Matthew 27:1-26 New American Standard Bible

Jesus Brought before Pilate

27 Now when morning came , all the chief priests and the elders of the people conferred e together against Jesus to put Him to death ; 2  and they bound Him, and led Him away and delivered Him to Pilate the governor .

The Death of Judas

3  Then when Judas , who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned , he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders , 4  saying , "I have sinned by betraying innocent blood ." But they said , "What is that to us? See to that yourself !" 5  And he threw the pieces of silver into the temple sanctuary and departed ; and he went away and hanged himself. 6  The chief priests took the pieces of silver and said , "It is not lawful to put them into the temple treasury , since it is the price of blood ." 7  And they conferred e together and with the money bought the Potter's Field as a burial place for strangers . 8  For this reason that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day . 9  Then that which was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled : " AND THEY TOOK THE THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER , THE PRICE OF THE ONE WHOSE PRICE HAD BEEN SET by the sons of Israel ; 10  AND THEY GAVE THEM FOR THE POTTER'S FIELD , AS THE Lord DIRECTED

Pilate Questions Jesus

11  Now Jesus stood before the governor , and the governor questioned Him, saying , "Are You the King of the Jews ?" And Jesus said to him, " It is as you say ." 12  And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders , He did not answer . 13  Then Pilate said to Him, "Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?" 14  And He did not answer him with regard to even a single charge , so the governor was quite amazed .

Jesus Sentenced to Die

15  Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the people any one prisoner whom they wanted . 16  At that time they were holding a notorious prisoner , called Barabbas . 17  So when the people gathered together , Pilate said to them, "Whom do you want me to release for you? Barabbas , or Jesus who is called Christ ?" 18  For he knew that because of envy they had handed Him over. 19  While he was sitting on the judgment seat , his wife sent him a message, saying , "Have nothing to do with that righteous Man ; for last night I suffered greatly in a dream because of Him." 20  But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to put Jesus to death . 21  But the governor said to them, "Which of the two do you want me to release for you?" And they said , "Barabbas ." 22  Pilate said to them, "Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ ?" They all said , "Crucify Him!" 23  And he said , "Why , what evil has He done ?" But they kept shouting all the more , saying , "Crucify Him!" 24  When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing , but rather that a riot was starting , he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd , saying , "I am innocent of this Man's blood ; see to that yourselves ." 25  And all the people said , " His blood shall be on us and on our children !"

26  Then he released Barabbas for them; but after having Jesus scourged , he handed Him over to be crucified .

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