John 19:7
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New International Version
The Jewish leaders insisted, "We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God."

New Living Translation
The Jewish leaders replied, "By our law he ought to die because he called himself the Son of God."

English Standard Version
The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has made himself the Son of God.”

Berean Study Bible
"We have a law," answered the Jews, "and according to that law He must die, because He declared Himself to be the Son of God."

Berean Literal Bible
The Jews answered him, "We have a law, and according to the law He ought to die, because He made Himself the Son of God."

New American Standard Bible
The Jews answered him, "We have a law, and by that law He ought to die because He made Himself out to be the Son of God."

King James Bible
The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We have a law," the Jews replied to him, "and according to that law He must die, because He made Himself the Son of God."

International Standard Version
The Jewish leaders answered Pilate, "We have a law, and according to that Law he must die because he made himself out to be the Son of God."

NET Bible
The Jewish leaders replied, "We have a law, and according to our law he ought to die, because he claimed to be the Son of God!"

New Heart English Bible
The Jewish leaders answered him, "We have a law, and by that law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The Judeans were saying to him, “We have a law and according to that in our Written Law he is condemned to death because he made himself the Son of God.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Jews answered Pilate, "We have a law, and by that law he must die because he claimed to be the Son of God."

New American Standard 1977
The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and by that law He ought to die because He made Himself out to be the Son of God.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die because he made himself the Son of God.

King James 2000 Bible
The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.

American King James Version
The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.

American Standard Version
The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by that law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Jews answered him: We have a law; and according to the law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.

Darby Bible Translation
The Jews answered him, We have a law, and according to [our] law he ought to die, because he made himself Son of God.

English Revised Version
The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by that law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.

Webster's Bible Translation
The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.

Weymouth New Testament
"We," replied the Jews, "have a Law, and in accordance with that Law he ought to die, for having claimed to be the Son of God."

World English Bible
The Jews answered him, "We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God."

Young's Literal Translation
the Jews answered him, 'We have a law, and according to our law he ought to die, for he made himself Son of God.'
Study Bible
The Soldiers Mock Jesus
6As soon as the chief priests and officers saw Him, they shouted, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” “Take Him and crucify Him yourselves,” Pilate replied, “for I find no basis for a charge against Him.” 7“We have a law, answered the Jews, “and according to that law He must die, because He declared Himself to be the Son of God.” 8When Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid,…
Cross References
Leviticus 24:16
'Moreover, the one who blasphemes the name of the LORD shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall certainly stone him. The alien as well as the native, when he blasphemes the Name, shall be put to death.

Isaiah 53:4
Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.

Matthew 26:63
But Jesus remained silent. Then the high priest said to Him, "I charge You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God."

Matthew 26:66
What do you think?" "He deserves to die," they answered.

John 5:18
Because of this, the Jews tried all the harder to kill Him. Not only was He breaking the Sabbath, but He was even calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.

John 10:33
"We are not stoning You for any good work," said the Jews, "but for blasphemy, because You, who are a man, declare Yourself to be God."

John 19:8
When Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid,

Acts 18:13
"This man is persuading the people to worship God in ways contrary to the Law," they said.
Treasury of Scripture

The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.

We have.

Leviticus 24:16 And he that blasphemes the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put …

Deuteronomy 18:20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, …

because.

John 5:18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only …

John 8:58,59 Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Before Abraham was, I am…

John 10:30-33,36-38 I and my Father are one…

Matthew 26:63-66 But Jesus held his peace, And the high priest answered and said to …

Matthew 27:42,43 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, …

Mark 14:61-64 But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest …

Mark 15:39 And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he …

Romans 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit …

(7) We have a law, and by our law he ought to die.--The better reading is,. . . . and by the law He ought to die. (Comp. Leviticus 24:16.) They feel the bitter sarcasm of Pilate's taunt, and appeal to their own law, which, in accordance with the general Roman policy, was in force in all questions which did not directly affect the Government. They change the accusation then from one of treason against Csar (John 19:12), of which Pilate claimed to be judge, to one of blasphemy against God, of which they only could be judges; and assert that Jesus is by that law guilty of a capital offence, for which He ought to die. (Comp. Matthew 26:63-66, and Luke 22:70.)

Verse 7. - The Jews answered him, ready with an expedient which hitherto they had not ventured to try upon the Roman official. It might have met with the kind of reception which Gallio gave to the accusers of Sosthenes in the Corinthian court. He might have driven them at point of spear or whip from the judgment-seat. "The Jews' here mentioned, rather than "the chief priests and officers" of the previous verse, for the multitude - by some other spokesmen than they - exclaim, We have a law, and according to that (the) law he ought to die; whatever you may have made of the charge of political treason. In full session of our Sanhedrin, he made himself, represented himself, as something more than Caesar, nay, more than man, as Son of God. "King of Jews" was a usurpation of the Messianic dignity; but he had claimed, in their very hearing, to be more than a national leader. He raised himself to the position of being "Jehovah's King upon his holy hill," to whom Jehovah had sworn, "Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee;" "Son of God" as well as "King of Israel." Pilate would not and could not understand this strange "testimony to the truth;" and the people were now in a more angry and excited state than ever, and appealed to the law of their own code (Leviticus 24:16), which denounced death upon the blasphemer. This charge was just unless the claim was true. If Christ had not been to his own inmost consciousness what he said he was, the Sanhedrin was in the right; and, according to law, he was guilty of death. It is here vastly interesting to see another indication of relation between the synoptic narrative and the Fourth Gospel. Though John passed ever the scenes before the Sanhedrin, and the circumstance that Christ had been actually there doomed because he had made there no secret of his Divine claims, and declared himself to be a king in a higher sense than Pilate dreamed; yet John has given clear proof that he was well aware of the confession, and records the still more striking tact that this special claim of supreme prerogative actually came to the ears and before the judgment-seat of Rome. The Jews answered him,.... Finding they could make nothing of the charge of sedition against him, and that Pilate could not be prevailed upon to condemn him to death upon that score, they try another method, and charge him with blasphemy; which, if the other had succeeded, they would have concealed; because this, if proved, according to their law, would not have brought on him the kind of death they were desirous of:

we have a law; meaning the law of Moses, which they had received by his hands from God:

and by our law he ought to die; referring either to the law concerning blasphemy in general, or concerning the false prophet, or to the having and asserting of other gods, and enticing to the worship of them; in either of which cases death by stoning was enjoined:

because he made himself the Son of God; the natural and essential Son of God; not by adoption, or on account of his incarnation and mediatorial office; but as being one with the Father, of the same nature with him, and equal to him in all his perfections and glory. This he had often asserted in his ministry, or what was equivalent to it, and which they so understood; and indeed had said that very morning, before the high priest in his palace, what amounted thereunto, and which he so interpreted; upon which he rent his garments, and charged him with blasphemy: for that God has a son, is denied by the Jews, since Jesus asserted himself to be so, though formerly believed by them; nor was it now denied that there was a Son of God, or that he was expected; but the blasphemy with them was, that Jesus set up himself to be he: but now it is vehemently opposed by them, that God has a son; so from Ecclesiastes 4:8 they endeavour to prove (q), that God has neither a brother, , "nor a son"; but, "hear, O Israel, they observe, the Lord our God is one Lord". And elsewhere (r),

""there is one"; this is the holy blessed God; "and not a second"; for he has no partner or equal in his world; "yea, he hath neither child nor brother"; he hath no brother, nor hath he a son; but the holy blessed God loves Israel, and calls them his children, and his brethren.''

All which is opposed to the Christian doctrine, relating to the sonship of Christ. The conduct of these men, at this time, deserves notice, as their craft in imposing on Pilate's ignorance of their laws; and the little regard that they themselves had to them, in calling for crucifixion instead of stoning; and their inconsistency with themselves, pretending before it was not lawful for them to put any man to death; and now they have a law, and by that law, in their judgment, he ought to die.

(q) Debarim Rabba, sect. 2. fol. 237. 3.((r) Midrash Kohelet, fol. 70. 1.7. The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by oar law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God—Their criminal charges having come to nothing, they give up that point, and as Pilate was throwing the whole responsibility upon them, they retreat into their own Jewish law, by which, as claiming equality with God (see Joh 5:18 and Joh 8:59), He ought to die; insinuating that it was Pilate's duty, even as civil governor, to protect their law from such insult.19:1-18 Little did Pilate think with what holy regard these sufferings of Christ would, in after-ages, be thought upon and spoken of by the best and greatest of men. Our Lord Jesus came forth, willing to be exposed to their scorn. It is good for every one with faith, to behold Christ Jesus in his sufferings. Behold him, and love him; be still looking unto Jesus. Did their hatred sharpen their endeavours against him? and shall not our love for him quicken our endeavours for him and his kingdom? Pilate seems to have thought that Jesus might be some person above the common order. Even natural conscience makes men afraid of being found fighting against God. As our Lord suffered for the sins both of Jews and Gentiles, it was a special part of the counsel of Divine Wisdom, that the Jews should first purpose his death, and the Gentiles carry that purpose into effect. Had not Christ been thus rejected of men, we had been for ever rejected of God. Now was the Son of man delivered into the hands of wicked and unreasonable men. He was led forth for us, that we might escape. He was nailed to the cross, as a Sacrifice bound to the altar. The Scripture was fulfilled; he did not die at the altar among the sacrifices, but among criminals sacrificed to public justice. And now let us pause, and with faith look upon Jesus. Was ever sorrow like unto his sorrow? See him bleeding, see him dying, see him and love him! love him, and live to him!
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