John 18:19-40 Revised Standard Version

The High Priest Questions Jesus

19  The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. 20  Jesus answered him, "I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together; I have said nothing secretly. 21  Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard me, what I said to them; they know what I said." 22  When he had said this, one of the officers standing by struck Jesus with his hand, saying, "Is that how you answer the high priest?" 23  Jesus answered him, "If I have spoken wrongly, bear witness to the wrong; but if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?" 24  Annas then sent him bound to Ca'iaphas the high priest.

Peter Denies Jesus

25  Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They said to him, "Are not you also one of his disciples?" He denied it and said, "I am not." 26  One of the servants of the high priest, a kinsman of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, "Did I not see you in the garden with him?" 27  Peter again denied it; and at once the cock crowed.

Jesus before Pilate

28  Then they led Jesus from the house of Ca'iaphas to the praetorium. It was early. They themselves did not enter the praetorium, so that they might not be defiled, but might eat the passover. 29  So Pilate went out to them and said, "What accusation do you bring against this man?" 30  They answered him, "If this man were not an evildoer, we would not have handed him over." 31  Pilate said to them, "Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law." The Jews said to him, "It is not lawful for us to put any man to death." 32  This was to fulfil the word which Jesus had spoken to show by what death he was to die. 33  Pilate entered the praetorium again and called Jesus, and said to him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" 34  Jesus answered, "Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?" 35  Pilate answered, "Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me; what have you done?" 36  Jesus answered, "My kingship is not of this world; if my kingship were of this world, my servants would fight, that I might not be handed over to the Jews; but my kingship is not from the world." 37  Pilate said to him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice." 38  Pilate said to him, "What is truth?" After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again, and told them, "I find no crime in him.

Jesus Sentenced to Die

39  But you have a custom that I should release one man for you at the Passover; will you have me release for you the King of the Jews?" 40  They cried out again, "Not this man, but Barab'bas!" Now Barab'bas was a robber.

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