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

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

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

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Ask Barabbas - Who had raised an insurrection and committed murder - and to destroy Jesus, whose voice was never heard in their streets, and who had, during the space of three years and a half, gone about unweariedly, from village to village, instructing the ignorant, healing the diseased, and raising the dead.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

persuaded.

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

Acts 14:18,19 And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice to 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 to 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 said to them, Shall I crucify your King...

Acts 3:14,15 But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted to you...

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The Blind Watchers at the Cross
'And sitting down they watched Him there.' --MATT. xxvii. 36. Our thoughts are, rightly, so absorbed by the central Figure in this great chapter that we pass by almost unnoticed the groups round the cross. And yet there are large lessons to be learned from each of them. These rude soldiers, four in number, as we infer from John's Gospel, had no doubt joined with their comrades in the coarse mockery which preceded the sad procession to Calvary; and then they had to do the rough work of the executioners,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Crucifixion
'And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, 34. They gave Him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when He had tasted thereof, He would not drink. 35. And they crucified Him, and parted His garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted My garments among them, and upon My vesture did they cast lots. 36. And sitting down they watched Him there; 37. And set up over His head His accusation written, THIS
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Eloi.
"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"--ST MATTHEW xxvii. 46. I do not know that I should dare to approach this, of all utterances into which human breath has ever been moulded, most awful in import, did I not feel that, containing both germ and blossom of the final devotion, it contains therefore the deepest practical lesson the human heart has to learn. The Lord, the Revealer, hides nothing that can be revealed, and will not warn away the foot that treads in naked humility even upon the
George MacDonald—Unspoken Sermons

Third Stage of Jewish Trial. Jesus Formally Condemned by the Sanhedrin and Led to Pilate.
(Jerusalem. Friday After Dawn.) ^A Matt. XXVII. 1, 2; ^B Mark XV. 1; ^C Luke XXII. 66-23:1; ^D John XVIII. 28. ^a 1 Now when morning was come, ^c 66 And as soon as it was day, ^b straightway ^c the assembly of the elders of the people was gathered together, both chief priests and scribes; and they led him away into their council, ^a all the chief priests and { ^b with} the elders ^a of the people ^b and scribes, and the whole council, held a consultation, and ^a took counsel against Jesus to put
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

Cross References
Jeremiah 26:8
But as soon as Jeremiah finished telling all the people everything the LORD had commanded him to say, the priests, the prophets and all the people seized him and said, "You must die!

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

Acts 3:14
You disowned 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.

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