John 19:14

“And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And it was the preparation of the Passeouer, and about the sixt houre: and he saith vnto the Iewes, Beholde your King.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover; it was about the sixth hour. And he *said to the Jews, "Behold, your King!"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now it was the Preparation of the passover: it was about the sixth hour. And he saith unto the Jews, Behold, your King!
- American Standard Version (1901)

(It was the day when they made ready for the Passover; and it was about the sixth hour.) And he said to the Jews, There is your King!
- Basic English Bible

(now it was [the] preparation of the passover; it was about the sixth hour;) and he says to the Jews, Behold your king!
- Darby Bible

And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith to the Jews, Behold your King!
- Webster's Bible

It was the day of Preparation for the Passover, about six o'clock in the morning. Then he said to the Jews, "There is your king!"
- Weymouth Bible

Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, at about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, "Behold, your King!"
- World English Bible

And it was pask eue, as it were the sixte our. And he seith to the Jewis, Lo! youre king.
- Wycliffe Bible

and it was the preparation of the passover, and as it were the sixth hour, and he saith to the Jews, `Lo, your king!'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 19:14


19:14 It was the preparation of the passover - For this reason both the Jews and Pilate were desirous to bring the matter to a conclusion. Every Friday was called the preparation, (namely, for the Sabbath.) And as often as the passover fell on a Friday, that day was called the preparation of the passover.


People's Bible Notes for John 19:14


Joh 19:14 It was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour. John marks the exact time when this remarkable judgment was rendered. It was about six o'clock in the morning, on Friday, the day of preparation for the passover. Mark says that the crucifixion began at the third hour (Mr 15:25), nine o'clock, as the Hebrews began to count at six. John wrote many years later, after Jerusalem had fallen, among people who began to count at midnight, as did all the Roman world, and he therefore used their language and called six o'clock the sixth hour, as we do, rather than the first hour as the Hebrews did. Christ and his apostles had eaten the passover already. How then could it be that was the preparation day? Amid conflicting views, I can only give what seems to me the best solution: (1) It is certain that Christ ate a meal the evening before in the Upper Room which was called a passover. (2) It is certain from Joh 18:28 that the Jews had not eaten the passover at that time. (3) It seems clear to me that Christ, anxious to eat this passover (see Lu 22:15), ate it in advance of the usual time, in order that he, the true Paschal Lamb, "Our Passover" (1Co 5:7) might be offered on the same day that the passover was eaten. The priests hurried the trial and execution of Jesus so that they might proceed to the preparation of the passover that evening. As the Lord's supper was anticipatory of the suffering on the cross, so was the Lord's last passover. The question has difficulties, but this view has fewer than any other.

Discussion for John 19:14

  • John Russell for verse 14
    Perhaps "the sixth hour" refers to the amount of time (6 hours) between the arrest of Jesus and Pilate's delivery of him to be crucified.

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