Bible: John 19:1-9

Pilate Tries to Release Jesus

19:1 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged severely. 1  19:2 The soldiers 2  braided 3  a crown of thorns 4  and put it on his head, and they clothed him in a purple robe. 5  19:3 They 6  came up to him again and again 7  and said, “Hail, king of the Jews!” 8  And they struck him repeatedly 9  in the face.

19:4 Again Pilate went out and said to the Jewish leaders, 10 Look, I am bringing him out to you, so that you may know that I find no reason for an accusation 11  against him.” 19:5 So Jesus came outside, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. 12  Pilate 13  said to them, “Look, here is the man! 14  19:6 When the chief priests and their officers saw him, they shouted out, “Crucify 15  him! Crucify him!” 16  Pilate said, 17 You take him and crucify him! 18  Certainly 19  I find no reason for an accusation 20  against him! 19:7 The Jewish leaders 21  replied, 22 We have a law, 23  and according to our law he ought to die, because he claimed to be the Son of God! 24 

19:8 When Pilate heard what they said, 25  he was more afraid than ever, 26  19:9 and he went back into the governor’s residence 27  and said to Jesus, “Where do you come from?” But Jesus gave him no answer.

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