King James Version (KJV)
15 Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.
16 And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.
17 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?
18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
KING JAMES VERSION BIBLE STUDY
EXPOSITION / COMMENTARY /
SUMMARY AND LIFE APPLICATION:
MATTHEW 27:15-18: VERSE BY VERSE STUDY
Jesus Stands Trial Before Pilate PART 2.
PART 4: v18: For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
V18: For envy - Δια φθονον, through malice. Then it was his business, as an upright judge, to have dispersed this mob, and immediately released Jesus.
Seeing malice is capable of putting even Christ himself to death, how careful should we be not to let the least spark of it harbor in our breast. Let it be remembered that malice as often originates from envy as it does from anger.
Further Study v18: “For he knew that for envy”: He drew away the people from them. This Pilate understood, probably, from his knowledge of the pride and ambition of the rulers, and from the fact that no danger could arise from a person that appeared like Jesus. If Pilate knew this, he was bound to release him himself. As a governor and judge, he was under obligation to protect the innocent, and should, in spite of all the opposition of the Jews, at once should have set him free.
Pilate saw in their countenances, and by their charges against him, and by the whole of their conduct, that it was not out of any regard to Caesar, or to the peace and tranquility of the civil government, or to strict justice; but from envy, at his popularity, at his fame and credit, the honor, glory, and applause he had among the people, on account of his doctrine, and miracles, that they had delivered him up into his hands.
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