15 Early in the morning the chief priests with the elders and scribes and the whole [a]Council, immediately held a consultation; and binding Jesus, they led Him away and delivered Him to Pilate.2 Pilate questioned Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” And He *answered him, “It is as you say.”3 The chief priests began to accuse Him [b]harshly.4 Then Pilate questioned Him again, saying, “Do You not answer? See how many charges they bring against You!”5 But Jesus made no further answer; so Pilate was amazed.
6 Now at the feast he used to release for them any one prisoner whom they requested.7 The man named Barabbas had been imprisoned with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the insurrection.8 The crowd went up and began asking him to do as he had been accustomed to do for them.9 Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?”10 For he was aware that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to ask him to release Barabbas for them instead.12 Answering again, Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?”13 They shouted [c]back, “Crucify Him!”14 But Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify Him!”15 Wishing to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them, and after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified.
Jesus Is Mocked
16 The soldiers took Him away into the [d]palace (that is, the Praetorium), and they *called together the whole Roman[e]cohort.17 They *dressed Him up in purple, and after twisting a crown of thorns, they put it on Him;18 and they began to acclaim Him, “Hail, King of the Jews!”19 They kept beating His head with a [f]reed, and spitting on Him, and kneeling and bowing before Him.
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