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Jesus Taken to Pontius Pilate

1And all of them got up and brought him before Pilate.
  2And they began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man corrupting our nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christa a king.”
  3And Pilate asked him, saying, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him and said, “Yes, it is as you say.”
  4And Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no fault in this man.”
  5But they kept on insisting, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea; beginning from Galilee and reaching even to this place.”

Jesus Taken to Herod

6But when Pilate heard this, he asked if the man was a Galilean.
  7And when he knew that he was of Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him up to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem in those days.
  8Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad, for he had wanted to see him for a long time, because he had heard about him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by him.
  9And he questioned him at considerable length, but he did not answer him.
  10And the chief priests and the experts in the law stood, vehemently accusing him.
  11And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt, and mocked him, and dressing him in a magnificent robe, sent him back to Pilate.
  12And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been hostile toward one another.

Jesus Before Pilate

13And Pilate called the chief priests and the rulers and the Peopleb together,
  14and said to them, “You brought this man to me as one who incites the people, and look, after examining him in your presence, I found no fault in this man regarding those things of which you accuse him.
  15No, neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us, and See!, nothing worthy of death has been done by him.
  16Therefore I will punish him and release him.”
  17[[(For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)]]
  18But they all cried out together, saying, “Away with this fellow! Release Barabbas for us”
  19(one who for a certain insurrection made in the city, and for murder, was thrown into prison).
  20Pilate spoke to them again, wanting to release Jesus,
  21but they shouted, saying, “Crucify! Crucify him!”
  22A third time he said to them, “Why, what evil has he done? I have found no basis for the death penalty in him. Therefore I will punish him and release him.”
  23But they were insistent, asking with loud voices that he be crucified. And their voices prevailed,
  24and Pilate pronounced sentence that their demand should be granted.
  25He released the one who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, whom they were asking for; but he handed Jesus over to their will.

The Crucifixion

26And when they led him away, they took hold of Simon, a man from Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and laid the cross on him to carry it behind Jesus.
  27And a great multitude of the People were following him, and of women who were beating themselves on the chest and lamented him.
  28But Jesus, turning to them, said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not cry for me, but cry for yourselves, and for your children.
  29For Look!, the days are coming in which they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’
  30Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us!’ and to the hills, ‘Bury us!’
  31For if they are doing these things when the wood is green, what will they do when it is dry?”

32And there were also two others, malefactors, led with him to be put to death.
  33And when they came to the place that is called “The skull,” they crucified him there, and the malefactors, one on the right hand and the other on the left.
  34And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up his clothes among themselves.
  35And the people stood by, watching. And the rulers also scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others, let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One.”
  36And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, offering him wine vinegar,
  37and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself.”
  38And there was also an inscription above him, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

39And one of the malefactors who was hanged there kept insulting him, saying, “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us.”
  40But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not fear God, because you are in the same condemnation?
  41And we indeed rightly so, for we are receiving what we deserve for what we did, but this man has done nothing wrong.”
  42And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come in your kingdom.”
  43And he said to him, “Truly I say to you today, you will be with me in the Paradise.”c

The Death of Jesus

44It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hourd
  45because the sun’s light failed, and the veil of the sanctuary was torn down the middle.
  46And Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”e And having said this, he breathed his last.
  47And when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous man.”
  48And all the crowds that had come together for this spectacle, when they saw what had happened, began to return home, beating their chests.
  49And all those who knew him, and the women who accompanied him from Galilee, were standing at a distance watching these things.

Joseph Buries Jesus

50And Look!, there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who was a member of the Council
  51(but he had not consented to their counsel and deed. He was from Arimathaea, a city of the Jews), who was waiting for the Kingdom of God.
  52This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
  53And he took it down and wrapped it in a linen cloth and laid him in a tomb that was cut out of stone, where no one had ever yet been laid.
  54And it was the day of the Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning.
  55And the women who had come with him out of Galilee, having followed after Joseph, saw the tomb and how his body was laid.

56Then, having returned, they prepared spices and perfumes. And on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

Lit. “the Anointed One”
The nation of Israel was called “the People,” so it is appropriate to capitalize it when it refers to Israel.
“the Paradise” is the well-known one; the Messianic Kingdom that prophets had spoken about for centuries.
The day had 12 hours, starting about 6 AM. The sixth hour was about noon, the ninth hour about 3 PM.
From Ps. 31:5

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