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Matthew 27 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Jesus Delivered to Pilate

(Mar 15:1; Luk 23:1; Jhn 18:28 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:1 - When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:2 - And they bound him and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate the governor.

Judas Hangs Himself

(Act 1:18, 19 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:3 - Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus[fn] was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:4 - saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:5 - And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:6 - But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is blood money.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:7 - So they took counsel and bought with them the potter’s field as a burial place for strangers.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:8 - Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:9 - Then was fulfilled what had been spoken by the prophet Jeremiah, saying, “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,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:10 - and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.”

Jesus Before Pilate

(Mar 15:2–5; Luk 23:2–5; Jhn 18:29–38 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:11 - Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, “You have said so.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:12 - But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:13 - Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:14 - But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.

The Crowd Chooses Barabbas

(Mar 15:6–15; Luk 23:13–25; Jhn 18:39, 40 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:15 - Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the crowd any one prisoner whom they wanted.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:16 - And they had then a notorious prisoner called Barabbas.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:17 - So when they had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:18 - For he knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him up.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:19 - Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today in a dream.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:20 - Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:21 - The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:22 - Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:23 - And he said, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!”

Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:24 - So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood;[fn] see to it yourselves.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:25 - And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:26 - Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged[fn] Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.

Jesus Is Mocked

(Mar 15:16–20 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:27 - Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters,[fn] and they gathered the whole battalion[fn] before him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:28 - And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:29 - 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 mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:30 - And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:31 - And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him.

The Crucifixion

(Mar 15:21–32; Luk 23:26–43; Jhn 19:17–27 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:32 - As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. They compelled this man to carry his cross.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:33 - And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull),
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:34 - they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:35 - And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:36 - Then they sat down and kept watch over him there.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:37 - And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:38 - Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:39 - And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:40 - and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:41 - So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:42 - “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:43 - He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:44 - And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.

The Death of Jesus

(Mar 15:33–41; Luk 23:44–49; Jhn 19:28–30 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:45 - Now from the sixth hour[fn] there was darkness over all the land[fn] until the ninth hour.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:46 - And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:47 - And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:48 - And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:49 - But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:50 - And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:51 - And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:52 - The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:53 - and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:54 - When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son[fn] of God!”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:55 - There were also many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:56 - among whom were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

Jesus Is Buried

(Mar 15:42–47; Luk 23:50–56; Jhn 19:38–42 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:57 - When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:58 - He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:59 - And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:60 - and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:61 - Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.

The Guard at the Tomb

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:62 - The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:63 - and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:64 - Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:65 - Pilate said to them, “You have a guard[fn] of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:66 - So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.
ESV Footnotes
Greek he
Some manuscripts this righteous blood, or this righteous man’s blood
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, noon
Or earth
That is, 3 p.m.
Or a son
Or Take a guard

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