The New King James Version

John 19:1–42

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19 So then aPilate took Jesus and scourged Him. And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. 1Then they said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they bstruck Him with their hands.

Pilate then went out again, and said to them, “Behold, I am bringing Him out to you, cthat you may know that I find no fault in Him.”

Then Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, “Behold the Man!”

dTherefore, when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!

Pilate said to them, “You take Him and crucify Him, for I find no fault in Him.”

The Jews answered him, e“We have a law, and according to 2our law He ought to die, because fHe made Himself the Son of God.”

Therefore, when Pilate heard that saying, he was the more afraid, and went again into the Praetorium, and said to Jesus, “Where are You from?” gBut Jesus gave him no answer.

10 Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have 3power to crucify You, and 3power to release You?”

11 Jesus answered, h“You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore ithe one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.”

12 From then on Pilate sought to release Him, but the Jews cried out, saying, “If you let this Man go, you are not Caesar’s friend. jWhoever makes himself a king speaks against Caesar.”

13 kWhen Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus out and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called The Pavement, but in Hebrew, Gabbatha. 14 Now lit was the Preparation Day of the Passover, and about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, “Behold your King!”

15 But they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him! Crucify Him!”

Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?”

The chief priests answered, m“We have no king but Caesar!”

16 nThen he delivered Him to them to be crucified. Then they took Jesus 4and led Him away.

The Crucifixion of Christ

Matt. 27:32–38, 48, 50; Mark 15:21–26, 36, 37; Luke 23:26–33, 38, 46

17 oAnd He, bearing His cross, pwent out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, 18 where they crucified Him, and qtwo others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. 19 rNow Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was:


20 Then many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.

21 Therefore the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, “I am the King of the Jews.” ’ ”

22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

23 sThen the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece. 24 They said therefore among themselves, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,” that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says:

t“They divided My garments among them,

And for My clothing they cast lots.”

Therefore the soldiers did these things.

25 uNow there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of vClopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and wthe disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, x“Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her yto his own home.

28 After this, Jesus, 5knowing that all things were now accomplished, zthat the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” 29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and athey filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. 30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, b“It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

31 cTherefore, because it was the Preparation Day, dthat the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a ehigh day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32 Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately fblood and water came out. 35 And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is gtrue; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may hbelieve. 36 For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, i“Not one of His bones shall be broken.” 37 And again another Scripture says, j“They shall look on Him whom they pierced.”

The Burial of Christ

Matt. 27:57–60; Mark 15:42–46; Luke 23:50–54

38 kAfter this, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, lfor fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took the body of Jesus. 39 And mNicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of nmyrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. 40 Then they took the body of Jesus, and obound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury. 41 Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 42 So pthere they laid Jesus, qbecause of the Jews’ Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby.

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