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Luke 23 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Jesus Before Pilate

(Mat 27:1, 2, 11–14; Mar 15:1–5; Jhn 18:28–38 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:1 - Then the whole company of them arose and brought him before Pilate.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:2 - And they began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:3 - And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:4 - Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no guilt in this man.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:5 - But they were urgent, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee even to this place.”

Jesus Before Herod

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:6 - When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:7 - And when he learned that he belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:8 - When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to see some sign done by him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:9 - So he questioned him at some length, but he made no answer.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:10 - The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:11 - And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, arraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:12 - And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other.
(Mat 27:15–26; Mar 15:6–15; Jhn 18:38—19:16 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:13 - Pilate then called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:14 - and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading the people. And after examining him before you, behold, I did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:15 - Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Look, nothing deserving death has been done by him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:16 - I will therefore punish and release him.”[fn]

Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:18 - But they all cried out together, “Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas”—
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:19 - a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city and for murder.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:20 - Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:21 - but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:22 - A third time he said to them, “Why? What evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:23 - But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:24 - So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:25 - He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus over to their will.

The Crucifixion

(Mat 27:32–44; Mar 15:21–32; Jhn 19:17–24 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:26 - And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:27 - And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:28 - But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:29 - For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:30 - Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:31 - For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:32 - Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:33 - And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:34 - And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”[fn] And they cast lots to divide his garments.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:35 - And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:36 - The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:37 - and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:38 - There was also an inscription over him,[fn] “This is the King of the Jews.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:39 - One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him,[fn] saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:40 - But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:41 - And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:42 - And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:43 - And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

The Death of Jesus

(Mat 27:45–56; Mar 15:33–41; Jhn 19:25–30 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:44 - It was now about the sixth hour,[fn] and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour,[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:45 - while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:46 - Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:47 - Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:48 - And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:49 - And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things.

Jesus Is Buried

(Mat 27:57–61; Mar 15:42–47; Jhn 19:38–42 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:50 - Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:51 - who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was looking for the kingdom of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:52 - This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:53 - Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:54 - It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:55 - The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:56 - Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.
ESV Footnotes
Here, or after verse 19, some manuscripts add verse 17: Now he was obliged to release one man to them at the festival
Some manuscripts omit the sentence And Jesus… what they do
Some manuscripts add in letters of Greek and Latin and Hebrew
Or blasphemed him
That is, noon
That is, 3 p.m.
Greek was dawning
BLB Footnotes
Some Greek manuscripts exclude this verse. The ESV related footnote for 23:16 states:
Here, or after verse 19, some manuscripts add verse 17: Now he was obliged to release one man to them at the festival  

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