15 Now it was the governor’s custom at the festival to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd.

References for Matthew 27:15

16 At that time they had a well-known prisoner whose name was Jesusa Barabbas.

References for Matthew 27:16

    • Í 27:16 - Many manuscripts do not have "Jesus" ; also in verse 17.
      17 So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?”

      References for Matthew 27:17

      18 For he knew it was out of self-interest that they had handed Jesus over to him.
      19 While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”
      20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.

      References for Matthew 27:20

      21 “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor. “Barabbas,” they answered.
      22 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked. They all answered, “Crucify him!”

      References for Matthew 27:22

      23 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”