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Mark 15:1–15

JESUS FACES PILATE

15 Asb soon as it was morning, having held a meeting with the elders,c scribes,d and the whole Sanhedrin, the chief priestse tied Jesus up, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate.f

So Pilate asked him, “Are you the Kingg of the Jews?”h

He answered him, You say so.”

And the chief priests accused him of many things. Pilatei questioned him again, “Aren’t you going to answer? Look how many things they are accusing you of!” But Jesus still did not answer, and so Pilate was amazed.

JESUS OR BARABBAS

Atj the festivalk Pilatel used to release for the people a prisoner whom they requested. There was one named Barabbas, who was in prison with rebels who had committed murderm during the rebellion.n The crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do for them as was his custom. Pilate answered them, “Do you want me to release the Kingo of the Jewsp for you?” 10 For he knew it was because of envyq that the chief priests had handed him over. 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd so that he would release Barabbas to them instead. 12 Pilate asked them again, “Then what do you want me to do with the one you call the King of the Jews?”

13 Again they shouted, “Crucify him!”

14 Pilate said to them, “Why? What has he done wrong?”

But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him!”

15 Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them; and after having Jesus flogged, he handed him over to be crucified.

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