Luke 23 Notes, Meaning, and Commentary

Luke 23


Luke 23:1

And the whole company of them rose up, and brought him before Pilate.

Luke 23:2

And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this man perverting our nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ a king.

Luke 23:3

And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answered him and said, Thou sayest.

Luke 23:4

And Pilate said unto the chief priests and the multitudes, I find no fault in this man

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But they were the more urgent, saying, He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Judaea, and beginning from Galilee even unto this place.

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But when Pilate heard it, he asked whether the man were a Galilaean.

Luke 23:7

And when he knew that he was of Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him unto Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem in these days.

Luke 23:8

Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was of a long time desirous to see him, because he had heard concerning him; and he hoped to see some miracle done by him.

Luke 23:9

And he questioned him in many words; but he answered him nothing.

Luke 23:10

And the chief priests and the scribes stood, vehemently accusing him.

Luke 23:11

And Herod with his soldiers set him at nought, and mocked him, and arraying him in gorgeous apparel sent him back to Pilate.

Luke 23:12

And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day: for before they were at enmity between themselves.

Luke 23:13

And Pilate called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people,

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and said unto them, Ye brought unto me this man, as one that perverteth the people: and behold, I having examined him before you, found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him

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no, nor yet Herod: for he sent him back unto us; and behold, nothing worthy of death hath been done by him.

Luke 23:16

I will therefore chastise him, and release him.

Luke 23:17

[Now he must needs release unto them at the feast one prisoner.]

Luke 23:18

But they cried out all together, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas: —

Luke 23:19

one who for a certain insurrection made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison

Luke 23:20

And Pilate spake unto them again, desiring to release Jesus;

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but they shouted, saying, Crucify, crucify him

Luke 23:22

And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath this man done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him and release him.

Luke 23:23

But they were urgent with loud voices, asking that he might be crucified. And their voices prevailed.

Luke 23:24

And Pilate gave sentence that what they asked for should be done.

Luke 23:25

And he released him that for insurrection and murder had been cast into prison, whom they asked for; but Jesus he delivered up to their will.

Luke 23:26

And when they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon of Cyrene, coming from the country, and laid on him the cross, to bear it after Jesus.

Luke 23:27

And there followed him a great multitude of the people, and of women who bewailed and lamented him.

Luke 23:28

But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.

Luke 23:29

For behold, the days are coming, in which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the breasts that never gave suck.

Luke 23:30

Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.

Luke 23:31

For if they do these things in the green tree, what shall be done in the dry?

Luke 23:32

And there were also two others, malefactors, led with him to be put to death.

Luke 23:33

And when they came unto the place which is called The skull, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand and the other on the left.

Luke 23:34

And Jesus said, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And parting his garments among them, they cast lots.

Luke 23:35

And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also scoffed at him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if this is the Christ of God, his chosen.

Luke 23:36

And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, offering him vinegar

Luke 23:37

and saying, If thou art the King of the Jews, save thyself.

Luke 23:38

And there was also a superscription over him, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS

Luke 23:39

And one of the malefactors that were hanged railed on him, saying, Art not thou the Christ? save thyself and us.

Luke 23:40

But the other answered, and rebuking him said, Dost thou not even fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?

Luke 23:41

And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.

Luke 23:42

And he said, Jesus, remember me when thou comest in thy kingdom.

Luke 23:43

And he said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To-day shalt thou be with me in Paradise.

Luke 23:44

And it was now about the sixth hour, and a darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour,

Luke 23:45

the sun’s light failing: and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.

Luke 23:46

And Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said this, he gave up the ghost.

Luke 23:47

And when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.

Luke 23:48

And all the multitudes that came together to this sight, when they beheld the things that were done, returned smiting their breasts.

Luke 23:49

And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed with him from Galilee, stood afar off, seeing these things.

Luke 23:50

And behold, a man named Joseph, who was a councillor, a good and righteous man

Luke 23:51

(he had not consented to their counsel and deed), [a man] of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews, who was looking for the kingdom of God:

Luke 23:52

this man went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus.

Luke 23:53

And he took it down, and wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid him in a tomb that was hewn in stone, where never man had yet lain.

Luke 23:54

And it was the day of the Preparation, and the sabbath drew on.

Luke 23:55

And the women, who had come with him out of Galilee, followed after, and beheld the tomb, and how his body was laid.

Luke 23:56

And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments. And on the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

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