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7: απεκριθησαν αυτω οι ιουδαιοι ημεις νομον εχομεν και κατα τον νομον ημων οφειλει αποθανειν οτι εαυτον υιον του θεου εποιησεν— edit Textus Receptus
7: The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.— edit KJV text
7: The Jews answered him: We have a law; and according to the law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.— edit Douay text


We have a law. The law respecting blasphemy, Lev 24:16; Deut 13:1ff. They had arraigned Jesus on that charge before the Sanhedrim, and condemned him for it, Mt 26:63ff. But this was not the charge on which they had arraigned him before Pilate. They had accused him of sedition, Lk 23:2. On this charge they were now convinced that they could not get Pilate to condemn him. He declared him innocent. Still bent on his ruin, and resolved to gain their purpose, they now, contrary to their first intention, adduced the original accusation on which they had already pronounced him guilty. If they could not obtain his condemnation as a rebel, they now sought it as a blasphemer, and they appealed to Pilate to sanction what they believed was required in their law. Thus to Pilate himself it became more manifest that he was innocent, that they had attempted to deceive HIM, and that the charge on which they had arraigned him was a mere pretence to obtain his sanction to their wicked design.

Made himself. Declared himself, or claimed to be.

The Son of God. The law did not forbid this, but it forbade blasphemy, and they considered the assumption of this title as the same as blasphemy (Jn 10:30, Jn 10:33,36) , and therefore condemned him.

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