Early in the morning the chief priests with the elders and scribes and the whole Council, immediately held a consultation ; and binding Jesus, they led Him away and delivered Him to Pilate.
Pilate questioned Him, "Are You the King of the Jews ?" And He answered him, "It is as you say."
But Pilate said to them, "Why, what evil has He done ?" But they shouted all the more, "Crucify Him!"
Wishing to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them, and after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified.
Joseph of Arimathea came, a prominent member of the Council, who himself was waiting for the kingdom of God ; and he gathered up courage and went in before Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus.
Pilate wondered if He was dead by this time, and summoning the centurion, he questioned him as to whether He was already dead.