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John 19:14

ESV Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!”
NIV It was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about noon. 'Here is your king,' Pilate said to the Jews.
NASB Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover; it was about the sixth hour. And he *said to the Jews, 'Look, your King!'
CSB It was the preparation day for the Passover, and it was about noon. Then he told the Jews, "Here is your king! "
NLT It was now about noon on the day of preparation for the Passover. And Pilate said to the people, 'Look, here is your king!'
KJV And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!

What does John 19:14 mean?

John refers to "the day of Preparation of the Passover," which in this case seems to suggest a Friday morning, prior to the celebration of Passover. Instead of preparing to remember Israel's miraculous rescue from Egypt—commemorated by the sacrifice of spotless lambs (Exodus 12:5–6; 13:8–10)—Jerusalem's religious leaders are working to unjustly murder their own Messiah.

Scholars often debate what time system John uses. Most believe he uses a Roman arrangement, much like that used today, which begins at midnight. This would make "the sixth hour" a point in the early morning (John 18:28). Others believe John is using a Jewish reckoning, which would imply a time around noon.

Pilate's declaration of Jesus as "your King" is deliberately misleading. He knows, quite well, that Jesus has not made any claims to earthly political power (John 18:36–38). He also knows this crowd does not see Jesus as their Master. This is simply part of the governor's attempt to save face (John 19:12–13). Rather than risk a riot if he does what is right (Matthew 7:24), Pilate will use the excuse that Jesus is an insurgent. He can simultaneously degrade Jewish leaders (John 19:19–22) by claiming to execute their "King."
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