Matthew 27:18
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New International Version
For he knew it was out of self-interest that they had handed Jesus over to him.

New Living Translation
(He knew very well that the religious leaders had arrested Jesus out of envy.)

English Standard Version
For he knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him up.

New American Standard Bible
For he knew that because of envy they had handed Him over.

King James Bible
For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For he knew they had handed Him over because of envy.

International Standard Version
He did this because he knew that they had handed him over out of jealousy.

NET Bible
(For he knew that they had handed him over because of envy.)

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For Pilate knew that for jealousy they had delivered him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Pilate knew that they had handed Jesus over to him because they were jealous.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

King James 2000 Bible
For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

American King James Version
For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

American Standard Version
For he knew that for envy they had delivered him up.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

Darby Bible Translation
For he knew that they had delivered him up through envy.

English Revised Version
For he knew that for envy they had delivered him up.

Webster's Bible Translation
(For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.)

Weymouth New Testament
For he knew that it was from envious hatred that Jesus had been brought before him.

World English Bible
For he knew that because of envy they had delivered him up.

Young's Literal Translation
for he had known that because of envy they had delivered him up.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

27:11-25 Having no malice against Jesus, Pilate urged him to clear himself, and laboured to get him discharged. The message from his wife was a warning. God has many ways of giving checks to sinners, in their sinful pursuits, and it is a great mercy to have such checks from Providence, from faithful friends, and from our own consciences. O do not this abominable thing which the Lord hates! is what we may hear said to us, when we are entering into temptation, if we will but regard it. Being overruled by the priests, the people made choice of Barabbas. Multitudes who choose the world, rather than God, for their ruler and portion, thus choose their own delusions. The Jews were so bent upon the death of Christ, that Pilate thought it would be dangerous to refuse. And this struggle shows the power of conscience even on the worst men. Yet all was so ordered to make it evident that Christ suffered for no fault of his own, but for the sins of his people. How vain for Pilate to expect to free himself from the guilt of the innocent blood of a righteous person, whom he was by his office bound to protect! The Jews' curse upon themselves has been awfully answered in the sufferings of their nation. None could bear the sin of others, except Him that had no sin of his own to answer for. And are we not all concerned? Is not Barabbas preferred to Jesus, when sinners reject salvation that they may retain their darling sins, which rob God of his glory, and murder their souls? The blood of Christ is now upon us for good, through mercy, by the Jews' rejection of it. O let us flee to it for refuge!

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - For he knew. He had recourse to this expedient because he was well acquainted with the motives which led the Sanhedrists to desire his death. They had shown their envy of Christ's influence with the people; they were jealous of his reputation and success; grudged him his marvellous powers; were embittered by his attacks on rabbinism, and the undermining of their popularity. Pilate saw much of this; he penetrated behind their flimsy pretence of averting some possible danger from the Roman dominion, and he laboured in this indirect way to save the victim of this vindictive plot. Of course, Pilate could not fully appreciate Christ's character, nor enter into the question of his supernatural claims; he saw only that he was brought before him from the basest motives, that no real offence was proved against him, and that no fear could be entertained of his heading a popular tumult.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For he knew that for envy they had delivered him. He saw in their countenances, and by their charges against him, and by the whole of their conduct, that it was not out of any regard to Caesar, or to the peace and tranquillity of the civil government, or to strict justice; but from envy, at his popularity, at his fame and credit, the honour, glory, and applause he had among the people, on account of his doctrine, and miracles, that they had delivered him up into his hands; and therefore Pilate might the rather hope to succeed in this scheme of his to release him, by proposing him with so notorious a person to the populace, when the one, as he might reasonably judge, was abhorred by them, and the other had got great credit and esteem among a large number of them. The Persic version here adds the people's answer; "they answered, release Barabbas, but deliver Jesus to us".



Matthew 27:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Crowd Chooses Barabbas
17So when the people gathered together, Pilate said to them, "Whom do you want me to release for you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?" 18For he knew that because of envy they had handed Him over. 19While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent him a message, saying, "Have nothing to do with that righteous Man; for last night I suffered greatly in a dream because of Him."…
Cross References
Matthew 27:17
So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, "Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?"

Matthew 27:19
While Pilate was sitting on the judge's seat, his wife sent him this message: "Don't have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him."
Treasury of Scripture

For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

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Genesis 37:11 And his brothers envied him; but his father observed the saying.

1 Samuel 18:7-11 And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul …

Psalm 106:16 They envied Moses also in the camp, and Aaron the saint of the LORD.

Proverbs 27:4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

Ecclesiastes 4:4 Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this …

Isaiah 26:11 LORD, when your hand is lifted up, they will not see: but they shall …

Mark 15:10 For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy.

Acts 5:17 Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which …

Acts 7:9 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but …

Acts 13:45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, …

James 4:5 Do you think that the scripture said in vain, The spirit that dwells …

envy. Or, malice [phthonos,] probably from [phthino,] to decay, wither, pine away, according to that of Solomon.

Proverbs 27:4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

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