First thing in the morning, the chief priests together with the elders and scribes, in short the whole Sanhedrin, had their plan ready. They had Jesus bound and took him away and handed him over to Pilate.
Pilate questioned him: ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’
He answered, ‘It is you who say it.’
And the chief priests brought many accusations against him.
Pilate questioned him again: ‘Have you no reply at all? See how many accusations they are bringing against you!’
But, to Pilate’s amazement, Jesus made no further reply.
At festival time Pilate used to release a prisoner for them, anyone they asked for. Now a man called Barabbas was then in prison with the rioters who had committed murder during the uprising. When the crowd went up and began to ask Pilate the customary favour, Pilate answered them, ‘Do you want me to release for you the…
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