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Luke: 23
13 Pilate now called together the chief priests, councillors, and people, 14 and said to them, 'You brought this man before me on a charge of subversion. But, as you see, I have myself examined him in your presence and found nothing in him to support your charges. 15 No is more did Herod, for he has referred him back to us. Clearly he has done nothing to deserve death. 16 I therefore propose to let him off with a flogging.' 17 Some manuscripts read: At festival time he was obliged to release one person for them; 18 and now ... 18 But there is was a general outcry, 'Away with him! Give us Barabbas.' 19 (This man had been put in prison for a rising that had taken place in the city, and for murder.) 20 Pilate addressed them again, in his desire to release Jesus, 21 but they shouted back, 'Crucify him, crucify him!' 22 For the third time he spoke to them: 'Why, what wrong has he done? I have not found him guilty of any capital offence. I will therefore let him off with a flogging.' 23 But they insisted on their demand, shouting that Jesus should be crucified. Their shouts prevailed 24 and Pilate decided that they should have their way. 25 He released the man they asked for, the man who had been put in prison for insurrection and murder, and gave Jesus up to their will.
Matthew: 27
15 At the festival season it was the Governor's custom to release one prisoner chosen by the people. 16 There was then in custody a man of some notoriety, called Jesus Bar-Abbas. 17 When they were assembled Pilate said to them, 'Which would you like me to release to you Jesus Bar-Abbas, or Jesus called Messiah?' 18 For is he knew that it was out of spite that they had brought Jesus before him.
19 While Pilate was sitting in court a message came to him from his wife: 'Have nothing to do with that innocent man; I was much troubled on his account in my dreams last night.'
20 Meanwhile the chief priests and elders had persuaded the crowd to ask for the release of Bar-Abbas and to have Jesus put to death. 21 So when the Governor asked, 'Which of the two do you wish me to release to you?', they said, 'Bar-Abbas.' 22 'Then what am I to do with Jesus called Messiah?' asked Pilate; and with one voice they answered, 'Crucify him!' 23 'Why, what harm has he done ?' Pilate asked; but they shouted all the louder, 'Crucify him!'
24 Pilate could see that nothing was being gained, and a riot was starting; so he took water and washed his hands in full view of the people, saying, 'My hands are clean of this man's blood; see to that yourselves.' 25 And with one voice the people cried, 'His blood be on us, and on our children.' 26 He then released Bar-Abbas to them; but he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.
Mark: 15
6 At the festival season the Governor used to release one prisoner at the people's request. 7 As it happened, the man known as Barabbas was then in custody with the rebels who had committed murder in the rising. 8 When the crowd appeared asking for the usual favour, 9 Pilate replied, 'Do you wish me to release for you the king of the Jews?' 10 For he knew it was out of spite that they had brought Jesus before him. 11 But the chief priests incited the crowd to ask him to release Barabbas rather than Jesus. 12 Pilate spoke to them again: 'Then what shall I do with the man you call king of the Jews?' 13 They shouted back, 'Crucify him!' 14 'Why, what harm has he done?' Pilate asked. They shouted all the louder, 'Crucify him!' 15 So Pilate, in his desire to satisfy the mob, released Barabbas to them; and he had Jesus flogged and handed him over to be crucified.
John: 18
39 But you have a custom that I release one prisoner for you at Passover. Would you like me to release the king of the Jews?' 40 Again the clamour rose: 'Not him; we want Barabbas!' (Barabbas was a bandit.)
1 Pilate now took Jesus and had him flogged; 2 and the soldiers plaited a crown of thorns and placed it on his head, and robed him in a purple cloak. 3 Then time after time they came up to him, crying, 'Hail, King of the Jews!', and struck him on the face.
4 Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews, 'Here he is; I am bringing him out to let you know that I find no case against him'; 5 and Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple cloak. 'Behold the Man!' said Pilate. 6 The chief priests and their henchmen saw him and shouted, 'Crucify! crucify!' 'Take him and crucify him yourselves,' said Pilate; 'for my pan I find no case against him.' 7 The Jews answered, 'We have a law; and by that law he ought to die, because he has claimed to be Son of God.'
8 When Pilate heard that, he was more afraid than ever, 9 and going back into his headquarters he asked Jesus, 'Where have you come from?' But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 'Do you refuse to speak to me?' said Pilate. 'Surely you know that I have authority to release you, and I have authority to crucify you?' 11 'You would have no authority at all over me', Jesus replied, 'if it had not been granted you from above; and therefore the deeper guilt lies with the man who handed me over to you.'
12 From that moment Pilate tried hard to release him; but the Jews kept shouting, 'If you let this man go, you are no friend to Caesar; any man who claims to be a king is defying Caesar.' 13 When Pilate heard what they were saying, he brought Jesus out and took his seat on the tribunal at the place known as 'The Pavement' ('Gabbatha' in the language of the Jews). 14 It was the eve of Passover, about noon. Pilate said to the Jews, 'Here is your king.' 15 They shouted, 'Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!' 'Crucify your king?' said Pilate. 'We have no king but Caesar', the Jews replied. 16 Then at last, to satisfy them, he handed Jesus over to be crucified.

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