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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - John 19:1-15

Here is a further account of the unfair trial which they gave to our Lord Jesus. The prosecutors carrying it on with great confusion among the people, and the judge with great confusion in his own breast, between both the narrative is such as is not easily reduced to method; we must therefore take the parts of it as they lie. I. The judge abuses the prisoner, though he declares him innocent, and hopes therewith to pacify the prosecutors; wherein his intention, if indeed it was good, will by no... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - John 19:7

The Jews answered him ,.... Finding they could make nothing of the charge of sedition against him, and that Pilate could not be prevailed upon to condemn him to death upon that score, they try another method, and charge him with blasphemy; which, if the other had succeeded, they would have concealed; because this, if proved, according to their law, would not have brought on him the kind of death they were desirous of: we have a law ; meaning the law of Moses, which they had received by... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - John 19:7

We have a law - In Leviticus 24:14-16 , we find that blasphemers of God were to be put to death; and the chief priests having charged Jesus with blasphemy, they therefore voted that he deserved to die. See Matthew 26:65 , Matthew 26:66 . They might refer also to the law against false prophets, Deuteronomy 18:20 . The Son of God - It is certain that the Jews understood this in a very peculiar sense. When Christ called himself the Son of God, they understood it to imply positive... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - John 19:7

Verse 7 7.We have a law. They mean that, in proceeding against Christ, they do what is right, and are not actuated by hatred or sinful passion; for they perceived that Pilate had indirectly reproved them. Now, they speak as in the presence of a man who was ignorant of the law; as if they had said, “We are permitted to live after our own manner, and our religion does not suffer any man to boast of being the Son of God. ” Besides, this accusation was not altogether void of plausibility, but they... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 19:4-7

(e) [Without the Praetorium.] Further protestations by Pilate of Christ's innocence bring out the hitherto-concealed Jewish verdict that he had claimed to be the Son of God. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 19:7

The Jews answered him , £ ready with an expedient which hitherto they had not ventured to try upon the Roman official. It might have met with the kind of reception which Gallio gave to the accusers of Sosthenes in the Corinthian court. He might have driven them at point of spear or whip from the judgment-seat. "The Jews' here mentioned, rather than "the chief priests and officers" of the previous verse, for the multitude—by some other spokesmen than they—exclaim, We have a law, and... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - John 19:7

We have a law - The law respecting blasphemy, Leviticus 24:16; Deuteronomy 13:1-5. They had arraigned Jesus on that charge before the Sanhedrin, and condemned him for it, Matthew 26:63-65. But this was not the charge on which they had arraigned him before Pilate. They had accused him of sedition, Luke 23:2. On this charge they were now convinced that they could not get Pilate to condemn him. He declared him innocent. Still bent on his ruin, and resolved to gain their purpose, they now, contrary... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - John 19:4-7

John 19:4-7 . Pilate went forth again Although he had given sentence that it should be as the Jews desired, and had delivered Jesus to the soldiers, to be scourged and crucified, he thought, if he were shown to the people in the condition in which he now was, covered with blood and wounds through the scourges, spit upon, crowned with thorns, &c., they might yet relent and let him go. And that the impression might be stronger, he went out himself and spoke to them, saying, Behold, I... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - John 19:1-16

156. Jesus before the people (Matthew 27:15-31; Mark 15:6-20; Luke 23:13-25; John 18:39-19:16)Although assured that Jesus was innocent, Pilate felt it wise to give the Jews some satisfaction; for by this time a crowd had gathered and he did not want a riot to break out. He therefore offered to punish Jesus by flogging, and consider the matter finished (Luke 23:13-16).But the people yelled for Jesus to be crucified. Pilate did not want the situation to get out of control, so made another offer.... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - John 19:7

by = according to. Greek. kata. App-104 . our = the. ought . Greek opheilo. Elsewhere in John only in John 13:14 . made Himself, &c. This was the charge on which the Sanhedrin condemned Him. See Matthew 26:65 , Matthew 26:66 . Compare Leviticus 24:16 . Son of God . App-98 . read more

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