John 19:17 - 19:42- Easy-To-Read Version (ERV)
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Jesus Is Killed on a Cross
(Mt. 27:32-44; Mk. 15:21-32; Lk. 23:26-43)
The soldiers took Jesus. 17Jesus carried his own cross. He went out to a place called
"The Place of the Skull." (In the Jewish language* the name of this place is "Golgotha.")
18At Golgotha they nailed Jesus to the cross. They also put two other men on crosses.
They put the men on each side of Jesus with Jesus in the middle. 19Pilate wrote
a sign and put it on the cross. The sign said, "JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE
JEWS." 20The sign was written in the Jewish language, in Latin, and in Greek. Many
of the Jews read the sign, because this place where they killed Jesus on the cross
was near the city. 21The leading Jewish priests said to Pilate, "Don't write, 'The
King of the Jews.' But write, 'This man said, I am the King of the Jews.'" 22Pilate
answered, "I will not change what I have written." 23After the soldiers nailed Jesus
to the cross, they took his clothes. They divided his clothes into four parts. Each
soldier got one part. They also took his tunic.* It was all one piece of cloth woven
from top to bottom. 24So the soldiers said to each other, "We should not tear this
into parts [to divide it], We should choose lots* to see who will get it." This
happened so that it would be like the Scripture* said: "They divided my clothes
among them. And they threw lots* for my clothing." (Psalm 22:18) So the soldiers
did this. 25Jesus' mother stood near his cross. His mother's sister was also standing
there with Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. 26Jesus saw his mother.
He also saw the follower that he loved standing there. He said to his mother, "Dear
woman, here is your son." 27Then Jesus said to the follower, "Here is your mother."
So after that, this follower took Jesus' mother to live in his home.
(Mt. 27:45-56; Mk. 15:33-41; Lk. 23:44-49)
28Later, Jesus knew that everything had been done. To make the Scripture* happen
he said, "I am thirsty."* 29There was a jar full of vinegar there. So the soldiers
soaked a sponge in it. They put the sponge on a branch of a hyssop plant. Then they
lifted it to Jesus' mouth. 30Jesus tasted the vinegar. Then he said, "It is finished."
Jesus bowed his head and died. 31This day was Preparation day.* The next day was
a special Sabbath day.* The Jews did not want the bodies to stay on the cross on
the Sabbath day. So they asked Pilate to order that the legs of the men be broken
[to make them die sooner]. And they asked that the bodies of the men be taken down
from the crosses. 32So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first man on
the cross beside Jesus. Then they broke the legs of the other man on the cross beside
Jesus. 33But when the soldiers came close to Jesus, they saw that he was already
dead. So they did not break his legs. 34But one of the soldiers stuck his spear
into Jesus' side. Blood and water came out. 35(The one who saw this happen has
told about it. He told about it so that you also can believe. The things he says
are true. He knows that he tells the truth.) 36These things happened so that it
would be like the Scripture* said: "None of his bones will be broken."* 37And another
Scripture said, "People will look at the one they stuck [with the spear]."*
Jesus Is Buried
(Mt. 27:57-61; Mk. 15:42-47; Lk. 23:50-56)
38Later, a man named Joseph from Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. (Joseph
was a follower of Jesus. But he did not tell people, because he was afraid of the
Jews.) Pilate said that Joseph could take the body of Jesus. So Joseph came and
took Jesus' body away. 39Nicodemus went with Joseph. Nicodemus was the man who had
come to Jesus before and talked to him at night. Nicodemus brought about 100 pounds*
of spices. This was a mixture of myrrh and aloes.* 40These two men took Jesus' body.
They wrapped it in pieces of linen cloth with the spices. (This is how the Jews
bury people.) 41In the place where Jesus was killed on the cross, there was a garden.
In the garden there was a new tomb.* No person had ever been buried there before.
42The men put Jesus in that tomb because it was near, and the Jews were preparing
to start their Sabbath day.*
Footnotes:Jewish language Aramaic, a language like Hebrew that was spoken by the
Jews in the first century. tunic A piece of clothing like a long undershirt. lots
Rocks or sticks used like dice for making a choice. Scripture Part of the Holy Writings--Old
Testament. lots Rocks or sticks used like dice for making a choice. Scriptures Holy
Writings--Old Testament. "I am thirsty" See Ps. 22:15; 69:21. Preparation day Friday,
the day before the Sabbath day. Sabbath day The seventh day of the Jewish week.
It was a special religious day for the Jews. "None ... broken" Quote from Ps. 34:20.
The idea is from Ex. 12:46; Num. 9:12. "People ... spear" Quote from Zech. 12:10.
100 pounds 100 Roman pounds, equal to about 75 pounds today. myrrh and aloes Sweet-smelling
spices used for perfume and also to prepare a body to be buried. tomb A grave dug
in a wall of rock.
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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