John 19:11

“Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Iesus answered, Thou couldest haue no power at all against me, except it were giuen thee from aboue: therfore he that deliuered me vnto thee, hath the greater sinne.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Jesus answered, "You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above; for this reason he who delivered Me to you has {the} greater sin."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Jesus answered him, Thou wouldest have no power against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath greater sin.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Jesus gave this answer: You would have no power at all over me if it was not given to you by God; so that he who gave me up to you has the greater sin.
- Basic English Bible

Jesus answered, Thou hadst no authority whatever against me if it were not given to thee from above. On this account he that has delivered me up to thee has [the] greater sin.
- Darby Bible

Jesus answered, Thou couldst have no power against me; except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me to thee hath the greater sin.
- Webster's Bible

You would have had no power whatever over me, replied Jesus, "had it not been granted you from above. On that account he who has delivered me up to you is more guilty than you are."
- Weymouth Bible

Jesus answered, "You would have no power at all against me, unless it were given to you from above. Therefore he who delivered me to you has greater sin."
- World English Bible

Jhesus answeride, Thou schuldist not `haue ony power ayens me, but it were youun to thee from aboue; therfor he that bitook me to thee, hath the more synne.
- Wycliffe Bible

Jesus answered, `Thou wouldst have no authority against me, if it were not having been given thee from above; because of this, he who is delivering me up to thee hath greater sin.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 19:11


19:11 Thou couldst have no power over me - For I have done nothing to expose me to the power of any magistrate. Therefore he that delivered me to thee, namely, Caiaphas, knowing this, is more blamable than thou.


People's Bible Notes for John 19:11


Joh 19:11 Thou couldest have no power [at all] against me, etc. Jesus breaks the silence and at once assumes the position of Pilate's judge. He declares that Pilate could have no power over himself unless it were given him. Christ submitted because it was the Father's will that he should drink the cup. Poor, helpless Pilate was not so great a sinner as the Jews, who might have known better, who were filled with devilish hate, who were now forcing Pilate to the crime. The words of Christ are really words of compassion.

Discussion for John 19:11

  • A magistrate is regarded as someone having the super powers in the worldly human sense but I see Jesus Christ overiding all their powers and instituting his dominion ,authrity and power. He said unless the power is given from above that is Christ himself.
  • Anthony Sims for verse 11
    Look Mr.Pilate, I came to fulfill the old testiment prophecies. Now I am to be beaten, mocked, spat upon, cursed, despised, then nailed to a cross until dead. This is my FATHER GOD 'S will that I do this and I love you as well as my accusers. So unless you would take my place, let 's get the show on the road. HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH! PRAISE GOD! JESUS LIVES! JESUS HEALS! JESUS SAVES! JESUS LOVES! HALLELUJAH! AMEN. IT IS DONE.
  • Jayv Pilai for verse 11
    This an episode that has always fascinated me If anyone wants to know what I think Jesus meant by this write to me and I will let them know It is so full of truth and wisdom

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