(Who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.)
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Who for a certain sedition.—St. Luke’s and St. Mark’s accounts agree more closely than the others. St. John alone speaks of Barabbas as a “robber;” St. Matthew merely calls him a “notable prisoner.”Matthew 27:20-23.
(See on Mr 15:6-15; and Joh 19:2-17).See Poole on "Luke 23:1"
and for murder; which had either been committed by himself, or his accomplices, in the insurrection; and for these things, sedition, and murder, he(Who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.)
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Luke 23:19. ὅστις seems to be = ὅς here, following the growing usage of later Greek (Schanz, vide Buttmann, Gram., p. 115).—διὰ στάσιν … καὶ φόνον= διὰ φόνον ἐν στάσει πεποιημένον, Pricaeus.—ἦν βληθείς: instead of ἔβληθη, the analytic form is unusual with the aorist (here only in N.T.), hence probably the reading of T.R., βεβλημένος.19. who] The word implies ‘a man of such a kind, that, &c.’
and for murder] “Ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you,” Acts 3:14. Nothing is known of Bar-Abbas, but it has been conjectured from his name that he or his father belonged to the order of the Sanhedrists, who therefore desired his release. If he had been a follower of Judas of Galilee, or engaged in the riot against Pilate about his use of the Corban, he would enlist the sympathies of the people also.
Classifying him. One of such a kind as that he had been imprisoned, etc.
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