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Luke 23 - Wesley's New Testament 1755

1. And the whole multitude of them arose and led him to Pilate.

2. And they accused him saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Cesar, saying, that he himself is Christ a king.

3. And Pilate asked him saying, Art thou the king of the Jews?

4. And he answering him said, Thou sayest. Then said Pilate to the chief priests and the multitude, I find no fault in this man.

5. But they were the more violent saying, He stirreth up the people, teaching through all Judea, beginning from Galilee, to this place.

6. Pilate hearing of Galilee asked, If the man was a Galilean?

7. And when he knew, that he belonged to Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself was also in Jerusalem at that time.

8. And Herod seeing Jesus was exceeding glad; for he had been long desirous to see him, because he had heard many things of him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by him.

9. And he questioned him in many words, but he answered him nothing.

10. And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him.

11. And Herod, having with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a splendid robe, sent him back to Pilate.

12. And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.

13. And Pilate having called together the chief priests, and the rulers,

14. and the people, Said to them, Ye have brought this man to me, as perverting the people; and behold, I having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man, touching the things whereof ye accuse him.

15. Nor yet Herod; for I sent you to him; and lo, he hath done nothing worthy of death.

16. I will therefore chastise and release him.

17. For he was under a necessity of releasing one to them at the feast.

18. And they cried all at once saying, Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas:

19. (Who for an insurrection made in the city, and for murder had been cast into prison.)

20. Pilate desiring to release Jesus, spake again to them.

21. But they cried, saying, Crucify, crucify him. He said to them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done?

22. I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise and release him.

23. But they insisted with loud voices, requiring that he should be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed.

24. And Pilate gave sentence, that what they desired should be done.

25. And he released to them him, that for insurrection and murder had been cast into prison, whom they desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will.

The Crucifixion of Jesus

26. And as they led him away, they laid hold on one Simon a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.

27. And there followed him a great company of people and of women, who also bewailed and lamented him.

28. But Jesus turning to them, said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.

29. For behold the days are coming in which they will say, Happy are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps that never gave suck.

30. Then shall they say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.

31. For if they do these things in the green tree, what shall be done in the dry?

32. And there were also led two other men, malefactors, to be put to death with him.

33. And when they were come to the place, called the place of a scull, there they crucified him, and the two malefactors, one on the right-hand, and one on the left.

34. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment and cast lots.

35. And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others: let him save himself, if he be the Christ, the chosen of God.

36. And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar,

37. And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.

38. And a superscription also was written over him in Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew letters, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

39. And one of the malefactors, who were hanging on the cross, reviled him, saying, If thou be the Christ, save thyself and us.

40. But the other answering, rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?

41. And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this person hath done nothing amiss.

42. And he said to Jesus, Lord, remember me, when thou comest in thy kingdom.

43. And Jesus said to him, Verily I say unto thee, To-day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

The Death of Jesus

44. And it was about the sixth hour; and there was darkness over all the earth till the ninth hour.

45. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.

46. And Jesus crying with a loud voice, said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit. And having said thus, he expired.

47. And the centurion seeing what was done, glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.

48. And all the people who had come together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, returned, smiting their breasts.

49. And all his acquaintance, and the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things.

The Burial of Jesus

50. And behold there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor, a good man and a just:

51. (He had not consented to the counsel and deed of them) of Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who also himself waited for the kingdom of God:

52. This man going to Pilate, asked the body of Jesus.

53. And taking it down, he wrapped it in fine linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid.

54. And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.

55. And the women who had come with him from Galilee, following after, beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.

56. And returning they prepared spices and ointments, and rested the sabbath, according to the commandment.






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