Matthew 27:21
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New International Version
"Which of the two do you want me to release to you?" asked the governor. "Barabbas," they answered.

New Living Translation
So the governor asked again, "Which of these two do you want me to release to you?" The crowd shouted back, "Barabbas!"

English Standard Version
The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.”

Berean Study Bible
"Which of the two do you want me to release to you?" asked the governor. "Barabbas," they replied.

Berean Literal Bible
And the governor answering said to them, "Which of the two do you desire that I release to you?" And they said, "Barabbas."

New American Standard Bible
But the governor said to them, "Which of the two do you want me to release for you?" And they said, "Barabbas."

King James Bible
The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The governor asked them, "Which of the two do you want me to release for you?"" Barabbas!" they answered.

International Standard Version
So the governor asked them, "Which of the two men do you want me to release for you?" "Barabbas!" they replied.

NET Bible
The governor asked them, "Which of the two do you want me to release for you?" And they said, "Barabbas!"

New Heart English Bible
But the governor answered them, "Which of the two do you want me to release to you?" They said, "Barabbas."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the Governor answered and said to them, “Whom do you want me to release to you of the two?” But they said, “Barabba.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The governor asked them, "Which of the two do you want me to free for you?" They said, "Barabbas."

New American Standard 1977
But the governor answered and said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
The governor answered and said unto them, Which of the two desire ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.

King James 2000 Bible
The governor answered and said unto them, Which of the two will you that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.

American King James Version
The governor answered and said to them, Whether of the two will you that I release to you? They said, Barabbas.

American Standard Version
But the governor answered and said unto them, Which of the two will ye that I release unto you? And they said, Barabbas.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the governor answering, said to them: Whether will you of the two to be released unto you? But they said, Barabbas.

Darby Bible Translation
And the governor answering said to them, Which of the two will ye that I release unto you? And they said, Barabbas.

English Revised Version
But the governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? And they said, Barabbas.

Webster's Bible Translation
The governor answered and said to them, Which of the two will ye that I release to you? They said, Barabbas.

Weymouth New Testament
So when the Governor a second time asked them, "Which of the two shall I release to you?" --they cried, "Barabbas!"

World English Bible
But the governor answered them, "Which of the two do you want me to release to you?" They said, "Barabbas!"

Young's Literal Translation
and the governor answering said to them, 'Which of the two will ye that I shall release to you?' And they said, 'Barabbas.'
Study Bible
The Crowd Chooses Barabbas
20But the chief priests and elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus put to death. 21“Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor. “- Barabbas,” they replied. 22“What then should I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” Pilate asked. They all answered, “Crucify Him!”…
Cross References
Matthew 27:20
But the chief priests and elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus put to death.

Matthew 27:22
"What then should I do with Jesus who is called Christ?" Pilate asked. They all answered, "Crucify Him!"
Treasury of Scripture

The governor answered and said to them, Whether of the two will you that I release to you? They said, Barabbas.

Verse 21. - Answered, to the various cries which reached him. Whether of the twain? Which of the two? He repeats the question before asked (ver. 17), having given the multitude time for deliberation, and offering them no alternative but to choose one of these two prisoners. Barabbas. They prefer a murderer to the Prince of life - a selection on their part guilty and malevolent, but on the part of God necessary for our salvation (Quesnel). Truly, Jesus "was despised and rejected of men." If he had been released now, his liberation would not have been, as it ought to have been, an act of simple justice, but an imperial concession, an act of grace, in which the character of the prisoner was not regarded. The governor answered and said unto them,.... A second time, after some time had been allowed and taken up to consider of the matter, and which the chief priests and elders improved among the people against Jesus.

Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? for as these two were proposed, one of them must be released; and it lay in the breast of the people to choose which they would:

they said, Barabbas; so that Christ was not only numbered among, and reckoned with transgressors, but he was accounted worse than the worst of them; a seditious person, a robber, and a murderer was preferred before him: see Acts 3:14. 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!
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