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The Gospel according to Saint Mark, chapter 15, New English Translation and King James Version

Chapter 15

New English Translation

   Jesus Brought Before Pilate
   1 Early in the morning, after forming a plan, the chief priests with the elders and the experts in the law and the whole Sanhedrin tied Jesus up, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. 2 So Pilate asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" He replied, "You say so." 3 Then the chief priests began to accuse him repeatedly. 4 So Pilate asked him again, "Have you nothing to say? See how many charges they are bringing against you!" 5 But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.
   Jesus and Barabbas
   6 During the feast it was customary to release one prisoner to the people, whomever they requested. 7 A man named Barabbas was imprisoned with rebels who had committed murder during an insurrection. 8 Then the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to release a prisoner for them, as was his custom. 9 So Pilate asked them, "Do you want me to release the king of the Jews for you?" 10 (For he knew that the chief priests had handed him over because of envy. ) 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas instead. 12 So Pilate spoke to them again, "Then what do you want me to do with the one you call king of the Jews?" 13 They shouted back, "Crucify him!" 14 Pilate asked them, "Why? What has he done wrong?" But they shouted more insistently, "Crucify him!" 15 Because he wanted to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them. Then, after he had Jesus flogged, he handed him over to be crucified.
   Jesus is Mocked
   16 So the soldiers led him into the palace (that is, the governor's residence) and called together the whole cohort. 17 They put a purple cloak on him and after braiding a crown of thorns, they put it on him. 18 They began to salute him: "Hail, king of the Jews!" 19 Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Then they knelt down and paid homage to him. 20 When they had finished mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes back on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.
   The Crucifixion
   21 The soldiers forced a passerby to carry his cross, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country (he was the father of Alexander and Rufus). 22 They brought Jesus to a place called Golgotha (which is translated, "Place of the Skull"). 23 They offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. 24 Then they crucified him and divided his clothes, throwing dice for them, to decide what each would take. 25 It was nine o'clock in the morning when they crucified him. 26 The inscription of the charge against him read, "The king of the Jews." 27 And they crucified two outlaws with him, one on his right and one on his left. 29 Those who passed by defamed him, shaking their heads and saying, "Aha! You who can destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, 30 save yourself and come down from the cross!" 31 In the same way even the chief priests - together with the experts in the law - were mocking him among themselves: "He saved others, but he cannot save himself! 32 Let the Christ, the king of Israel, come down from the cross now, that we may see and believe!" Those who were crucified with him also spoke abusively to him.
   Jesus' Death
   33 Now when it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34 Around three o'clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" 35 When some of the bystanders heard it they said, "Listen, he is calling for Elijah!" 36 Then someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, "Leave him alone! Let's see if Elijah will come to take him down!" 37 But Jesus cried out with a loud voice and breathed his last. 38 And the temple curtain was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 Now when the centurion, who stood in front of him, saw how he died, he said, "Truly this man was God's Son!" 40 There were also women, watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. 41 When he was in Galilee, they had followed him and given him support. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were there too.
   Jesus' Burial
   42 Now when evening had already come, since it was the day of preparation (that is, the day before the Sabbath), 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a highly regarded member of the council, who was himself looking forward to the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 44 Pilate was surprised that he was already dead. He called the centurion and asked him if he had been dead for some time. 45 When Pilate was informed by the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph. 46 After Joseph bought a linen cloth and took down the body, he wrapped it in the linen and placed it in a tomb cut out of the rock. Then he rolled a stone across the entrance of the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where the body was placed.

King James Version

   1 And straightway in the morning the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him to Pilate.
   2 And Pilate asked him, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answering said unto him, Thou sayest it.
   3 And the chief priests accused him of many things: but he answered nothing.
   4 And Pilate asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? behold how many things they witness against thee.
   5 But Jesus yet answered nothing; so that Pilate marvelled.
   6 Now at that feast he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they desired.
   7 And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection.
   8 And the multitude crying aloud began to desire him to do as he had ever done unto them.
   9 But Pilate answered them, saying, Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews?
   10 For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy.
   11 But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them.
   12 And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews?
   13 And they cried out again, Crucify him.
   14 Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him.
   15 ¶ And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.
   16 And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Praetorium; and they call together the whole band.
   17 And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head,
   18 And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!
   19 And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.
   20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.
   21 And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross.
   22 And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull.
   23 And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not.
   24 And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.
   25 And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.
   26 And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
   27 And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.
   28 And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.
   29 And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days,
   30 Save thyself, and come down from the cross.
   31 Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save.
   32 Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.
   33 And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.
   34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
   35 And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias.
   36 And one ran and filled a spunge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down.
   37 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.
   38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.
   39 ¶ And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.
   40 There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome;
   41 (Who also, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered unto him;) and many other women which came up with him unto Jerusalem.
   42 ¶ And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath,
   43 Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.
   44 And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead.
   45 And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph.
   46 And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre.
   47 And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid.

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