John 19:9
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New International Version
and he went back inside the palace. "Where do you come from?" he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer.

New Living Translation
He took Jesus back into the headquarters again and asked him, "Where are you from?" But Jesus gave no answer.

English Standard Version
He entered his headquarters again and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer.

Berean Study Bible
and he went back into the Praetorium. "Where are You from?" he asked. But Jesus gave no answer.

Berean Literal Bible
And he went into the Praetorium again, and he says to Jesus, "Where are You from?" But Jesus did not give him an answer.

New American Standard Bible
and he entered into the Praetorium again and said to Jesus, "Where are You from?" But Jesus gave him no answer.

King James Bible
And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He went back into the headquarters and asked Jesus, "Where are You from?" But Jesus did not give him an answer.

International Standard Version
Returning to his headquarters, he asked Jesus, "Where are you from?" But Jesus did not answer him.

NET Bible
and he went back into the governor's residence and said to Jesus, "Where do you come from?" But Jesus gave him no answer.

New Heart English Bible
He entered into the Praetorium again, and said to Jesus, "Where are you from?" But Jesus gave him no answer.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he entered the Praetorium again and he said to Yeshua, “Where are you from?” But Yeshua gave him no answer.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He went into the palace again and asked Jesus, "Where are you from?" But Jesus didn't answer him.

New American Standard 1977
and he entered into the Praetorium again, and said to Jesus, “Where are You from?” But Jesus gave him no answer.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and went again into the judgment hall and said unto Jesus, Where art thou from? But Jesus gave him no answer.

King James 2000 Bible
And went again into the judgment hall, and said unto Jesus, From where are you? But Jesus gave him no answer.

American King James Version
And went again into the judgment hall, and said to Jesus, From where are you? But Jesus gave him no answer.

American Standard Version
and he entered into the Praetorium again, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he entered into the hall again, and he said to Jesus: Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer.

Darby Bible Translation
and went into the praetorium again and says to Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer.

English Revised Version
and he entered into the palace again, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer.

Webster's Bible Translation
And went again into the judgment-hall, and saith to Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer.

Weymouth New Testament
"What is your origin?" he asked. But Jesus gave him no answer.

World English Bible
He entered into the Praetorium again, and said to Jesus, "Where are you from?" But Jesus gave him no answer.

Young's Literal Translation
and entered again to the praetorium, and saith to Jesus, 'Whence art thou?' and Jesus gave him no answer.
Study Bible
The Soldiers Mock Jesus
8When Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid, 9and he went back into the Praetorium. “Where are You from?” he asked. But Jesus gave no answer. 10So Pilate said to Him, “Do You refuse to speak to me? Do You not know that I have authority to release You and authority to crucify You?”…
Cross References
Isaiah 53:7
He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.

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 27:12
And when He was accused by the chief priests and elders, He gave no answer.

Matthew 27:14
But Jesus gave no answer, not even to a single charge, much to the governor's amazement.

Matthew 27:27
Then the governor's soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company around Him.

Luke 23:9
Herod questioned Jesus at great length, but He gave no answer.

John 18:28
Then they led Jesus away from Caiaphas into the Praetorium. By now it was early morning, and the Jews did not enter the Praetorium to avoid being defiled and unable to eat the Passover.

John 18:33
Pilate went back into the Praetorium, summoned Jesus, and asked Him, "Are You the King of the Jews?"

John 18:34
"Are you saying this on your own," Jesus asked, "or did others tell you about Me?"

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

And went again into the judgment hall, and said to Jesus, From where are you? But Jesus gave him no answer.

Whence.

John 8:14 Jesus answered and said to them, Though I bear record of myself, …

John 9:29,30 We know that God spoke to Moses: as for this fellow, we know not …

Judges 13:6 Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came to me…

But.

Psalm 38:13-15 But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that opens …

Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: …

Matthew 27:12-14 And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing…

Mark 15:3-5 And the chief priests accused him of many things: but he answered nothing…

Acts 8:32,33 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as …

Philippians 1:28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an …

(9) And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus.--He had brought Jesus out to the people. He now led Him back to the palace in order to inquire further of Him in private.

Whence art thou?--The question is based upon the claim to be Son of God, of which he had heard. He knew that Jesus was a Galilean before sending Him to Herod (Luke 23:6). It is not of His earthly habitation, therefore, that he inquires, but of His origin and nature. (Comp. the same word, and in the same sense, in John 8:14, and Matthew 21:25.)

But Jesus gave him no answer.--This silence of our Lord has seemed hard to understand, and very many and very different have been the explanations suggested. An explanation can only be suggested; it cannot be given with any degree of certainty; but that which seems most in harmony with the position is that Pilate's question was one which to him could not be answered in reality, and therefore was not answered in appearance. The answer had, indeed, already been given (John 18:37), but he had treated it with the impatience which showed he could not receive it now. Not of the truth, he could not hear the voice of the Son of God, and therefore that voice did not speak.

Verse 9. - And he entered the Praetorium again (Jesus following him), and he saith to Jesus, Whence art thou? but Jesus gave him no answer. Almost all commentators reject the old explanation of the question of Pilate given by Paulus, that he simply asked Jesus of his birthplace or his home. The governor was disturbed, and ready to suspect that he had on his hands some supernatural Being whom no cross could destroy - some mysterious half-human, half-Divine creature, such as filled the popular literature; and, without any spiritual insight on his own side, he enticed Jesus to give him his confidence, and entrust to his keeping some of the secret of his origin, and the source of the bitter antagonism to his claims. There was fear, curiosity, and great desire for his own sake to save the suffering Man from the clutches of his enemies. "Whence art thou? Hast thou indeed made this claim? Best thou call thyself Son of God? that God is thy proper Father; that thou art coming in the glory of heaven; that thou, in thy purple robe and bleeding form, art already seated on thy throne of judgment?" Surely all this was really conveyed by the question, for we cannot suppose that "the Jews" confined themselves to the laconic recital of the charge as here recorded. The silence of Jesus is very impressive, and we, in our ignorance, can only vaguely say what it meant. Very numerous explanations are offered. Luthardt's idea, that Christ would not give an answer which would have the effect of preventing Pilate, in his agitated state, from giving the order for his crucifixion, is stagey and unreal. Moreover, it is bound up with very questionable ethic, and suggests that Jesus is answerable for the awful sin of Pilate, from which, by a word, he might have saved him. We admit that at any moment the Lord could, if he had chosen, have smitten his foes with blindness, or delivered himself from their malice by passing through them (cf. John 12:59). They would all have fallen to the earth if he had glanced at them as he had done upon the Roman guard in Gethsemane upon that very band of men who were now so busy in wiping out the stain of their momentary panic. On other occasions, when his hour of self-deliverance and self-devotion to the Father's will had not arrived, he discomfited his enemies; but now his hour had come, and he did not shrink. All this is true, but it does not account for the refusal to answer a question like this. Doubtless the silence was as expressive as speech, and even less likely to be misunderstood. He could not have denied that he was "Son of God." He could not have affirmed it without leading Pilate to put human and heathen notions into it. But could not he, who is infinite wisdom incarnate, have given an answer which would have avoided both dangers? That, however, is practically what he did effect. The prophetic picture had foretold of him, that "like a sheep before its shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth;" and the previous silences of Jesus before Annas, and before the false witnesses, before Caiaphas, and Pilate himself, and before Herod, are all governed by the same rule - a refusal to save himself from malignant falsity, or tricky design, or conspicuously lying charges; but when challenged to say whether he was the Christ, whether he was the Son of God, whether he was a King, he gave the answers needed. There was some likeness between the spirit of Herod, Caiaphas, and the false witnesses, and of Pilate's "Whence art thou?" which did not deserve an affirmative answer. The governor, who had scourged and insulted an apparently defenseless man, at the very moment when he was proclaimed innocent, and now was afraid of what he had done, came into the category of the slayers of the silent Lamb. But to the next inquiry, which went down to the depths of his heart, and revealed the utter unspirituality and self-ignorance which needed response, a wondrous reply was given. And went again into the judgment hall,.... From whence he came out, taking Jesus along with him, in order to interrogate him alone upon this head:

and saith unto Jesus, whence art thou? meaning not of what country he was, for he knew he was of the nation of the Jews; nor in what place he was born, whether at Bethlehem or at Nazareth, for this was no concern of his; but from whence he sprung, who were his ancestors, and whether his descent was from the gods, or from men; and if from the former, from which of them; for as Pilate was an Heathen, he must be supposed to speak as such:

but Jesus gave him no answer; for his question was frivolous, and deserved none; and besides, he was not worthy of one, who had used him so ill, when he knew, in his own conscience, that he was innocent; nor was he capable of taking in an answer, or able to judge whether it was right or wrong; and since Christ was come to die for the salvation of his people, it was not proper he should say anything that might be a means of hindering it. 9. and went again into the judgment hall, and saith to Jesus, Whence art thou?—beyond all doubt a question relating not to His mission but to His personal origin.

Jesus gave him no answer—He had said enough; the time for answering such a question was past; the weak and wavering governor is already on the point of giving way.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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