The Meaning of Luke 23:6 Explained

Luke 23:6

KJV: When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilaean.

YLT: And Pilate having heard of Galilee, questioned if the man is a Galilean,

Darby: But Pilate, having heard Galilee named, demanded if the man were a Galilaean;

ASV: But when Pilate heard it, he asked whether the man were a Galilaean.

KJV Reverse Interlinear

When  Pilate  heard  of Galilee,  he asked  whether  the man  were  a Galilaean. 

What does Luke 23:6 Mean?

Context Summary

Luke 23:1-12 - Silent Under False Accusations
The Jewish Sanhedrin, hastily summoned at the hour of dawn, having elicited from Jesus the profession of His messiahship and deity, and having concluded on the death sentence, set themselves to induce Pilate, the Roman governor, to concur in their verdict. In order to do this, they urged that Jesus imperiled the Roman supremacy.
Pilate was accustomed to deal with men, and after careful examination, was satisfied that there was no ground for the death sentence. I find no fault. As God's Paschal Lamb, the Savior was searched to discover if there were spot, or blemish, or anything that could invalidate His claim to sinlessness. Only the sinless could save sinners. In his heart Pilate knew that our Lord should be acquitted, but his fear of the Jews deflected the verdict of his conscience. By sending the case to Herod, he hoped to get the right thing done, without incurring the odium incident to doing it. [source]

Chapter Summary: Luke 23

1  Jesus is accused before Pilate, and sent to Herod
8  Herod mocks him
12  Herod and Pilate become friends
13  Barabbas is desired of the people,
24  and is released by Pilate, and Jesus is given to be crucified
26  He tells the women, that lament him, the destruction of Jerusalem;
34  prays for his enemies
39  Two criminals are crucified with him
46  His death
50  His burial

Greek Commentary for Luke 23:6

A Galilean [Γαλιλαιος]
If so, here was a way out for Herod without going back on his own decision. [source]
Of Galilee []
The best texts omit. [source]

Reverse Greek Commentary Search for Luke 23:6

John 19:9 Whence art thou? [ποτεν ει συ]
Pilate knew that Jesus was from Galilee (Luke 23:6.). He is really alarmed. See a like question by the Jews in John 8:25. Gave him no answer See same idiom in John 1:22. Αποκρισις — Apokrisis (old word from αποκρινομαι — apokrinomai) occurs also in Luke 2:47; Luke 20:26. The silence of Jesus, like that before Caiaphas (Mark 14:61; Matthew 26:63) and Herod (Luke 23:9), irritates the dignity of Pilate in spite of his fears. [source]

What do the individual words in Luke 23:6 mean?

Pilate now having heard asked whether the man a Galilean is
Πιλᾶτος δὲ ἀκούσας ἐπηρώτησεν εἰ ἄνθρωπος Γαλιλαῖός ἐστιν

Πιλᾶτος  Pilate 
Parse: Noun, Nominative Masculine Singular
Root: Πειλᾶτος 
Sense: the sixth Roman procurator of Judah and Samaria who ordered Christ to be crucified.
δὲ  now 
Parse: Conjunction
Root: δέ  
Sense: but, moreover, and, etc.
ἀκούσας  having  heard 
Parse: Verb, Aorist Participle Active, Nominative Masculine Singular
Root: ἀκουστός 
Sense: to be endowed with the faculty of hearing, not deaf.
ἐπηρώτησεν  asked 
Parse: Verb, Aorist Indicative Active, 3rd Person Singular
Root: ἐπερωτάω  
Sense: to accost one with an enquiry, put a question to, enquiry of, ask, interrogate.
εἰ  whether 
Parse: Conjunction
Root: εἰ  
Sense: if, whether.
ἄνθρωπος  man 
Parse: Noun, Nominative Masculine Singular
Root: ἄνθρωπος  
Sense: a human being, whether male or female.
Γαλιλαῖός  a  Galilean 
Parse: Noun, Nominative Masculine Singular
Root: Γαλιλαῖος  
Sense: a native of Galilee.

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