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16 And they had

16. And it happened then a notable Priso- that there was at that ner, called Barabbas.

time a notorious MaleFactor, called Barabbas , in Prison for having been at the head of a great Se

dition. 17 Therefore when

17.When therefore Pilate together, Pilate said faw, that tho' no Capital unto them, Whom Crime was prov'd against will ye that I release Jesus, yet the Chief of the Of Jesus, which is cal- Fews were obftinately bent led Chrift?

to have him put to Death, and would hear no reason; he thought of this expedient; to propose to the Peos ple. Jesus and Barabbas, that they might choose which of them they would have released; thinking that surely they would choose Jesus, rather than such an infamous Malefactor as Barabbas.

18. For Pilate perceived 18 For he knew that for envy they plainly, by the whole carrihad delivered him.

age of the Business, that Jesus was brought before him meerly through the Envy and Malice of the Chief Priests and Scribes, who were enraged

at the Esteem which his Works

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and Doctrin had gained him among the People.

19. And Pilate was the 19 ( When he was more confirmed in his Opi- Judgment-seat , his

set down on the nion, by this Accident; wife sent unto him As he was sitting upon the saying , Have thou Bench, there came a Mef- that just man: for I senger from his Wife, to have suffered many defire him not to have any dream, because of Hand in any thing that him. should be done against that Innocent Person; for she had been much troubled in a Dream about him that Morning. God so ordering things by his special Providence, that

there should be from all sides Evidence of Jesus's Innocence and of the Jews invincible and Inexcufable Malice. 20 d 21. Pilate there

20 But the chief fore hoping to get Jesus prietts and elders Released by this Expedient, perswaded the mulproposed Jesus and Barab- should ask Barabbas bas together, that the Peo- and destroy Jesus.

21 The Goverple might choose which of

nor answered and them they would have Re- faid unto them, leased. But the

Chief Whether of the

twain will ye that I Priests and Elders strongly release unto you? urged the People, and con- They said Barabbas: trary to Pilates Expectati

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22. Then said Pilate; to them, What shall I do then with Je- What shall I do then with fus, which is calía Jesus? They all said with Chrift? They all

one consent, let him be say unto him, him be crucified.

Crucified. 23 And the gover

23. Pilate said ; Why, nor said, Why, what what Capital Crime have evil hath he done? But they cried out ye Convicted him of? I the more, saying, do not see that any thing Let him be crucified. worthy of Death, accord

ing to the Roman Laws, is proved against him. But they cried out with so much the greater Rage and Madness; Away with

him, Crucify him. 24 (When Pilate

24. Then Pilate, feeing saw that he could prevail nothing, but that he could not prevail that rather a tumult with the People to set Jesus was made, he took free, but that theTumult inhis hands before the creased to such a degree as multitude, saying, I even to endanger a Seditia blood of this just per- on, yielded to their Imporfon : see ye to it.

tunity; yet with a Proteftation of his own dislike of the Fact. For taking Water, and washing his Hands openly before the Multitude, he said; I am not guilty of Bb

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this innocent Mans Death;
Be ye answerable for it.

25. The People all Re 25 Then answered plied, We will be answer all the people, and

said , His bloed be able for it: If there be any us, and our guilt in this Matter, let it children. lie upon us and our Pofterity. 26.Pilate then released un

26 ( Then releafto them Bar abbas;and when ed he Barabbas unhe had scourged Jesus, and to them : and when

found that neither would sus, he delivered him See of that satisfy the People, to be crucified. Fobo 19. he delivered him up to be

Crucified.
27. | Then * the Soldi-

27 Then the solers came about Jesus, and diers of the govertook him into the Gover- nor took Jesus into nor's Hall, and gathered and gathered unto

the common hall, together their whole Com him the whole band pany, to abuse and make of soldiers. sport with him.

28. And because they 28 And they striphad heard that he had been ped him, and put stiled King of the Jews, robe.

a scarlet they stript him of his own, Cloaths, and in derision put upon him a Scarlet Robe.

on him

* It appears from the History, Fohn 19. that some of these things were done before Pilate Condemned Fesus : But St. Matthew for methods sake relates all these Circumstances together.

when they

29 | And when 29. Then setting upon his they had platted a Head a Wreath of Thorns crown of thorns, they put it upon his for a Crown, and putting head, and a reed in in his Hand a Reed or his right hand : and they bowed the knee Cane for a Scepter, they before him, and kneeled down before him, mocked him, saying, and in mockery Saluted Hail King of the Jews.

him as King. 30 And they spit 30. And they scornful. upon him, and took ly spit upon his Face; and the reed, and smote him on the head.

took the Cane out of his Hand, and beat him

upon the Head with it. 31 And after that

31. And they had mocked

were tired with mocking him, they took the robe off from him,& and abusing him, they dilpue his own rament robed him of his Royal away to crucify him. Attire, and put his own

Cloths on again, and led him away with the * Cross upon his Shoulders to be

Crucified. 32 And as they

32. And as they were came out,they found a man of Cyrene, going out of the City, they Simon by name; him met with one Simon a Cjthey compelled to renian ; & because Jesus was bear his cross.

weary and not able to carry the Cross any farther,or because they suspected Simon to be a favourer of Jesus,

* Some Learned Men think it was only that Piece of VVood which was to be fastened across the Stake.

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