2And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
2 Verse 2. They-delivered him to Pontius Pilate] The Sanhedrin
had the power of life and death in their own hands in every thing
that concerned religion; but as they had not evidence to put
Christ to death because of false doctrine, they wished to give
countenance to their conduct by bringing in the civil power, and
therefore they delivered him up to Pilate as one who aspired to
regal dignities, and whom he must put to death, if he professed to
be Caesar's friend. Pontius Pilate governed Judea ten years under
the Emperor Tiberius; but, having exercised great cruelties
against the Samaritans, they complained of him to the emperor, in
consequence of which he was deposed, and sent in exile to Vienna,
in Dauphiny, where he killed himself two years after.