The New International Version

Matthew 27:15–21

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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

21 “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor.

“Barabbas,” they answered.

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