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15 And at once in the morrowtide the high priests made a counsel with the elder men, and the scribes, and with all the council, and bound Jesus and led, and betook him to Pilate. [And anon the morrow made, the highest priests, making counsel with the elder men, and scribes, and all the council, binding Jesus, led and betook to Pilate.]

And Pilate asked him, Art thou king of Jews? And Jesus answered, and said to him, Thou sayest [And he answering saith to him, Thou sayest].

And the high priests accused him in many things. [And the highest priests accused him in many things.]

But Pilate again asked him, and said [saying], Answerest thou nothing? Seest thou in how many things they accuse thee?

But Jesus answered no more [Forsooth Jesus more nothing answered], so that Pilate wondered.

But by the feast day he was wont to let go to them to them one of the men bound, whomever they asked.[a]

And there was one that was said Barabbas, that was bound with men of dissension, that had done manslaughter in sedition [that had done manslaying in dissension].

And when the people was gone up, he began to pray, as he evermore did to them. [And when the company had ascended, he began to pray, as he ever did to them.]

And Pilate answered to them, and said, Will ye that I let go to you the king of Jews?[b]

10 For he knew, that the high priests had taken him by envy. [Forsooth he knew that the highest priests had betaken him by envy.]

11 But the bishops stirred the people, that he should rather let go to them Barabbas.[c]

12 And again Pilate answered, and said to them, What then will ye that I shall do to the king of Jews?

13 And they again cried, Crucify him [Crucify him, that is, Put him on the cross].

14 But Pilate said to them, [Soothly] What evil hath he done? And they cried the more, Crucify him.

15 And Pilate, willing to make satisfaction to the people, let go to them Barabbas, and he betook to them Jesus, beaten with scourges[d], to be crucified.

16 And knights led him withinforth, into the porch of the moot hall. And they called together all the company of knights,

17 and they clothed him with purple. And they wreathed a crown of thorns, and put on him [And they folding a crown of thorns, put on him].

18 And they began to greet him, and said [And began to greet him, saying], Hail, king of Jews.

19 And they smote his head with a reed, and bespat him; and they kneeled, and worshipped him.[e]

20 And after that they had scorned him, they unclothed him of the purple [they unclothed him from purple], and clothed him with his clothes, and led out him, to crucify him.

21 And they compelled a man that passed by the way, that came from the town, Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and of Rufus, to bear his cross. [And they constrained some man passing forth, Simon of Cyrene, coming from the town, the father of Alexander and Rufus, that he should take his cross.]

22 And they led him into a place Golgatha, that is to say, the place of Calvary. [And they led him into the place of Golgatha, that is interpreted, the place of Calvary.]

23 And they gave to him to drink wine mixed with myrrh [And they gave him to drink wine meddled with myrrh], and he took not.

24 And they crucified him, and parted his clothes, and cast lot on those[f], who should take what.

25 And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.

26 And the title of his cause was written, King of Jews.

27 And they crucify with him two thieves, one at the right half and one at his left half.[g]

28 And the scripture was fulfilled that saith, And he is ordained [And he is areckoned] with wicked men.

29 And as they passed forth, they blasphemed him, moving their heads, and saying, Vath! [Fie!] thou that destroyest the temple of God, and in three days buildest it again;

30 come adown from the cross, and make thyself safe.

31 Also the high priests scorned him each to other with the scribes, and said, He hath made other men safe, he may not save himself.[h]

32 Christ, [the] king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we see, and believe. And they that were crucified with him, despised him [And they that were crucified with him, put wrong, or false reproof, to him].

33 And when the sixth hour was come, darknesses were made on [upon] all the earth till into the ninth hour[i].

34 And in the ninth hour Jesus cried with a great voice, and said [saying], Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani, that is to say [the which is interpreted], My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

35 And some of the men that stood about heard, and said, Lo! he calleth Elias.

36 And one ran, and filled a sponge with vinegar, and putted about to a reed, and gave him to drink, and said [saying], Suffer ye, see we, if Elias come to do him down.

37 And Jesus gave out a great cry, and died.[j]

38 And the veil of the temple was rent atwo from the highest to beneath. [And the veil of the temple was cut into twain from the highest, till to down, or beneath.]

39 But the centurion that stood over against saw, that he so crying had died, and he said, Verily, this man was God's Son [and said, Verily, this man was the Son of God].

40 And there were also women beholding from afar, among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary, the mother of James the less, and of Joseph, and of Salome [among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary, the mother of James the less, and Joseph, and Salome].

41 And when Jesus was in Galilee, they followed him, and ministered to him, and many other women, that came up together with him to Jerusalem [and many other women, which had ascended together with him to Jerusalem].

42 And when the eventide was come, for it was the eventide that is before the sabbath,[k]

43 Joseph of Arimathaea, the noble decurion, came, and he abode the realm of God [Joseph of Arimathaea, a noble decurion, came, which also he was abiding the realm of God]; and boldly he entered [in] to Pilate, and asked the body of Jesus.

44 But Pilate wondered, if he were now dead [Forsooth Pilate wondered, if he had now died]. And when the centurion was called, he asked him, if he were [now] dead;

45 and when he knew of the centurion, he granted the body of Jesus to Joseph [he gave the body of Jesus to Joseph].

46 And Joseph bought linen cloth, and took him down, and wrapped [him] in the linen cloth, and laid him in a sepulchre that was hewn of a stone [Soothly Joseph buying sendal, or linen cloth, and doing him down, wrapped him in the linen cloth, and put him in a new sepulchre that was hewn in a stone], and wallowed a stone to the door of the sepulchre.

47 And Mary Magdalene and Mary of Joseph beheld, where he was laid.


  1. Mark 15:6 Forsooth by the feast day he was wont to leave to them/he was wont to deliver to them one of the prisoners, whomever they asked.
  2. Mark 15:9 Soothly Pilate answered to them, and said, Will ye I leave to you the king of Jews/Will ye that I deliver to you the king of Jews?
  3. Mark 15:11 Forsooth the bishops stirred the company of people, that more he should leave to them Barabbas/Forsooth the bishops excited the company, that more he should deliver to them Barabbas.
  4. Mark 15:15 And soothly Pilate, willing to do enough to the people, or to fulfill their will, left to them Barabbas/delivered to them Barabbas, and he betook Jesus, beaten with scourges
  5. Mark 15:19 And they smote his head with a reed, and spat on him; and putting, or bowing, their knees, worshipped him.
  6. Mark 15:24 sending lot on them/casting lot on those
  7. Mark 15:27 And they crucified with him two thieves, one on his right half, and one on his left half/and another at his left half.
  8. Mark 15:31 In like manner and the highest priests scorning him, each to other, with the scribes, said, Others he made safe, himself he may not make safe.
  9. Mark 15:33 till unto the ninth hour, that is, noon
  10. Mark 15:37 Forsooth Jesus, a great voice sent out, died, or sent out the breath/Forsooth, a great voice sent out, Jesus sent out the spirit, either died.
  11. Mark 15:42 And when even was now made, for it was the making ready, either vigil, which is before the sabbath,

Jesus Before Pilate(A)

15 Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law(B) and the whole Sanhedrin,(C) made their plans. So they bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate.(D)

“Are you the king of the Jews?”(E) asked Pilate.

“You have said so,” Jesus replied.

The chief priests accused him of many things. So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.”

But Jesus still made no reply,(F) and Pilate was amazed.

Now it was the custom at the festival to release a prisoner whom the people requested. A man called Barabbas was in prison with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the uprising. The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for them what he usually did.

“Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?”(G) asked Pilate, 10 knowing it was out of self-interest that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him. 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas(H) instead.

12 “What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them.

13 “Crucify him!” they shouted.

14 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.

But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”

15 Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged,(I) and handed him over to be crucified.

The Soldiers Mock Jesus(J)

16 The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace(K) (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. 17 They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. 18 And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!”(L) 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. 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(M) to crucify him.

The Crucifixion of Jesus(N)

21 A certain man from Cyrene,(O) Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus,(P) was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross.(Q) 22 They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). 23 Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh,(R) but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots(S) to see what each would get.

25 It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. 26 The written notice of the charge against him read: the king of the jews.(T)

27 They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left. [28] [a] 29 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads(U) and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days,(V) 30 come down from the cross and save yourself!” 31 In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him(W) among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! 32 Let this Messiah,(X) this king of Israel,(Y) come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

The Death of Jesus(Z)

33 At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.(AA) 34 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).[b](AB)

35 When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.”

36 Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar,(AC) put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.

37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.(AD)

38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.(AE) 39 And when the centurion,(AF) who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died,[c] he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”(AG)

40 Some women were watching from a distance.(AH) Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph,[d] and Salome.(AI) 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.(AJ)

The Burial of Jesus(AK)

42 It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath).(AL) So as evening approached, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council,(AM) who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God,(AN) went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. 45 When he learned from the centurion(AO) that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. 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.(AP) 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph(AQ) saw where he was laid.


  1. Mark 15:28 Some manuscripts include here words similar to Luke 22:37.
  2. Mark 15:34 Psalm 22:1
  3. Mark 15:39 Some manuscripts saw that he died with such a cry
  4. Mark 15:40 Greek Joses, a variant of Joseph; also in verse 47

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