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King James Bible
(For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)
Darby Bible Translation
( Now he was obliged to release one for them at the feast.)
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,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
For of necessity he must release one - That is, he was under the necessity of releasing one at this feast. The custom, however it originated, had now been so completely established that Pilate was obliged to attend to it. See on Matthew 27:15 (note).
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'Then Herod questioned with Him in many words; but He answered him nothing.'--LUKE xxiii. 9. Four Herods play their parts in the New Testament story. The first of them is the grim old tiger who slew the infants at Bethlehem, and soon after died. This Herod is the second--a cub of the litter, with his father's ferocity and lust, but without his force. The third is the Herod of the earlier part of the Acts of the Apostles, a grandson of the old man, who dipped his hands in the blood of one Apostle, …
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Now it was the governor's custom at the festival to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd.
Therefore, I will punish him and then release him."
But the whole crowd shouted, "Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!"
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