Matthew 27:11-26New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
Jesus Is Brought to Pilate
11 Jesus was standing in front of the governor. The governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
“Yes. You have said so,” Jesus replied.
12 But when the chief priests and the elders brought charges against him, he did not answer. 13 Then Pilate asked him, “Don’t you hear the charges they are bringing against you?” 14 But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge. The governor was really amazed.
15 It was the governor’s practice at the Passover Feast to let one prisoner go free. The people could choose the one they wanted. 16 At that time they had a well-known prisoner named Jesus Barabbas. 17 So when the crowd gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to set free? Jesus Barabbas? Or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” 18 Pilate knew that the leaders wanted to get their own way. He knew this was why they had handed Jesus over to him.
19 While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him a message. It said, “Don’t have anything to do with that man. He is not guilty. I have suffered a great deal in a dream today because of him.”
20 But the chief priests and the elders talked the crowd into asking for Barabbas and having Jesus put to death.
21 “Which of the two do you want me to set free?” asked the governor.
“Barabbas,” they answered.
22 “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked.
They all answered, “Crucify him!”
23 “Why? What wrong has he done?” asked Pilate.
But they shouted even louder, “Crucify him!”
24 Pilate saw that he wasn’t getting anywhere. Instead, the crowd was starting to get angry. So he took water and washed his hands in front of them. “I am not guilty of this man’s death,” he said. “You are accountable for that!”
25 All the people answered, “Put the blame for his death on us and our children!”
26 Pilate let Barabbas go free. But he had Jesus whipped. Then he handed him over to be nailed to a cross.
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