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Mark 15 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Jesus Before Pilate

(Mat 27:1, 2, 11–14; Luk 23:1–5; Jhn 18:28–38 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:1 - Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, made their plans. So they bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:2 - “Are you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate. “You have said so,” Jesus replied.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:3 - The chief priests accused him of many things.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:4 - So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:5 - But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed.
(Mat 27:15–26; Luk 23:17–25; Jhn 18:39—19:16 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:6 - Now it was the custom at the festival to release a prisoner whom the people requested.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:7 - A man called Barabbas was in prison with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the uprising.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:8 - The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for them what he usually did.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:9 - “Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:10 - knowing it was out of self-interest that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:11 - But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas instead.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:12 - “What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:13 - “Crucify him!” they shouted.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:14 - “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:15 - Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

The Soldiers Mock Jesus

(Mat 27:27–31 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:16 - The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:17 - They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:18 - And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:19 - Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:20 - And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

The Crucifixion of Jesus

(Mat 27:32–44; Luk 23:26–43; Jhn 19:17–27 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:21 - A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:22 - They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”).
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:23 - Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:24 - And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:25 - It was nine in the morning when they crucified him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:26 - The written notice of the charge against him read: the king of the jews.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:27 - They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:29 - Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:30 - come down from the cross and save yourself!”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:31 - In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself!
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:32 - Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

The Death of Jesus

(Mat 27:45–56; Luk 23:44–49; Jhn 19:28–30 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:33 - At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:34 - And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:35 - When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:36 - Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:37 - With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:38 - The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:39 - And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died,[fn] he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:40 - Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph,[fn] and Salome.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:41 - In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.

The Burial of Jesus

(Mat 27:57–61; Luk 23:50–56; Jhn 19:38–42 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:42 - It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:43 - Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:44 - Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:45 - When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:46 - So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 15:47 - Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid.
NIV Footnotes
Some manuscripts include here words similar to Luke 22:37.
Psalm 22:1
Some manuscripts saw that he died with such a cry
Greek Joses, a variant of Joseph; also in verse 47
BLB Footnotes
Some Greek manuscripts exclude this verse. The NIV related footnote for 15:27 states:
Some manuscripts include here words similar to Luke 22:37.  

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