Judgment on Israel's Enemies

The oracle of the word of the Lord is against the land of Hadrach
    and (A)Damascus is its resting place.
For the Lord has an eye on mankind
    and on all the tribes of Israel,[a]
(B)and on Hamath also, which borders on it,
    (C)Tyre and (D)Sidon, though (E)they are very wise.
Tyre has built herself (F)a rampart
    and (G)heaped up silver like dust,
    and fine gold like the mud of the streets.
But behold, the Lord will strip her of her possessions
    and strike down (H)her power on the sea,
    and (I)she shall be devoured by fire.

(J)Ashkelon shall see it, and be afraid;
    Gaza too, and shall writhe in anguish;
    Ekron also, because its hopes are confounded.
The king shall perish from Gaza;
    Ashkelon shall be uninhabited;
(K)a mixed people[b] shall dwell in Ashdod,
    and I will cut off the pride of Philistia.
I will take away (L)its blood from its mouth,
    and (M)its abominations from between its teeth;
(N)it too shall be a remnant for our God;
    it shall be like (O)a clan in Judah,
    and Ekron shall be like the Jebusites.
Then (P)I will encamp at my house as a guard,
    (Q)so that none shall march to and fro;
(R)no oppressor shall again march over them,
    (S)for now I see with my own eyes.

The Coming King of Zion

(T)Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
    Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
(U)Behold, (V)your king is coming to you;
    righteous and having salvation is he,
(W)humble and mounted on a donkey,
    on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
10 (X)I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
    and (Y)the war horse from Jerusalem;
and the battle bow shall be cut off,
    and (Z)he shall speak peace to the nations;
(AA)his rule shall be from sea to sea,
    and from (AB)the River[c] to the ends of the earth.
11 As for you also, because of (AC)the blood of my covenant with you,
    (AD)I will set your prisoners free from (AE)the waterless pit.
12 Return to your stronghold, O (AF)prisoners of hope;
    today I declare that (AG)I will restore to you double.
13 For (AH)I have bent Judah as my bow;
    I have made Ephraim its arrow.
I will stir up your sons, O Zion,
    against your sons, (AI)O Greece,
    and wield you like a warrior's sword.

The Lord Will Save His People

14 Then the Lord will appear over them,
    and (AJ)his arrow will go forth like lightning;
(AK)the Lord God will sound the trumpet
    and will march forth in (AL)the whirlwinds (AM)of the south.
15 The Lord of hosts (AN)will protect them,
    and (AO)they shall devour, (AP)and tread down the sling stones,
and (AQ)they shall drink and roar as if drunk with wine,
    and be full like a bowl,
    drenched (AR)like the corners of the altar.

16 On that day the Lord their God will save them,
    as (AS)the flock of his people;
for (AT)like the jewels of a crown
    they shall shine on his land.
17 (AU)For how great is his goodness, and how great his beauty!
    (AV)Grain shall make the young men flourish,
    and new wine the young women.

Footnotes

  1. Zechariah 9:1 Or For the eye of mankind, especially of all the tribes of Israel, is toward the Lord
  2. Zechariah 9:6 Or a foreign people; Hebrew a bastard
  3. Zechariah 9:10 That is, the Euphrates

The Flock Doomed to Slaughter

11 Open your doors, (A)O Lebanon,
    that the fire may devour your cedars!
Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen,
    for the glorious trees are ruined!
Wail, (B)oaks of Bashan,
    for the thick forest has been felled!
The sound of (C)the wail of (D)the shepherds,
    for their glory is ruined!
The sound of the roar of (E)the lions,
    (F)for the thicket of the Jordan is ruined!

Thus said the Lord my God: (G)“Become shepherd of the flock doomed to slaughter. (H)Those who buy them slaughter them and go unpunished, and those who sell them say, ‘Blessed be the Lord, (I)I have become rich,’ and their own shepherds have no pity on them. For (J)I will no longer have pity on the inhabitants of this land, declares the Lord. Behold, I will cause each of them to fall into the hand of his neighbor, and each into the hand of his king, and they shall crush the land, and I will deliver none from their hand.”

(K)So I became the shepherd of the flock doomed to be slaughtered by the sheep traders. And I took two staffs, one I named (L)Favor, the other I named (M)Union. (N)And I tended the sheep. In one month (O)I destroyed the three shepherds. But I became impatient with them, and they also detested me. So I said, “I will not be your shepherd. (P)What is to die, let it die. What is to be destroyed, let it be destroyed. And let those who are left devour the flesh of one another.” 10 And I took (Q)my staff Favor, and I broke it, annulling the covenant that I had made with all the peoples. 11 So it was annulled on that day, and the sheep traders, who were watching me, knew that it was the word of the Lord. 12 Then I said to them, “If it seems good to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them.” And they weighed out as my wages (R)thirty pieces of silver. 13 Then the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—(S)the lordly price at which I was priced by them. So I took the (T)thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the Lord, to the potter. 14 Then I broke (U)my second staff Union, annulling the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.

15 Then the Lord said to me, “Take once more the equipment of (V)a foolish shepherd. 16 For behold, I am raising up in the land a shepherd (W)who does not care for those being destroyed, or seek the young or heal the maimed or nourish the healthy, but (X)devours the flesh of the fat ones, tearing off even their hoofs.

17 (Y)“Woe to my worthless shepherd,
    (Z)who deserts the flock!
May the sword strike his arm
    and (AA)his right eye!
Let his arm be wholly withered,
    his right eye utterly blinded!”

53 (A)Who has believed what he has heard from us?[a]
    And to whom has (B)the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant,
    (C)and like a root out of dry ground;
(D)he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
    and no beauty that we should desire him.
(E)He was despised and rejected[b] by men,
    a man of sorrows[c] and acquainted with[d] grief;[e]
and as one from whom men hide their faces[f]
    he was despised, and (F)we esteemed him not.

(G)Surely he has borne our griefs
    and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
    (H)smitten by God, and afflicted.
(I)But he was pierced for our transgressions;
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
    (J)and with his wounds we are healed.
(K)All we like sheep have gone astray;
    we have turned—every one—to his own way;
(L)and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
    (M)yet he opened not his mouth;
(N)like a (O)lamb that is led to the slaughter,
    and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
    so he opened not his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
    and as for his generation, (P)who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
    stricken for the transgression of my people?
And they made his grave with the wicked
    (Q)and with a rich man in his death,
although (R)he had done no violence,
    and there was no deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet (S)it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
    he has put him to grief;[g]
(T)when his soul makes[h] an offering for guilt,
    he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
(U)the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see[i] and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall (V)the righteous one, my servant,
    (W)make many to be accounted righteous,
    (X)and he shall bear their iniquities.
12 (Y)Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,[j]
    (Z)and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,[k]
because he poured out his soul to death
    and was numbered with the transgressors;
(AA)yet he bore the sin of many,
    and makes intercession for the transgressors.

Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 53:1 Or Who has believed what we have heard?
  2. Isaiah 53:3 Or forsaken
  3. Isaiah 53:3 Or pains; also verse 4
  4. Isaiah 53:3 Or and knowing
  5. Isaiah 53:3 Or sickness; also verse 4
  6. Isaiah 53:3 Or as one who hides his face from us
  7. Isaiah 53:10 Or he has made him sick
  8. Isaiah 53:10 Or when you make his soul
  9. Isaiah 53:11 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scroll he shall see light
  10. Isaiah 53:12 Or with the great
  11. Isaiah 53:12 Or with the numerous

Jesus and Zacchaeus

19 (A)He entered Jericho and was passing through. And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And (B)he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into (C)a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for (D)I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried and came down and (E)received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all (F)grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods (G)I give to the poor. And if I have (H)defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it (I)fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since (J)he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For (K)the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

The Parable of the Ten Minas

11 As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because (L)they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. 12 He said therefore, (M)“A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. 13 Calling (N)ten of his servants,[a] he gave them ten minas,[b] and said to them, ‘Engage in business (O)until I come.’ 14 But (P)his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’ 15 When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business. 16 The first came before him, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made ten minas more.’ 17 And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant![c] Because you have been (Q)faithful in a very little, (R)you shall have authority over ten cities.’ 18 And the second came, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made five minas.’ 19 And he said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ 20 Then another came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your mina, which I kept laid away in (S)a handkerchief; 21 for I was afraid of you, because you are (T)a severe man. You take (U)what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ 22 He said to him, (V)‘I will condemn you with your own words, (W)you wicked servant! You knew that I was (X)a severe man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? 23 Why then did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’ 24 And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’ 25 And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten minas!’ 26 ‘I tell you that (Y)to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 27 But (Z)as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and (AA)slaughter them before me.’”

The Triumphal Entry

28 And when he had said these things, (AB)he went on ahead, (AC)going up to Jerusalem. 29 (AD)When he drew near to Bethphage and (AE)Bethany, at (AF)the mount that is called Olivet, he sent (AG)two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, (AH)on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’” 32 So those who were sent went away and found it (AI)just as he had told them. 33 And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” 35 And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 And as he rode along, they (AJ)spread their cloaks on the road. 37 As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—(AK)the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice (AL)for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38 saying, (AM)“Blessed is (AN)the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and (AO)glory in the highest!” 39 (AP)And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, (AQ)the very stones would cry out.”

Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem

41 (AR)And when he drew near and saw the city, (AS)he wept over it, 42 saying, (AT)“Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now (AU)they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For (AV)the days will come upon you, when your enemies (AW)will set up a barricade around you and (AX)surround you and hem you in on every side 44 (AY)and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And (AZ)they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know (BA)the time of your (BB)visitation.”

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

45 (BC)And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, 46 saying to them, “It is written, (BD)‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but (BE)you have made it a den of robbers.”

47 (BF)And he was teaching daily in the temple. (BG)The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people were seeking to destroy him, 48 but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were hanging on his words.

Footnotes

  1. Luke 19:13 Or bondservants; also verse 15
  2. Luke 19:13 A mina was about three months' wages for a laborer
  3. Luke 19:17 Or bondservant; also verse 22

The Plot to Kill Jesus

26 When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples, (A)“You know that after two days (B)the Passover is coming, and (C)the Son of Man (D)will be delivered up to be crucified.”

(E)Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in (F)the palace of the high priest, whose name was (G)Caiaphas, (H)and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. But they said, “Not during the feast, (I)lest there be an uproar among the people.”

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

(J)Now when Jesus was at (K)Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,[a] a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table. And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? For this could have been sold for a large sum and (L)given to the poor.” 10 But (M)Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 For (N)you always have the poor with you, but (O)you will not always have me. 12 In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it (P)to prepare me for burial. 13 Truly, I say to you, wherever (Q)this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told (R)in memory of her.”

Judas to Betray Jesus

14 (S)Then one of the twelve, whose name was (T)Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they (U)paid him (V)thirty pieces of silver. 16 And from that moment he sought an opportunity (W)to betray him.

The Passover with the Disciples

17 (X)Now on (Y)the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 18 He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, (Z)‘The Teacher says, (AA)My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’” 19 And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover.

20 (AB)When it was evening, he reclined at table with the twelve.[b] 21 And as they were eating, (AC)he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” 22 And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?” 23 He answered, (AD)“He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me. 24 The Son of Man goes (AE)as it is written of him, but (AF)woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! (AG)It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” 25 Judas, who would betray him, answered, “Is it I, (AH)Rabbi?” He said to him, (AI)“You have said so.”

Institution of the Lord's Supper

26 (AJ)Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and (AK)after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; (AL)this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he (AM)had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for (AN)this is my (AO)blood of the[c] covenant, which is poured out for (AP)many (AQ)for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you (AR)in my Father's kingdom.”

Jesus Foretells Peter's Denial

30 (AS)And when they had sung a hymn, (AT)they went out to (AU)the Mount of Olives. 31 Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will (AV)strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ 32 But after I am raised up, (AW)I will go before you to Galilee.” 33 (AX)Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” 34 (AY)Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, (AZ)before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” 35 (BA)Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same.

Jesus Prays in Gethsemane

36 (BB)Then Jesus went with them (BC)to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” 37 And taking with him (BD)Peter and (BE)the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, (BF)“My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and (BG)watch[d] with me.” 39 And going a little farther he fell on his face (BH)and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let (BI)this cup pass from me; (BJ)nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” 40 And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? 41 (BK)Watch and (BL)pray that you (BM)may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, (BN)your will be done.” 43 And again he came and found them sleeping, for (BO)their eyes were heavy. 44 So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for (BP)the third time, saying the same words again. 45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on.[e] See, (BQ)the hour is at hand, and (BR)the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”

Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

47 (BS)While he was still speaking, (BT)Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.” 49 And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, (BU)Rabbi!” And he kissed him. 50 Jesus said to him, (BV)“Friend, (BW)do what you came to do.”[f] Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him. 51 And behold, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his (BX)sword and struck the servant[g] of the high priest and cut off his ear. 52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For (BY)all who take the sword will perish by the sword. 53 (BZ)Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me (CA)more than twelve (CB)legions of angels? 54 (CC)But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?” 55 At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day (CD)I sat in the temple (CE)teaching, and you did not seize me. 56 But (CF)all this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” (CG)Then all the disciples left him and fled.

Jesus Before Caiaphas and the Council

57 (CH)Then (CI)those who had seized Jesus led him to (CJ)Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered. 58 And (CK)Peter was following him at a distance, as far as (CL)the courtyard of the high priest, and going inside he sat with (CM)the guards to see the end. 59 Now the chief priests and the whole council[h] (CN)were seeking false testimony against Jesus that they might put him to death, 60 but they found none, (CO)though many false witnesses came forward. At last (CP)two came forward 61 and said, “This man said, (CQ)‘I am able to (CR)destroy the temple of God, and to rebuild it in three days.’” 62 And the high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?”[i] 63 (CS)But Jesus remained silent. (CT)And the high priest said to him, (CU)“I adjure you by (CV)the living God, (CW)tell us if you are (CX)the Christ, (CY)the Son of God.” 64 Jesus said to him, (CZ)“You have said so. But I tell you, from now on (DA)you will see the Son of Man (DB)seated at the right hand of Power and (DC)coming on the clouds of heaven.” 65 Then the high priest (DD)tore his robes and said, (DE)“He has uttered blasphemy. What further witnesses do we need? You have now heard his blasphemy. 66 What is your judgment?” They answered, (DF)“He deserves death.” 67 Then (DG)they spit in his face (DH)and (DI)struck him. And some slapped him, 68 saying, “Prophesy to us, you (DJ)Christ! Who is it that struck you?”

Peter Denies Jesus

69 (DK)Now Peter was sitting outside (DL)in the courtyard. And a servant girl came up to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” 70 But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you mean.” 71 And when he went out to the entrance, another servant girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus (DM)of Nazareth.” 72 And again he denied it with an oath: “I do not know the man.” 73 After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Certainly you too are one of them, for (DN)your accent betrays you.” 74 Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know the man.” And immediately the rooster crowed. 75 And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, (DO)“Before the rooster crows, you will (DP)deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.

Jesus Delivered to Pilate

27 (DQ)When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people (DR)took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. And they bound him and (DS)led him away and (DT)delivered him over to (DU)Pilate the governor.

Judas Hangs Himself

Then when (DV)Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus[j] was condemned, (DW)he changed his mind and brought back (DX)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? (DY)See to it yourself.” And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, (DZ)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 (EA)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 (EB)that field has been called the Field of Blood (EC)to this day. (ED)Then was fulfilled what had been spoken by the prophet Jeremiah, saying, (EE)“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 (EF)Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you (EG)the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, (EH)“You have said so.” 12 (EI)But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer. 13 Then Pilate said to him, (EJ)“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 (EK)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 (EL)Jesus who is called Christ?” 18 For he knew that it was out (EM)of envy that they had delivered him up. 19 Besides, while he was sitting on (EN)the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with (EO)that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today (EP)in a dream.” 20 Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to (EQ)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?” (ER)They all said, “Let him be crucified!” 23 And he said, “Why? (ES)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 (ET)a riot was beginning, he took water and (EU)washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of (EV)this man's blood;[k] (EW)see to it yourselves.” 25 And all the people answered, (EX)“His blood be on us and (EY)on our children!” 26 Then he released for them Barabbas, and having (EZ)scourged[l] Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.

Jesus Is Mocked

27 (FA)Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the (FB)governor's headquarters,[m] and they gathered the whole (FC)battalion[n] before him. 28 And they stripped him and put (FD)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 (FE)mocked him, saying, “Hail, (FF)King of the Jews!” 30 And (FG)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 (FH)led him away to crucify him.

The Crucifixion

32 (FI)(FJ)As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. They compelled this man to (FK)carry his cross. 33 (FL)And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), 34 (FM)they offered him wine to drink, mixed with (FN)gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. 35 And when they had crucified him, (FO)they divided his garments among them by casting lots. 36 Then they sat down and (FP)kept watch over him there. 37 And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, (FQ)the King of the Jews.” 38 Then two (FR)robbers were crucified with him, (FS)one on the right and one on the left. 39 And (FT)those who passed by (FU)derided him, (FV)wagging their heads 40 and saying, (FW)“You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! (FX)If you are (FY)the Son of God, come down from the cross.” 41 So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, 42 (FZ)“He saved others; (GA)he cannot save himself. (GB)He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 (GC)He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 (GD)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[o] there was darkness over all the land[p] until the ninth hour.[q] 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus (GE)cried out with a loud voice, saying, (GF)“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 (GG)sour wine, and put it on a reed and (GH)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 (GI)cried out again with a loud voice and (GJ)yielded up his spirit.

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

55 There were also (GS)many women there, looking on (GT)from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, (GU)ministering to him, 56 among whom were (GV)Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and (GW)the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

Jesus Is Buried

57 (GX)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 (GY)laid it in his own new tomb, (GZ)which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled (HA)a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and (HB)the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.

The Guard at the Tomb

62 The next day, that is, after the day of (HC)Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63 and said, “Sir, we remember how (HD)that impostor said, while he was still alive, (HE)‘After three days I will rise.’ 64 Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, (HF)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 (HG)a guard[s] of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by (HH)sealing the stone and setting a guard.

Footnotes

  1. Matthew 26:6 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
  2. Matthew 26:20 Some manuscripts add disciples
  3. Matthew 26:28 Some manuscripts insert new
  4. Matthew 26:38 Or keep awake; also verses 40, 41
  5. Matthew 26:45 Or Are you still sleeping and taking your rest?
  6. Matthew 26:50 Or Friend, why are you here?
  7. Matthew 26:51 Or bondservant
  8. Matthew 26:59 Greek Sanhedrin
  9. Matthew 26:62 Or Have you no answer to what these men testify against you?
  10. Matthew 27:3 Greek he
  11. Matthew 27:24 Some manuscripts this righteous blood, or this righteous man's blood
  12. Matthew 27:26 A Roman judicial penalty, consisting of a severe beating with a multi-lashed whip containing embedded pieces of bone and metal
  13. Matthew 27:27 Greek the praetorium
  14. Matthew 27:27 Greek cohort; a tenth of a Roman legion, usually about 600 men
  15. Matthew 27:45 That is, noon
  16. Matthew 27:45 Or earth
  17. Matthew 27:45 That is, 3 p.m.
  18. Matthew 27:54 Or a son
  19. Matthew 27:65 Or Take a guard

Bible Gateway Recommends

ESV Compact Bible, TruTone, Moonlight Owl, Purple
ESV Compact Bible, TruTone, Moonlight Owl, Purple
Retail: $24.99
Our Price: $5.99
Save: $19.00 (76%)
4.5 of 5.0 stars
ESV Student Study Bible, Trutone, Chestnut
ESV Student Study Bible, Trutone, Chestnut
Retail: $39.99
Our Price: $22.99
Save: $17.00 (43%)
5.0 of 5.0 stars
ESV Study Bible, Black Genuine  Leather with Thumb Index
ESV Study Bible, Black Genuine Leather with Thumb Index
Retail: $109.99
Our Price: $59.99
Save: $50.00 (45%)
4.5 of 5.0 stars