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Luke 23:16

    Luke 23:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    I will therefore chastise him, and release him.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    I will therefore chastise him, and release him.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    I will therefore chastise him, and release him.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And so I will give him punishment and let him go.

    Webster's Revision

    I will therefore chastise him, and release him.

    World English Bible

    I will therefore chastise him and release him."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    I will therefore chastise him, and release him.

    Barnes' Notes on Luke 23:16

    I will therefore chastise him - The word "chastise" here means to "scourge or to whip." This was usually done before capital punishment, to increase the sufferings of the man condemned. It is not easy to see the reason why, if Pilate supposed Jesus to be "innocent," he should propose publicly to scourge him. It was as "really" unjust to do that as it was to crucify him. But probably he expected by this to conciliate the minds of his accusers; to show them that he was willing to gratify them if it "could" be done with propriety; and perhaps he expected that by seeing him whipped and disgraced, and condemned to ridicule, to contempt, and to suffering, they would be satisfied. It is farther remarked that among the Romans it was competent for a magistrate to inflict a "slight" punishment on a man when a charge of gross offence was not fully made out, or where there was not sufficient testimony to substantiate the precise charge alleged. All this shows,

    1. The palpable "injustice" of our Lord's condemnation;

    2. The persevering malice and obstinacy of the Jews; and,

    3. The want of firmness in Pilate.

    He should have released him at once; but the love of "popularity" led him to the murder of the Son of God. Man should do his duty in all situations; and he that, like Pilate, seeks only for public favor and popularity, will assuredly be led into crime.

    Wesley's Notes on Luke 23:16

    23:16 I will therefore chastise him - Here Pilate began to give ground, which only encouraged them to press on. Mt 27:15; Mr 15:6; Joh 18:39.