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Pilate calling together
the high priests and the rulers of the people said to them,
"You brought me this person as one alienating the people,
and look, I having examined him before you
found nothing in this person guilty
of what you accuse against him.
Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us.
Look, nothing has been done by him that is worthy of death;
therefore disciplining him I will release him."

At the feast he released to them
one prisoner whom they requested.
They had then a notorious prisoner called Barabbas,
who had committed murder in a rebellion in the city
and was thrown into prison with the rebels.
The crowd going up began to request
that he do it for them as usual.

Pilate answered them, "It is your custom
that I should release one to you at the Passover;
therefore will you choose
that I may release to you Barabbas
or Jesus the one called Christ, the king of the Jews?"
For he knew that the high priests
had given him over because of envy.

As he was sitting on the judicial bench,
his wife sent to him saying,
"Have nothing to do with that just person,
for I suffered many things today in a dream because of him."

But the high priests and the elders persuaded the crowds
that they should request Barabbas and destroy Jesus.

The governor answered them,
"Which of the two do you want me to release to you?"

But they altogether shouted, "Take this one,
and release to us Barabbas."

Pilate again answered them,
"Then what should I do with Jesus called Christ
whom you call king of the Jews?"

They shouted, "Crucify him!"

So then Pilate took Jesus and whipped him.
The soldiers having woven a crown out of thorns
put it on his head, and dressed him in a purple robe,
and came to him and said, "Hail, king of the Jews;"
and they gave him slaps.

Pilate went outside again and said to them,
"Look, I am bringing him out to you,
so that you may know that I find no guilt in him."
So Jesus came outside,
wearing the thorn crown and the purple robe.
He said to them, "Look, the person."

So when the high priests and the assistants saw him,
they shouted, "Crucify, crucify!"

A third time Pilate said to them,
"Then what evil has this one done?
I found nothing deserving of death in him;
therefore having disciplined him I will release him."

Even more they shouted, "Crucify him!"

Pilate said to them, "You take him and crucify him,
for I find no guilt in him."

The Jews answered him, "We have a law,
and according to the law he ought to die;
for he made himself son of God."

So when Pilate heard this word, he was even more afraid;
he went back into the praetorium
and said to Jesus, "Where are you from?"

But Jesus did not give him an answer.

So Pilate said to him, "Aren't you speaking to me?
Don't you know that I have authority to release you
and I have authority to crucify you?"

Jesus answered, "You do not have any authority against me
unless it has been given to you from above;
for this reason the one who gave me over to you
has a greater sin."

From this, Pilate tried to release him;
but the Jews shouted, "If you release this one,
you are not a friend of Caesar;
everyone who makes oneself king speaks against Caesar."

So Pilate having heard these words brought Jesus outside,
and he sat on the judicial bench
in a place called Stone Pavement, and in Hebrew Gabbatha.
It was the preparation day of the Passover,
about the sixth hour;
he said to the Jews, "Look, your king."

So those shouted, "Take him; take him; crucify him!"

Pilate said to them, "Shall I crucify your king?"

The high priests answered,
"We have no king except Caesar."
They insisted with loud voices, and their voices prevailed.

Pilate seeing that nothing was helping
but instead an uproar was occurring,
taking water washed his hands in front of the crowd
saying, "I am innocent of this blood; you see to it."

All the people answered,
"His blood be on us and on our children."

Pilate choosing to satisfy the crowd
released to them Barabbas,
who had been thrown into prison
because of rebellion and murder,
and having whipped Jesus
he gave him over to be crucified.

92. Pilate Punishes Jesus Harmony 92 * Interpretation 92
93. Crucifixion of Jesus Harmony 93 * Synthesis 93 * Interpretation 93

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