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

  • Bruce
    Irene:11/19 Your post,centurians asked. Something you read in another book! 3nd time! What line are "you"crossing? we are to live by every WORD of GOD:Luke 4:4. not other books! Satan is a roaring lion, a powerful demon,he can use the littlest thing to drive someone into the lake of fire! Using The Lord's Word correctly has everything to do with someone's salvation. Is He calling you.John 6:44
  • Irene123
    To Bruce, one month ago; I didn't say 'centurions' ..........; I'm not upset by your 'correction', I just know what I said. And come to that - 'centurions, priests, and Pharisees - have NOTHING to do with - salvation. So a mistaken word in such a place isn't hurting anybody. And - they can simply read it for themselves - which they ought to do anyway - Acts 17:11.
  • Seven Trumpets
    (25) "Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children." We read these things, and our hearts break with anguish, and we can't believe ANYONE could be so hateful and cruel! All through their history, the disobedient children of Israel have sought every way to break their bands of God, and the world has watched with disgust. But are not the Nations doing the same?
  • Matt
    It was prophecy that our Savior was to be crucified from the time Eve and Adam were literally and spiritually seduced. God told Satan, "I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; It shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel." He came here to destroy death: the devil. If you believe on Him, you will be saved; but if you don't, you will die in hell.
  • 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.

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