|Matthew 27:16-21 |
16 And they had a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas, at that time.
17 Therefore when they had gathered, Pilate said to them, "Whom do you wish me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?"
18 For he knew that they had delivered him because of envy.
19 Also, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent [a message] to him, saying, "Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him."
20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask for Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
21 And again the governor said to them, "Which of the two do you wish that I release to you?" And they said, "Barabbas."