Luke 23



1 And all the multitude of them stood·​·up and led Him to Pilate.

2 And they began to accuse Him, saying, We found this Man perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that He Himself is Christ a King.

3 But Pilate asked Him, saying, Art Thou the King of the Jews? And He answering him, declared, Thou sayest.

4 And Pilate said to the chief·​·priests and the crowds, I find no guilt in this man.

5 But they were urgent, saying, He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee even·​·to here.

6 And when Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the Man were a Galilean.

7 And when he knew that He was from Herod’s authority, he sent Him to Herod, who himself also was in Jerusalem in those days.

8 And Herod, seeing Jesus, rejoiced exceedingly, because for a considerable time he was desiring to see Him, since he had heard many things about Him, and hoped to see some sign done by Him.

9 And he asked Him with a considerable number of words; but He answered him nothing.

10 And the chief·​·priests and scribes stood vehemently accusing Him.

11 And Herod, making Him as nothing with his armies and mocking, arrayed Him in a splendid cloak, and sent Him again to Pilate.

12 And in the same day Pilate and Herod became friends with one·​·another, for before they were at enmity between themselves.

13 And Pilate, having called together the chief·​·priests, and the rulers, and the people,

14 said to them, You have brought·​·to me this Man as one who turns·​·away the people, and behold, I, having examined Him before you, have found no guilt in this Man concerning those things of which you accuse Him.

15 But neither did Herod, for I sent you to him, and behold, nothing worthy of death has been committed by Him.

16 Therefore, having chastised Him, I will release Him.

17 And of necessity he must release one to them at the festival.

18 But they cried out all at once, saying, Take· this Man ·away, and release unto us Barabbas—

19 who for a certain insurrection which was·​·made in the city, and for murder, had·​·been cast into prison.

20 Again, therefore, Pilate summoned them, willing to release Jesus.

21 But they cried out, saying, Crucify, crucify Him!

22 And he said to them a third time, Why? What evil has He done? I have found no guilt of death in Him; therefore, having chastised Him, I will release Him.

23 But they pressed·​·upon him with loud* voices, asking that He might be crucified; and the voices of them and of the chief·​·priests prevailed;

24 and Pilate assented that it should be as they required.

25 And he released to them him who for insurrection and murder had been cast into prison, whom they had asked; but he delivered up Jesus to their will.

26 And as they led· Him ·away, taking· hold ·on one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out·​·of the field, they laid· the cross ·on him to bring it after Jesus.

27 And there followed Him a multitude of many people and of women, who also bewailed and lamented Him.

28 But Jesus turning to them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not over Me, but weep over yourselves and over your children.

29 For behold, the days are coming, in which they shall say, Happy are the barren, and the wombs which never gave·​·birth, and the breast which never nursed.

30 Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.*

31 For if they do these things in the moist tree, what shall be done in the withered?

32 And there were also others, two malefactors, led with Him to be slain.

33 And when they had come to a place called Skull*, there they crucified Him and the malefactors, one on the right·​·hand and the other on the left.

34 And Jesus said, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. And dividing His garments, they cast lots.

35 And the people stood beholding. And the rulers with them also derided, saying, He saved others; let Him save Himself, if He be the Christ, the chosen of God.

36 And the soldiers also mocked Him, coming and offering Him vinegar,

37 and saying, If Thou be the King of the Jews, save Thyself.

38 And an inscription was also written over Him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew: This is the King of the Jews.

39 And one of the malefactors who were hanging beside Him blasphemed Him, saying, If Thou be the Christ, save Thyself and us.

40 But the·​·other, answering, rebuked him, saying, Dost thou not fear God, because thou art in the same judgment?

41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the things of which we are worthy for what we have committed, but this Man has committed nothing amiss.

42 And he said to Jesus, Remember me, Lord, when Thou comest in Thy kingdom.

43 And Jesus said to him, Amen I say to thee, today thou shalt be with Me in paradise.

44 And it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.

45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was ripped in the midst.

46 And calling out with a great voice, Jesus said, Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit*. And having said these·​·things, He let·​·out·​·the·​·spirit.

47 But when the centurion saw what came·​·to·​·pass, he glorified God, saying, Truly this was a just Man.

48 And all the crowds who came·​·together to that sight, beholding the things that were·​·done, striking their chests, returned.

49 And all His acquaintances, and the women who followed with Him from Galilee, stood afar·​·off, beholding these things.

50 And behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counselor, being a good and just man,

51 who had not consented to the counsel and deed of them; he was of Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who also himself was waiting for the kingdom of God.

52 This man, going to Pilate, asked·​·for the body of Jesus;

53 and taking· it ·down, he wrapped· it ·in a cloth, and placed it in a sepulcher that was hewn·​·in·​·stone, where no·​·one had· yet ·been laid.

54 And that day was the preparation, and a Sabbath began to dawn.

55 And the women also, who came together with Him from Galilee, followed after and observed the sepulcher, and how His body was laid.

56 And returning, they prepared spices and ointments. And indeed they were quiet for the Sabbath according to the commandment.

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Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.