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Chapter 15


15:1 And (kai) straightaway (euthus) early (prōi), the (hoi) chief sacrificial priests (archiereis) having made (poiēsantes) [a] council together (sumboulion) with (meta) the (tōn) elders (presbuterōn), and (kai) writers (grammateōn), and (kai) the (to) whole (holon) sanhedrin (sunedrion), having bound (dēsantes) the (ton) Jesus (Iēsoun) they brought (apēnenkan) [him, AE] and (kai) passed [him, AE] along (paredōkan) to Pilate (Pilatō).


15:2 And (kai) the (ho) Pilate (Pilatos) inquired (epērōtēsen) of him (auton), “Are (ei) you (su) the (ho) king (basileus) of the (tōn) Judeans (Ioudaiōn)?"


But (de) the (ho) [Jesus, v1, RE] having been caused to make [a] decision (apokritheis), he says (legei) to him (autō), “You (su) say (legeis) [it]!”


15:3 And (kai) the (hoi) chief sacrificial priests (archiereis) were making public accusations (katēgoroun) of him (autou) of many things (polla).


15:4 But (de) the (ho) Pilate (Pilatos) was inquiring (epērōta) again (palin) of him (auton), saying (legōn), “Do you absolutely not cause yourself to make [a] decision (ouk apokrinē) of absolutely not one thing (ouden)!?


Look (ide) how many (posa) public accusations they make (katēgorousin) of you (sou)!”


15:5 But (de) the (ho) Jesus (Iēsous) was absolutely no longer yet caused to make [a] decision (ouketi apekrithē) of absolutely not one thing (ouden), so that (hōste) to amaze (thaumazein) the (ton) Pilate (Pilaton)!


15:6 But (de) down on account (kata) of [a] feast (heortēn) he was sending away (apeluen) to them (autois) one (hena) bound one (desmion), of whom (hon) they were causing themselves to request [he, AE] be set aside (parētounto).


15:7 But (de) he was being (ēn) the one (ho) being said (legomenos) [to be] Barabbas (Barabbas), he having been bound (dedemenos) with (meta) the (tōn) insurrectionists (stasiastōn), ones who (hoitines) had done (pepoiēkeisan) murder (phonon) in (en) the (tē) insurrection (stasei).


15:8 And (kai) he having stepped up (anabas), the (ho) crowd (ochlos) caused itself to start (ērxato) to make requests (aiteisthai) [of him, AE], down according to as (kathōs) he was doing (epoeie) for them (autois).


15:9 But (de) the (ho) Pilate (Pilatos) was caused to make [a] decision (apekrithē) for them (autois), saying (legōn), “Do you desire (thelete) [that, AE] I may send away (apolusō) to you (humin) the (tōn) king (basilea) of the (tōn) Judeans (Ioudaiōn)?”


15:10 Because (gar) he was knowing (eginōsken) that (hoti) through (dia) [the sake, AE] of envy (phthonon) the (hoi) chief sacrificial priests (archiereis) had passed [the Jesus, v5, RE] along (paradedōkeisan) to him (auton).


15:11 But (de) the (hoi) chief sacrificial priests (archiereis) shook up (aneseisan) the (ton) crowd (ochlon), in order that (hina) he may send away (apolusē) the (ton) Barabbas (Barabban) to them (autois) more (mallon).


15:12 But (de) the (ho) Pilate (Pilatos) having been caused to make a decision (apokritheis) again (palin), he was saying (elegen) to them (autois), “Do you absolutely not desire (oun thelete) what (ti) I may do (poiēsō) for whom (hon) you say (legete) [is] the (ton) king (basilea) of the (tōn) Judeans (Ioudaiōn)?”


15:13 But (de) the (hoi) [chief sacrificial priests and the crowd, v11, RE] cried out (ekraxan) again (palin), “Stake (staurōson) him (auton)!”


15:14 But (de) the (ho) Pilate (Pilatos) was saying (elegen) to them (autois), “Because (gar) of what (ti), has he done (epoiēsen) [a] malicious thing (kakon)?”


But (de) the (hoi) [chief sacrificial priests and the crowd, v11, RE] cried out (ekraxan) exceedingly (perissōs), “Stake (staurōson) him (auton)!”


15:15 But (de) the (ho) Pilate (Pilatos), he wishing (boulomenos) to do (poiēsai) the (to) suitable thing (hikanon) for the (tō) crowd (ochlō), he sent away (apelusen) to them (autois) the (ton) Barabbas (Barabban), and (kai) he passed along (paredōken) the (ton) Jesus (Iēsoun), he having been whipped (phragellōsas), in order that (hina) he may be staked (staurōthē).


15:16 But (de) the (hoi) soldiers (stratiōtai) led him away (apēgagon auton) inside (esō) of the (tēs) courtyard (aulēs), which (ho) is (estin) [a] praetorium (praitōrion).


And (kai) they call together (sunkalousin) the (tēn) whole (holēn) cohort (speiran).


15:17 And (kai) they dropped him into (endiduskousin auton) purple (porphuran).


And (kai) they having plaited (plexantes) [a] thorny (akanthinon) crown (stephanon), they placed [it, AE] around (perititheasin) him (autō).


15:18 And (kai) they caused themselves to start (ērxanto) to embrace (aspazesthai) him (auton), “Rejoice (chaire), king (basileu) of the (tōn) Judeans (Ioudaiōn)!”


15:19 And (kai) they were beating (etupton) the (tēn) head (kephalēn) of him (autou) [with, AE] [a] reed (kalamō).  


And (kai) they were spitting in (eneptuon) to him (autō).  


And (kai) placing (tithentes) the (ta) knees (gonata), they were bowing to4352 (prosekunoun) him (autō).


15:20 And (kai) when (hote) they had put him into a child's role (enepaixan autō), they dropped him out (exedusan auton) [of] the (tēn) purple (porphuran), and (kai) they dropped him into (enedusan auton) the (ta) outer garments (himatia), the ones of his own (ta idia).


And (kai) they led him out (exagousin auton) in order that (hina) they may stake (staurōsōsin) him (auton).


15:21 And (kai) they compel into service (angareuousi) someone (tina) leading alongside (paragonta), Simon (Simōna), [a] Cyrenian (kurēnaion), being caused to come (erchomenon) from (ap’) [a] field (agrou), the (ton) father (patera) of Alexander (Alexandrou) and (kai) Rufus (Rouphou), in order that (hina) he may lift (arē) the (ton) stake (stauron) of him (autou).


15:22 And (kai) they bring (pherousin) him (auton) upon (epi) the (ton) place (topon) of Golgotha (Golgothan), which (ho) is (estin) being with interpretation (methermēneuomenon), “[a] place (topos) of [a] cranium (kraniou)”.


15:23 And (kai) they were giving (edidoun) to him (autō) wine (oinon) having been mixed with myrrh (esmurnismenon).


But (de) this one (hos) absolutely did not take (ouk elaben) [it, AE]!


15:24 And (kai) they staked (staurousin) him (auton).


And (kai) they cause themselves to thoroughly divide (diamerizontai) the (ta) outer garments (himatia) of him (autou), throwing (ballontes) [a] lot (klēron) over (ep’) them (auta) for what (ti) which one (tis) may remove (arē).


15:25 But (de) it was being (ēn) [the] third (tritē) hour (hōra), and (kai) they staked (estaurōsan) him (auton).


15:26 And (kai) the (hē) epigraph (epigraphē) of the (tēs) cause (aitias) [of the staking, v25, RE] of him (autou) has been inscribed over (epigegrammenē) [him, RE], “THE (ho) KING (basileus) OF THE (tōn) JUDEANS (Ioudaiōn).”


15:27 And (kai) together with (sun) him (autō) they staked (staurousin) two (duo) robbers (lēstas), one (hena) out (ek) right (dexiōn), and (kai) one (hena) out (ek) left (euōnumōn) of him (autou).


15:28 [Most scholars/textual critics believe that this verse was forged into the ancient Greek texts, and it was not an original part of Mark's record.]


15:29 And (kai) the ones (hoi) causing themselves to go alongside (paraporeuomenoi) were blaspheming (eblasphēmoun) him (auton), moving (kinountes) the (tas) heads (kephalas) of them (autōn) and (kai) saying (legontes), “Ah (oua), the one (ho) bringing down (kataluōn) the (ton) holy place (naon) and (kai) building [a] domed-roof house3618 (oikodomōn) in (en) three (trisin) days (hēmerais)!


(For what is God’s prophesied true “tent”, His new holy place under His new covenant, the prophesied promise of the Father to place himself into believers to live in them as His new permanent domicile, a true “tent” not built with mortal’s hands but with His own hand, see Ex. 15:17; 2 Sam. 7:5-16; Isa. 8:14; Ezek. 11:16; Joel 2:28-29; Amos 9:11-12; Mat. 3:11, 16:18, 26:61, 27:39-40; Mark 14:58, 15:29; Luke 3:21-22, 24:49; *John 2:19-22, 3:1-, 4:20-24, 7:37-39, 14:2, *23; Acts 1:4-5, 2:16-18, 33, 38-39, *7:44-50, *15:16-18, *17:24, *20:28; *Rom. 8:9-11, 12:4-5; 1 Cor. *3:16-17, *6:19-20, 10:16-17, 12:12-28; *2 Cor. 5:1, *6:16-18; Gal. 3:14, 22; Eph. 1:13-14, 22-23, *2:17-22, 3:6, 4:11-16, 5:30-32; Col. 1:18-27, 2:6-10, 3:15; *1 Thes. 5:9-11; *1 Tim. 3:15; *2 Tim. 1:14; Heb. *3:4-6, 8:2, *9:11-15, *24, 10:21, 36; 1 Pet. 2:4-5; 1 John 4:12-16; Rev. 3:12, 7:15, 11:19, *13:6, *21:3, 22)


15:30 Having stepped down (katabas) from (apo) the (tou) stake (staurou), keep yourself whole (sōson seauton)!”


15:31 Likewise (homoiōs), the (hoi) chief sacrificial priests (archiereis) also (kai) putting [him] in [a] child’s role (empaizontes), they were saying (elegon) to (pros) one another (allēlous) together with (meta) the (tōn) writers (grammateōn), “He made others whole (allous esōsen)!


He can absolutely not inherently power himself (ou dunatai) to keep himself whole (heauton sōsai)!


15:32 Let the (ho) Christ (Christo), the (ho) king (basileus) of Israel (Israēl), step down (katabatō) now (nun) from (apo) the (tou) stake (staurou), in order that (hina) we may see (idōmen) and (kai) we may believe (pisteusōmen)!"


And (kai) the ones (hoi) having been staked together (sunestaurōmenoi), together with (sun) him (autō), they were reproaching (ōneidizon) him (auton).


15:33 And (kai) [of the] hour (hōras) having caused itself to become (genomenēs) [the] sixth (hektēs), it caused itself to become (egeneto) darkness (skotos) over (eph’) [the] whole (holēn) of the (tē) land (gēn) until (heōs) [the] ninth (enatēs) hour (hōras).


15:34 And (Kai) the (tē) ninth (enatē) hour (hōra) the (ho) Jesus (Iēsous) shouted (eboēsen) [with, AE] [a] great (megalē) voice (phōnē), “Eloi (elōi), eloi (elōi), lema (lema) sabachthani (sabachthani)!?” which (ho) is (estin), being with interpretation (methermēneuomenon), “The (ho) God (theos) of me (mou), the (ho) God (theos) of me (mou), you left me down in (enkatelipes) into (eis) what (ti)!?”


(Was this Jesus’ last prayer to God? Was Jesus asking about what it is into which his remains were going to be burried?  The Greek text here doesn’t support the common paraphrases which say, “Why have you abandoned me?”, or “Why have you forsaken me?” because the Greek text includes the additional interrogatory phrase … into (eis) what (ti)!?”. If you still want to go with one of those paraphrases, they would need to be modified quite a bit, to more accurately say “You abandoned me into what!?”, or “You have forsaken me into what!?” And the words abandoned or forsaken might still be a bit of a liberal stretch toward inaccuracy. The en meaning in, prefixed to the verb katelipes, lends more toward an idea that Jesus may have been asking about into what are his remains going to be placed. Thanks to Joseph of Arimathaea Jesus wasn’t buried by the religious leaders into a dog’s grave, but according to the texts, into a fairly nice and spacious memorial, one which was likely owned by someone wealthy. It could have been the memorial of the Joseph of Arimathaea. Memorials were often filled with many ossuaries of family members and friends. Matthew and Luke use this interrogatory phrase as well, Mat. 14:31; Mark 14:4; Acts 19:3)


(For who is Jesus Christ's God, see Mat. 27:46; Mark 15:34; John 20:17; Rom. 15:6; Heb. 1:9; 1 Pet. 1:3; Rev. 3:2, 12)


15:35 And (kai) some (tines) of the ones (tōn) having stood alongside (parestēkotōn), they having heard (akousantes), they were saying (elegon), “Look (ide), he calls (phōnei) for Elijah (Hlian)!”


15:36 But (de) someone (tis) having run (dramōn), and (kai) having loaded (gemisas) [a] sponge (spongon) of wine vinegar (oxous), having placed it around (peritheis) [a] reed (kalamō) he was giving [a] drink (epotizen) to him (auton), saying (legōn), “Let [him, AE] go (aphete);


we may see (idōmen) if (ei) Elijah (Hlias) causes himself to come (erchetai) to seize him down (kathelein auton)!”


15:37 But (de) the (ho) Jesus (Iēsous), having let go (apheis) of [a] great (megalēn) sound (phōnēn), he breathed out (exepneusen).


15:38 And (kai) the (to) curtain (katapetasma) of the (tou) holy place (naou) was split (eschisthē) into (eis) two pieces (duo), from (ap’) up above (anōthen) until (heōs) down below (katō)!


15:39 But (de) the (ho) centurion (kenturiōn) having seen (idōn) the (ho) [Jesus, v37, RE], he having stood alongside (parestēkōs) out (ex) opposite (enantias) of him (autou), that (hoti) he breathed out (exepneusen) thusly (houtōs), he enunciated (eipen), “Truly (alēthōs) this one (houtos), the (ho) mortal one (anthrōpos), was being (ēn) [a] son (huios) of God (theou)!”


15:40 But (de) there were being (ēsan) females (gunaikes) also (kai), observing (theōrousai) from (apo) afar (makrothen), among (en) whom (hais) [were] both (kai) Mariam (Maria) the (hē) Magdalene (Magdalēnē), and (kai) Mariam (Maria) the (hē) mother (mētēr) of James (Iakōbou), of the (tou) small one (mikrou), and (kai) of Joses (Iōsētos) and (kai) Salome (Salōmē);


15:41 ones who (hai), when (hote) he was being (ēn) in (en) the (tē) Galilee (Galilaia), they were following (ēkolouthoun) him (autō) and (kai) were ministering (diēkonoun) to him (autō);


and (kai) many (pollai) others (allai), the ones (hai) having walked up together with (sunanabasai) him (autō) into (eis) Jerusalem (Ierosoluma).


15:42 And (kai) it already having caused itself to become (ēdē genomenēs) evening (opsias), since (epei) it was being (ēn) [a] preparation (paraskeuē) [day, AE], one which (ho) is (estin) [[a] day, AE] before a sabbath (prosabbaton),


15:43 Joseph (Iōsēph) having come (elthōn), the one (ho) from (apo) Arimathaea (Harimathaias), a virtuous (euschēmōn) counselor (bouleutēs) who (hos) himself (autos) also (kai) was being (ēn) one causing himself to receive to (prosdechomenos) [himself, AE] the (tēn) Kingdom932 (basileian) of the (tou) God (theou), he having been an audacious one (tolmēsas) he entered in (eisēlthen) to (pros) the (ton) Pilate (Pilaton) and (kai) caused himself to request (ētēsato) the (to) body (sōma) of the (tou) Jesus (Iēsou).


15:44 But (de) the (ho) Pilate (Pilatos) was amazed (ethaumasen) if (ei) he had died (tethnēken) already (ēdē).


And (kai) having caused himself to call aloud toward (proskalesamenos) the (ton) centurion (kenturiōna), he inquired (epērōtēsen) of him (auton) if (ei) [how] long ago (palai) he died away (apethanen).


15:45 And (kai) having known (gnous) [when he died, v44, RE] from (apo) the (tou) centurion (kenturiōnos), he caused himself to gift (edōrēsato) the (to) fallen one (ptōma) to the (tō) Joseph (Iōsēph).


15:46 And (kai) he having gone to market to buy (agorasas) fine linen (sindona), having seized him down (kathelōn auton) he wrapped [him, RE] in (eneilēsen) the (tē) fine linen (sindoni), and (kai) he placed (ethēken) him (auton) in (en) [a] memorial (mnēmeiō), which (ho) was being (ēn) quarried (lelatomēmenon) out (ek) of rock (petras).


And (kai) he rolled (prosekulisen) [a] stone (lithon) over (epi) the (tēn) door (thuran) of the (tou) memorial (mnēmeiou).


15:47 But (de) the (hē) Mariam (Maria) the (hē) Magdalene (Magdalēnē) and (kai) Mariam (Maria), the one (hē) of Joses (Iōsētos), were observing (etheōroun) where (pou) he has been placed (tetheitai).