22 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?”(A) Pilate asked.

They all answered, “Crucify him!”

23 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.

But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”

24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar(B) was starting, he took water and washed his hands(C) in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,”(D) he said. “It is your responsibility!”(E)

25 All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!”(F)

26 Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged,(G) and handed him over to be crucified.

The Soldiers Mock Jesus(H)

27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium(I) and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him,(J) 29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said.(K) 30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again.(L) 31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.(M)

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