Now during a festival, Pilate used to set free one prisoner, whomever the crowd requested.
There was in prison among the rebels who had committed murder during the insurrection a man called Bar-Abba. When the crowd came up and began ask
ing Pilate to do for them what he usually did, h
e asked them, "Do you want me to set free for you the `King of the Jews'?"
For it was evident to him that it was out of jealousy that the head cohanim had handed him over.
But the head cohanim stirred up the crowd to have him release Bar-Abba for them instead.
Pilate again said to them, "Then what should I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?"
They shouted back, "Put him to death on the stake!"
He asked, "Why? What crime has he committed?" But they only shouted louder, "Put him to death on the stake!"
So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the mob, set Bar-Abba free for them; but he had Yeshua whipped and then handed him over to be executed on the stake.