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Mark 15 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate.

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And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.”

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And the chief priests accused him of many things.

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And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you.”

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But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.

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Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked.

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And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas.

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And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them.

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And he answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?”

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For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up.

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But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead.

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And Pilate again said to them, “Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?”

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And they cried out again, “Crucify him.”

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And Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him.”

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So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged[fn] Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

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And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters),[fn] and they called together the whole battalion.[fn]

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And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him.

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And they began to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews!”

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And they were striking his head with a reed and spitting on him and kneeling down in homage to him.

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And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. And they led him out to crucify him.

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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.

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And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull).

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And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.

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And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take.

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And it was the third hour[fn] when they crucified him.

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And the inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.”

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And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left.[fn]

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And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days,

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save yourself, and come down from the cross!”

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So also the chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself.

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Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also reviled him.

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And when the sixth hour[fn] had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.[fn]

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And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

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And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.”

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And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.”

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And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last.

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And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.

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And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he[fn] breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son[fn] of God!”

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There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome.

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When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.

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And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath,

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Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.

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Pilate was surprised to hear that he should have already died.[fn] And summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead.

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And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the corpse to Joseph.

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And Joseph[fn] bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.

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Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.
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ESV Footnotes
A Roman judicial penalty, consisting of a severe beating with a multi-lashed whip containing imbedded pieces of bone and metal
Greek the praetorium
Greek cohort; a tenth of a Roman legion, usually about 600 men
That is, 9 a.m.
Some manuscripts insert verse 28: And the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “He was numbered with the transgressors”
That is, noon
That is, 3 p.m.
Some manuscripts insert cried out and
Or a son
Or Pilate wondered whether he had already died
Greek he

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