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Matt. xxvii. 12.
John xviii. 37. Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king Jerusalem.
then? Jesus answered,
born, and for this cause came I into the world, that
that is of the truth heareth my voice.
when he had said this, he went out again to the
Jews, and saith unto
in this man,
things : but
elders, he answered nothing.
how many things they witness against thee?
And he answered him to never a word.
thou nothing? Behold how many things they
But Jesus yet answered nothing :
MATT. xxvii. part of ver. 2. and 11. 2 --and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor. 11 -And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest
MARK xv. part of ver. 1, 2, 3, 5. 1 -and carried him away, and delivered him to Pilate.
3 And Pilate asked him, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answering - Thou sayest it.
3 -he answered nothing.
Matt, xxvii. 14.
Mark xv. 5.
Acts, observes, on the occasion of the Sanhedrim granting letters to Paul, to go to Damascus, that the power of life and death was not yet taken from the Sanbedrim. Selden is of opinion, that the power of the Sanhedrim to punish capitally was only much interrupted and disused at the time of the crucifixion. Krebsius, quoted by Rosenmüller, is of opinion that the power of inflicting capital punishments, in cases of offences against religion, was left to the Jews; but in civil offences it was taken away-in criminibus autem aliis, e. g. seditionis, tumultus, perduellionis, et ad læsam majestatem Cæsaris pertinentibus, illud jus iis non fuisse concessum. Kuinoel has adopted also this conclusion of Biscoe-Mihi perplacet Augustini et Chrysostomi ratio, etiam Semlero probata, qua Judæorum verba v. 31. ad diem referuntur hoc sensu: “nobis non licet quenquam supplicio afficere ob religionem diei festi;" erat enim napaokevY) Toő táoxa, xix. 14-42, quam eamdem ob causam, neque prætorium ingressi erant coll. v. 28.-Kuinoel in Joan. 19. 31.
LUKE Xxiii. part of ver. 1. ver. 3. and part of ver. 4. 1 -and led him unto Pilate.
3 And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? and he-an-
JOHN xviii. part of ver. 33.
LUKE xxiii. 5–13.
When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether Luke xxiii. 6. the man were a Galilæan.
And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Luke xxiii. 7. Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time.
And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding Luke xxiii. &. glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by
Then he questioned with him in many words ; Luke xxiii. 9. but he answered him nothing.'.
And the Chief Priests and Scribes stood and Luke xxfil. vehemently accused him,
And Herod with his men of war set him at Luke xxiii. nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.
And the same day Pilate and Herod were made Luke xxiii. friends together : for before they were at enmity between themselves ".
14 Some time before this reconciliation, Pilate had dedicated some shields of gold to Tiberius, and placed them in the palace of Herodium. The Jews, under the sanction of Herod, petitioned Pilate for their removal, but in vain. They determined therefore to appeal to Tiberius, and for this purpose sent a deputation to the emperor, at the head of which were the four sons of Herod. This act seems to have been the cause of their difference, as it was regarded by the Jews and by Herod as a violation of their religion: and Herod was not reconciled to Pilate till the Roman Governor, desirous not to assist the Jews in the condemnation of our Lord, acknowledged the power of Herod, by sending to his tribunal at Jerusalem the holy Jesus.
Dr. Townson justly observes, that it is probable both Pilate and Herod occu
** Jerusalem. , Christ is brought back again to Pilate, who again declares Him
innocent, and endeavours to persuade the People to ask Bas rabbas, MATT. xxvii. 15—21. MARK XV. 6–12. LUKE xxiji.
13—20. JOHN xviii. 39. Luke xxiii. 9° And Pilate, when he had called together . Matt. xxvii.
the Chief Priests and the rulers and the peo- 23.
Said unto them, Ye have brought this man
No, nor yet Herod : for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto , ..
him. Luke xxiii. I will therefore chastise him, and release him. :
P Now at that feast the governor was wont to RLul
release unto the people
sire him to do as he had ever done unto them. .
Luke xxiii. 15.
Mark xv. 7.
pied different parts of the palace called Herodium, which some time before had been built by Herod the Great. It consisted of two distinct spacious buildings, one of which was named Cæsareum, and the other Agrippeum: it stood near the temple (a).
15 Hottinger has written a treatise on this passage, “ De ritu dimittendi reum in festo Paschatis;" which is bound up in the thirteenth volume of the Critici Sacri. He opposes the opinion of Whitby, that a prisoner was released only at the feast of the passover. He considers the custom (quoting Grotius and Ger. Vossius,) as contrary to the stern inflexibility of the Mosaic institutions; “Erat siquidem divina per Mosen -Jata lex xwpic oirtipuñv, sine omni misericordia, Heb. x. 28. Nec cuiquam homini data ignoscendi potestas, non Regi, non Synedrio, non populo," sect. x. and xx.
This deviation from their established law is a proof how much the Levitical institutions had been relaxed from their appointed rigour and severity. The origin of this emancipation is unknown.
(a) Philo leg. ad Caium, vol. ii. p. 589. ed. Mangey ap Townson. See also Hales's Analysis, vol. ii. part ü.
(For of necessity he must release one unto them Luke xxiii. at the feast.)
Therefore when they were gathered together, Matt. xxvii. Pilate said unto them, ye have a custom that I should release unto you John xviii. 30. one at the Passover: Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, Matt. xxvii. or Jesus which is called Christ? will ye therefore that I release unto you the King John xviii. 30. of the Jews ?
For he knew that the Chief Priests had deli- Mark sv.10. vered him for envy.
When he was set down on the judgment seat, Matt. xxvii. his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou no- 19. thing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of
9 John xviil. But the Chief Priests and elders persuaded Matt. xxvii. Aets iii. 14. the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and
And they cried out all at once, saying, Away Luke xxiii. with this man, and release unto us Barabbas :
(Who for a certain sedition made in the city, Luke xxiii. and for murder, was cast into prison.)
MATT. xxvii. ver. 18.
MARK XV. part of ver. 6. and ver. 9. 11. 6 Now at that feast he released unto them
9 But Pilate answered them, saying, Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews ?
11 But the Chief Priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them.
Pilate three times endeavours again to release Christ.
MATT. xxvii. 21-23. MARK Xv. 12–14. LUKE Xxiii.
20—23. JOHN xviii. 40.
Mat.xxvii. 21. therefore willing to release Jesus,
Luke xxiii. answered,
Mat, xxvii. 21. [and] spake again to them,
Luke xxiii. 20.
Mat.xxvii.21. and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye Jerusalem..
that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas. John xviii. 40. Then cried they all again, saying, Not this * Acts iii. 14.
man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a rob
What will ye then that I shall do
have found no cause of death in him: I will
therefore chastise him, and let him go. Mark xv. 14. And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify
ing that he might be crucified. And the voices
MATT. xxvii. part of ver. 22, 23. 22 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then
3 And the governor said, Why? what evil hath he done? out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.
But they cried
MARK XV. part of ver. 14. 14 -Why, what evil hath he done?
LUKE xxiii. part of ver. 21, 22. 21 But they cried, saying22 -and he said unto them
16 It is very probable that the chief priests and elders who “persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus," (Matt. xxvii. 20.) had placed their own creatures and dependents as near as they might legally approach (John xviii. 28.) the door of the judgment-hall, that they might obtain the release of Barabbas, and secure the destruction of Jesus; for immediately after, they clamorously demanded the crucifixion of Christ; so anxious were the chief priests for the immediate condemnation of our Lord, and so fearful lest his innocence should protect him from their malice.