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Matthew 27:15-23 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Jesus or Barabbas

15 At the festival the governor’s custom was to release to the crowd a prisoner they wanted. 16 At that time they had a notorious prisoner called Barabbas.[a] 17 So when they had gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Who is it you want me to release for you—Barabbas,[b] or Jesus who is called Messiah?” 18 For he knew they had handed Him over because of envy.

19 While he was sitting on the judge’s bench, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for today I’ve suffered terribly in a dream because of Him!”

20 The chief priests and the elders, however, persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to execute Jesus. 21 The governor asked them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?”

“Barabbas!” they answered.

22 Pilate asked them, “What should I do then with Jesus, who is called Messiah?”

They all answered, “Crucify Him!”[c]

23 Then he said, “Why? What has He done wrong?”

But they kept shouting, “Crucify Him!” all the more.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 27:16 Other mss read Jesus Barabbas
  2. Matthew 27:17 Other mss read Jesus Barabbas
  3. Matthew 27:22 Lit “Him—be crucified!”

Mark 15:6-14 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Jesus or Barabbas

At the festival it was Pilate’s custom to release for the people a prisoner they requested. There was one named Barabbas, who was in prison with rebels who had committed murder during the rebellion. The crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do for them as was his custom. So Pilate answered them, “Do you want me to release the King of the Jews for you?” 10 For he knew it was because of envy that the chief priests had handed Him over. 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd so that he would release Barabbas to them instead.

12 Pilate asked them again, “Then what do you want me to do with the One you call the King of the Jews?”

13 Again they shouted, “Crucify Him!”

14 Then Pilate said to them, “Why? What has He done wrong?”

But they shouted, “Crucify Him!” all the more.

John 18:40 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

40 They shouted back, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a revolutionary.[a]

Footnotes:

  1. John 18:40 Or robber; see Jn 10:1,8 for the same Gk word used here

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