Matthew 27:24

“When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

When Pilate saw that he could preuaile nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, hee tooke water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this iust person: see yee to it.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather that a riot was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd, saying, "I am innocent of this Man's blood; see {to that} yourselves."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

So when Pilate saw that he prevailed nothing, but rather that a tumult was arising, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this righteous man; see ye `to it'.
- American Standard Version (1901)

So when Pilate saw that he was able to do nothing, but that trouble was working up, he took water and, washing his hands before the people, said, The blood of this upright man is not on my hands: you are responsible.
- Basic English Bible

And Pilate, seeing that it availed nothing, but that rather a tumult was arising, having taken water, washed his hands before the crowd, saying, I am guiltless of the blood of this righteous one: see *ye* [to it].
- Darby Bible

When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
- Webster's Bible

So when he saw that he could gain nothing, but that on the contrary there was a riot threatening, he called for water and washed his hands in sight of them all, saying, "I am not responsible for this murder: you must answer for it."
- Weymouth Bible

So when Pilate saw that nothing was being gained, but rather that a disturbance was starting, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, "I am innocent of the blood of this righteous person. You see to it."
- World English Bible

And Pilat seynge that he profitide no thing, but that the more noyse was maad, took watir, and waischide hise hondis bifor the puple, and seide, Y am giltles of the blood of this riytful man; bise you.
- Wycliffe Bible

And Pilate having seen that it profiteth nothing, but rather a tumult is made, having taken water, he did wash the hands before the multitude, saying, `I am innocent from the blood of this righteous one; ye -- ye shall see;'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 27:24


27:24 Then Pilate took water and washed his hands - This was a custom frequently used among the heathens as well as among the Jews, in token of innocency.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 27:24


Mt 27:24 When Pilate saw that . . . a tumult was made. It was a dangerous time for a tumult, with more than a million Jews in Jerusalem, and probably not a thousand Roman soldiers in the castle. If one occurred, it would be reported to Rome, and he could hardly make a plausible defense to the emperor. He therefore yielded, and gave his sanction to confessed wrong, rather than endanger himself. Washed [his] hands. A symbolic act, meaning that the responsibility of the sin was upon the Jewish authorities and people instead of himself.

Discussion for Matthew 27

  • Sharon
    Worthy the lamb that was slain. His kingdom shall have no end.
  • Bruce
    Irene123: centurions did not ask pilot to secure the grave. V:62-66: the chief priests and Pharisees came to asked pilate to secure the grave.
  • Irene123
    Matt. 27:3 - Judas saw what he did - too late. Even though Jesus will forgive 70 times 7 - there is a line. And we willingly cross it. It depends on what we crossed the line for, and how the Lord has been dealing with us not to do so, whether He accepts our repentance or not. We must not even consider committing sin, because we don't know where that 'line' is for us with God.
  • Irene123
    V. 34 - it says they brought to Him vinegar mixed with gall; He 'tasted' it, but would not drink it - because in His suffering was our salvation. Gall is myrrh - which is an anesthetic for pain. He also could have simply come down of His own power, or called angels, but we would have no salvation.
  • Irene123
    I didn't 'see' this myself; I read it in a book. V. 63 - the Centurians had more 'faith' than the disciples; they asked of Pilate that a guard be set at Jesus' tomb, because - they had heard...............; the disciples completely forgot about what Jesus said.
  • Irene123
    To Lois - I like your 'assessment' of the color. And too, it could be that scarlet and purple were interchangeable back then - in that area. I don't 'think' it matters; it doesn't appear to apply to salvation .....?

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