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Luke 23:3-4

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23:3 So 1  Pilate asked Jesus, 2  “Are you the king 3  of the Jews?” He replied, “You say so.” 4  23:4 Then 5  Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no basis for an accusation 6  against this man.”

1 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “so” to indicate the implied result of the charges brought in the previous verse.

2 tn Grk “him”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

3 snAre you the king of the Jews?” Pilate was interested only in the third charge, because of its political implications of sedition against Rome.

4 sn The reply “You say so” is somewhat enigmatic, like Jesus’ earlier reply to the Jewish leadership in 22:70.

5 tn Here δέ (de) has been translated as “then” to indicate the implied sequence of events within the narrative.

6 tn Grk “find no cause.”

sn Pilate’s statement “I find no reason for an accusation” is the first of several remarks in Luke 23 that Jesus is innocent or of efforts to release him (vv. 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 22).



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