New American Standard Bible
Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the people any one prisoner whom they wanted.
King James Bible
Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.
Darby Bible Translation
Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release one prisoner to the crowd, whom they would.
World English Bible
Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release to the multitude one prisoner, whom they desired.
Young's Literal Translation
And at the feast the governor had been accustomed to release one to the multitude, a prisoner, whom they willed,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
At that feast - The feast of the Passover.
The governor was wont to release ... - that is, was "accustomed" to release.
From what this custom arose, or by whom it was introduced, is not known. It was probably adopted to secure popularity among the Jews, and to render the government of the Romans less odious. Any little indulgence granted to the Jews during the heavy oppression of the Romans would serve to conciliate their favor, and to keep the nation from sedition. It might happen often that when persons were arraigned before the Romans on charge of sedition, some special favorite of the people, or some leader, might be among the number. It is evident that if they had the privilege of recovering such a person, it would serve much to allay their feelings, and make tolerable the yoke under which they groaned.
LibraryThe Sentence which Condemned the Judges
And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked Him, saying, Art Thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest. 12. And when He was accused of the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing. 13. Then said Pilate unto Him, Hearest Thou not how many things they witness against Thee? 14. And He answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly. 15. Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would. …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Taunts Turning to Testimonies
Remorse and Suicide of Judas.
At that time they were holding a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas.
Now at the feast he used to release for them any one prisoner whom they requested.
Now he was obliged to release to them at the feast one prisoner.
But they cried out all together, saying, "Away with this man, and release for us Barabbas!"
but Peter was standing at the door outside. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the doorkeeper, and brought Peter in.
"But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover; do you wish then that I release for you the King of the Jews?"
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