John 18:19-40 New American Standard Bible

The High Priest Questions Jesus

19  The high priest then questioned Jesus about His disciples , and about His teaching . 20  Jesus answered him, "I have spoken openly to the world ; I always taught in synagogues and in the temple , where all the Jews come together ; and I spoke nothing in secret . 21  "Why do you question Me? Question those who have heard what I spoke to them; they know what I said ." 22  When He had said this , one of the officers standing nearby struck e Jesus , saying , "Is that the way You answer the high priest ?" 23  Jesus answered him, "If I have spoken wrongly , testify of the wrong ; but if rightly , why do you strike Me?" 24  So Annas sent Him bound to Caiaphas the high priest .

Peter Denies Jesus

25  Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, " You are not also one of His disciples , are you?" He denied it, and said , "I am not." 26  One of the slaves of the high priest , being a relative of the one whose ear Peter cut off , said , "Did I not see you in the garden with Him?" 27  Peter then denied it again , and immediately a rooster crowed .

Jesus before Pilate

28  Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas into the Praetorium , and it was early ; and they themselves did not enter into the Praetorium so that they would not be defiled , but might eat the Passover . 29  Therefore Pilate went out to them and said , "What accusation do you bring against this Man ?" 30  They answered and said to him, "If this Man were not an evildoer , we would not have delivered Him to you." 31  So Pilate said to them, "Take Him yourselves , and judge Him according to your law ." The Jews said to him, "We are not permitted to put anyone to death ," 32  to fulfill the word of Jesus which He spoke , signifying by what kind of death He was about to die . 33  Therefore Pilate entered again into the Praetorium , and summoned Jesus and said to Him, " Are You the King of the Jews ?" 34  Jesus answered , "Are you saying this on your own initiative , or did others tell you about Me?" 35  Pilate answered , "I am not a Jew , am I? Your own nation and the chief priests delivered You to me; what have You done ?" 36  Jesus answered , " My kingdom is not of this world . If My kingdom were of this world , then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews ; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm ." 37  Therefore Pilate said to Him, "So You are a king ?" Jesus answered , " You say correctly that I am a king . For this I have been born , and for this I have come into the world , to testify to the truth . Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice ." 38  Pilate said to Him, "What is truth ?" And when he had said this , he went out again to the Jews and said to them, " I find no guilt in Him.

Jesus Sentenced to Die

39  " But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover ; do you wish then that I release for you the King of the Jews ?" 40  So they cried out again , saying , " Not this Man , but Barabbas ." Now Barabbas was a robber .

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