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When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. "I am innocent of this man's blood," he said. "It is your responsibility!"
King James Bible
When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
American Standard Version
So when Pilate saw that he prevailed nothing, but rather that a tumult was arising, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this righteous man; see ye to it .
Young's Literal Translation
And Pilate having seen that it profiteth nothing, but rather a tumult is made, having taken water, he did wash the hands before the multitude, saying, 'I am innocent from the blood of this righteous one; ye -- ye shall see;'
Matthew 27:24 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Pilate - took water, and washed his hands - Thus signifying his innocence. It was a custom among the Hebrews, Greeks, and Latins, to wash the hands in token of innocence, and to show that they were pure from any imputed guilt. In case of an undiscovered murder, the elders of that city which was nearest to the place where the dead body was found, were required by the law, Deuteronomy 21:1-10, to wash their hands over the victim which was offered to expiate the crime, and thus make public protestation of their own innocence. David says, I will wash my hands in innocence, so shall I compass thine altar, Psalm 26:6. As Pilate knew Christ was innocent, he should have prevented his death: he had the armed force at his command, and should have dispersed this infamous mob. Had he been charged with countenancing a seditious person, he could have easily cleared himself, had the matter been brought before the emperor. He, therefore, was inexcusable.
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Deuteronomy 21:6,7 And all the elders of that city, that are next to the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer that is beheaded in the valley...
Job 9:30,31 If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean...
Psalm 26:6 I will wash my hands in innocence: so will I compass your altar, O LORD:
Jeremiah 2:27,35 Saying to a stock, You are my father; and to a stone, You have brought me forth: for they have turned their back to me...
Matthew 27:4,9,54 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see you to that...
John 19:4 Pilate therefore went forth again, and said to them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that you may know that I find no fault in him.
Acts 3:14 But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted to you;
2 Corinthians 5:21 For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh...
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Deuteronomy 21:6 Then all the elders of the town nearest the body shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley,
Matthew 26:5 "But not during the festival," they said, "or there may be a riot among the people."
Matthew 27:4 "I have sinned," he said, "for I have betrayed innocent blood." "What is that to us?" they replied. "That's your responsibility."
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."
Matthew 27:23 "Why? What crime has he committed?" asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, "Crucify him!"