Luke 23:26-49 (NRSVUE) (2024)

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The Crucifixion of Jesus

26As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.(A) 27A great number of the people followed him, and among them were women who were beating their breasts and wailing for him.(B) 28But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.(C) 29For the days are surely coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’ 30Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’(D) 31For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”(E)

32Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him.(F) 33When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus[a] there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. [[34Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”]][b] And they cast lots to divide his clothing.(G) 35And the people stood by watching, but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah[c] of God, his chosen one!”(H) 36The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine(I) 37and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38There was also an inscription over him,[d] “This is the King of the Jews.”

39One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding[e] him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah?[f] Save yourself and us!”(J) 40But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.”(K) 42Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come in[g] your kingdom.” 43He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”(L)

The Death of Jesus

44It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land[h] until three in the afternoon, 45while the sun’s light failed,[i] and the curtain of the temple was torn in two.(M) 46Then Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last.(N) 47When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said, “Certainly this man was innocent.”[j](O) 48And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw what had taken place, they returned home, beating their breasts. 49But all his acquaintances, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance watching these things.(P)

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  1. 23.33 Gk him
  2. 23.34 Other ancient authorities lack the sentence Then Jesus . . . what they are doing
  3. 23.35 Or the Christ
  4. 23.38 Other ancient authorities add written in Greek and Latin and Hebrew (that is, Aramaic)
  5. 23.39 Or blaspheming
  6. 23.39 Or the Christ
  7. 23.42 Other ancient authorities read into
  8. 23.44 Or earth
  9. 23.45 Or the sun was eclipsed. Other ancient authorities read the sun was darkened
  10. 23.47 Or righteous

Cross references

  1. 23.26 : Jn 19.17
  2. 23.27 : Lk 8.52
  3. 23.28 : Lk 19.41–44; 21.23, 24
  4. 23.30 : Isa 2.19; Hos 10.8; Rev 6.16
  5. 23.31 : Ezek 20.47
  6. 23.32 : Isa 53.12
  7. 23.34 : Ps 22.18; Acts 7.60
  8. 23.35 : Ps 22.17
  9. 23.36 : Ps 69.21; Mt 27.48
  10. 23.39 : vv 35, 37
  11. 23.41 : vv 4, 14, 22
  12. 23.43 : 2 Cor 12.3, 4; Rev 2.7
  13. 23.45 : Ex 26.31–35; Heb 9.8; 10.19
  14. 23.46 : Ps 31.5; 1 Pet 2.23
  15. 23.47 : Mt 27.54
  16. 23.49 : Ps 38.11; Lk 8.2
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The Crucifixion of Jesus(A)

26As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene,(B) who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.(C) 27A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed(D) for him. 28Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.(E) 29For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’(F) 30Then

“‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!”
and to the hills, “Cover us!”’[a](G)

31For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”(H)

32Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed.(I) 33When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34Jesus said, “Father,(J) forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”[b](K) And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.(L)

35The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him.(M) They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”(N)

36The soldiers also came up and mocked him.(O) They offered him wine vinegar(P) 37and said, “If you are the king of the Jews,(Q) save yourself.”

38There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews.(R)

39One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”(S)

40But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”(T)

42Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.[c](U)

43Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”(V)

The Death of Jesus(W)

44It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon,(X) 45for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple(Y) was torn in two.(Z) 46Jesus called out with a loud voice,(AA) “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”[d](AB) When he had said this, he breathed his last.(AC)

47The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God(AD) and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” 48When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts(AE) and went away. 49But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee,(AF) stood at a distance,(AG) watching these things.

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  1. Luke 23:30 Hosea 10:8
  2. Luke 23:34 Some early manuscripts do not have this sentence.
  3. Luke 23:42 Some manuscripts come with your kingly power
  4. Luke 23:46 Psalm 31:5

Cross references

  1. Luke 23:26 : 23:33-43pp — Mt 27:33-44; Mk 15:22-32; Jn 19:17-24
  2. Luke 23:26 : S Mt 27:32
  3. Luke 23:26 : Mk 15:21; Jn 19:17
  4. Luke 23:27 : Lk 8:52
  5. Luke 23:28 : Lk 19:41-44; 21:23, 24
  6. Luke 23:29 : Mt 24:19
  7. Luke 23:30 : Isa 2:19; Hos 10:8; Rev 6:16
  8. Luke 23:31 : Eze 20:47
  9. Luke 23:32 : Isa 53:12; Mt 27:38; Mk 15:27; Jn 19:18
  10. Luke 23:34 : S Mt 11:25
  11. Luke 23:34 : S Mt 5:44
  12. Luke 23:34 : Ps 22:18
  13. Luke 23:35 : Ps 22:17
  14. Luke 23:35 : Isa 42:1
  15. Luke 23:36 : Ps 22:7
  16. Luke 23:36 : Ps 69:21; Mt 27:48
  17. Luke 23:37 : Lk 4:3, 9
  18. Luke 23:38 : S Mt 2:2
  19. Luke 23:39 : ver 35, 37
  20. Luke 23:41 : S ver 4
  21. Luke 23:42 : S Mt 16:27
  22. Luke 23:43 : 2Co 12:3, 4; Rev 2:7
  23. Luke 23:44 : 23:44-49pp — Mt 27:45-56; Mk 15:33-41; Jn 19:29-30
  24. Luke 23:44 : Am 8:9
  25. Luke 23:45 : Ex 26:31-33; Heb 9:3, 8
  26. Luke 23:45 : Heb 10:19, 20
  27. Luke 23:46 : Mt 27:50
  28. Luke 23:46 : Ps 31:5; 1Pe 2:23
  29. Luke 23:46 : Jn 19:30
  30. Luke 23:47 : S Mt 9:8
  31. Luke 23:48 : Lk 18:13
  32. Luke 23:49 : Lk 8:2
  33. Luke 23:49 : Ps 38:11
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Luke 23:26-49 (NRSVUE) (2024)


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This chapter records the trial of Jesus Christ before Pontius Pilate, Jesus' meeting with Herod Antipas, and his crucifixion, death and burial.

What does Luke 23:24 say? ›

23 But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed. 24 So Pilate decided to grant their demand. 25 He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.

What does Luke 20 talk about? ›

Luke 20 is a chiasm about authority. Jesus has entered Jerusalem and cleansed the temple (Luke 19:28–46). Now, the priests and teachers attack Jesus' authority in religion, law, and doctrine; Jesus defends Himself and shows their sinful lifestyles disqualify them for authority.

What can we learn from Luke 17? ›

First, He speaks about the disciples' responsibilities regarding others' sin. Their teaching must never tempt someone. They must confront others about their sin. They must forgive everyone who sincerely repents no matter how often (Luke 17:1–4).

What is the meaning of Luke 23 26? ›

Luke 23:26 (NIV)

He has shown us the way and if we follow Him faithfully, He will lead us through our sufferings triumphantly to glory with Him. This is the law of discipleship and the terms are fixed. We are to follow after Christ as the sheep after the shepherd – walking as He walked and going wherever He goes.

What is the meaning of Luke 23 verse 28? ›

Jesus does not want us to feel sorry for Him, but He calls us to believe on Him, to believe that He suffered for our sins, to believe the “substitutionary” atonement. So He says, weep not for me! The cross is no mistake. The cross is not something to weep about.

What did Luke 20 26 mean? ›

It meant rather to give back to the emperor all he represented and to dissociate themselves totally from the whole value system behind militarism, oppression, etc.. Along with that he reiterated what he had shared with the Galilean peasants before: give to God the things that are God's, namely, a response of total love ...

What is the main message in Luke? ›

A major theme in Luke's Gospel is God's care for people who were seen as insignificant in the society of his day. Specifically, this referred to women, children, the poor, and disreputable “sinners”. Luke thus gives a prominent place to women in his gospel (1:5-2:52; 7:36-50; 8:1-4; 10:38-42; 15:8-10).

What was Luke trying to say about Jesus? ›

Luke depicts Jesus in his short-lived ministry as deeply compassionate — caring for the poor, the oppressed, and the marginalized of that culture, such as Samaritans, Gentiles, and women. Whereas Matthew traces Jesus' genealogy to Abraham, father of the Jewish people, Luke goes back to Adam, parent of us all.

What can we learn from Luke 23 34? ›

While He was being crucified, “Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing'” (Luke 23:34). The declaration of their need for forgiveness makes it clear that they were guilty, despite their ignorance. Some sins we willingly and rebelliously commit; others we are entirely unaware of.

What can we learn from Luke 23 35 43? ›

Jesus promises the wrongdoer that he “will be with me.” Being with Jesus, suggests he will share more than Jesus' company in paradise for like the twelve he will share in his resurrection.

What can we learn from Luke 24? ›

Luke is the only one of the four gospel writers to include this story. It is a story that reveals to us not only something about who we are, but how Jesus opens our eyes to see Him for who He is and about how we can come to know Him. The journey to Emmaus is both a literal and a spiritual journey.

What is the lesson of the two thieves on the cross? ›

The two thieves on the cross prove it's never too late to ask for God's mercy. What is God's mercy? Undeserved forgiveness. We are never good enough or do enough to deserve God's forgiveness for our sins against Him.

What is the moral lesson of Luke 23-43? ›

Jesus promised this criminal that he too would be in Paradise with Him, just as He offers the same promise today. It is up to us to come before Jesus, yes covered in sin, but also in the position of being able to receive His forgiveness, His promise of eternal life, and His love.

What is the significance of Luke 23/12? ›

Herod and Pilate effectively destroy, each one the other, the credibility of their rival. And yet they seem to be both pleased with the outcome, and become friends. The Scripture have something to say about the folly of the wicked colluding with each other; no lasting good can come of it.

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