John 18:19-40 World English Bible

The High Priest Questions Jesus

19  The high priest therefore asked Jesus about his disciples, and about his teaching. 20  Jesus answered him, “I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues, and in the temple, where the Jews always meet. I said nothing in secret. 21  Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard me what I said to them. Behold, these know the things which I said.” 22  When he had said this, one of the officers standing by slapped Jesus with his hand, saying, “Do you answer the high priest like that?” 23  Jesus answered him, “If I have spoken evil, testify of the evil; but if well, why do you beat me?” 24  Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas, the high priest.

Peter Denies Jesus

25  Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They said therefore to him, “You aren’t also one of his disciples, are you?”

He denied it, and said, “I am not.” 26  One of the servants of the high priest, being a relative of him whose ear Peter had cut off, said, “Didn’t I see you in the garden with him?” 27  Peter therefore denied it again, and immediately the rooster crowed.

Jesus before Pilate

28  They led Jesus therefore from Caiaphas into the Praetorium. It was early, and they themselves didn’t enter into the Praetorium, that they might not be defiled, but might eat the Passover. 29  Pilate therefore went out to them, and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” 30  They answered him, “If this man weren’t an evildoer, we wouldn’t have delivered him up to you.” 31  Pilate therefore said to them, “Take him yourselves, and judge him according to your law.”

Therefore the Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death,” 32  that the word of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spoke, signifying by what kind of death he should die. 33  Pilate therefore entered again into the Praetorium, called Jesus, and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34  Jesus answered him, “Do you say this by yourself, or did others tell you about me?” 35  Pilate answered, “I’m 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 fight, that I wouldn’t be delivered to the Jews. But now my Kingdom is not from here.” 37  Pilate therefore said to him, “Are you a king then?”

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this reason I have been born, and for this reason I have come into the world, that I should testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” 38  Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

When he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no basis for a charge against him.

Jesus Sentenced to Die

39  But you have a custom, that I should release someone to you at the Passover. Therefore do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” 40  Then they all shouted again, saying, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber.


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