New International Version
For he knew it was out of self-interest that they had handed Jesus over to him.
King James Bible
For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
Darby Bible Translation
For he knew that they had delivered him up through envy.
World English Bible
For he knew that because of envy they had delivered him up.
Young's Literal Translation
for he had known that because of envy they had delivered him up.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
For envy - Δια φθονον, through malice. Then it was his business, as an upright judge, to have dispersed this mob, and immediately released Jesus.
Seeing malice is capable of putting even Christ himself to death, how careful should we be not to let the least spark of it harbor in our breast. Let it be remembered that malice as often originates from envy as it does from anger.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
envy. Or, malice [phthonos,] probably from [phthino,] to decay, wither, pine away, according to that of Solomon.
LibraryThe Blind Watchers at the Cross
'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, …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Third Stage of Jewish Trial. Jesus Formally Condemned by the Sanhedrin and Led to Pilate.
So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, "Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?"
While Pilate was sitting on the judge's seat, his wife sent him this message: "Don't have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him."
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