John 18:19-40 Darby’s Translation

The High Priest Questions Jesus

19  The high priest therefore demanded of Jesus concerning his disciples and concerning his doctrine. 20  Jesus answered him, I spoke openly to the world; I taught always in [the] synagogue and in the temple, where all the Jews come together, and in secret I have spoken nothing. 21  Why demandest thou of me? Demand of those who have heard, what I have spoken to them; behold, they know what I have said. 22  But as he said these things, one of the officers who stood by gave a blow on the face to Jesus, saying, Answerest thou the high priest thus? 23  Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil; but if well, why smitest thou me? 24  Annas [then] had sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

Peter Denies Jesus

25  But Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They said therefore to him, Art thou also of his disciples? He denied, and said, I am not. 26  One of the bondmen of the high priest, who was kinsman of him whose ear Peter cut off, says, Did not I see thee in the garden with him? 27  Peter denied therefore again, and immediately [the] cock crew.

Jesus before Pilate

28  They lead therefore Jesus from Caiaphas to the praetorium; and it was early morn. And they entered not into the praetorium, that they might not be defiled, but eat the passover. 29  Pilate therefore went out to them and said, What accusation do ye bring against this man? 30  They answered and said to him, If this [man] were not an evildoer, we should not have delivered him up to thee. 31  Pilate therefore said to them, Take him, ye, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said to him, It is not permitted to us to put any one to death; 32  that the word of Jesus might be fulfilled which he spoke, signifying what death he should die. 33  Pilate therefore entered again into the praetorium and called Jesus, and said to him, Thou art the king of the Jews? 34  Jesus answered [him], Dost thou say this of thyself, or have others said it to thee concerning me? 35  Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thy nation and the chief priests have delivered thee up to me: what hast thou done? 36  Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world; if my kingdom were of this world, my servants had fought that I might not be delivered up to the Jews; but now my kingdom is not from hence. 37  Pilate therefore said to him, Thou art then a king? Jesus answered, Thou sayest [it], that I am a king. I have been born for this, and for this I have come into the world, that I might bear witness to the truth. Every one that is of the truth hears my voice. 38  Pilate says to him, What is truth? And having said this he went out again to the Jews, and says to them, I find no fault whatever in him.

Jesus Sentenced to Die

39  But ye have a custom that I release [some] one to you at the passover; will ye therefore that I release unto you the king of the Jews? 40  They cried therefore again all, saying, Not this [man], but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber.


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