New International Version
When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid,
King James Bible
When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid;
Darby Bible Translation
When Pilate therefore heard this word, he was the rather afraid,
World English Bible
When therefore Pilate heard this saying, he was more afraid.
Young's Literal Translation
When, therefore, Pilate heard this word, he was the more afraid,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He was the more afraid - While Jesus was accused only as a disturber of the peace of the nation, which accusation Pilate knew to be false, he knew he could deliver him, because the judgment in that case belonged to himself; but when the Jews brought a charge against him of the most capital nature, from their own laws, he then saw that he had every thing to fear, if he did not deliver Jesus to their will. The Sanhedrin must not be offended - the populace must not be irritated: from the former a complaint might be sent against him to Caesar; the latter might revolt, or proceed to some acts of violence, the end of which could not be foreseen. Pilate was certainly to be pitied: he saw what was right, and he wished to do it; but he had not sufficient firmness of mind. He did not attend to that important maxim, Fiat justitia: ruat caelum. Let justice be done, though the heavens should be dissolved. He had a vile people to govern, and it was not an easy matter to keep them quiet. Some suppose that Pilate's fear arose from hearing that Jesus had said he was the Son of God; because Pilate, who was a polytheist, believed that it was possible for the offspring of the gods to visit mortals; and he was afraid to condemn Jesus, for fear of offending some of the supreme deities. Perhaps the question in the succeeding verse refers to this.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryFebruary 20 Morning
He shall see of the travail of his soul and shall be satisfied.--ISA. 53:11. Jesus . . . said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.--He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.--To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
February 17 Morning
Joseph and Nicodemus
The Fifth Word
The Jewish leaders insisted, "We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God."
and he went back inside the palace. "Where do you come from?" he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer.
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