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17 oAnd He, bearing His cross, pwent out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, 18 where they crucified Him, and qtwo others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. 19 rNow Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was:
JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS
23 sThen the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece. 24 They said therefore among themselves, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,” that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says:
t“They divided My garments among them,
And for My clothing they cast lots.”
Therefore the soldiers did these things.
25 uNow there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of vClopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and wthe disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, x“Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her yto his own home.
28 After this, Jesus, 5knowing that all things were now accomplished, zthat the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” 29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and athey filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. 30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, b“It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
31 cTherefore, because it was the Preparation Day, dthat the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a ehigh day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32 Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately fblood and water came out. 35 And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is gtrue; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may hbelieve. 36 For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, i“Not one of His bones shall be broken.” 37 And again another Scripture says, j“They shall look on Him whom they pierced.”
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