John 19:22

22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

John 19:22 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
22 Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.
English Standard Version (ESV)
22 Pilate answered, "What I have written I have written."
New Living Translation (NLT)
22 Pilate replied, “No, what I have written, I have written.”
The Message Bible (MSG)
22 Pilate said, "What I've written, I've written."
American Standard Version (ASV)
22 Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
22 Pilate replied, "I have written what I've written."
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
22 Pilate replied, "What I have written, I have written."
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
22 Pilate answered, "I have written what I have written."

John 19:22 Meaning and Commentary

John 19:22

Pilate answered, what I have written I have written
He seems to say this, as one angry and displeased with them; either because they would not consent to release Jesus, which he was desirous of, but pressed him so very hard to crucify him; or at their insolence, in directing him in what form to put the superscription, which he determines shall stand unaltered, as he had wrote it. This he said, either because he could not alter it after it was written, for it is said F23, that

``a proconsul's table is his sentence, which being once read, not one letter can either be increased or diminished; but as it is recited, so it is related in the instrument of the province;''

or if he could have altered it, he was not suffered by God to do it; but was so directed, and over ruled by divine providence, as to write, so to persist in, and abide by what he had wrote inviolably; which is the sense of his words. Dr. Lightfoot has given several instances out of the Talmud, showing that this is a common way of speaking with the Rabbins; and that words thus doubled signify that what is spoken of stands good, and is irrevocable: so a widow taking any of the moveable goods of her husband deceased for her maintenance, it is said F24, (hopt hoptv hm) , "what she takes, she takes"; that is, she may lawfully do it, and retain it: it continues in her hands, and cannot be taken away from her; and so the gloss explains it, "they do not take it from her"; and in the same way Maimonides F25 interprets it: so of a man that binds himself to offer an oblation one way, and he offers it another way, (aybh aybhv) (hm) , "what he has offered, he has offered F26"; what he has offered is right, it stands good, and is not to be rejected: and again, among the rites used by a deceased brother's wife, towards him that refuses to marry her, if one thing is done before the other, it matters not, (ywve ywvev hm) , "what is done, is done F1"; and is not to be undone, or done over again in another way; it stands firm and good, and not to be objected to: and the same writer observes, that this is a sort of prophecy of Pilate, and which should continue, and for ever obtain, that the Jews should have no other King Messiah than Jesus of Nazareth; nor have they had any other; all that have risen up have proved false Messiahs; nor will they have any other; nor indeed any king, until they seek the Lord their God, and David their king, ( Hosea 3:5 ) that is, the son of David, as they will do in the latter day; when they shall be converted, and when they shall own him as their king, their ancestors at this time were ashamed of.


F23 Apulei Florid. c. 9.
F24 T. Bab. Cetubot, fol. 96. 1.
F25 Hilchot Ishot, c. 18. sect. 10.
F26 T. Bab. Menachot, fol. 3. 1.
F1 T. Bab. Yebamot, fol. 106. 2.

John 19:22 In-Context

20 Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek.
21 The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.”
22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”
23 When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.
24 “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.” This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said, “They divided my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.”So this is what the soldiers did.
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