Pilate Releases Barabbas

Matthew 27:15-26

15 Now at each feast, the governor was accustomed to release one prisoner to the crowd--the one whom they wanted. 16 And at that time they had a notorious prisoner named Jesus Barabbas. 17 So [after] they had assembled, Pilate said to them, "Whom do you want me to release for you--Jesus Barabbas or Jesus who is called Christ?" 18 (For he knew that they had handed him over because of envy.

19 And [while] he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent [a message] to him, saying, "{Have nothing to do with that righteous man}, for I have suffered much as a result of a dream today because of him.")

20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds that they should ask for Barabbas and put Jesus to death. 21 So the governor answered [and] said to them, "Which of the two do you want me to release for you?" And they said, "Barabbas!"

22 Pilate said to them, "What then should I do [with] Jesus, the one who is called Christ?" They all said, "Let him be crucified!"

23 And he said, "Why? What wrong has he done?" But they began to shout even louder, saying, "Let him be crucified!"

24 So Pilate, [when he] saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but instead an uproar was developing, took water [and] washed his hands before the crowd, saying, "I am innocent of the blood of this man. You see to [it]!"

25 And all the people answered [and] said, "His blood [be] on us and on our children!" 26 Then he released Barabbas for them, but [after] he had Jesus flogged, he handed [him] over so that he could be crucified.

Mark 15:6-15

6 Now at each feast he customarily released for them one prisoner whom they requested. 7 And the one named Barabbas was imprisoned with the rebels who had committed murder in the rebellion. 8 And the crowd came up [and] began to ask him to do as he customarily did for them. 9 So Pilate answered them, saying, "Do you want me to release for you the king of the Jews?" 10 (For he realized that the chief priests had handed him over because of envy.) 11 But the chief priests incited the crowd so that he would release for them Barabbas instead.

12 So Pilate answered [and] said to them again, "Then what do you want me to do with [the one] whom you call the king of the Jews?"

13 And they shouted again, "Crucify him!"

14 And Pilate said to them, "Why? What evil has he done?" But they shouted even louder, "Crucify him!"

15 So Pilate, [because he] wanted {to satisfy} the crowd, released for them Barabbas. And [after] he had Jesus flogged, he handed [him] over so that he could be crucified.

Luke 23:13-25

13 So Pilate called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people 14 [and] said to them, "You brought me this man as one who was misleading the people, and behold, [when I] examined [him] before you, I found nothing in this man as basis for the accusation which {you are making} against him 15 But neither [did] Herod, because he sent him back to us. And behold, nothing deserving death {has been done} by him. 16 Therefore I will punish him [and] release [him]."

18 But they all cried out in unison, saying, "Take this man away, and release for us Barabbas!" 19 (who had been thrown in prison because of a certain insurrection that had taken place in the city, and [for] murder)

20 And Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed [them] again, 21 but they kept crying out, saying, "Crucify! Crucify him!

22 So he said to them a third [time], "Why? What wrong has this man done? I found no basis for an accusation {deserving death} in him. Therefore I will punish him [and] release [him]."

23 But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries [that] he be crucified. And their cries prevailed. 24 And Pilate decided [that] their demand should be granted. 25 And he released the one who had been thrown into prison because of insurrection and murder, whom they were asking for, but Jesus he handed over to their will.