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Governor Pilate Questions Jesus
15 1Very early in the morning, the leading priests, the older Jewish leaders, the
teachers of the law, and all the Jewish council decided what to do with Jesus. They
tied Jesus and led him to Pilate, [the governor]. They gave Jesus to Pilate. 2Pilate
asked Jesus, "Are you the king of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Yes, that is right."
3The leading priests accused Jesus of many things. 4So Pilate asked Jesus another
question. Pilate said, "You can see that these people are accusing you of many things.
Why don't you answer?" 5But Jesus still did not answer. Pilate was very surprised
Pilate Tries but Fails to Free Jesus
6Every year at the Passover* time the governor would free one person from the prison.
He would free any person the people wanted him to free. 7At that time, there was
a man named Barabbas in prison. He was in prison with the rebels. These rebels
were guilty of murder during a riot. 8The people came to Pilate and asked him to
free a prisoner like he always did. 9Pilate asked the people, "Do you want me to
free the king of the Jews?" 10Pilate knew that the leading priests had given Jesus
to him because they were jealous of Jesus. 11But the leading priests persuaded the
people to ask Pilate to free Barabbas, not Jesus. 12Pilate asked the people again,
"So what should I do with this man you call the king of the Jews?" 13The people
shouted, "Kill him on a cross!" 14Pilate asked, "Why? What wrong has he done?" But
the people shouted louder and louder, "Kill him on a cross!" 15Pilate wanted to
please the people. So Pilate freed Barabbas for them. And Pilate told the soldiers
to beat Jesus with whips. Then Pilate gave Jesus to the soldiers to be killed on
a cross. 16Pilate's soldiers brought Jesus into the governor's palace (called the
Praetorium). They called all the other soldiers together. 17The soldiers put a purple
robe on Jesus. Then they used thorny weeds to make a crown. They put the crown of
thorns on Jesus' head. 18Then they called to Jesus. They said, "Hello, king of the
Jews!" 19The soldiers hit Jesus on the head many times with a stick. They also spit
on him. Then [they teased Jesus by] bowing on their knees and worshiping him. 20After
they finished teasing Jesus, the soldiers took off the purple robe and put his own
clothes on him again. Then they led Jesus out of the palace to be killed on a cross.
Passover An important Jewish holy day. The Jews ate a special meal on this day every
year to remember that God freed them from slavery in Egypt in the time of Moses.
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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