(From: MATTHEW #46 - 27:1-26)
F. 27:1-26 JESUS BEFORE PILATE
1. 27:1-2 JEWS COUNSEL HIS DEATH
ProIas de ge-noMEnes, sumBOUli-on Ela-bon PANtes hoi ar-chi-eREIS
Now when morn was come, all the chief priests and the elders
kai hoi presBUte-roi tou laOU kaTA tou IeSOU HOste tha-naTOsai auTON:
of the people took counsel against :Jesus to put him to death:
kai DEsan-tes auTON aPEga-gon, kai paREdo-kan PeiLAtotohegeMOni .
2and they bound andled himaway, and delivered himup to Pilate the governor.
2. 27:3-10 JUDAS HANGS SELF
a. 27:3-4a JUDAS RETURNS THE BETRAYAL PRICE
TOte iDON IOUdas, ho pa-raDOUS auTON, HOti ka-teKRIthe,
Then Judas, who delivered him up, seeing that he was condemned,
me-ta-me-leTHEIS , Estre-psen ta triAkon-ta arGUri-a
repented himself, and brought back the thirty silver-pieces
tois ar-chi-eREUsin kai pres-buTErois, LEgon, HEmar-ton pa-raDOUS HAIma DIkai-on .
to the chief priests and elders, 4saying, I have sinned in that I delivered up righteous blood.
b. 27:4b But they said, What is that to us? see you to it.
hoi de EIpan, Ti pros heMAS? su Opse.
c. 27:5 JUDAS' RESPONSE
kai 'RIpsas  ta arGUri-a eis ton naON,
And he cast down the silver-piecesinto the sanctuary,
a-neCHOre-sen ; kai a-pelTHON aPEGxa-to .
andwithdrew; and he went away andhanged himself.
d. 27:6 WHAT TO DO WITH THE BETRAYAL MONEY?
ho de ar-chi-eREIS laBONtes arGUri-a, EIpan,
And the chief priests took the piecesof silver, andsaid,
Ouk Exe-stin  baLEIN auTA eis ton kor-baNAN , ePEI tiME  HAImaTOS es-tin.
It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is theprice of blood.
e. 27:7 THE FIELD OF BLOOD
sumBOUli-on  de laBONtes, eGOra-san  ex auTON
And they took counsel, andbought with them
ton aGRON tou ke-raMEos , eis taPHEN  tois XEnois .
the field of the potter, to bury :strangers in.
f. 27:8 Wherefore that :field was called, Field of blood, unto this day.
di' HO eKLEthe ho aGROS eKEInos, A-GROS HAIma-tos , HEos tes SEme-ron.
g. 27:9-10 FULFILLMENT OF JEREMIAH'S PROPHECY!
TOte e-pleROthe  to 'reTHEN diA Ie-reMIou tou proPHEtou,
Then was fulfilled what was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet,
LEgon-tos, Kai Ela-bon ta triAkon-ta arGUri-a, ten tiMEN 
saying, And they took the thirty silver-pieces, the price of him
tou te-ti-meMEnou , hon e-tiMEsan-to aPO huiON Is-raEL;
that was priced, whom they priced on the part of thesons of Israel;
kai Edo-ken auTA eis ton aGRON tou ke-raMEos , kaTHA suNEtaXEN  moi KUri-os.
10and gave them for the potter's :field, as theLord appointed me.
3. 27:11-26 PILATE'S PART IN JESUS' TRIAL
a. 27:11a PILATE QUESTIONS JESUS
Ho de IeSOUS eSTAthe EMpros-then tou he-geMOnos:
Now :Jesus stood before the governor:
kai e-peROte-sen  auTON ho he-geMON, LEgon, Su ei ho ba-siLEUS ton IouDAIon?
and the governor asked him, saying, Are you the King of the Jews?
b. 27:11b And :Jesus said, You say. ho de IeSOUS Ephe, Su LEgeis.
c. 27:12 And when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.
kai en to ka-te-goREISthai  auTON huPO ton ar-chi-eREon kai pres-buTEron, ouDEN a-peKRIna-to.
d. 27:13 PILATE AGAIN QUESTIONS JESUS
TOte LEgei auTO ho PeiLAtos, Ouk aKOUeis POsa sou ka-ta-mar-tuROUsin ?
Then says :Pilate to him, Do you not hear how many thingsthey witness against you?
e. 27:14 And he gave him no answer, not even to one word: so that the governor marveled greatly.
kai ouk a-peKRIthe auTO, pros ouDE hen 'REma: HOste thauMAzein  ton he-geMOna LIan .
f. 27:15 THE OPTION FACING PILATE
ka-ta de he-orTEN eiOthei  ho he-geMON a-poLUein 
Now at a feast the governor was accustomed to release
HEna to OCHlo DESmi-on , hon Ethe-lon.
unto the crowd one prisoner, whom they would.
g. 27:16 And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.
EIchon de TOte DESmi-on ePIse-mon , leGOme-non Ba-rabBAN.
h. 27:17 PILATE OFFERS THE JEWS A CHOICE
su-negMEnon oun auTON EIpen auTOIS ho PeiLAtos,
When therefore they were gathered :Pilate said to them,
TIna THEle-te a-poLUso huMIN? ton BarabBAN, e IeSOUN ton leGOmenon ChrisTON?
Whom will you that I release to you? :Barabbas, or Jesus the onecalled Christ?
I. 27:18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him up.
Edei gar HOti diA PHTHOnon poREdo-kan auTON.
j. 27:19 THE DREAM OF PILATE'S WIFE
ka-theMEnou de auTOU ePI tou BEma-tos ,
And while he was sitting on the judgment-seat,
aPEstei-len pros auTON he guNE auTOU, LEgou-sa, MeDEN soi kai to diKAIo eKEIno;
his :wife sent unto him, saying, Have you nothing to dowith that :righteous man;
polLA gar Epa-thon  SEme-ron kat' Onar  di' auTON.
for I have suffered many thingstoday in a dream because of him.
k. 27:20 JEWISH LEADERS INFLUENCE THE CROWDS
hoi de ar-chi-eREIS kai hoi presBUte-roi Epei-san  tous OCHlous
Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds
HIna aiTEson-tai  ton Ba-rabBAN, ton de IeSOUN e-poLEso-sin .
that they should ask for :Barabbas, and destroy :Jesus.
l. 27:21a But the governor answered, andsaid to them, Which of the two will you that I release to you?
a-po-kriTHEIS de ho he-geMON, EIpen auTOIS, TIna THEle-te aPO ton DUo a-poLUso huMIN?
m. 27:21b And they said, :Barabbas. hoi de EIpan, Ton Ba-rabBAN.
n. 27:22a :Pilate says to them, What then shall I do to Jesus the onecalled Christ?
LEgei auTOIS ho PeiLAtos, Ti oun poiEso'IeSOUN ton leGOme-non ChrisTON?
o. 27:22b All say, Let him be crucified. LEgous-sin PANtes, Stau-roTHEto
p. 27:23a And he said, Why, what evil has he done?
ho de Ephe, Ti gar kaKON ePOIesen?
q. 27:23b But they cried out exceedingly, saying, Let him be crucified.
hoi de pe-risSOS Ekra-zon, LEgon-tes, Stau-roTHEto.
r. 27:24 PILATE'S PROTEST
iDON de ho PeiLAtos HOti ouDEN o-pheLEI, alLA MALlon THOru-bos  GIne-tai, laBON HUdor,
So :Pilate seeing that he prevailed nothing, but rather thata tumult was arising, took water,
a-peNIpsa-to  tas CHEIras kaTEnan-ti tou OCHlou, LEgon,
andwashed his:hands before the crowd, saying,
I am innocent of this :blood, see you to it.
s. 27:25 And all the people answered andsaid, His :blood beupon us, and upon our :children.
kai a-po-kriTHEIS pas ho laOS EIpen, To HAIma auTOU eph' huMAS, kai ePI ta TEKna heMON.
t. 27:26 PILATE'S DECISION
TOte aPElu-sen  auTOIS ton Ba-rabBAN;
Then he released :Barabbas to them;
ton de IeSOUN phra-gelLOsas  paREdo-ken HIna stau-roTHE .
but :Jesus he scourged anddelivered to be crucified.
NOTE: 27:3 - In this section we see a classic example of the two Greek words for repentance. Truerepentance is a “change of mind”, me-taNOIa - but Judas here has applied to him “me-taMElo-mai” - to be sorrythat his action turned out the way it did. This is nottrue repentance as in Acts 2:38. Sadly, much of so-called repentance in the church of today is of the Judas' nature, and will cause those moving in this way to share the same eventual fate with Judas. It would be wellfor allof us to ask - “Is my repentance truly valid - which will eventuate in a changeof life-style - or - merely sorry because I have been caught and found out as a hypocrite?”
27:5-6 - Then look at the hypocrisy of the chief priests and Jewish leaders in the disposition of the thirty pieces of silver that Judas returned. It was illegalfor them to put this money in the treasury, which is “Korban”; - but not- in their estimation - to illegally put Jesus the Son of God, the Messiah, to death! Thisis stinkinghypocrisy, and unfortunately exists still among religious leaders of allreligions today.
27:11-26 - This section clearly relates Pilate's part in Jesus' death. Did he join in illegal action? Yes. Was his sin as great as that of the Jewish leaders and people? No. Did the sin of the Jewish leaders exceed that of the people? Yes. Yet - the sin of the people was most serious. When Pilate washed his hands of responsibility for this egregious miscarriage of justice - did this clearhim? Not at all. Jesus told Pilate that the sin of the Jewish leaders was greater than his sin - yet by this he was notabsolved.
But the people's response to Pilate was most serious. They said: “His :blood be upon us, and upon our :children!”Did this follow through? Yes. Their temple was destroyed in 70 AD, and for 1900 years Jews were scattered in the Diaspora among the nations of the world, even enduring the Holocaust to convict the nations to give them back their homeland, though greatly decimated. Then - miracle of miracles - in 1948 they were back in their own land, speaking their own national language - Hebrew, not Yiddish. Has anything ever of this nature been heard of before? Never! And in spite of 7 national wars to dislodge them from their own land - the land Godgave to Jacob as an everlasting covenant- they have notbeen driven into the sea, and are yetin their own land. Let the United Nations, United Europe, the Middle East Nations, many third world nations, and even many in the United States stand against God and His Word in this area - yet - the proof of the pudding is in the eating - and when the Lord returnsas Lord of lords and King of kings - manyshocks will come to manyat that time. J.A.W.