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John 18:30

30 “If he were not a criminal,” they replied, “we would not have handed him over to you.”

Read John 18:30 Using Other Translations

They answered and said unto him, If he were not a malefactor, we would not have delivered him up unto thee.
They answered him, "If this man were not doing evil, we would not have delivered him over to you."
“We wouldn’t have handed him over to you if he weren’t a criminal!” they retorted.

What does John 18:30 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
John 18:30

They answered and said unto him
Offended at the question put to them, and filled with indignation that they should be so interrogated, with an air of haughtiness and insolence reply to him:

if he were not a malefactor, we would not have delivered him up unto
thee;
insinuating, that he was guilty of some very wicked action; not merely of a breach of some of their laws peculiar to them; for then they would have tried and judged him according to them, and not have brought him before him; but they suggest, that he was guilty of some crimes recognizable by Caesar's court; and which they did not care to mention expressly, lest they should not succeed, not having it may be as yet, their witnesses ready; and hoped he would have took their own word for it, without any further proof, they being men of such rank and dignity, and of so much knowledge, learning, and religion; and therefore took it ill of him, that he should ask such persons as they were, so famous for their prudence, integrity, and sanctity, such a question: however, they own themselves to be the betrayers and deliverers up of our Lord, which Christ had before foretold, and which Stephen afterwards charged them with.

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