1. And at once, in the morning, the chief high priests conspired, together with the priests and scribes and the entire council, and they tied Eashoa up and took him and delivered him to Pilate the Governor.
2. And Pilate asked him, "Are you that King of the Jews?" He replied and said to him, "You said it."*
3. And the chief high priests accused him of many things.
4. Pilate, however, asked him again, and said to him, "You have no explanation?* Look how much they testify against you."
5. However, Eashoa did not give any explanation, so that Pilate was amazed.
6. However, he had the habit of releasing to them during every holiday a prisoner, whomever they wanted.
7. And there was one, who was called Barabbas, that was imprisoned with the assassins, those who kill by assassination.
8. And the people began crying out and asking him to do according to his custom.
9. Pilate then replied and said, "Do you wish that I release to you the King of the Jews?"
10. For Pilate knew that it was out of spite that the chief high priests delivered Eashoa.
11. The chief high priests incited the crowds increasingly [to ask for the ] release of Barabbas to them.
12. Pilate, however, said to them, "What do you want me then to do with the one you call the King of the Jews?"
13. They, however, cried out again, "Crucify him."
14. Then Pilate said to them, "What evil thing did he do?" And they increasingly cried out, "Crucify him."
15. Pilate, however, wanted to do as the crowds wished, and he released to them Barabbas and delivered for them Eashoa to be tortured and crucified.
16. The soldiers then took him to the courtyard, which is the praetorium, and they called all the officers.
17. And they dressed him in scarlet [robes,] and they wove and crowned him with a wreath of thorns.
18. And they began to salute him,* "Peace, King of the Jews!"
19. And they hit him over the head with the reed, and they spat on his face, and they kneeled on their knees and worshipped him.
20. And while mocking him, they took off his scarlet [robes,] and dressed him in his own clothes, and took him out to crucify him.
21. And they conscripted a passerby, Simon the Cyrenian, who came from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.
22. And they came to Golgotha,* the place that is called the Skull.
23. And they gave him to drink wine mixed with myrrh, which he did not want.
24. And as they crucified him, they divided his clothes, and they cast lots over them, who would receive what.
25. It was then the third hour as they crucified him.
26. And the reason for his death was written on a scroll, "This is the King of the Jews."
27. And they crucified with him two robbers, one from his right and one from his left.
28. And Scriptures was fulfilled that said, "He will be counted* with the workers of abomination."
29. And even those who passed by blasphemed against him, and shook their heads and said, "O, unraveler of the temple and its builder on the third day,
30. "Save yourself and come down from the cross."
31. And likewise the chief high priests laughed one with the other, and the scribes, and said, "Others he [brought back] to life, himself he cannot [bring back] to life.
32. "Messiah, King of Israel, come down right now from the cross, and we will believe in Him."
33. And when it was the sixth hour, it became dark on all the earth, until the ninth hour.
34. And in the ninth hour, Eashoa cried out in a loud voice and said, "Eil, Eil, l'mana sh'wik-thani." That is, "My Allaha, my Allaha,* wherefore did you destine me?"*
35. And people that heard it, of those who stood by, said, "He is calling Eliyah*."
36. One of them then ran and filled a sponge with vinegar, and tied it to a reed, to give him to drink, and said, "Let us see, if Eliyah will come and take him down."
37. Eashoa, however, cried out in a loud voice and rested in peace.*
38. And the fronts of the temple doors unraveled in two, from top to bottom.
39. As the centurion that stood with him saw, however, thus calling out and dying, he said, "Truly, this man was the Son of Allaha."
40. However, there were people who looked from afar, Mary Magdalene and Mary mother of little James and Joses and Salome.
41. These that adhered to him in Galilee, and ministered to him, and many other [women] who came up with him to Jerusalem.
42. And as it was Friday evening, before the Sabbath,
43. There came Joseph, who was of Arimathea, respected for his integrity, who was also holding fast to the Kingdom of Allaha, and he demanded and entered to Pilate's and asked for the body of Eashoa.
44. Pilate was amazed that he was already dead, and called the centurion and asked if he died too soon.*
45. And as he learned, he gave the body to Joseph.
46. And Joseph bought cotton cloth and he enshrouded him in it and consecrated him in a grave that was hewn in rock, and rolled a rock over the entrance of the grave.
47. Mary Magdalene, however, and Mary of Joses saw where he was consecrated.
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*15:2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "You say."
*15:4 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Do you not respond [with] an explanation?"
*15:18 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Asking for his peace."
*15:22 Lit. Ar. name: Stoning arena, where if innocent, the accused was expected to survive the stoning.
*15:28 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Thought of."
*15:34.1 Lit. Aramaic: The verb "to be" in its sacred connotation, "He Is, He Is," or "Supreme Being," or "I AM, I AM."
*15:34.2 Lit. Aramaic: "Alahi, Alahi."
*15:34.3 Lit. Aramaic: "Eil, Eil, l'mana sh'wik-thani." This is the correct transliteration of the original words of Eashoa the Messiah in Galilean Aramaic. Other transliterations indicate the second and third generation transliterations from Arabic and the Greek versions.
*15:35 Lit. Aramaic name retained here: "Elijah."
*15:37 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Became peaceful."
*15:44 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Before the time."