The First Trial of Jesus Before Pilate
Interwoven Gospels

Then the whole multitude of them arose and bound Jesus, and led Him away from Caiaphas into the palace, and delivered Him up to Pilate the governor. Now it was early; and they entered not into the palace, that they might not be defiled, but might eat the Passover. Pilate therefore went out to them, and saith, "What accusation do ye bring against this Man?" They answered and said to him, "If this Man were not an evil-doer, we would not have delivered Him up to thee," Then they began to accuse Him, saying, "We found this Man perverting our nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that He Himself is Christ a King." Pilate, therefore, said to them, "Take Him yourselves, and judge Him according to your laws." The religious leaders said to him, "It is not lawful for us to put any one to death;" that the word of Jesus might be fulfilled, which He spake, signifying by what sort of death He was about to die.

Pilate, therefore, entered again into the palace and summoned Jesus. Then Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked Him, saying, "Art Thou the King of the Jews?" And Jesus said to him, "Thou sayest it. Sayest thou this of thyself, or did others tell thee about Me?" Pilate answered, "Am I a Jew? Thy own people and the chief priests delivered Thee up to me. What hast Thou done?" Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from hence." Pilate, therefore, said to Him, "Art Thou a King then?" Jesus answered, "Thou sayest it, I am a King. For this end have I been born and for this came I into the world, that I should testify to the truth. Every one that is of the truth, heareth My voice." Pilate saith to Him, "What is truth?" And when he had said this, he went out again to the religious leaders, and said to the chief priests and to the multitudes, "I find no fault in this man." Now when He was accused of many things by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing. Then saith Pilate to Him, "Hearest Thou not how many things they testify against Thee?' And He made him no answer, not even to one word. Then Pilate again asked Him, saying, "Answerest Thou nothing? Behold, how many things they accuse Thee of." But Jesus no longer answered anything, so that the governor wondered exceedingly. But the chief priests were the more urgent, saying, "He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee even to this place."

Now when Pilate heard this, he asked whether the Man were a Galilean. And learning that He was from Herod's jurisdiction, he sent Him up to Herod, who also was in Jerusalem in these days.

Adapted from The Interwoven Gospels © Books for Living, Inc. Digital Edition by V. Gilbert Beers, © 2009 Bible Studio, LLC. Used by Permission.

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