Matthew 27:20
New International Version
But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.

New Living Translation
Meanwhile, the leading priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas to be released and for Jesus to be put to death.

English Standard Version
Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus.

Berean Study Bible
But the chief priests and elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus put to death.

Berean Literal Bible
But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds that they should ask for Barabbas, and should destroy Jesus.

New American Standard Bible
But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to put Jesus to death.

King James Bible
But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.

Christian Standard Bible
The chief priests and the elders, however, persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to execute Jesus.

Contemporary English Version
But the chief priests and the leaders convinced the crowds to ask for Barabbas to be set free and for Jesus to be killed.

Good News Translation
The chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask Pilate to set Barabbas free and have Jesus put to death.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The chief priests and the elders, however, persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to execute Jesus.

International Standard Version
But the high priests and elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to demand that Jesus be put to death.

NET Bible
But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed.

New Heart English Bible
Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But the Chief Priests and the Elders had persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabba, but to destroy Yeshua.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But the chief priests and leaders persuaded the crowd to ask for the release of Barabbas and the execution of Jesus.

New American Standard 1977
But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the multitudes to ask for Barabbas, and to put Jesus to death.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But the princes of the priests and the elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus.

King James 2000 Bible
But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask for Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.

American King James Version
But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.

American Standard Version
Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the chief priests and ancients persuaded the people, that they should ask Barabbas, and make Jesus away.

Darby Bible Translation
But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds that they should beg for Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.

English Revised Version
Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.

Webster's Bible Translation
But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.

Weymouth New Testament
The High Priests, however, and the Elders urged the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to demand the death of Jesus.

World English Bible
Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the multitudes to ask for Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.

Young's Literal Translation
And the chief priests and the elders did persuade the multitudes that they might ask for themselves Barabbas, and might destroy Jesus;
Study Bible
The Crowd Chooses Barabbas
19While Pilate was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent him this message: “Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered terribly in a dream today because of Him.” 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.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 26:8
and as soon as he had finished telling all the people what the LORD had commanded him to say, the priests and prophets and all the people seized him, shouting, "You must surely die!

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

Acts 3:14
You rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you.

Acts 18:4
Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks alike.

Treasury of Scripture

But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.

persuaded.

Mark 15:11
But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them.

Acts 14:18,19
And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them…

Acts 19:23-29
And the same time there arose no small stir about that way…

should.

Luke 23:18-20
And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas: …

John 18:40
Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber.

John 19:15,16
But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar…







Lexicon
But
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

the
Οἱ (Hoi)
Article - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

chief priests
ἀρχιερεῖς (archiereis)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 749: High priest, chief priest. From arche and hiereus; the high-priest; by extension a chief priest.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

elders
πρεσβύτεροι (presbyteroi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 4245: Comparative of presbus; older; as noun, a senior; specially, an Israelite Sanhedrist or Christian 'presbyter'.

persuaded
ἔπεισαν (epeisan)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 3982: A primary verb; to convince; by analogy, to pacify or conciliate; reflexively or passively, to assent, to rely.

the
τοὺς (tous)
Article - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

crowds
ὄχλους (ochlous)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3793: From a derivative of echo; a throng; by implication, the rabble; by extension, a class of people; figuratively, a riot.

to
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

ask for
αἰτήσωνται (aitēsōntai)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Middle - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 154: To ask, request, petition, demand. Of uncertain derivation; to ask.

Barabbas
Βαραββᾶν (Barabban)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 912: Barabbas. Of Chaldee origin; son of Abba; Bar-abbas, an Israelite.

and
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

to have Jesus put to death.
ἀπολέσωσιν (apolesōsin)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 622: From apo and the base of olethros; to destroy fully, literally or figuratively.
(20) The chief priests and elders.--Brief as the statement is it implies much; the members of the Sanhedrin standing before Pilate's palace, mingling with the crowd, whispering--now to this man, now to that--praises of the robber, scoffs and slander against the Christ. As the next verse shows, they did their work effectively.

Verse 20. - But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude. For a short time the people appear to have wavered in their choice, and Pilate had hopes that his stratagem worked well. But the Sanhedrists were at hand with their insidious suggestions; not a voice was raised for Christ; all his friends were scattered or silenced; and his enemies easily swayed the fickle crowd. That they should ask (ask for) Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. By directing popular favour to Barabbas, they could make the condemnation of Jesus more certain. The expression in the Greek implies that they used their persuasive powers in order that (ἵνα) the people should demand the release of Barabbas, and compass the death of Jesus. 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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