New International Version - Mark 15 << | >> 12345678910111213141516 15:1 Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, reached a decision. They bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate. 15:2 'Are you the king of the Jews?' asked Pilate. 'Yes, it is as you say,' Jesus replied. 15:3 The chief priests accused him of many things. 15:4 So again Pilate asked him, 'Aren't you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.' 15:5 But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed. 15:6 Now it was the custom at the Feast to release a prisoner whom the people requested. 15:7 A man called Barabbas was in prison with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the uprising. 15:8 The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for them what he usually did. 15:9 'Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?' asked Pilate, 15:10 knowing it was out of envy that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him. 15:11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas instead. 15:12 'What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?' Pilate asked them. 15:13 'Crucify him!' they shouted. 15:14 'Why? What crime has he committed?' asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, 'Crucify him!' 15:15 Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified. 15:16 The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. 15:17 They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. 15:18 And they began to call out to him, 'Hail, king of the Jews!' 15:19 Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. 15:20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him. 15:21 A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. 15:22 They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull). 15:23 Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. 15:24 And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get. 15:25 It was the third hour when they crucified him. 15:26 The written notice of the charge against him read: THE KING OF THE JEWS. 15:27 They crucified two robbers with him, one on his right and one on his left. 15:28 － 15:29 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, 'So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, 15:30 come down from the cross and save yourself!' 15:31 In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. 'He saved others,' they said, 'but he can't save himself! 15:32 Let this Christ, this King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.' Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him. 15:33 At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. 15:34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 'Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?'--which means, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? 15:35 When some of those standing near heard this, they said, 'Listen, he's calling Elijah.' 15:36 One man ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 'Now leave him alone. Let's see if Elijah comes to take him down,' he said. 15:37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. 15:38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 15:39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, 'Surely this man was the Son of God!' 15:40 Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. 15:41 In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there. 15:42 It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, 15:43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body. 15:44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. 15:45 When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. 15:46 So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. 15:47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.