THE HOLY BIBLE
The Gospel According to Luke Chapter 23:1-56
Luke 23:1 Then the whole assembly of them arose and brought him before Pilate.
Luke 23:2 They brought charges against him, saying, "We found this man misleading our people; he opposes the payment of taxes to Caesar and maintains that he is the Messiah, a king."
Luke 23:3 Pilate asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" He said to him in reply, "You say so."
Luke 23:4 Pilate then addressed the chief priests and the crowds, "I find this man not guilty."
Luke 23:5 But they were adamant and said, "He is inciting the people with his teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee where he began even to here."
Luke 23:6 On hearing this Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean;
Luke 23:7 and upon learning that he was under Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod who was in Jerusalem at that time.
Luke 23:8 Herod was very glad to see Jesus; he had been wanting to see him for a long time, for he had heard about him and had been hoping to see him perform some sign.
Luke 23:9 He questioned him at length, but he gave him no answer.
Luke 23:10 The chief priests and scribes, meanwhile, stood by accusing him harshly.
Luke 23:11 (Even) Herod and his soldiers treated him contemptuously and mocked him, and after clothing him in resplendent garb, he sent him back to Pilate.
Luke 23:12 Herod and Pilate became friends that very day, even though they had been enemies formerly.
Luke 23:13 Pilate then summoned the chief priests, the rulers, and the people
Luke 23:14 and said to them, "You brought this man to me and accused him of inciting the people to revolt. I have conducted my investigation in your presence and have not found this man guilty of the charges you have brought against him,
Luke 23:15 nor did Herod, for he sent him back to us. So no capital crime has been committed by him.
Luke 23:16 Therefore I shall have him flogged and then release him."
Luke 23:18 But all together they shouted out, "Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us."
Luke 23:19 (Now Barabbas had been imprisoned for a rebellion that had taken place in the city and for murder.)
Luke 23:20 Again Pilate addressed them, still wishing to release Jesus,
Luke 23:21 but they continued their shouting, "Crucify him! Crucify him!"
Luke 23:22 Pilate addressed them a third time, "What evil has this man done? I found him guilty of no capital crime. Therefore I shall have him flogged and then release him."
Luke 23:23 With loud shouts, however, they persisted in calling for his crucifixion, and their voices prevailed.
Luke 23:24 The verdict of Pilate was that their demand should be granted.
Luke 23:25 So he released the man who had been imprisoned for rebellion and murder, for whom they asked, and he handed Jesus over to them to deal with as they wished.
Luke 23:26 As they led him away they took hold of a certain Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country; and after laying the cross on him, they made him carry it behind Jesus.
Luke 23:27 A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him.
Luke 23:28 Jesus turned to them and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children,
Luke 23:29 for indeed, the days are coming when people will say, 'Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed.'
Luke 23:30 At that time people will say to the mountains, 'Fall upon us!' and to the hills, 'Cover us!'
Luke 23:31 for if these things are done when the wood is green what will happen when it is dry?"
Luke 23:32 Now two others, both criminals, were led away with him to be executed.
Luke 23:33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, the other on his left.
Luke 23:34 [Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, they know not what they do."] They divided his garments by casting lots.
Luke 23:35 The people stood by and watched; the rulers, meanwhile, sneered at him and said, "He saved others, let him save himself if he is the chosen one, the Messiah of God."
Luke 23:36 Even the soldiers jeered at him. As they approached to offer him wine
Luke 23:37 they called out, "If you are King of the Jews, save yourself."
Luke 23:38 Above him there was an inscription that read, "This is the King of the Jews."
Luke 23:39 Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, "Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us."
Luke 23:40 The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, "Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation?
Luke 23:41 And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal."
Luke 23:42 Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
Luke 23:43 He replied to him, "Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise."
Luke 23:44 It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon
Luke 23:45 because of an eclipse of the sun. Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle.
Luke 23:46 Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit"; and when he had said this he breathed his last.
Luke 23:47 The centurion who witnessed what had happened glorified God and said, "This man was innocent beyond doubt."
Luke 23:48 When all the people who had gathered for this spectacle saw what had happened, they returned home beating their breasts;
Luke 23:49 but all his acquaintances stood at a distance, including the women who had followed him from Galilee and saw these events.
Luke 23:50 Now there was a virtuous and righteous man named Joseph who, though he was a member of the council,
Luke 23:51 had not consented to their plan of action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea and was awaiting the kingdom of God.
Luke 23:52 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
Luke 23:53 After he had taken the body down, he wrapped it in a linen cloth and laid him in a rock-hewn tomb in which no one had yet been buried.
Luke 23:54 It was the day of preparation, and the sabbath was about to begin.
Luke 23:55 The women who had come from Galilee with him followed behind, and when they had seen the tomb and the way in which his body was laid in it,
Luke 23:56 they returned and prepared spices and perfumed oils. Then they rested on the sabbath according to the commandment.