27 Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed.b 2 So they bound him, led him away and handed him overc to Pilate the governor.d
3 When Judas, who had betrayed him,e saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silverf to the chief priests and the elders. 4 “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.”
“What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”g
6 The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.” 7 So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners. 8 That is why it has been called the Field of Bloodj to this day. 9 Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled:k “They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price set on him by the people of Israel, 10 and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”a l
11 Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”m
“You have said so,” Jesus replied.
12 When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer.n 13 Then Pilate asked him, “Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?”o 14 But Jesus made no reply,p not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor.
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.
22 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?”w Pilate asked.
They all answered, “Crucify him!”
But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”
24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproarx was starting, he took water and washed his handsy in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,”z he said. “It is your responsibility!”a
25 All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!”b
26 Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged,c and handed him over to be crucified.
Many manuscripts do not have Jesus; also in verse 17.