Then said Pilate to him, Hear you not how many things they witness against you?
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Luke 23:5.
For the exposition, see on Lu 23:1-25; Joh 18:28-40.See Poole on "Matthew 27:14".
hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? art thou deaf? or dost thou not take in what is alleged against thee? dost thou not consider the nature of these charges? how many, and of what kind the depositions are now made by persons of such rank and figure? art thou under no concern to make answer to them?Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Matthew 27:13. ilate noting His silence directs His attention to what they have been saying.Matthew 27:13. Τότε, then) Pilate conducted himself moderately at first in the judgment of the cause.—Πιλάτος, Pilatus, Pilate) Nonnus shortens the middle syllable; and passim, the Greeks sharpen the long vowel of the Latins in πρίμος, Τουρκουάτος Δειτάτος, etc. (primus, Torquátus, Dentatus, etc.)—οὐκ ἀκούεις, Dost thou not hear?) A separate question; cf. Mark 15:4.
 Lachm. and Tisch. write it Πιλᾶτος.—ED.
 i.e. They distinguish it with the acute accent.—(I. B.)
 Although joined in the V. G. with the following words.—E. B.Verse 13. - Hearest thou not how many things (πόσα, quanta, what great things) they witness against thee? Among the charges was one that Jesus stirred up the people to revolt, both in Galilee and Judaea. The mention of Galilee offered to Pilate a chance of escaping the responsibility of the trial, and led to his sending Christ to Herod, as St. Luke relates (Luke 23:6-12). It was on the return from Herod that the final scene took place. Pilate evidently did not believe that this dignified, meek, inoffensive Man was guilty of sedition, and he desired to hear his defence, which he was willing to receive favourably (Acts 3:13).
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