The Proclamation of John the Herald – Chapter 19
1 Then Pilate scourged Jesus.
2 And the soldiers braided a crown of thorns, and put it on his head; and they clothed him in purple garments:
3 and they said:
Hail, king of the Jews! and smote him on his cheeks.
4 And Pilate went out again, and said to them:
Lo, I bring him out to you, that ye may know that I find against him no offence whatever.
5 And Jesus went forth, having on him the crown of thorns, and the purple garments.
And Pilate said to them:
Behold, the man!
6 And when the chief priests and officials saw him, they cried out, and said:
Hang him; hang him.
Pilate said to them:
Take ye him, and crucify him; for I find no offence in him.
7 The Jews say to him:
We have a law, and, according to our law, he deserveth death, because he made himself the Son of God.
8 And when Pilate heard that declaration, he feared the more.
9 And he went again into the Praetorium; and he said to Jesus:
Whence art thou?
And Jesus gave him no answer.
10 Pilate said to him:
Wilt thou not speak to me ?
Knowest thou not, that I have authority to release thee, and have authority to crucify thee?
11 Jesus said to him:
Thou wouldst have no authority at all over me, if it were not given to thee from on high:
therefore his sin who delivered me up to thee, is greater* than thine.
12 And for this reason,
Pilate was disposed to release him.
But the Jews cried out:
If thou release this man, thou art not Caesar’s friend:
for whoever maketh himself a king, is the adversary of Caesar.
13 And when Pilate heard this declaration, he brought Jesus forth, and sat upon the tribunal, in a place called the pavement of stones; but in Hebrew it is called Gabbatha.
14 And it was the preparation for the passover; and it was about the sixth hour.
And he said to the Jews:
Behold, your king.
15 But they cried out:
Away with him, away with him; hang him, hang him. Pilate said to them:
Shall I crucify your king?
The chief priests said to him:
We have no king, but Caesar.
16 Then he delivered him to them, that they might crucify him.
And they took Jesus, and led him away,
17 bearing his cross, to a place called a Skull, and in Hebrew called Golgotha;
18 where they crucified him; and two others with him, the one on this side, and the other on that, and Jesus in the middle.
19 And Pilate also wrote a tablet, and affixed it to his cross.
And thus it was written:
THIS IS JESUS THE NAZAREAN, KING OF THE JEWS.
20 And many of the Jews read this label; because the place where Jesus was crucified, was near to Jerusalem; and it was written in Hebrew and Greek and Latin.
21 And the chief priests said to Pilate:
Write not that he is king of the Jews, but that he said I am king of the Jews.
22 Pilate said:
What I have written, I have written.
23 And the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments and made four parcels of them, a parcel for each of the soldiers.
And his tunic was without seam from the top, woven throughout.
24 And they said one to another:
We will not rend it, but will cast the lot upon it, whose it shall he.
And the scripture was fulfilled, which said:
They divided my garments among them; and upon my venture they cast the lot.
These things did the soldiers.
25 And there were standing near the cross of Jesus, his mother, and his mother’s sister, and Mary [the wife] of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalena.
26 And Jesus saw his mother, and that disciple whom he loved, standing by, and he said to his mother:
Woman, behold, thy son.
27 And he said to that disciple:
Behold, thy mother.
And from that hour, the disciple took her near himself.
28 After these things, Jesus knew that every thing was finished; and, that the scripture might be fulfilled, he said:
29 And a vessel was standing there, full of vinegar.
And they filled a sponge with the vinegar, and put it on a hyssop [stalk], and bore it to his mouth.
30 And when Jesus had received the vinegar, he said:
And he bowed his head, and yielded up his spirit.
31 And because it was the preparation, the Jews said:
These bodies must not remain all night upon the cross:
because the sabbath was dawning; and the day of that sabbath was a great day.
And they requested of Pilate, that they should break the legs of those crucified, and take them down.
32 And the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first, and of the other that was crucified with him.
33 But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead; and they broke not his legs.
34 But one of the soldiers thrust a spear into his side; and immediately there issued out blood and water.
35 And he who saw [it], hath testified: and his testimony is true: and he knoweth, that he speaketh the truth, that ye also may believe.
36 For these things occurred, that the scripture might be fulfilled, which said:
A bone of him shall not be broken.
37 And again another scripture, which saith:
They will look on him, whom they pierced.
38 After these things, Joseph of Ramath, (for he was a disciple of Jesus, and kept concealed through fear of the Jews,) requested of Pilate, that he might take away the body of Jesus.
And Pilate permitted.
And he came, and bore away the body of Jesus.
39 And there came also Nicodemus, (he who previously came to Jesus by night,) and he brought with him a compound of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds.
40 and they bore away the body of Jesus, and wound it in linens and aromatics, as it is the custom of the Jews to bury.
41 And there was a garden in the place where Jesus was crucified, and in the garden a new sepulchre in which no person had ever been laid.
42 And there they laid Jesus, because the sabbath had commenced, and because the sepulchre was near.
comment: v.11 What makes one sin greater than another?
2 Maccabees 5 KJVA
1 About the same time Antiochus prepared his second voyage into Egypt: 2 And then it happened, that through all the city, for the space almost of forty days, there were seen horsemen running in the air, in cloth of gold, and armed with lances, like a band of soldiers, 3 And troops of horsemen in array, encountering and running one against another, with shaking of shields, and multitude of pikes, and drawing of swords, and casting of darts, and glittering of golden ornaments, and harness of all sorts. 4 Wherefore every man prayed that that apparition might turn to good. 5 Now when there was gone forth a false rumour, as though Antiochus had been dead, Jason took at the least a thousand men, and suddenly made an assault upon the city; and they that were upon the walls being put back, and the city at length taken, Menelaus fled into the castle: 6 But Jason slew his own citizens without mercy, not considering that to get the day of them of his own nation would be a most unhappy day for him; but thinking they had been his enemies, and not his countrymen, whom he conquered. 7 Howbeit for all this he obtained not the principality, but at the last received shame for the reward of his treason, and fled again into the country of the Ammonites. 8 In the end therefore he had an unhappy return, being accused before Aretas the king of the Arabians, fleeing from city to city, pursued of all men, hated as a forsaker of the laws, and being had in abomination as an open enemy of his country and countrymen, he was cast out into Egypt. 9 Thus he that had driven many out of their country perished in a strange land, retiring to the Lacedemonians, and thinking there to find succour by reason of his kindred: 10 And he that had cast out many unburied had none to mourn for him, nor any solemn funerals at all, nor sepulchre with his fathers. 11 Now when this that was done came to the king’s ear, he thought that Judea had revolted: whereupon removing out of Egypt in a furious mind, he took the city by force of arms, 12 And commanded his men of war not to spare such as they met, and to slay such as went up upon the houses. 13 Thus there was killing of young and old, making away of men, women, and children, slaying of virgins and infants. 14 And there were destroyed within the space of three whole days fourscore thousand, whereof forty thousand were slain in the conflict; and no fewer sold than slain. 15 Yet was he not content with this, but presumed to go into the most holy temple of all the world; Menelaus, that traitor to the laws, and to his own country, being his guide: 16 And taking the holy vessels with polluted hands, and with profane hands pulling down the things that were dedicated by other kings to the augmentation and glory and honour of the place, he gave them away. 17 And so haughty was Antiochus in mind, that he considered not that the Lord was angry for a while for the sins of them that dwelt in the city, and therefore his eye was not upon the place. 18 For had they not been formerly wrapped in many sins, this man, as soon as he had come, had forthwith been scourged, and put back from his presumption, as Heliodorus was, whom Seleucus the king sent to view the treasury. 19 Nevertheless God did not choose the people for the place’s sake, but the place far the people’s sake. 20 And therefore the place itself, that was partaker with them of the adversity that happened to the nation, did afterward communicate in the benefits sent from the Lord: and as it was forsaken in the wrath of the Almighty, so again, the great Lord being reconciled, it was set up with all glory. 21 So when Antiochus had carried out of the temple a thousand and eight hundred talents, he departed in all haste unto Antiochia, weening in his pride to make the land navigable, and the sea passable by foot: such was the haughtiness of his mind. 22 And he left governors to vex the nation: at Jerusalem, Philip, for his country a Phrygian, and for manners more barbarous than he that set him there; 23 And at Garizim, Andronicus; and besides, Menelaus, who worse than all the rest bare an heavy hand over the citizens, having a malicious mind against his countrymen the Jews. 24 He sent also that detestable ringleader Apollonius with an army of two and twenty thousand, commanding him to slay all those that were in their best age, and to sell the women and the younger sort: 25 Who coming to Jerusalem, and pretending peace, did forbear till the holy day of the sabbath, when taking the Jews keeping holy day, he commanded his men to arm themselves. 26 And so he slew all them that were gone to the celebrating of the sabbath, and running through the city with weapons slew great multitudes. 27 But Judas Maccabeus with nine others, or thereabout, withdrew himself into the wilderness, and lived in the mountains after the manner of beasts, with his company, who fed on herbs continually, lest they should be partakers of the pollution.
2 Maccabees 5 KJVA