12. Judged by Pilate
1 aNow when morning had come, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took bcounsel against Jesus to put Him to death.
2 And having bound Him, they led Him away and delivered Him to 1aPilate the governor.
3 Then aJudas, who betrayed Him, seeing that He was condemned, 1regretted and returned the bthirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
4 Saying, I have sinned in betraying ainnocent blood. But they said, What is that to us? You see to that yourself!
5 And he threw the pieces of silver into the temple and departed, and he went away and ahanged himself.
6 And the 1chief priests took the pieces of silver and said, It is not lawful to put them into the 2temple atreasury, since it is blood money.
7 And after taking counsel, they bought with it the potter's field as a burial place for strangers.
8 Therefore that field has been called the aField of Blood to this day.
9 At that time what was spoken through 1Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled, saying, a"And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of Him that had been priced, whom they of the sons of Israel had priced,
10 And they gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord directed me.''
11 aAnd Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor questioned Him, saying, Are You the bKing of the Jews? And Jesus said, cIt is as you say.
12 And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered 1anothing.
13 Then Pilate said to Him, Do You not hear how many things they testify aagainst You?
14 And He did 1anot answer him, not even to one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.
15 aNow at the feasts the governor was accustomed to release to the crowd one prisoner whom they wanted.
16 And they had at that time a notorious prisoner named Barabbas.
17 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said to them, 1Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas or Jesus who is called Christ?
18 For he knew that it was because of envy that they had delivered Him up.
19 And while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, saying, Have nothing to do with that arighteous man, for I have suffered much today in a 1bdream because of Him.
20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to aask for Barabbas and to destroy Jesus.
21 And the governor answered and said to them, Which of the two do you want me to release to you? And they said, Barabbas.
22 Pilate said to them, What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ? They all said, Let Him be crucified!
23 But he said, Why, awhat evil has He done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let Him be crucified!
24 And Pilate, seeing that nothing was gained but rather that an auproar was taking place, took water and 1bwashed his hands before the crowd, saying, 2I am innocent of this 3cman's blood. You see to it yourselves.
25 And all the people answered and said, His ablood be upon us and upon our children!
26 Then he released to them Barabbas, but Jesus he 1ascourged and delivered up to be 2crucified.