New International Version
Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.
King James Bible
Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
Darby Bible Translation
Then he released to them Barabbas; but Jesus, having scourged [him], he delivered up that he might be crucified.
World English Bible
Then he released to them Barabbas, but Jesus he flogged and delivered to be crucified.
Young's Literal Translation
Then did he release to them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him up that he may be crucified;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Scourged Jesus - This is allowed to have been a very severe punishment of itself among the Romans, the flesh being generally cut by the whips used for this purpose: so the poet: -
- Horribili Sectere flagello.
"To be cut by the horrible whip."
Hor. Sat. I. 3. 119.
And sometimes it seems, they were whipped to death.
See the same poet, Sat. I. 2. 41.
- Ille Flagellis Ad Mortem caesus
See also Horat. Epod. od. iv. v. 11.
It has been thought that Pilate might have spared this additional cruelty of whipping; but it appears that it was a common custom to scourge those criminals which were to be crucified, (see Josephus De Bello, lib. ii. c. 25), and lenity in Christ's case is not to be allowed; he must take all the misery in full tale.
Delivered him to be crucified - Tacitus, the Roman historian, mentions the death of Christ in very remarkable terms: -
Nero - quaesitissimis poenis is affecit, quos - vulgus Christianos appellabat. Auctor nominis ejus Christus, qui Tiberio imperitante, per Procuratorem Pontium Pilatum supplicio affectus erat. -
"Nero put those who commonly went by the name of Christians to the most exquisite tortures. The author of this name was Christ, who was capitally punished in the reign of Tiberius, by Pontius Pilate the Procurator."
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
scourged. This of itself was a severe punishment, the flesh being generally cut by the whips used for this purpose.
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.
and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!"
Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.
Therefore, I will punish him and then release him."
Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged.
Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus.
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