Jesus Is Mocked

16 (A)And the soldiers led him away inside (B)the palace (that is, (C)the governor's headquarters),[a] and they called together the whole (D)battalion.[b] 17 And they clothed him in (E)a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him. 18 And they began to salute him, (F)“Hail, King of the Jews!” 19 And they were striking his head with a reed and (G)spitting on him and (H)kneeling down in homage to him. 20 And when they had (I)mocked him, they stripped him of (J)the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. And they (K)led him out to crucify him.

The Crucifixion

21 (L)And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. 22 (M)And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull). 23 And they offered him wine mixed with (N)myrrh, but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him and (O)divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take. 25 And (P)it was the third hour[c] when they crucified him. 26 And the inscription of the charge against him read, (Q)“The King of the Jews.” 27 And with him they crucified two (R)robbers, (S)one on his right and one on his left.[d] 29 And (T)those who passed by derided him, (U)wagging their heads and saying, (V)“Aha! (W)You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, 30 save yourself, and come down from the cross!” 31 So also the chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another, saying, (X)“He saved others; (Y)he cannot save himself. 32 Let (Z)the Christ, (AA)the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may (AB)see and believe.” (AC)Those who were crucified with him also reviled him.

The Death of Jesus

33 And when the sixth hour[e] had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.[f] 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus (AD)cried with a loud voice, (AE)“Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 35 And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” 36 And someone ran and filled a sponge with (AF)sour wine, put it on a reed (AG)and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” 37 And Jesus (AH)uttered a loud cry and (AI)breathed his last. 38 And (AJ)the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 (AK)And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he[g] breathed his last, he said, (AL)“Truly this man was the Son[h] of God!”

40 There were also (AM)women looking on (AN)from a distance, among whom were (AO)Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and (AP)Salome. 41 When he was in Galilee, they followed him and (AQ)ministered to him, and there were also many other women who (AR)came up with him to Jerusalem.

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  1. Mark 15:16 Greek the praetorium
  2. Mark 15:16 Greek cohort; a tenth of a Roman legion, usually about 600 men
  3. Mark 15:25 That is, 9 a.m.
  4. Mark 15:27 Some manuscripts insert verse 28: And the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “He was numbered with the transgressors”
  5. Mark 15:33 That is, noon
  6. Mark 15:33 That is, 3 p.m.
  7. Mark 15:39 Some manuscripts insert cried out and
  8. Mark 15:39 Or a son

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus

24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him (A)deny himself and (B)take up his cross and follow me. 25 For (C)whoever would save his life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For (D)what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or (E)what shall a man give in return for his soul? 27 (F)For the Son of Man is going to come with (G)his angels in the glory of his Father, and (H)then he will repay each person according to what he has done.

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  1. Matthew 16:25 The same Greek word can mean either soul or life, depending on the context; twice in this verse and twice in verse 26

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