15 Now it was the governor’s custom at the festival to release a prisonerq chosen by the crowd. 16 At that time they had a well-known prisoner whose name was Jesusb Barabbas. 17 So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?”r 18 For he knew it was out of self-interest that they had handed Jesus over to him.
19 While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat,s his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocentt man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dreamu because of him.”
20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.v
“Barabbas,” they answered.