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Ye have a custom that I should release unto you one at the
passover : Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus, which is called Christ?
Will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews?
For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy :
When he was set down on the judgementseat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man; for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.
And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people,
Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me as one that perverteth the people, and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man, touching those things whereof ye accuse him :
No, nor yet Herod : for I sent you to him: and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him.
I will therefore chastise him, and release him.
(For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)
But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
And they cried out all at once, saying,