Jesus Handed Over to Pilate
1When daybreak came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people plotted against Jesus to put him to death.27:1 Mk 15:1; Lk 22:66; Jn 18:28
Judas Hangs Himself
3Then Judas, his betrayer, seeing that Jesus had been condemned, was full of remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders.27:3 Mt 21:29; 26:14–15
4“I have sinned by betraying innocent blood,” he said.
“What’s that to us?” they said. “See to it yourself!”
6The chief priests took the silver and said, “It’s not permitted27:6 Mk 2:24; Jn 18:31 to put it into the temple treasury, since it is blood money.”
7They conferred together and bought the potter’s field with it as a burial place for foreigners.
8Therefore that field has been called “Field of Blood” to this day.
9Then what was spoken through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: They took27:9 Or I took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him whose price was set by the Israelites,
Jesus Faces the Governor
Jesus answered, “You say so.”27:11 Mt 2:2; 1Tm 6:13
13Then Pilate said to him, “Don’t you hear how much they are testifying against you?”
Jesus or Barabbas
15At the festival27:15–26 Mk 15:6–15; Lk 23:16–25; Jn 18:39–40; 19:16 the governor’s custom was to release to the crowd a prisoner they wanted.
16At that time they had a notorious prisoner called Barabbas.27:16 Other mss read Jesus Barabbas, also in v. 17
17So when they had gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Who is it you want me to release for you — Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” 27:17 Mt 1:16; 27:22
18For he knew it was because of envy that they had handed him over.
20The chief priests and the elders, however, persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to execute Jesus.
21The governor asked them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?”
“Barabbas!” they answered.
22Pilate asked them, “What should I do then with Jesus, who is called Christ?”
23Then he said, “Why? What has he done wrong?”
24When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that a riot was starting instead, he took some water, washed his hands in front of the crowd, and said, “I am innocent of this man’s blood.27:24 Other mss read this righteous man’s blood See to it yourselves!” 27:24 Dt 21:6–8; Ps 26:6; Mt 26:5; 27:4,19
Mocked by the Military
27Then27:27–31 Mk 15:16–20; Jn 19:2–3 the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the governor’s residence and gathered the whole company27:27 Lit cohort around him.27:27 Jn 18:28,33; 19:9; Ac 10:1
29They twisted together a crown of thorns, put it on his head, and placed a staff in his right hand. And they knelt down before him and mocked him: “Hail, king of the Jews!”
30Then they spat on him, took the staff, and kept hitting him on the head.
Crucified Between Two Criminals
32As they were going out, they found a Cyrenian man named Simon. They forced him to carry his cross.27:32 Nm 15:35; Mk 15:21; Lk 23:26; Heb 13:12
33When they came to a place called Golgotha27:33–44 Mk 15:22–32; Lk 23:33–43; Jn 19:17–24 (which means Place of the Skull),
34they gave him wine27:34 Other mss read sour wine mixed with gall to drink. But when he tasted it, he refused to drink it.
35After crucifying him, they divided his clothes by casting lots.27:35 Other mss add that what was spoken by the prophet might be fulfilled: “They divided my clothes among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.”27:34–35 Ps 22:17; 69:21
36Then they sat down and were guarding him there.
37Above his head they put up the charge against him in writing: This Is Jesus, the King of the Jews.
38Then two criminals27:38 Or revolutionaries were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left.27:38 Is 53:12; Mt 20:21; Jn 18:40
39Those who passed by were yelling insults at27:39 Lit passed by blasphemed, or were blaspheming him, shaking their heads27:39 Jb 16:4; Ps 22:7; 109:25; Lm 2:15; Mk 15:29
40and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross!” 27:40 Mt 4:3,6; 26:61,63; Jn 2:19
41In the same way the chief priests, with the scribes and elders,27:41 Other mss add and Pharisees mocked him and said,
42“He saved others, but he cannot save himself! He is the King of Israel!27:42 Jn 1:49; 12:13 Let him27:42 Other mss read If he ... Israel, let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.
43He trusts in God; let God rescue him now — if he takes pleasure in him!27:43 Or if he wants him For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”
The Death of Jesus
45From noon until three in the afternoon,27:45 Lit From the sixth hour to the ninth hour darkness came over the whole land.27:45 Or whole earth27:45–56 Mk 15:33–41; Lk 23:44–49; Jn 19:28–30
47When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling for Elijah.”
48Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and offered him a drink.27:48 Ps 69:21; Mk 15:36; Lk 23:36; Jn 19:29
49But the rest said, “Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”
50But Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and gave up his spirit.27:50 Mk 15:37; Lk 23:46; Jn 10:18; 19:30
51Suddenly, the curtain of the sanctuary27:51 Ex 26:31–33; 2Ch 3:14; Heb 9:3 was torn in two from top to bottom, the earth quaked, and the rocks were split.
52The tombs were also opened27:52 Ezk 37:12 and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised.
53And they came out of the tombs after his resurrection, entered the holy city, and appeared to many.
55Many women who had followed Jesus from Galilee and looked after him were there, watching from a distance.27:55 Ps 38:11; Lk 8:2–3; Jn 19:25
The Burial of Jesus
57When it was evening,27:57–61 Mk 15:42–47; Lk 23:50–56; Jn 19:38–42 a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph came, who himself had also become a disciple27:57 Mt 10:42; 28:19; Lk 14:26; Jn 8:31; 13:35; 15:8; Ac 6:1 of Jesus.
58He approached Pilate and asked for Jesus’s body. Then Pilate ordered that it27:58 Other mss read that the body be released.
59So Joseph took the body, wrapped it in clean, fine linen,
60and placed it in his new tomb, which he had cut into the rock. He left after rolling a great stone against the entrance of the tomb.27:60 Is 53:9; Mt 27:66; 28:2; Mk 16:4
61Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were seated there, facing the tomb.
The Closely Guarded Tomb
62The next day, which followed the preparation day, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate27:62 Mk 15:42; Lk 23:54; Jn 19:14,31,42
63and said, “Sir, we remember that while this deceiver was still alive he said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’27:63 Mt 16:21; 17:22–23; 20:19; Mk 8:31; 10:34; Lk 9:22; 18:33