From this point on, Pilate tried 1 to release him. But the Jewish leaders 2 shouted out, 3 “If you release this man, 4 you are no friend of Caesar! 5 Everyone who claims to be a king 6 opposes Caesar!”
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1 tn Grk “sought.”
2 tn Or “the Jewish authorities”; Grk “the Jews.” Here the phrase refers to the Jewish leaders, especially members of the Sanhedrin, and their servants (mentioned specifically as “the chief priests and their servants” in John 19:6). See the note on the phrase “Jewish leaders” in v. 7.
3 tn Grk “shouted out, saying.”
4 tn Grk “this one.”
5 sn Is the author using the phrase Friend of Caesar in a technical sense, as a title bestowed on people for loyal service to the Emperor, or in a more general sense merely describing a person as loyal to the Emperor? L. Morris (John [NICNT], 798) thinks it is “unlikely” that the title is used in the technical sense, and J. H. Bernard (St. John [ICC], 2:621) argues that the technical sense of the phrase as an official title was not used before the time of Vespasian (
6 tn Grk “who makes himself out to be a king.”