Matthew Chapter 27, Verse 20

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20: οι δε αρχιερεις και οι πρεσβυτεροι επεισαν τους οχλους ινα αιτησωνται τον βαραββαν τον δε ιησουν απολεσωσιν— edit Textus Receptus
20: But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.— edit KJV text
20: But the chief priests and ancients persuaded the people that they should ask Barabbas and make Jesus away.— edit Douay text


Persuaded the multitude. The release of a prisoner was to be to the people, not to the rulers. The rulers therefore, in order to secure the condemnation of Jesus, urged on the people to demand Barabbas. The people were greatly under the influence of the priests. Galileans among the citizens of Jerusalem were held in contempt. The priests turned the pretensions of Jesus into ridicule. Hence in a popular tumult, among a flexible and changing multitude, they easily excited them, who but a little before had cried hosanna, to cry crucify him.

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