me.”

Jesus Before Pilate

11 (P)Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you (Q)the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, (R)“You have said so.” 12 (S)But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer. 13 Then Pilate said to him, (T)“Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?” 14 But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.

The Crowd Chooses Barabbas

15 (U)Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the crowd any one prisoner whom they wanted. 16 And they had then a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. 17 So when they had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you: Barabbas, or (V)Jesus who is called Christ?” 18 For he knew that it was out (W)of envy that they had delivered him up. 19 Besides, while he was sitting on (X)the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with (Y)that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today (Z)in a dream.” 20 Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to (AA)ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. 21 The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” 22 Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” (AB)They all said, “Let him be crucified!” 23 And he said, “Why? (AC)What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!”

Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified

24 So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that (AD)a riot was beginning, he took water and (AE)washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of (AF)this man's blood;[b] (AG)see to it yourselves.” 25 And all the people answered, (AH)“His blood be on us and (AI)on our children!” 26 Then he released for them Barabbas, and having (AJ)scourged[c] Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.

Jesus Is Mocked

27 (AK)Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the (AL)governor's headquarters,[d] and they gathered the whole (AM)battalion[e] before him. 28 And they stripped him and put (AN)a scarlet robe on him, 29 and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they (AO)mocked him, saying, “Hail, (AP)King of the Jews!” 30 And (AQ)they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. 31 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and (AR)led him away to crucify him.

The Crucifixion

32 (AS)(AT)As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. They compelled this man to (AU)carry his cross. 33 (AV)And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), 34 (AW)they offered him wine to drink, mixed with (AX)gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. 35 And when they had crucified him, (AY)they divided his garments among them by casting lots. 36 Then they sat down and (AZ)kept watch over him there. 37 And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, (BA)the King of the Jews.” 38 Then two (BB)robbers were crucified with him, (BC)one on the right and one on the left. 39 And (BD)those who passed by (BE)derided him, (BF)wagging their heads 40 and saying, (BG)“You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! (BH)If you are (BI)the Son of God, come down from the cross.” 41 So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, 42 (BJ)“He saved others; (BK)he cannot save himself. (BL)He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 (BM)He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 (BN)And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.

The Death of Jesus

45 Now from the sixth hour[f] there was darkness over all the land[g] until the ninth hour.[h] 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus (BO)cried out with a loud voice, saying, (BP)“Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 47 And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.” 48 And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with (BQ)sour wine, and put it on a reed and (BR)gave it to him to drink. 49 But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” 50 And Jesus (BS)cried out again with a loud voice and (BT)yielded up his spirit.

51 And behold, (BU)the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And (BV)the earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of (BW)the saints (BX)who had fallen asleep were raised, 53 and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into (BY)the holy city and appeared to many. 54 (BZ)When the centurion and those who were with him, (CA)keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, (CB)“Truly this was the Son[i] of God!”

55 There were also (CC)many women there, looking on (CD)from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, (CE)ministering to him, 56 among whom were (CF)Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and (CG)the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

Jesus Is Buried

57 (CH)When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. 58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud 60 and (CI)laid it in his own new tomb, (CJ)which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled (CK)a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and (CL)the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.

The Guard at the Tomb

62 The next day, that is, after the day of (CM)Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63 and said, “Sir, we remember how (CN)that impostor said, while he was still alive, (CO)‘After three days I will rise.’ 64 Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, (CP)lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.” 65 Pilate said to them, “You have (CQ)a guard[j] of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by (CR)sealing the stone and setting a guard.

The Resurrection

28 (CS)Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and (CT)the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for (CU)an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. (CV)His appearance was like lightning, and (CW)his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and (CX)became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, (CY)as he said. Come, see the place where he[k] lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, (CZ)he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb (DA)with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus (DB)met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and (DC)took hold of his feet and (DD)worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; (DE)go and tell (DF)my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

The Report of the Guard

11 While they were going, behold, some of (DG)the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. 12 And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers 13 and said, “Tell people, (DH)‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 And if this comes to (DI)the governor's ears, we will (DJ)satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews (DK)to this day.

The Great Commission

16 Now the eleven disciples (DL)went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they (DM)worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, (DN)“All authority (DO)in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 (DP)Go therefore and (DQ)make disciples of (DR)all nations, (DS)baptizing them (DT)in[l] (DU)the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them (DV)to observe all that (DW)I have commanded you. And behold, (DX)I am with you always, to (DY)the end of the age.”

John the Baptist Prepares the Way

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, (DZ)the Son of God.[m]

(EA)As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,[n]

(EB)“Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
    who will prepare your way,
(EC)the voice of one crying in the wilderness:
    (ED)‘Prepare[o] the way of the Lord,
    make his paths straight,’”

(EE)John appeared, baptizing in (EF)the wilderness and proclaiming (EG)a baptism of (EH)repentance (EI)for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, (EJ)confessing their sins. Now John was (EK)clothed with camel's hair and (EL)wore a leather belt around his waist and ate (EM)locusts and (EN)wild honey. And he preached, saying, (EO)“After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. (EP)I have baptized you with water, but (EQ)he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

The Baptism of Jesus

(ER)In those days Jesus (ES)came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he (ET)saw (EU)the heavens being torn open (EV)and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And (EW)a voice came from heaven, (EX)“You are my beloved Son;[p] with you I am well pleased.”

The Temptation of Jesus

12 (EY)The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 (EZ)And he was in the wilderness forty days, being (FA)tempted by (FB)Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and (FC)the angels were ministering to him.

Jesus Begins His Ministry

14 (FD)Now after John was arrested, Jesus (FE)came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, (FF)“The time is fulfilled, and (FG)the kingdom of God is at hand;[q] (FH)repent and believe in the gospel.”

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

16 (FI)Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become (FJ)fishers of men.”[r] 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.

Jesus Heals a Man with an Unclean Spirit

21 (FK)And they went into Capernaum, and immediately (FL)on the Sabbath (FM)he entered the synagogue and was teaching. 22 And (FN)they were astonished at his teaching, (FO)for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. 23 And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24 (FP)“What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? (FQ)I know who you are—(FR)the Holy One of God.” 25 But Jesus (FS)rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26 And the unclean spirit, (FT)convulsing him and (FU)crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. 27 And they were all (FV)amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? (FW)A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28 And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.

Jesus Heals Many

29 (FX)And immediately he[s] (FY)left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 Now (FZ)Simon's mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. 31 And he came and (GA)took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

32 That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or (GB)oppressed by demons. 33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door. 34 (GC)And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And (GD)he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

Jesus Preaches in Galilee

35 (GE)And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and (GF)there he prayed. 36 And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, 37 and they found him and said to him, (GG)“Everyone is looking for you.” 38 And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for (GH)that is why I came out.” 39 (GI)And (GJ)he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.

Jesus Cleanses a Leper

40 (GK)And a leper[t] came to him, imploring him, and (GL)kneeling said to him, (GM)“If you will, you can make me clean.” 41 Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” 42 And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. 43 And (GN)Jesus[u] sternly charged him and sent him away at once, 44 and said to him, (GO)“See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, (GP)show yourself to the priest and (GQ)offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, (GR)for a proof to them.” 45 (GS)But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter (GT)a town, but was out in (GU)desolate places, and (GV)people were coming to him from every quarter.

Jesus Heals a Paralytic

And when he returned to (GW)Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. (GX)And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, (GY)they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus (GZ)saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, (HA)your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak like that? (HB)He is blaspheming! (HC)Who can forgive sins but God alone?” And immediately Jesus, (HD)perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? 10 But that you may know that (HE)the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— 11 “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” 12 And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and (HF)glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”

Jesus Calls Levi

13 He went out again beside the sea, and (HG)all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. 14 (HH)And as he passed by, he saw (HI)Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.

15 And as he reclined at table in his house, many (HJ)tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 And (HK)the scribes of[v] the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, (HL)“Why does he eat[w] with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. (HM)I came not to call the righteous, (HN)but sinners.”

A Question About Fasting

18 Now (HO)John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him, (HP)“Why do John's disciples and (HQ)the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 19 And Jesus said to them, (HR)“Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20 (HS)The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and (HT)then they will fast in that day. 21 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. 22 And no one puts new wine into old (HU)wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.”[x]

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

23 (HV)One Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples (HW)began to pluck heads of grain. 24 And the Pharisees were saying to him, “Look, (HX)why are they doing (HY)what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” 25 And he said to them, (HZ)“Have you never read (IA)what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: 26 how he entered the house of God, in the time of[y] (IB)Abiathar the high priest, and ate (IC)the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?” 27 And he said to them, (ID)“The Sabbath was made for man, (IE)not man for the Sabbath. 28 So (IF)the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”

Footnotes

  1. Matthew 27:3 Greek he
  2. Matthew 27:24 Some manuscripts this righteous blood, or this righteous man's blood
  3. Matthew 27:26 A Roman judicial penalty, consisting of a severe beating with a multi-lashed whip containing embedded pieces of bone and metal
  4. Matthew 27:27 Greek the praetorium
  5. Matthew 27:27 Greek cohort; a tenth of a Roman legion, usually about 600 men
  6. Matthew 27:45 That is, noon
  7. Matthew 27:45 Or earth
  8. Matthew 27:45 That is, 3 p.m.
  9. Matthew 27:54 Or a son
  10. Matthew 27:65 Or Take a guard
  11. Matthew 28:6 Some manuscripts the Lord
  12. Matthew 28:19 Or into
  13. Mark 1:1 Some manuscripts omit the Son of God
  14. Mark 1:2 Some manuscripts in the prophets
  15. Mark 1:3 Or crying: Prepare in the wilderness
  16. Mark 1:11 Or my Son, my (or the) Beloved
  17. Mark 1:15 Or the kingdom of God has come near
  18. Mark 1:17 The Greek word anthropoi refers here to both men and women
  19. Mark 1:29 Some manuscripts they
  20. Mark 1:40 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
  21. Mark 1:43 Greek he; also verse 45
  22. Mark 2:16 Some manuscripts and
  23. Mark 2:16 Some manuscripts add and drink
  24. Mark 2:22 Some manuscripts omit But new wine is for fresh wineskins
  25. Mark 2:26 Or in the passage about

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