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Luke 23 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Jesus Handed Over to Pontius Pilate
Jesus Is Tried and Crucified
(Matt. 27:1, 2, 11–14; Mark 15:1–5; John 18:28–38 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:1 - Then the whole multitude of them arose and led Him to Pilate.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:2 - And they began to accuse Him, saying, “We found this fellow perverting the[fn] nation, and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, saying that He Himself is Christ, a King.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:3 - Then Pilate asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” He answered him and said, It is as you say.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:4 - So Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no fault in this Man.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:5 - But they were the more fierce, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee to this place.”
Jesus Faces Herod
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:6 - When Pilate heard of Galilee,[fn] he asked if the Man were a Galilean.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:7 - And as soon as he knew that He belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:8 - Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for a long time to see Him, because he had heard many things about Him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:9 - Then he questioned Him with many words, but He answered him nothing.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:10 - And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:11 - Then Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and mocked Him, arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:12 - That very day Pilate and Herod became friends with each other, for previously they had been at enmity with each other.
Taking the Place of Barabbas
(Matt. 27:15–26; Mark 15:6–15; John 18:38—19:16 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:13 - Then Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:14 - said to them, “You have brought this Man to me, as one who misleads the people. And indeed, having examined Him in your presence, I have found no fault in this Man concerning those things of which you accuse Him;
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:15 - “no, neither did Herod, for I sent you back to him;[fn] and indeed nothing deserving of death has been done by Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:16 - “I will therefore chastise Him and release Him
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:17 - (for it was necessary for him to release one to them at the feast).[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:18 - And they all cried out at once, saying, “Away with this Man, and release to us Barabbas”—
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:19 - who had been thrown into prison for a certain rebellion made in the city, and for murder.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:20 - Pilate, therefore, wishing to release Jesus, again called out to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:21 - But they shouted, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:22 - Then he said to them the third time, “Why, what evil has He done? I have found no reason for death in Him. I will therefore chastise Him and let Him go.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:23 - But they were insistent, demanding with loud voices that He be crucified. And the voices of these men and of the chief priests prevailed.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:24 - So Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they requested.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:25 - And he released to them[fn] the one they requested, who for rebellion and murder had been thrown into prison; but he delivered Jesus to their will.
The King on a Cross
(Matt. 27:32–44; Mark 15:21–32; John 19:17–24 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:26 - Now as they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:27 - And a great multitude of the people followed Him, and women who also mourned and lamented Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:28 - But Jesus, turning to them, said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:29 - “For indeed the days are coming in which they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, wombs that never bore, and breasts which 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!” ’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:31 - “For if they do these things in the green wood, what will be done in the dry?”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:32 - There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:33 - And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:34 - Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”[fn] And they divided His garments and cast lots.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:35 - And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:36 - The soldiers also mocked Him, coming 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 - And an inscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew:[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:39 - Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ,[fn] save Yourself and us.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:40 - But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation?
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:41 - “And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:42 - Then he said to Jesus, “Lord,[fn] remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:43 - And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
Jesus Dies on the Cross
(Matt. 27:45–56; Mark 15:33–41; John 19:25–30 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:44 - Now it was[fn] about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:45 - Then the sun was darkened,[fn] and the veil of the temple was torn in two.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:46 - And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ [fn] Having said this, He breathed His last.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:47 - So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous Man!”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:48 - And the whole crowd who came together to that sight, seeing what had been done, beat their breasts and returned.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:49 - But all His acquaintances, and the women who followed Him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
Jesus Buried in Joseph’s Tomb
(Matt. 27:57–61; Mark 15:42–47; John 19:38–42 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:50 - Now behold, there was a man named Joseph, a council member, a good and just man.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:51 - He had not consented to their decision and deed. He was from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who himself was also waiting[fn] 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, wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a tomb that was hewn out of the rock, where no one had ever lain before.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:54 - That day was the Preparation, and the Sabbath drew near.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:55 - And the women who had come with Him from Galilee followed after, and they observed the tomb and how His body was laid.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:56 - Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.
NKJV Footnotes
NU-Text reads our.
NU-Text omits of Galilee.
NU-Text reads for he sent Him back to us.
NU-Text omits verse 17.
NU-Text omits and of the chief priests.
NU-Text and M-Text omit to them.
Hosea 10:8
NU-Text brackets the first sentence as a later addition.
NU-Text omits written and in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew.
NU-Text reads Are You not the Christ?
NU-Text reads And he said, “Jesus, remember me.
NU-Text adds already.
NU-Text reads obscured.
Psalm 31:5
NU-Text reads who was waiting.

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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