12:12 The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival
heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.
So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him,
shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name
of the Lord-- the King of Israel!"
Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it; as it is written:
"Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion. Look, your king is
coming, sitting on a donkey's colt!"
His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when
Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had
been written of him and had been done to him.
50:4 The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may
know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he
wakens-- wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.
The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did
not turn backward.
I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who
pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and
The Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall
not be put to shame;
he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us
stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me.
It is the Lord GOD who helps me; who will declare me guilty? All
of them will wear out like a garment; the moth will eat them up.
31:9 Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eye
wastes away from grief, my soul and body also.
For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my
strength fails because of my misery, and my bones waste away.
I am the scorn of all my adversaries, a horror to my neighbors, an
object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the
street flee from me.
I have passed out of mind like one who is dead; I have become like
a broken vessel.
For I hear the whispering of many-- terror all around!-- as they
scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life.
But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, "You are my God."
My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies
Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your steadfast
2:5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality
with God as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in
human likeness. And being found in human form,
he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death--
even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that
is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and
on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the
glory of God the Father.
15:1 As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a
consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council.
They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate.
Pilate asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" He
answered him, "You say so."
Then the chief priests accused him of many things.
Pilate asked him again, "Have you no answer? See how many
charges they bring against you."
But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.
Now at the festival he used to release a prisoner for them, anyone
for whom they asked.
Now a man called Barabbas was in prison with the rebels who had
committed murder during the insurrection.
So the crowd came and began to ask Pilate to do for them according
to his custom.
Then he answered them, "Do you want me to release for you the
King of the Jews?"
For he realized that it was out of jealousy that the chief priests
had handed him over.
But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release
Barabbas for them instead.
Pilate spoke to them again, "Then what do you wish me to do
with the man you call the King of the Jews?"
They shouted back, "Crucify him!"
Pilate asked them, "Why, what evil has he done?" But
they shouted all the more, "Crucify him!"
So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for
them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be
Then the soldiers led him into the courtyard of the palace (that
is, the governor's headquarters); and they called together the
And they clothed him in a purple cloak; and after twisting some
thorns into a crown, they put it on him.
And they began saluting him, "Hail, King of the Jews!"
They struck his head with a reed, spat upon him, and knelt down in
homage to him.
After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put
his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.
They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to
carry his cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander
Then they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means
the place of a skull).
And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh; but he did not take
And they crucified him, and divided his clothes among them,
casting lots to decide what each should take.
It was nine o'clock in the morning when they crucified him.
The inscription of the charge against him read, "The King of
And with him they crucified two bandits, one on his right and one
on his left.
Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying,
"Aha! You who would destroy the temple and build it in three
save yourself, and come down from the cross!"
In the same way the chief priests, along with the scribes, were
also mocking him among themselves and saying, "He saved
others; he cannot save himself.
Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down from the cross now,
so that we may see and believe." Those who were crucified
with him also taunted him.
When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in
At three o'clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, "Eloi,
Eloi, lema sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God,
why have you forsaken me?"
When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, "Listen, he
is calling for Elijah."
And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a
stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, "Wait, let us see
whether Elijah will come to take him down."
Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.
And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.
Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way
he breathed his last, he said, "Truly this man was God's