New International Version
"Which of the two do you want me to release to you?" asked the governor. "Barabbas," they answered.
King James Bible
The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.
Darby Bible Translation
And the governor answering said to them, Which of the two will ye that I release unto you? And they said, Barabbas.
World English Bible
But the governor answered them, "Which of the two do you want me to release to you?" They said, "Barabbas!"
Young's Literal Translation
and the governor answering said to them, 'Which of the two will ye that I shall release to you?' And they said, 'Barabbas.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
They said, Barabbas - What a fickle crowd! A little before they all hailed him as the Son of David, and acknowledged him as a gift from God; now they prefer a murderer to him! But this it appears they did at the instigation of the chief priests. We see here how dangerous wicked priests are in the Church of Christ; when pastors are corrupt, they are capable of inducing their flock to prefer Barabbas to Jesus, the world to God, and the pleasures of sense to the salvation of their souls. The invidious epithet which a certain statesman gave to the people at large was, in its utmost latitude, applicable to these Jews, - they were a Swinish Multitude.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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.
But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.
"What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?" Pilate asked. They all answered, "Crucify him!"
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