Mark 15:7
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New International Version
A man called Barabbas was in prison with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the uprising.

New Living Translation
One of the prisoners at that time was Barabbas, a revolutionary who had committed murder in an uprising.

English Standard Version
And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas.

New American Standard Bible
The man named Barabbas had been imprisoned with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the insurrection.

King James Bible
And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There was one named Barabbas, who was in prison with rebels who had committed murder during the rebellion.

International Standard Version
Now there was a man in prison named Barabbas. He had been with the insurgents who had committed murder during the rebellion.

NET Bible
A man named Barabbas was imprisoned with rebels who had committed murder during an insurrection.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And there was one who was called Barabba, who was bound with those who had made sedition, who had committed murder in the sedition.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
There was a man named Barabbas in prison. He was with some rebels who had committed murder during a riot.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And there was one named Barabbas, who lay bound with those that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection.

King James 2000 Bible
And there was one named Barabbas, who lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection.

American King James Version
And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection.

American Standard Version
And there was one called Barabbas, lying bound with them that had made insurrection, men who in the insurrection had committed murder.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there was one called Barabbas, who was put in prison with some seditious men, who in the sedition had committed murder.

Darby Bible Translation
Now there was the [person] named Barabbas bound with those who had made insurrection with [him], [and] that had committed murder in the insurrection.

English Revised Version
And there was one called Barabbas, lying bound with them that had made insurrection, men who in the insurrection had committed murder.

Webster's Bible Translation
And there was one named Barabbas, who lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection.

Weymouth New Testament
and at this time a man named Barabbas was in prison among the insurgents--persons who in the insurrection had committed murder.

World English Bible
There was one called Barabbas, bound with those who had made insurrection, men who in the insurrection had committed murder.

Young's Literal Translation
and there was one named Barabbas, bound with those making insurrection with him, who had in the insurrection committed murder.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:1-14 They bound Christ. It is good for us often to remember the bonds of the Lord Jesus, as bound with him who was bound for us. By delivering up the King, they, in effect, delivered up the kingdom of God, which was, therefore, as by their own consent, taken from them, and given to another nation. Christ gave Pilate a direct answer, but would not answer the witnesses, because the things they alleged were known to be false, even Pilate himself was convinced they were so. Pilate thought that he might appeal from the priests to the people, and that they would deliver Jesus out of the priests' hands. But they were more and more urged by the priests, and cried, Crucify him! Crucify him! Let us judge of persons and things by their merits, and the standard of God's word, and not by common report. The thought that no one ever was so shamefully treated, as the only perfectly wise, holy, and excellent Person that ever appeared on earth, leads the serious mind to strong views of man's wickedness and enmity to God. Let us more and more abhor the evil dispositions which marked the conduct of these persecutors.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 7. - And there was one called Barabbas, lying bound with them that had made insurrection, men who in the insurrection had committed murder. Pilate appears to have thought of Barabbas, not doubting but that, by limiting their choice between him and Jesus, he would secure the liberation of our Lord. But Pilate little knew the temper of the chief priests and scribes, and their bitter hostility to Christ. The word "Barabbas," better written "Bar-Abbas," means "son of father."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And there was one named Barabbas,.... A prisoner of that name at Jerusalem;

which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him: he had been at the head of a seditious mob, and he and his accomplices were taken and put in prison:

who had committed murder in the insurrection; which may be connected either with Barabbas, and read in the singular number, as it is in the Vulgate Latin version, "he had committed"; or with the seditious persons he lay bound with, and be read in the plural number, "they had committed murder", as it is in the Syriac, Arabic, and Persic versions; and so in the ancient copies; and the Ethiopic renders it, "he was bound with seditious persons and murderers"; though, no doubt, he was guilty of murder as well as they; and so Peter calls him a murderer, Acts 3:14. About this time murders were very frequently committed: the Jews say (r) that

"from the time that murderers increased, the slaying of the red heifer ceased; (the reason the commentators (s) give, is, because they were known who were accustomed to commit murder;) and that was from the time that Eleazar ben Dinai came, and Techinah ben Perishah he was called; and they called him again the son of a murderer;''

See Gill on Matthew 27:16.

(r) Misn. Sota, c. 9. sect. 9. Maimon. Hilch. Rotzeach. c. 9. sect. 12. (s) Jarchi & Bartienora in ib.



Mark 15:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Crowd Chooses Barabbas
6Now at the feast he used to release for them any one prisoner whom they requested. 7The man named Barabbas had been imprisoned with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the insurrection. 8The crowd went up and began asking him to do as he had been accustomed to do for them.…
Cross References
Mark 15:6
Now it was the custom at the festival to release a prisoner whom the people requested.

Mark 15:8
The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for them what he usually did.

Luke 23:19
(Barabbas had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for murder.)

Luke 23:25
He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.
Treasury of Scripture

And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection.

Matthew 27:16 And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.

Luke 23:18,19,25 And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release …

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