New International Version
Now it was the governor's custom at the festival to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd.
King James Bible
Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.
Darby Bible Translation
Now at [the] feast the governor was accustomed to release one prisoner to the crowd, whom they would.
World English Bible
Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release to the multitude one prisoner, whom they desired.
Young's Literal Translation
And at the feast the governor had been accustomed to release one to the multitude, a prisoner, whom they willed,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The governor was wont to release - Whence this custom originated among the Jews is not known, - probably it was introduced by the Romans themselves, or by Pilate, merely to oblige the Jews, by showing them this public token of respect; but if it originated with him, he must have had the authority of Augustus; for the Roman laws never gave such discretionary power to any governor.
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'And sitting down they watched Him there.' --MATT. xxvii. 36. Our thoughts are, rightly, so absorbed by the central Figure in this great chapter that we pass by almost unnoticed the groups round the cross. And yet there are large lessons to be learned from each of them. These rude soldiers, four in number, as we infer from John's Gospel, had no doubt joined with their comrades in the coarse mockery which preceded the sad procession to Calvary; and then they had to do the rough work of the executioners, …
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Third Stage of Jewish Trial. Jesus Formally Condemned by the Sanhedrin and Led to Pilate.
At that time they had a well-known prisoner whose name was Jesus Barabbas.
Now it was the custom at the festival to release a prisoner whom the people requested.
But the whole crowd shouted, "Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!"
but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the servant girl on duty there and brought Peter in.
But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release 'the king of the Jews'?"
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