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John 19

The Death of Jesus
28 Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, "I am thirsty."*29 A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips.30 When Jesus had tasted it, he said, "It is finished!" Then he bowed his head and released his spirit.
  31 It was the day of preparation, and the Jewish leaders didn't want the bodies hanging there the next day, which was the Sabbath (and a very special Sabbath, because it was the Passover). So they asked Pilate to hasten their deaths by ordering that their legs be broken. Then their bodies could be taken down.32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the two men crucified with Jesus.33 But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, so they didn't break his legs.34 One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water flowed out.35 (This report is from an eyewitness giving an accurate account. He speaks the truth so that you also can believe.*)36 These things happened in fulfillment of the Scriptures that say, "Not one of his bones will be broken,"*37 and "They will look on the one they pierced."*

The Burial of Jesus
38 Afterward Joseph of Arimathea, who had been a secret disciple of Jesus (because he feared the Jewish leaders), asked Pilate for permission to take down Jesus' body. When Pilate gave permission, Joseph came and took the body away.39 With him came Nicodemus, the man who had come to Jesus at night. He brought about seventy-five pounds* of perfumed ointment made from myrrh and aloes.40 Following Jewish burial custom, they wrapped Jesus' body with the spices in long sheets of linen cloth.41 The place of crucifixion was near a garden, where there was a new tomb, never used before.42 And so, because it was the day of preparation for the Jewish Passover* and since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

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19:28 See Pss 22:15; 69:21.
19:35 Some manuscripts read can continue to believe.
19:36 Exod 12:46; Num 9:12; Ps 34:20.
19:37 Zech 12:10.
19:39 Greek 100 litras [32.7 kilograms].
19:42 Greek because of the Jewish day of preparation.

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