Luke 23:1-25

Jesus Before Pilate

1 aThen the whole company of them arose and brought him before Pilate. 2And they began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man bmisleading our nation and cforbidding us to give tribute to dCaesar, and saying that he himself is Christ ea king.” 3 fAnd Pilate asked him gAre you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, hYou have said so.” 4Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds i“I find no guilt in this man.” 5But they were urgent, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea jfrom Galilee even to this place.”

Jesus Before Herod

6When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 7And when he learned that he belonged to kHerod’s jurisdiction, he sent him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. 8When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad lfor he had long desired to see him mbecause he had heard about him, and he was hoping nto see some sign done by him. 9So he questioned him at some length, but he made no answer. 10The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. 11And Herod with his soldiers otreated him with contempt and pmocked him. Then, qarraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate. 12And rHerod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other.

13Pilate then called together the chief priests and sthe rulers and the people, 14and said to them, “You brought me this man tas one who was misleading the people. And uafter examining him before you, behold, I vdid not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him. 15Neither did Herod, for whe sent him back to us. Look, nothing deserving death has been done by him. 16 xI will therefore punish and release him.”
Here, or after verse 19, some manuscripts add verse 17: Now he was obliged to release one man to them at the festival

Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified

18 zBut they all cried out together aa“Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas”— 19a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city and abfor murder. 20Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, 21but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” 22A third time he said to them, “Why acwhat evil has he done? adI have found in him no guilt deserving death. aeI will therefore punish and release him.” 23But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. 24So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted. 25He released the man who had been thrown into prison affor insurrection and murder, for whom they asked agbut he delivered Jesus over to their will.

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