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Mark 15 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Jesus Delivered to Pilate

(Mat 27:1, 2, 11–14; Luk 23:1–5; Jhn 18:28–38 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:1 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:2 - And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:3 - And the chief priests accused him of many things.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:4 - And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:5 - But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.

Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified

(Mat 27:15–26; Luk 23:17–25; Jhn 18:39—19:16 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:6 - Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:7 - And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:8 - And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:9 - And he answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:10 - For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:11 - But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:12 - And Pilate again said to them, “Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:13 - And they cried out again, “Crucify him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:14 - And Pilate said to them, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:15 - So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged[fn] Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

Jesus Is Mocked

(Mat 27:27–31 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:16 - And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters),[fn] and they called together the whole battalion.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:17 - And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:18 - And they began to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:19 - And they were striking his head with a reed and spitting on him and kneeling down in homage to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:20 - 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.

The Crucifixion

(Mat 27:32–44; Luk 23:26–43; Jhn 19:17–27 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:21 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:22 - And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull).
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:23 - And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:24 - And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:25 - And it was the third hour[fn] when they crucified him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:26 - And the inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:27 - And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:29 - 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,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:30 - save yourself, and come down from the cross!”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:31 - So also the chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:32 - 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.

The Death of Jesus

(Mat 27:45–56; Luk 23:44–49; Jhn 19:28–30 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:33 - And when the sixth hour[fn] had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:34 - 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?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:35 - And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:36 - 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:37 - And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:38 - And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:39 - 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!”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:40 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:41 - 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.

Jesus Is Buried

(Mat 27:57–61; Luk 23:50–56; Jhn 19:38–42 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:42 - And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:43 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:44 - Pilate was surprised to hear that he should have already died.[fn] And summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:45 - And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the corpse to Joseph.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:46 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:47 - Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.
ESV Footnotes
A Roman judicial penalty, consisting of a severe beating with a multi-lashed whip containing embedded 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
BLB Footnotes
Some Greek manuscripts exclude this verse. The ESV related footnote for 15:27 states:
Some manuscripts insert verse 28: And the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “He was numbered with the transgressors”  

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