A literary harmony
of the Four Gospel accounts of the Crucifixion of Jesus,
arranged as a single narrative.
And the soldiers wove a crown out of
thorns and placed it on his head, and clothed him in a
purple cloak, and they came to him and said, Hail,
King of the Jews! And they struck him repeatedly. Once
more Pilate went out and said to them,
Look, I am bringing him out to you so that you may know
that I find no guilt in him. So Jesus came out, wearing
the crown of thorns
and the purple cloak. And Pilate said to them,
Behold, the man.
When the chief priests and the guards saw him
they cried out, "Crucify him, crucify him." Then Pilate
handed him over to them to be crucified.
As they led him away they took hold of a
certain Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the
country and after laying the cross on him, they made him
carry it behind Jesus. A large crowd of people followed
Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him.
Jesus turned to them and said, Daughters
of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, weep instead for
yourselves and for your children.
So they took Jesus
and went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, in
Hebrew, Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him
two others, one on either side, with Jesus in the
middle. Pilate also had an inscription written and
put on the cross, it read,
Jesus the Nazorean, the King of the Jews.
When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his
clothes and divided them into four shares, a share for
each soldier. They also took his tunic, but the tunic was
seamless, woven in one piece from the top down. So they
said to one another, Let's not tear it, but cast lots for
it to see whose it will be. This is what the soldiers did.
(It was nine o'clock in the morning when they
Those passing by
reviled him, shaking their heads and saying, "You who
would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days,
save yourself, if you are the Son of God, and come down
from the cross. Likewise, the chief priests with the
scribes and elders mocked him and said, "He saved others,
he cannot save himself. So he is the king of Israel! Let
him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in
him. He trusted in God, let God deliver him now if he
wants him. For he said, I am the Son of God." Then Jesus
Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.
Now one of the criminals hanging there
[also] reviled Jesus, saying, "Are you not the Messiah?
Save yourself and us." The other, however, rebuking him,
said in reply, "Have you no fear of God, for you are
subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been
condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds
to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal."
Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your
kingdom." Jesus replied to him, Amen, I say
to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.
From noon onward,
darkness came over the whole land until three in the
afternoon. And about three o'clock Jesus cried out in a
loud voice, Eli, Eli,
which means, My God, my
God, why have you forsaken me?
Standing by the
cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister,
Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. (There were
also many other women who had come up with him to
Jerusalem.) When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple
there whom he loved, he said to his mother, Woman,
behold, your son.
Then he said to the disciple, Behold, your
And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
After this, aware that everything was now
finished, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled,
Jesus said, I thirst.
There was a vessel filled with common wine. So they put a
sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop
and put it up to his mouth. When Jesus had taken the wine,
he said, It is
And bowing his head, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, and
gave up his spirit, [saying], Father, into
your hands I commend my spirit;
and when he had said this
The centurion who witnessed what had
happened glorified God and said, "This man was
innocent beyond doubt." When all the people who had
gathered for this spectacle saw what had happened,
they returned home beating their breasts.
Then the veil of the temple was torn
down the middle.
earth shook, rocks were split,
tombs were opened,
the bodies of many saints who had
fallen asleep were raised.
Now since it was preparation day, in
order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the
sabbath, for the sabbath day of that week was a
solemn one, the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be
broken and they be taken down. So the soldiers came and
broke the legs of the first and then of the other
one who was crucified with Jesus. But when they came to
Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break
his legs, but one soldier thrust his lance into his side
and immediately blood and water flowed out.
When it was
evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea named
Joseph, who was himself a disciple of Jesus. He went to
Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate
ordered it to be handed over. Taking the body, Joseph
wrapped it in clean linen, and laid it in his new tomb
that he had hewn in the rock. Then he rolled a huge
stone across the entrance to the tomb and departed.
The women who had come from Galilee with
him followed behind, and when they had seen the tomb and
the way in which the body was laid in it, they returned
and prepared spices and perfumed oils. Then they rested on
the sabbath according to the commandment.