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23:1 And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him to Pilatos.
23:2 And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this [fellow] perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Kaisar, saying that he himself is Mashiach a King.
23:3 And Pilatos asked him, saying:
"Art thou the King of the Yehudim?"
And he answered him and said:
"Thou sayest [it]."
23:4 Then said Pilatos to Rashei ha Kohenim and [to] the people, I find no fault in this man.
23:5 And they were the more fierce, saying, He incites the people, his Torah teaching throughout all Yehudah, beginning from Galilaia to this place.
23:6 When Pilatos heard of Galilaia, he asked whether the man were a Galilaios.
23:7 And as soon as he knew that he belonged to Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herodes, who himself also was at Yerushalayim at that time.
23:8 And when Herodes saw Yehoshua (יהושע), he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long [season], because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.
23:9 Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing.
23:10 And Rashei ha Kohenim and Sofrim (Torah-teachers) stood and vehemently accused him.
23:11 And Herodes with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked [him], and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilatos.
23:12 And the same day Pilatos and Herodes were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.
23:13 And Pilatos, when he had called together Rashei ha Kohenim and the rulers and the people,
23:14 Said to them, Ye have brought this man to me, as one that perverteth the people: and, hinnei, I, having examined [him] before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him:
23:15 No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, hinnei, nothing worthy of death is done to him.
23:16 I will therefore chastise him, and release [him].
23:17 (For of necessity he must release one to them at the feast.)
23:18 And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this [man], and release to us Bar-Abba:
23:19 (Who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.)
23:20 Pilatos therefore, willing to release Yehoshua (יהושע), spake again to them.
23:21 But they cried, saying, talui al HaEtz (put him to death on the stake).
23:22 And he said to them the third time, Why, what evil has he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let [him] go.
23:23 And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be impaled. And the voices of them and of the Rashei Kohenim prevailed.
23:24 And Pilatos gave sentence that it should be as they required.
23:25 And he released to them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Yehoshua (יהושע) to their will.
23:26 And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Shimon, a Kurenaios, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the stauros (Roman stake), that he might bear [it] after Yehoshua (יהושע).
23:27 And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him.
23:28 But Yehoshua (יהושע) turning to them said,
"Daughters of Yerushalayim, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children."
23:29 For, hinnei, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed [are] the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.
23:30 Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us. (Revelations 6:16; 9:6)
23:31 For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?
23:32 And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death.
23:33 And when they were come to the place, which is called the skull, there they impaled him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
23:34 Then said Yehoshua (יהושע) Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
23:35 And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided [him], saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Mashiach, the chosen of Elohim.
23:36 And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar,
23:37 And saying, If thou be the king of the Yehudim, save thyself.
23:38 And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE Yehudim.
23:39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Mashiach, save thyself and us.
23:40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear Elohim, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
23:41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man has done nothing amiss.
23:42 And he said to Yehoshua (יהושע):
Adon, remember me when thou comest into thy malkut.
23:43 And Yehoshua (יהושע) said to him:
"Truly I say to you:
Today shall thou be with Me in paradise."
23:44 And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.
23:45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.
23:46 And when Yehoshua (יהושע) had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend My Spirit:(Tehillim 31:6(5)) and having said thus, He breath out His last.
23:47 Now when the centurion saw what was done, He glorified Elohim, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.
23:48 And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned.
23:49 And all His acquaintance, and the women that followed Him from Galilaia, stood afar off, beholding these things.
23:50 And, hinnei, [there was] a man named Yosef, a member of Sanhedrin; [and he was] a ish Tov, and a tzaddik:
23:51 (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) [he was] of Ramatayim, a city of the Yehudim: who also himself waited for the Malkut Elohim.
23:52 This [man] went to Pilatos, and begged the body of Yeshua (ישוע).
23:53 And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a kever (tomb) that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid.
23:54 And that day was the preparation, and the Shabbat drew on.
23:55 And the women also, which came with him from Galilaia, followed after, and beheld the kever (tomb), and how his body was laid.
23:56 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Yom Shabbat according to the commandment.
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Yosef of Ramatayim (Mattityahu 27:57, Markos 15:43, Loukas 23:50) and Nakdimon (Yochanan 3:1, Yochanan 7:50) were two highly placed Messianic Jews, both members of the Sanhedrin (Loukas 23:50-51, Yochanan 7:50-52); both secret believers. he should, after acquiring some knowledge enabling him to defend his views (1 Kefa 3:15-16), be willing to set fear aside and stand openly with Yeshua the Messiah. Yochanan does not disparage them for hiding their faith (see Yochanan 9:22, Loukas 12:8-9).