Isa Is on Trial Before Pilate

This story is originally found in The Holy Injil, in the book of Luke, Surah 23 Ayat 1 through 25. Included below is the original text in Greek, followed by a modern English translation.

1 Καὶ ἀναστὰν ἅπαν τὸ πλῆθος αὐτῶν ἤγαγον αὐτὸν ἐπὶ τὸν Πιλᾶτον. 2 ἤρξαντο δὲ κατηγορεῖν αὐτοῦ λέγοντες · Τοῦτον εὕραμεν διαστρέφοντα τὸ ἔθνος ἡμῶν καὶ κωλύοντα φόρους Καίσαρι ⸃ διδόναι καὶ λέγοντα αὑτὸν χριστὸν βασιλέα εἶναι. 3 ὁ δὲ Πιλᾶτος ἠρώτησεν αὐτὸν λέγων · Σὺ εἶ ὁ βασιλεὺς τῶν Ἰουδαίων; ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς αὐτῷ ἔφη · Σὺ λέγεις. 4 ὁ δὲ Πιλᾶτος εἶπεν πρὸς τοὺς ἀρχιερεῖς καὶ τοὺς ὄχλους · Οὐδὲν εὑρίσκω αἴτιον ἐν τῷ ἀνθρώπῳ τούτῳ. 5 οἱ δὲ ἐπίσχυον λέγοντες ὅτι Ἀνασείει τὸν λαὸν διδάσκων καθ’ ὅλης τῆς Ἰουδαίας, καὶ ἀρξάμενος ἀπὸ τῆς Γαλιλαίας ἕως ὧδε. 6 Πιλᾶτος δὲ ἀκούσας ἐπηρώτησεν εἰ ὁ ἄνθρωπος Γαλιλαῖός ἐστιν, 7 καὶ ἐπιγνοὺς ὅτι ἐκ τῆς ἐξουσίας Ἡρῴδου ἐστὶν ἀνέπεμψεν αὐτὸν πρὸς Ἡρῴδην, ὄντα καὶ αὐτὸν ἐν Ἱεροσολύμοις ἐν ταύταις ταῖς ἡμέραις. 8 ὁ δὲ Ἡρῴδης ἰδὼν τὸν Ἰησοῦν ἐχάρη λίαν, ἦν γὰρ ἐξ ἱκανῶν χρόνων θέλων ⸃ ἰδεῖν αὐτὸν διὰ τὸ ἀκούειν περὶ αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἤλπιζέν τι σημεῖον ἰδεῖν ὑπ’ αὐτοῦ γινόμενον. 9 ἐπηρώτα δὲ αὐτὸν ἐν λόγοις ἱκανοῖς · αὐτὸς δὲ οὐδὲν ἀπεκρίνατο αὐτῷ. 10 εἱστήκεισαν δὲ οἱ ἀρχιερεῖς καὶ οἱ γραμματεῖς εὐτόνως κατηγοροῦντες αὐτοῦ. 11 ἐξουθενήσας δὲ αὐτὸν καὶ ὁ Ἡρῴδης σὺν τοῖς στρατεύμασιν αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐμπαίξας περιβαλὼν ἐσθῆτα λαμπρὰν ἀνέπεμψεν αὐτὸν τῷ Πιλάτῳ. 12 ἐγένοντο δὲ φίλοι ὅ τε Ἡρῴδης καὶ ὁ Πιλᾶτος ⸃ ἐν αὐτῇ τῇ ἡμέρᾳ μετ’ ἀλλήλων · προϋπῆρχον γὰρ ἐν ἔχθρᾳ ὄντες πρὸς αὑτούς. 13 Πιλᾶτος δὲ συγκαλεσάμενος τοὺς ἀρχιερεῖς καὶ τοὺς ἄρχοντας καὶ τὸν λαὸν 14 εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτούς · Προσηνέγκατέ μοι τὸν ἄνθρωπον τοῦτον ὡς ἀποστρέφοντα τὸν λαόν, καὶ ἰδοὺ ἐγὼ ἐνώπιον ὑμῶν ἀνακρίνας οὐθὲν εὗρον ἐν τῷ ἀνθρώπῳ τούτῳ αἴτιον ὧν κατηγορεῖτε κατ’ αὐτοῦ. 15 ἀλλ’ οὐδὲ Ἡρῴδης, ἀνέπεμψεν γὰρ αὐτὸν πρὸς ἡμᾶς ⸃· καὶ ἰδοὺ οὐδὲν ἄξιον θανάτου ἐστὶν πεπραγμένον αὐτῷ · 16 παιδεύσας οὖν αὐτὸν ἀπολύσω. 18 Ἀνέκραγον δὲ παμπληθεὶ λέγοντες · Αἶρε τοῦτον, ἀπόλυσον δὲ ἡμῖν τὸν Βαραββᾶν · 19 ὅστις ἦν διὰ στάσιν τινὰ γενομένην ἐν τῇ πόλει καὶ φόνον βληθεὶς ἐν τῇ φυλακῇ. 20 πάλιν δὲ ὁ Πιλᾶτος προσεφώνησεν, θέλων ἀπολῦσαι τὸν Ἰησοῦν. 21 οἱ δὲ ἐπεφώνουν λέγοντες · Σταύρου σταύρου ⸃ αὐτόν. 22 ὁ δὲ τρίτον εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτούς · Τί γὰρ κακὸν ἐποίησεν οὗτος; οὐδὲν αἴτιον θανάτου εὗρον ἐν αὐτῷ · παιδεύσας οὖν αὐτὸν ἀπολύσω. 23 οἱ δὲ ἐπέκειντο φωναῖς μεγάλαις αἰτούμενοι αὐτὸν σταυρωθῆναι, καὶ κατίσχυον αἱ φωναὶ αὐτῶν. 24 καὶ Πιλᾶτος ἐπέκρινεν γενέσθαι τὸ αἴτημα αὐτῶν · 25 ἀπέλυσεν δὲ τὸν διὰ στάσιν καὶ φόνον βεβλημένον εἰς φυλακὴν ὃν ᾐτοῦντο, τὸν δὲ Ἰησοῦν παρέδωκεν τῷ θελήματι αὐτῶν.


1 Then the entire council rose, took him to Pilate, 2 and made accusations against Isa. They said, “We’ve determined that this man leads our people astray. He forbids paying taxes to Caesar and proclaims himself Messiah, a king.”
3 So Pilate asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
Isa replied, “Yes, as you say.”
4 Then Pilate said to the head priests and the crowd, “I find no case against this man.”
5 But they were insistent, saying. “He incites the people with his teaching—all over Judea, and from Galilee to here!”
6 When Pilate heard that, he asked whether Isa was a Galilean. 7 Learning that to be so, Isa therefore being under Herod’s jurisdiction, Pilate sent Isa to him, for Herod was in al-Quds at the time.
8 Herod, for his part, was delighted to see Isa. He had heard about him, and for a long time had very much hoped to see Isa perform a miracle. 9 So he asked Isa numerous questions, but Isa made no response. 10 And the head priests and scholars of religion stood by, accusing Isa vigorously. 11 So Herod came to despise him, and with his soldiers mocked Isa by dressing him in luxurious clothes. Then he sent Isa back to Pilate. 12 Herod and Pilate became friends that day, though they had previously been enemies.
13 Then Pilate called together the head priests, various leaders, and the people themselves. 14 He told them, “You brought me this man accused of inciting a revolt. I have examined him in your presence and find no basis for your case against him. 15 And neither did Herod, so he sent him back to us. He has committed no crime worthy of death. 16-17 I will therefore punish him and release him.”
18 But the crowd cried out, “Kill him, and release Barabbas for us!” 19 (Barabbas had been imprisoned for a revolt in the city and for murder.) 20 Wanting to release Isa, Pilate addressed them yet again. 21 But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”
22 Pilate addressed them a third time. “Why? What crime has he committed? I’ve found he’s done nothing worthy of death. I will therefore punish him and release him.”
23 But they continued shouting, calling for Isa to be crucified. And their shouts prevailed. 24 So Pilate consented to their demand— 25 he released the man they sought, the one imprisoned for revolt and murder, but he delivered Isa over to their demand.

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