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Matthew 27:16

    Matthew 27:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And they had then an important prisoner, whose name was Barabbas.

    Webster's Revision

    And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.

    World English Bible

    They had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 27:16

    A notable prisoner - Barabbas - This person had, a short time before, raised an insurrection in Jerusalem, in which it appears, from Mark 15:7, some lives were lost. In some MSS., and in the Armenian and Syriac Hieros., this man has the surname of Jesus. Professor Birch has discovered this reading in a Vatican MS., written in 949, and numbered 354, in which is a marginal note which has been attributed to Anastasius, bishop of Antioch, and to Chrysostom, which asserts that in the most ancient MSS. the passage was as follows: - Τινα θελετε απο των δυω απολυσω υμιν, ΙΝ τον βαραββαν, η ΙΝ τον λεγομενον ΧΝ: Which of the two do ye wish me to release unto you, Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ? As Jesus, or Joshua, was a very common name among the Jews, and as the name of the father was often joined to that of the son, as Simon Barjonah, Simon, son of Jonah; so it is probable it was the case here, Jesus Barabba, Jesus, son of Abba, or Abbiah. If this name were originally written as above, which I am inclined to believe, the general omission of Jesus in the MSS. may be accounted for from the over zealous scrupulosity of Christian copyists, who were unwilling that a murderer should, in the same verse, be honored with the name of the Redeemer of the world. See Birch in New Test.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 27:16

    A notable prisoner - The word "notable" means one that is "distinguished" in any way either for great virtues or great crimes.

    In this place it evidently means the latter He was perhaps the leader of a band who had been guilty of sedition, and had committed murder in an insurrection, Luke 23:19.