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King James Bible
(For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)
New King James Version
(for it was necessary for him to release one to them at the feast).
New American Standard Bible
[Now he was obligated to release to them at the feast one prisoner.]
Now he was obliged to release to them at the feast one prisoner.
[Now he was obliged to release to them at the feast one prisoner.]
[Now he was obligated to release to them one prisoner at the Feast.]
Holman Christian Standard Bible
For according to the festival he had to release someone to them.
American Standard Version
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Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For it was a custom to release them one prisoner at the feast.
Now of necessity he was to release unto them one upon the feast day.
International Standard Version
Now he was obligated to release someone for them at the festival.
Literal Standard Version
[[for it was necessary for him to release to them one at every celebration,]]
New American Bible
New Heart English Bible
(Now he had to release one prisoner to them at the feast.)
Weymouth New Testament
World English Bible
Now he had to release one prisoner to them at the feast.
Young's Literal Translation
for it was necessary for him to release to them one at every feast,
Additional Translations ...
ContextThe Crowd Chooses Barabbas
Now it was the governor's custom at the feast to release to the crowd a prisoner of their choosing.
Therefore I will punish Him and release Him."
But they all cried out in unison: "Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!"
Treasury of Scripture
(For of necessity he must release one to them at the feast.)
Matthew 27:15 Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.
Mark 15:6 Now at that feast he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they desired.
John 18:39 But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews?
For of necessity he must release one unto them.--Literally, he had a necessity. The better MSS. are singularly divided as to this verse. Most omit it altogether. One, followed by some of the versions, has it after Luke 23:19. It would seem probable from these facts that the narrative was originally written without it, that it was then felt that the release of Barabbas required an explanation, and that a note was first added in the margin, either by a transcriber or by the writer himself in a duplicate copy, and then found its way into the text. The precise form of the phrase, to "have a necessity," is not found in the other Gospels, but is common to St. Luke (Luke 11:18 and here), and St. Paul (1Corinthians 7:37). It is found also in Hebrews 7:27; Jude Luke 23:3. On the practice thus described, see Note on Matthew 27:15. . . . Verse 17. - (For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.) Probably, however, before the scourging was inflicted, the attempt to liberate Jesus in accordance with a custom belonging to that feast was made by Pilate. We know it failed, and a condemned robber called Barabbas was preferred by the people. The more ancient authorities omit this verse (17). It probably was introduced at an early period into many manuscripts of St. Luke as a marginal. gloss, as an explanatory statement based on the words of Matthew 27:15 or of Mark 15:6. As a Hebrew custom, it is never mentioned save in this place. Such a release was a common incident of a Latin Lectisternium, or feast in honour of the gods. The Greeks had a similar custom at the Thesmophoria. It was probably introduced at Jerusalem by the Roman power.
Parallel Commentaries ...
Strong's 1161: A weak adversative particle, generally placed second in its clause; but, on the other hand, and.
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 318: Necessity, constraint, compulsion; there is need to; force, violence.
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2192: To have, hold, possess.
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's 630: To release, let go, send away, divorce, to be rid; to depart.
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same.
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 1520: One.
Strong's 2596: Genitive: against, down from, throughout, by; accusative: over against, among, daily, day-by-day, each day, according to, by way of.
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 1859: A festival, feast, periodically recurring.
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