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Matthew 27:18

    Matthew 27:18 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For he knew that for envy they had delivered him up.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For he saw that for envy they had given him up.

    Webster's Revision

    For he knew that for envy they had delivered him up.

    World English Bible

    For he knew that because of envy they had delivered him up.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For he knew that for envy they had delivered him up.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 27:18

    For envy - Δια φθονον, through malice. Then it was his business, as an upright judge, to have dispersed this mob, and immediately released Jesus.

    Seeing malice is capable of putting even Christ himself to death, how careful should we be not to let the least spark of it harbor in our breast. Let it be remembered that malice as often originates from envy as it does from anger.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 27:18

    For he knew that for envy ... - This was envy at his popularity.

    He drew away the people from them. This Pilate understood, probably, from his knowledge of the pride and ambition of the rulers, and from the fact that no danger could arise from a person that appeared like Jesus. If Pilate knew this, he was bound to release him himself. As a governor and judge, he was under obligation to protect the innocent, and should, in spite of all the opposition of the Jews, at once have set him at liberty. But the Scriptures could not then have been fulfilled. It was necessary, in order that an atonement should be made. that Jesus should be condemned to die. At the same time. it shows the wisdom of the overruling providence of God, that he was condemned by a man who was satisfied of his innocence, and who proclaimed before his accusers his "full belief" that there was no fault in him.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 27:18

    27:18 He knew that for envy they had delivered him - As well as from malice and revenge; they envied him, because the people magnified him.