New International Version
"But not during the festival," they said, "or there may be a riot among the people."
King James Bible
But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.
Darby Bible Translation
but they said, Not in the feast, that there be not a tumult among the people.
World English Bible
But they said, "Not during the feast, lest a riot occur among the people."
Young's Literal Translation
and they said, 'Not in the feast, that there may not be a tumult among the people.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar - It was usual for the Jews to punish criminals at the public festivals; but in this case they were afraid of an insurrection, as our Lord had become very popular. The providence of God directed it thus, for the reason given in the preceding note.
He who observes a festival on motives purely human violates it in his heart, and is a hypocrite before God. It is likely they feared the Galileans, as being the countrymen of our Lord, more than they feared the people of Jerusalem.
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When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. "I am innocent of this man's blood," he said. "It is your responsibility!"
"But not during the festival," they said, "or the people may riot."
Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul's traveling companions from Macedonia, and all of them rushed into the theater together.
"Aren't you the Egyptian who started a revolt and led four thousand terrorists out into the wilderness some time ago?"
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