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Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. Bible

“persuaded.” The Greek word is peithō, to persuade, have confidence in. The Word Study Dictionary by Zodhiates does a very good job defining this word. It sometimes gets translated “trust” but we have stayed away from that translation and stayed with “persuaded.” It also gets translated “obey,” but that is not technically correct, and especially in Hebrews 13:17 (“obey your leaders”) it gets misused. We have left it “obey” in James 3:3, because although the horse’s bit does allow us to persuade it, “obey” is more understandable in the context.


Commentary for: Matthew 27:20