As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, "Crucify! Crucify!" But Pilate answered, "You take him and crucify him.1 As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him."27
The Jews insisted, "We have a law, and according to that law he must die,3 because he claimed to be the Son of God."48
When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid,
and he went back inside the palace.5 "Where do you come from?" he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer.610
"Do you refuse to speak to me?" Pilate said. "Don't you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?"
Jesus answered, "You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above.7 Therefore the one who handed me over to you8 is guilty of a greater sin."12
From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jews kept shouting, "If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king9 opposes Caesar."
When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge's seat10 at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic11 is Gabbatha).
It was the day of Preparation12 of Passover Week, about the sixth hour.13 "Here is your king,"14 Pilate said to the Jews.
But they shouted, "Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!" "Shall I crucify your king?" Pilate asked. "We have no king but Caesar," the chief priests answered.