New International Version
and they shall declare: "Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it done.
King James Bible
And they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.
Darby Bible Translation
and shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.
World English Bible
and they shall answer and say, "Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.
Young's Literal Translation
and they have answered and said, Our hands have not shed this blood, and our eyes have not seen --
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Shall wash their hands over the heifer - Washing the hands, in reference to such a subject as this, was a rite anciently used to signify that the persons thus washing were innocent of the crime in question. It was probably from the Jews that Pilate learned this symbolical method of expressing his innocence.
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It was not usual to remove bodies from the cross immediately after their death. They were allowed to hang, exposed to the weather, till they rotted and fell to pieces; or they might be torn by birds or beasts; and at last a fire was perhaps kindled beneath the cross to rid the place of the remains. Such was the Roman custom; but among the Jews there was more scrupulosity. In their law there stood this provision: "If a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be put to death, and thou hang …
James Stalker—The Trial and Death of Jesus Christ
Jesus' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem.
"'Do not pollute the land where you are. Bloodshed pollutes the land, and atonement cannot be made for the land on which blood has been shed, except by the blood of the one who shed it.
Then all the elders of the town nearest the body shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley,
Accept this atonement for your people Israel, whom you have redeemed, LORD, and do not hold your people guilty of the blood of an innocent person." Then the bloodshed will be atoned for,
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