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Matthew 27 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Jesus Handed Over to Pontius Pilate
Jesus Is Tried and Crucified
(Mark 15:1; Luke 23:1; John 18:28 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:1 - When morning came, all the chief priests and elders of the people plotted against Jesus to put Him to death.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:2 - And when they had bound Him, they led Him away and delivered Him to Pontius[fn] Pilate the governor.
Judas Hangs Himself
(Acts 1:18, 19 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:3 - Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:4 - saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” And they said, “What is that to us? You see to it!
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:5 - Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:6 - But the chief priests took the silver pieces and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because they are the price of blood.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:7 - And they consulted together and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.
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 was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the value of Him who was priced, whom they of the children of Israel priced,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:10 - “and gave them for the potter’s field, as the LORD directed me.”[fn]
Jesus Faces Pilate
(Mark 15:2–5; Luke 23:2–5; John 18:29–38 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:11 - Now Jesus stood before the governor. And the governor asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” Jesus said to him, It is as you say.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:12 - And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing.
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 answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.
Taking the Place of Barabbas
(Mark 15:6–15; Luke 23:13–25; John 18:39, 40 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:15 - Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to releasing to the multitude one prisoner whom they wished.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:16 - And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called Barabbas.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:17 - Therefore, when they had gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:18 - For he knew that they had handed Him over because of envy.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:19 - While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, “Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:20 - But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:21 - The governor answered and said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” They said, “Barabbas!”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:22 - Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:23 - Then the governor said, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they cried out all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:24 - When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person.[fn] You see to it.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:25 - And all the people answered and said, “His blood be on us and on our children.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:26 - Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.
The Soldiers Mock Jesus
(Mark 15:16–20 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:27 - Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:28 - And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:29 - When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:30 - Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:31 - And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.
The King on a Cross
(Mark 15:21–32; Luke 23:26–43; John 19:17–27 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:32 - Now as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. Him they compelled to bear His cross.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:33 - And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, that is to say, Place of a Skull,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:34 - they gave Him sour[fn] wine mingled with gall to drink. But when He had tasted it, He would not drink.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:35 - Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots,[fn] that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet:

“They divided My garments among them,
And for My clothing they cast lots.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:36 - Sitting down, they kept watch over Him there.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:37 - And they put up over His head the accusation written against Him:


Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:38 - Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:39 - And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:40 - and saying, “You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:41 - Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders,[fn] said,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:42 - “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel,[fn] let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:43 - “He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:44 - Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him with the same thing.
Jesus Dies on the Cross
(Mark 15:33–41; Luke 23:44–49; John 19:28–30 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:45 - Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:46 - And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:47 - Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, “This Man is calling for Elijah!”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:48 - Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:49 - The rest said, “Let Him alone; let us see if 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 - Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:52 - and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:53 - and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:54 - So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:55 - And many women who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him, were there looking on from afar,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:56 - among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses,[fn] and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.
Jesus Buried in Joseph’s Tomb
(Mark 15:42–47; Luke 23:50–56; John 19:38–42 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:57 - Now when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:58 - This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:59 - When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:60 - and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:61 - And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the tomb.
Pilate Sets a Guard
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:62 - On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:63 - saying, “Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise.’
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:64 - “Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night[fn] and steal Him away, and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead.’ So the last deception will be worse than the first.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:65 - Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go your way, make it as secure as you know how.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 27:66 - So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard.
NKJV Footnotes
NU-Text omits Pontius.
Jeremiah 32:6–9
NU-Text reads Jesus Barabbas.
NU-Text omits just.
NU-Text omits sour.
NU-Text and M-Text omit the rest of this verse.
Psalm 22:18
M-Text reads with the scribes, the Pharisees, and the elders.
NU-Text reads He is the King of Israel!
NU-Text and M-Text read we will believe in Him.
Psalm 22:1
NU-Text reads Joseph.
NU-Text omits by night.

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

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