And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)And though they found no cause of death in him.—Technically, the Sanhedrin had condemned our Lord on the charge of blasphemy (Matthew 26:66), but they had been unable to prove the charge by any adequate evidence (Matthew 26:60), and finally condemned him by extorting words from His own lips. When they came before Pilate they shrank at first from urging that accusation, and contented themselves with stating in general terms that they had condemned Him as a malefactor (John 18:30); though afterwards, as if seeking to terrify the wavering governor, they added that by their law He ought to die because He made Himself the Son of God (John 19:7), and that by making Himself a king He spake against the emperor (John 19:12).Luke 22:70-71, with Luke 23:1-2.Though they found no cause of death in him; he was a Lamb without blemish; neither had he offended the rabble that was so slanderous against him, unless by such vast goodness and kindness towards them he branded them for ingratitude.
Yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain, Matthew 27:22. The Jews did condemn him, but they could not put him to death, the Romans, under whom they were subject, having reserved the power of life and death wholly unto themselves; and therefore they desired Pilate to confirm their sentence, and to cause it to be executed.
yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain; they were urgent and importunate with him, that he would order him to be put to death; the power of life and death being then in the hands of the Romans; the Vulgate Latin and Syriac versions read, "that they might slay him"; and the Arabic version, "that he might slay him"; and the Ethiopic version renders the whole quite contrary to the sense, "and they gave power to Pilate to hang him"; whereas the power of putting him to death was in Pilate, and not in them: and therefore they were pressing upon him, that he would order his execution, notwithstanding his innocence.And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Acts 13:28-29. Καί] and, without having found, they desired. On ἀναιρεθῆναι, comp. Acts 2:23, Acts 10:39.
καθελόντες … ἔθηκαν εἰς μνημ.] The subject is the inhabitants of Jerusalem and their rulers, as in the preceding. Joseph and Nicodemus (John 19:28 f.) were, in fact, both; therefore Paul, although those were favourably inclined to Jesus, could in this summary narrative continue with the same subject, because an exact historical discrimination was not here of moment, and the taking down from the cross and the placing in the grave were simply the adjuncts of the crucifixion and the premisses of the corporeal resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:4). On καθελόντες ἀπὸ τ. ξύλου, comp. Joshua 8:29; Mark 15:46.28. they found no cause of death in him] These words are a part of the declaration of Pilate (Luke 23:22).Acts 13:28. Μηδεμίαν αἰτίαν, no cause) The innocence of Christ.—εὐρόντες, when they found) although they sought it.Verse 28. - Asked they of for desired they, A.V. The narrative of this verse is exactly that of Luke 23:4, 5, 14-23.
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