John 19:13

Sat down on the judgement seat (ekaqisen epi bhmato). "Took his seat upon the bhma" (the raised platform for the judge outside the palace as in Acts 7:5 ). The examination is over and Pilate is now ready for the final stage. The Pavement (Liqostrwton). Late compound from liqo, stone, and the verbal adjective strwto form strwnnumi, to speak, a mosaic or tesselated pavement, spread with stones, in 2 Chronicles 7:3 , Josephus, Epictetus, papyri. The Chaldean name Gabbaqa, an elevation, was apparently given because of the shape.

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