Matthew 26:66
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New International Version
What do you think?" "He is worthy of death," they answered.

New Living Translation
What is your verdict?" "Guilty!" they shouted. "He deserves to die!"

English Standard Version
What is your judgment?” They answered, “He deserves death.”

Berean Study Bible
What do you think?" "He deserves to die," they answered.

Berean Literal Bible
What do you think?" And answering they said, "He is deserving of death."

New American Standard Bible
what do you think?" They answered, "He deserves death!"

King James Bible
What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What is your decision?" They answered, "He deserves death!"

International Standard Version
What is your verdict?" They replied, "He deserves to die!"

NET Bible
What is your verdict?" They answered, "He is guilty and deserves death."

New Heart English Bible
What do you think?" They answered, "He is worthy of death."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“What do you think?” They answered, and they said, “He deserves death.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
What's your verdict?" They answered, "He deserves the death penalty!"

New American Standard 1977
what do you think?” They answered and said, “He is deserving of death!”

Jubilee Bible 2000
What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death.

King James 2000 Bible
What think you? They answered and said, He is guilty of death.

American King James Version
What think you? They answered and said, He is guilty of death.

American Standard Version
what think ye? They answered and said, He is worthy of death.

Douay-Rheims Bible
What think you? But they answering, said: He is guilty of death.

Darby Bible Translation
What think ye? And they answering said, He is liable to the penalty of death.

English Revised Version
what think ye? They answered and said, He is worthy of death.

Webster's Bible Translation
What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death.

Weymouth New Testament
What is your verdict?" "He deserves to die," they replied.

World English Bible
What do you think?" They answered, "He is worthy of death!"

Young's Literal Translation
what think ye?' and they answering said, 'He is worthy of death.'
Study Bible
Jesus Faces the Sanhedrin
65At this, the high priest tore his garments and said, “He has blasphemed! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. 66What do you think?” “He deserves to die,” they answered. 67Then they spat in His face and struck Him. Others slapped Him,…
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.

Deuteronomy 21:22
"If a man has committed a sin worthy of death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree,

Jeremiah 26:11
Then the priests and the prophets spoke to the officials and to all the people, saying, "A death sentence for this man! For he has prophesied against this city as you have heard in your hearing."

John 19:7
"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."
Treasury of Scripture

What think you? They answered and said, He is guilty of death.


Leviticus 24:11-16 And the Israelitish woman's son blasphemed the name of the Lord, …

John 19:7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to …

Acts 7:52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they …

Acts 13:27,28 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not…

James 5:6 You have condemned and killed the just; and he does not resist you.

(66) He is guilty of death.--In modern English the word "guilty" is almost always followed by the crime which a man has committed. In older use it was followed by the punishment which the man deserved. (Comp. Numbers 35:31.) The decision, as far as the meeting went, was unanimous. Sentence was passed. It remained, however, to carry the sentence into effect, and this, while the Roman governor was at Jerusalem, presented a difficulty which had to be met by proceedings of another kind. The Jews, or at least their rulers, who courted the favour of Rome, ostentatiously disclaimed the power of punishing capital offences (John 18:31).

Verse 66. - What think ye? He wishes to get a vote by acclamation, not in a formal way, as to the guilt of Christ and the punishment which he deserved. He is guilty of (ἔυοχος, worthy of, liable to) death. This was the punishment pronounced by the Law on blasphemy (Leviticus 24:16); the death was, however, to be by stoning (Acts 7:58). This detail, as they considered it, was now exclusively in the hands of the Romans. We see that this meeting, which virtually doomed Christ to death, was not a regular council of the Sanhedrin; for it was not held in the appointed chamber, and was conducted at night, when criminal processes were forbidden. The meeting next morning (Matthew 27:1) was convened for the purpose of considering how this informal sentence should be executed. What think ye?.... Of the words just now spoken by him; do not they in your opinion amount to a charge of blasphemy and what punishment do you think ought to be inflicted on him? is he guilty of death, or not? This question he put, as being president of the court:

they answered and said, he is guilty of death; they were unanimous in their vote, for Mark says, "they all condemned him to be guilty of death"; only Joseph of Arimathea must be excepted, who consented not to their counsel and deed, Luke 23:51, and so must Nicodemus, if he was present; who seeing what they were determined to do, withdrew themselves before the question came to be put, and so it passed "nemine contradicente"; and indeed, if he had been guilty of blasphemy, as they charged him, the sentence would have been right. Now this was in the night, in which they begun, carried on, and finished this judicial procedure, quite contrary to one of their own canons (w) which runs thus:

"pecuniary causes they try in the day, and finish in the night; capital causes (such was this) they try in the day, and finish in the day; pecuniary causes they finish the same day, whether for absolution, or condemnation; capital causes they finish the same day for absolution, and the day following for condemnation; wherefore they do not try causes neither on the sabbath eve, nor on the eve of a feast day.

But in this case, they begun the trial in the night, examined the witnesses, finished it, and passed the sentence of condemnation, and that in the eve of a grand festival, their Chagigah,

(w) Misn. Sanhedrin, c. 4. sect. 1. Maimom. Hilch. Sanhedrin, c. 11. sect. 1, 2. T. Hieros. Yom Tob, fol. 63. 1.26:57-68 Jesus was hurried into Jerusalem. It looks ill, and bodes worse, when those who are willing to be Christ's disciples, are not willing to be known to be so. Here began Peter's denying him: for to follow Christ afar off, is to begin to go back from him. It is more our concern to prepare for the end, whatever it may be, than curiously to ask what the end will be. The event is God's, but the duty is ours. Now the Scriptures were fulfilled, which said, False witnesses are risen up against me. Christ was accused, that we might not be condemned; and if at any time we suffer thus, let us remember we cannot expect to fare better than our Master. When Christ was made sin for us, he was silent, and left it to his blood to speak. Hitherto Jesus had seldom professed expressly to be the Christ, the Son of God; the tenor of his doctrine spoke it, and his miracles proved it; but now he would not omit to make an open confession of it. It would have looked like declining his sufferings. He thus confessed, as an example and encouragement to his followers, to confess him before men, whatever hazard they ran. Disdain, cruel mocking, and abhorrence, are the sure portion of the disciple as they were of the Master, from such as would buffet and deride the Lord of glory. These things were exactly foretold in the fiftieth chapter of Isaiah. Let us confess Christ's name, and bear the reproach, and he will confess us before his Father's throne.
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