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34 While they were nailing Jesus to the cross, he prayed over and over, “Father, forgive them,[a] for they don’t know what they’re doing.”

The soldiers, after they crucified him, gambled over his clothing.[b]

35 A great crowd gathered to watch what was happening. The religious leaders sneered at Jesus and mocked him, saying, “Look at this man! What kind of ‘chosen Messiah’ is this? He pretended to save others, but he can’t even save himself!”

36 The soldiers joined in the mockery by offering Jesus a drink of vinegar.[c]

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 23:34 The Greek text implies a repetitive action. He did not pray, “forgive me,” but “forgive them.” As the centurion crushed him to the ground and tied his arms to the crossbeam, Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them.” When the spikes tore through each quivering palm, he prayed again, “Father, forgive them.” And when the soldiers parted his garments and gambled for the seamless robe, again Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them.” Only heaven knows how many times that prayer was spoken.
  2. Luke 23:34 Many Greek manuscripts have omitted v. 34.
  3. Luke 23:36 See Ps. 69:21. It was likely Jesus had had nothing to drink since the night before.

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