Why do you say that? (Jn 18:34-18:34)

“Jesus answered him.

‘Do you say this

Of your own accord?

Or did others

Tell you

About me?’”

ἀπεκρίθη Ἰησοῦς Ἀφ’ ἑαυτοῦ σὺ τοῦτο λέγεις, ἢ ἄλλοι εἶπόν σοι περὶ ἐμοῦ;

John indicated that Jesus answered Pilate.  Jesus (Ἰησοῦς) answered (ἀπεκρίθη) him if he said this on his own (ἑαυτοῦ σὺ τοῦτο λέγεις) or had others told him about him (ἢ ἄλλοι εἶπόν σοι περὶ ἐμοῦ)?  The other three synoptic had similar but slightly different responses.  Matthew, chapter 27:11, indicated that Jesus had a simple reply (ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς) that if Pilate had said so, then it must be so (ἔφη Σὺ λέγεις).  Jesus would only confirm what Pilate had said, without saying it explicitly himself.  Thus, Jesus was identified as the King of the Jews, or leading a political rebellion against the Roman authorities.  This was the charge that the Jewish leaders were making about Jesus to Pilate.  Mark, chapter 15:2, also indicated that Jesus had a simple reply (ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς αὐτῷ λέγει) that if Pilate had said so, then it must be so (Σὺ λέγεις).  Luke, chapter 23:3, said that Jesus answered him (ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς αὐτῷ) that if Pilate had said it (Σὺ λέγεις), then it must be so (ἔφη).  Thus, the three synoptics of Mark, Matthew, and Luke had the same reply (Σὺ λέγεις).  Only John had this question to Pilate about where he got his information.  What do you think about calling Jesus the king of the Jews?

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