New American Standard Bible
At that time they were holding a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas.
King James Bible
And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.
Darby Bible Translation
And they had then a notable prisoner, named Barabbas.
World English Bible
They had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.
Young's Literal Translation
and they had then a noted prisoner, called Barabbas,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
A notable prisoner - The word "notable" means one that is "distinguished" in any way either for great virtues or great crimes.
In this place it evidently means the latter He was perhaps the leader of a band who had been guilty of sedition, and had committed murder in an insurrection, Luke 23:19.
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.
Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the people any one prisoner whom they wanted.
So when the people gathered together, Pilate said to them, "Whom do you want me to release for you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?"
Greet Andronicus and Junias, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners, who are outstanding among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.
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