18For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
18 Verse 18. For envy] διαφθονον, through malice. Then it was
his business, as an upright judge, to have dispersed this mob, and
immediately released Jesus.
Seeing malice is capable of putting even Christ himself to
death, how careful should we be not to let the least spark of it
harbour in our breast. Let it be remembered that malice as often
originates from envy as it does from anger.