Herod asked Jesus many questions, but Jesus said nothing.
The leading priests and teachers of the law were standing there, strongly accusing Jesus.
After Herod and his soldiers had made fun of Jesus, they dressed him in a kingly robe and sent him back to Pilate.
In the past, Pilate and Herod had always been enemies, but on that day they became friends.
Pilate called the people together with the leading priests and the Jewish leaders.
He said to them, "You brought this man to me, saying he makes trouble among the people. But I have questioned him before you all, and I have not found him guilty of what you say
Also, Herod found nothing wrong with him; he sent him back to us. Look, he has done nothing for which he should die.
So, after I punish him, I will let him go free."
But the people shouted together, "Take this man away! Let Barabbas go free!"
(Barabbas was a man who was in prison for his part in a riot in the city and for murder.