John 18:40

40 They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising.

John 18:40 in Other Translations

KJV
40 Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber.
ESV
40 They cried out again, "Not this man, but Barabbas!" Now Barabbas was a robber.
NLT
40 But they shouted back, “No! Not this man. We want Barabbas!” (Barabbas was a revolutionary.)
MSG
40 They shouted back, "Not this one, but Barabbas!" Barabbas was a Jewish freedom fighter.
CSB
40 They shouted back, "Not this man, but Barabbas!" Now Barabbas was a revolutionary.

John 18:40 Meaning and Commentary

John 18:40

Then cried they all again
For it seems that Pilate had made this proposal once before, and that this was the second time, though not mentioned; yet some copies, and the Syriac, Arabic, Persic, and Ethiopic versions, leave out the word "again": they all, priests and people, in a very clamorous manner, cried out as one man, with one united voice, all at once; saying, not this man, but Barabbas; now Barabbas was a robber;
who was an emblem of God's elect in a state of nature, released and set free when Christ was condemned. These, as he, many of them at least, are notorious sinners, the chief of sinners, robbers and murderers; who have robbed God of his glory, and destroyed themselves; are prisoners, concluded in sin and unbelief, and shut up in the law, and in a pit, wherein is no water, in their natural state; and were, as this man, worthy of death, and by nature children of wrath; and yet children of God by adopting grace, as his name Bar Abba signifies, "the son of the father": these, though such criminals, and so deserving of punishment, were let go free, when Christ was taken, condemned, and died; and which was according to the wise and secret counsel of Jehovah, and is a large discovery of divine grace; and what lays those who are released under the greatest obligations to live to him, who suffered for them, in their room and stead.

John 18:40 In-Context

38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.
39 But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?”
40 They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising.

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