After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to
When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the
place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the
saying, "Go into the village ahead of you, and as
you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has
never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here.
If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' just say
this, 'The Lord needs it.'"
So those who were sent departed and found it as he had
As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them,
"Why are you untying the colt?"
They said, "The Lord needs it."
Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their
cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it.
As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on
As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount
of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to
praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds
of power that they had seen,
saying, "Blessed is the king who comes in the name
of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him,
"Teacher, order your disciples to stop."
He answered, "I tell you, if these were silent, the
stones would shout out."
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 spitting.
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.
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
My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of
my enemies and persecutors.
Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your
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.
Then the assembly rose as a body and brought Jesus
They began to accuse him, saying, "We found this
man perverting our nation, forbidding us to pay taxes
to the emperor, and saying that he himself is the
Messiah, a king."
Then Pilate asked him, "Are you the king of the
Jews?" He answered, "You say so."
Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds,
"I find no basis for an accusation against this
But they were insistent and said, "He stirs up
the people by teaching throughout all Judea, from
Galilee where he began even to this place."
When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a
And when he learned that he was under Herod's
jurisdiction, he sent him off to Herod, who was
himself in Jerusalem at that time.
When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had
been wanting to see him for a long time, because he
had heard about him and was hoping to see him perform
He questioned him at some length, but Jesus gave him
The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently
Even Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt
and mocked him; then he put an elegant robe on him,
and sent him back to Pilate.
That same day Herod and Pilate became friends with
each other; before this they had been enemies.
Pilate then called together the chief priests, the
leaders, and the people,
and said to them, "You brought me this man as one
who was perverting the people; and here I have
examined him in your presence and have not found this
man guilty of any of your charges against him.
Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us. Indeed,
he has done nothing to deserve death.
I will therefore have him flogged and release
Then they all shouted out together, "Away with
this fellow! Release Barabbas for us!"
(This was a man who had been put in prison for an
insurrection that had taken place in the city, and for
Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them
but they kept shouting, "Crucify, crucify
A third time he said to them, "Why, what evil has
he done? I have found in him no ground for the
sentence of death; I will therefore have him flogged
and then release him."
But they kept urgently demanding with loud shouts that
he should be crucified; and their voices prevailed.
So Pilate gave his verdict that their demand should be
He released the man they asked for, the one who had
been put in prison for insurrection and murder, and he
handed Jesus over as they wished.
As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of
Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid
the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus.
A great number of the people followed him, and among
them were women who were beating their breasts and
wailing for him.
But Jesus turned to them and said, "Daughters of
Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves
and for your children.
For the days are surely coming when they will say,
'Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never
bore, and the breasts that never nursed.'
Then they will begin to say to the mountains, 'Fall on
us'; and to the hills, 'Cover us.'
For if they do this when the wood is green, what will
happen when it is dry?"
Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to
be put to death with him.
When they came to the place that is called The Skull,
they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on
his right and one on his left.
Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them; for they
do not know what they are doing." And they cast
lots to divide his clothing.
And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders
scoffed at him, saying, "He saved others; let him
save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen
The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering
him sour wine,
and saying, "If you are the King of the Jews,
There was also an inscription over him, "This is
the King of the Jews."
One of the criminals who were hanged there kept
deriding him and saying, "Are you not the
Messiah? Save yourself and us!"
But the other rebuked him, saying, "Do you not
fear God, since you are under the same sentence of
And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are
getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man
has done nothing wrong."
Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come
into your kingdom."
He replied, "Truly I tell you, today you will be
with me in Paradise."
It was now about noon, and darkness came over the
whole land until three in the afternoon,
while the sun's light failed; and the curtain of the
temple was torn in two.
Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said,
"Father, into your hands I commend my
spirit." Having said this, he breathed his last.
When the centurion saw what had taken place, he
praised God and said, "Certainly this man was
And when all the crowds who had gathered there for
this spectacle saw what had taken place, they returned
home, beating their breasts.
But all his acquaintances, including the women who had
followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance,
watching these things.