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Matthew 27:14

    Matthew 27:14 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And he answered him to never a word; so that the governor marveled greatly.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And he gave him no answer, not even to one word: insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And he gave him no answer, not even a word: so that the ruler was greatly surprised.

    Webster's Revision

    And he gave him no answer, not even to one word: insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.

    World English Bible

    He gave him no answer, not even one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And he gave him no answer, not even to one word: insomuch that the governor marveled greatly.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 27:14

    Marveled greatly - Silence under calumny manifests the utmost magnanimity. The chief priests did not admire this because it confounded them; but Pilate, who had no interest to serve by it, was deeply affected. This very silence was predicted. Isaiah 53:7.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 27:14

    To never a word - That is, not at all. He said nothing. This is, an emphatic way of saying that he answered nothing. There was no need of his replying. He was innocent, and they offered no proof of guilt. Besides, his appearance was full evidence in his favor. He was poor, unarmed, without powerful friends, and alone. His life had been public, and his sentiments were well known, and the charge had on the face of it the aspect of absurdity. It deserved, therefore, no answer.

    Marvelled greatly - Wondered exceedingly, or was much surprised. He was probably more surprised that he bore this so meekly, and did not return railing for railing, than that he did not set up a defense. The latter was unnecessary - the former was unusual. The governor was not accustomed to see it, and was therefore greatly amazed.

    It was at this time that Pilate, having heard them speak of Galilee Luke 23:5, asked if he was a Galilean. Having ascertained that he was, and being probably desirous of freeing himself from any further trouble in the affair, under pretence that he belonged to Herod's jurisdiction, he sent Jesus to Herod, who was then at Jerusalem attending the feast of the Passover, Luke 23:6-12. Herod, having examined him, and finding no cause of death in him, sent him back to Pilate. Pleased with the respect which had been shown him, Herod laid aside his enmity against Pilate, and they became friends. The cause of their friendship does not appear to be at all that they were united in opposing the claims of Jesus to be the Messiah, but the respect which Pilate had shown in sending Jesus to him.