"Come and See": A Web Commentary on the Gospel of John: Section 13 The Last Supper and Farewell Discourses

13.4 Jesus' Condemnation before Pilate (John 19.1-16a)

191So Pilate then took Jesus and had him flogged. 2And the soldiers, after plaiting a crown out of thorns, put it on his head and threw a purple robe around him. 3And they kept coming up to him and said, "Hail, King of the Jews!", and they gave him blows. 4And Pilate went out again and said to them, "See, I am bringing him out to you for you to know that I find no guilt in him. 5Then Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe and Pilate said to them, "Look, here's the man!"

6Then when the chief priests and the Temple attendants saw him, they shouted, saying, "Crucify, Crucify!" Pilate said to them, "Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I do not find any guilt in him." 7'The authorities' answered him, "We have a law, and according to the law he must die, because he made himself a son of God." 8Then when Pilate heard it, he was very frightened, 9and he went into the praetorium again and said to Jesus, "Where are you from?" But Jesus did not give him an answer. 10So Pilate said to him, "Aren't you speaking to me? Don't you know that I have the power to release you and I have the power to crucify you? 11Jesus answered [him], "You would not have any power over me unless it had been granted to you from above. Therefore the one who hands me over to you has the greater fault1. 12After this Pilate sought to release him. But 'the authorities' shouted, saying, "If you release this one, you are not a Friend of Caesar2! Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar." 13Then Pilate, hearing these words, led Jesus out and sat down upon the judgment seat in a place called the Stone Pavement (Gabbatha in Hebrew). 14It was the Day of Preparation for the Passover, about mid-day3 and he said to 'the authorities', "Behold your king!" 15Then they shouted, "Seize him, seize him! Crucify him!" Pilate said to them, "Shall I crucify your king?" The chief priests answered, "We have no king except Caesar!" 16aThen Pilate4 handed him over to them to be crucified.

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1 fault: or guilt

2 See Comment below for this usage.

3 literally about the sixth hour

4 Pilate: supplied for sense; literally he