John 19:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 19:6, NIV: As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, 'Crucify! Crucify!' But Pilate answered, 'You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.'

John 19:6, ESV: When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no guilt in him.”

John 19:6, KJV: When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.

John 19:6, NASB: So when the chief priests and the officers saw Him, they shouted, saying, 'Crucify, crucify!' Pilate *said to them, 'Take Him yourselves and crucify Him; for I find no grounds for charges in His case!'

John 19:6, NLT: When they saw him, the leading priests and Temple guards began shouting, 'Crucify him! Crucify him!' 'Take him yourselves and crucify him,' Pilate said. 'I find him not guilty.'

John 19:6, CSB: When the chief priests and the temple servants saw him, they shouted, "Crucify! Crucify! "Pilate responded, "Take him and crucify him yourselves, since I find no grounds for charging him."

What does John 19:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The Roman governor, Pilate, is resisting the Jewish leadership's efforts to have Jesus killed. He knows this is a personal vendetta (Matthew 27:18), and Jesus is not a political revolutionary (John 18:36–38). History suggests Pilate was under intense pressure to avoid civil unrest. Now, at the start of a major religious holiday, he's looking to appease a mob demanding the death of an innocent man. With that in mind, Pilate had Jesus brutally scourged (John 19:1) and allowed soldiers to bully and mock Him (John 19:2–3). When Pilate presented this mangled figure to the crowd, he assumed it would be enough to satisfy their anger (John 19:4–5).

Instead, they call for Jesus to suffer the worst of all Roman punishments: crucifixion. This sadistic process was not only agonizing, but also designed to stretch pain and embarrassment into a days-long ordeal. What the crowd seeks here is not just death, but a hateful, ugly death.

Even the notoriously vindictive Pontius Pilate is taken aback at this nasty, spiteful demand. His reply of "do it yourself!" is rhetorical; he knows the Jewish people cannot and will not do so on their own.

A partial explanation for this anger comes in the following verse (John 19:7). And yet, it will give Pilate another reason for pause.