Before Pilate - GNT
(Good News Translation)
Matthew 271Early in the morning all the chief priests and the elders
made their plans against Jesus to put Him to death.
2They put Him in chains, led Him off,
and handed Him over to Pilate, the Roman governor.
11Jesus stood before Pilate, who questioned Him.
"Are you the king of the Jews?" he asked.
"So you say," answered Jesus.
12But He said nothing in response to the accusations
of the chief priests and elders.
13So Pilate said to Him,
"Don't You hear all these things they accuse You of?"
14But Jesus refused to answer a single word,
with the result that the Governor was greatly surprised.
15At every Passover Festival the Roman governor was in the habit
of setting free any one prisoner the crowd asked for.
16At that time there was a well-known prisoner named Jesus Barabbas.
17So when the crowd gathered, Pilate asked them,
"Which one do you want me to set free for you?
Jesus Barabbas or Jesus called the Messiah?"
18He knew very well that the Jewish authorities
had handed Jesus over to him because they were jealous.
20The chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd
to ask Pilate to set Barabbas free and have Jesus put to death.
21But Pilate asked the crowd,
"Which one of these two do you want me to set free for you?"
"Barabbas!" they answered.
22"What, then, shall I do with Jesus called the Messiah?"
Pilate asked them.
"Crucify Him!" they all answered.
23But Pilate asked, "What crime has He committed?"
Then they started shouting at the top of their voices:
"Crucify Him!"
24When Pilate saw that it was no use to go on,
but that a riot might break out,
he took some water, washed his hands in front of the crowd, and said,
"I am not responsible for the death of this Man! This is your doing!"
25The whole crowd answered,
"Let the responsibility for His death fall on us and on our children!"
26Then Pilate set Barabbas free for them;
and after he had Jesus whipped, he handed Him over to be crucified.