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CHAPTER CXXV. Jesus is condemned by the Roman governor. WHEN Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid ;
And went again into the judgement-hall, aná saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou ? but Jesus gave him no answer.
Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me ? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?
Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.
And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him : but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Cesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Cesar.
When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgement-seat, in a place that is called The Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha.
And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King !
But they cried out, Away with him, away with him; crucify him! Pilate saith unto
them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Cesar,
CHAPTER CXXVI. Jesus is led forth and crucified with thieves. Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified.
And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.
And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.
And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him.
But Jesus turning unto them, said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.
For, behold, 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.
Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us,
For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?