"What is truth?" Pilate asked. With this he went out again to the Jews and said, "I find no basis for a charge against him.
Pilate *said to Him, "What is truth?" And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews and *said to them, "I find no guilt in Him.
"What is truth?" Pilate asked. Then he went out again to the people and told them, "He is not guilty of any crime.
Pilate said, "What is truth?" Then he went back out to the Jews and told them, "I find nothing wrong in this man.
Pilate said to him, True? what is true? Having said this he went out again to the Jews and said to them, I see no wrong in him.
Pilate asked him, "What is truth?" After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, "I find no case against him.
Pilate said to Him, "What is truth?" And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, "I find no fault in Him at all.
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1 tn Grk “Pilate said.”
2 sn With his reply “What is truth?” Pilate dismissed the matter. It is not clear what Pilate’s attitude was at this point, as in 18:33. He may have been sarcastic, or perhaps somewhat reflective. The author has not given enough information in the narrative to be sure. Within the narrative, Pilate’s question serves to make the reader reflect on what truth is, and that answer (in the narrative) has already been given (14:6).
3 tn Or “the Jewish authorities”; Grk “the Jews.” Here the phrase refers to the Jewish leaders, especially members of the Sanhedrin. See the note on the phrase “Jewish leaders” in v. 12. The term also occurs in v. 31, where it is clear the Jewish leaders are in view, because they state that they cannot legally carry out an execution. Although it is likely (in view of the synoptic parallels) that the crowd here in 18:38 was made up not just of the Jewish leaders, but of ordinary residents of Jerusalem and pilgrims who were in Jerusalem for the Passover, nevertheless in John’s Gospel Pilate is primarily in dialogue with the leadership of the nation, who are expressly mentioned in 18:35 and 19:6.
4 tn Grk “said to them.”
5 tn Grk “find no cause.”