John 18:19-40 Bible in Basic English

The High Priest Questions Jesus

19  Then the high priest put questions to Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. 20  Jesus made answer, I said things openly to the world at all times; I have given my teaching in the Synagogues and in the Temple to which all the Jews come; and I have said nothing secretly. 21  Why are you questioning me? put questions to my hearers about what I have said to them: they have knowledge of what I said. 22  When he said this, one of the police by his side gave him a blow with his open hand, saying, Do you give such an answer to the high priest? 23  Jesus said in answer, If I have said anything evil, give witness to the evil: but if I said what is true, why do you give me blows? 24  Then Annas sent him chained to Caiaphas, the high priest.

Peter Denies Jesus

25  But Simon Peter was still there warming himself by the fire. They said to him, Are you not one of his disciples? He said, No, I am not. 26  One of the servants of the high priest, a relation of him whose ear had been cut off by Peter, said, Did I not see you with him in the garden? 27  Then again Peter said, No. And straight away a cock gave its cry.

Jesus before Pilate

28  So they took Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the Praetorium. It was early. They themselves did not go into the Praetorium, so that they might not become unclean, but might take the Passover. 29  So Pilate came out to them and put the question: What have you to say against this man? 30  They said to him in answer, If the man was not a wrongdoer we would not have given him up to you. 31  Then Pilate said to them, Take him yourselves and let him be judged by your law. But the Jews said to him, We have no right to put any man to death. 32  (That the word of Jesus might come true, pointing to the sort of death he would have.) 33  Then Pilate went back into the Praetorium and sent for Jesus and said to him, Are you the King of the Jews? 34  Jesus made answer, Do you say this of yourself, or did others say it about me? 35  Pilate said, Am I a Jew? Your nation and the chief priests have given you into my hands: what have you done? 36  Jesus said in answer, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom was of this world, my disciples would have made a good fight to keep me out of the hands of the Jews: but my kingdom is not here. 37  Then Pilate said to him, Are you then a king? Jesus made answer, You say that I am a king. For this purpose was I given birth, and for this purpose I came into the world, that I might give witness to what is true. Every lover of what is true gives ear to my voice. 38  Pilate said to him, True? what is true? Having said this he went out again to the Jews and said to them, I see no wrong in him.

Jesus Sentenced to Die

39  But every year you make a request to me to let a prisoner go free at the Passover. Is it your desire that I let the King of the Jews go free? 40  Then again they gave a loud cry, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was an outlaw.


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