John 18:19-24 (Today's New International Version)

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The High Priest Questions Jesus

18:19-24pp -- Mt 26:59-68; Mk 14:55-65; Lk 22:63-71

19 Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. 20 "I have spoken openly to the world," Jesus replied. "I always taught in synagogues1 or at the temple,2 where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret.3 21 Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said." 22 When Jesus said this, one of the officials4 nearby slapped him in the face.5 "Is this the way you answer the high priest?" he demanded. 23 "If I said something wrong," Jesus replied, "testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?"6 24 Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas7 the high priest.
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