Pilate washes his hands

When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it (Matthew 27:24).

Wash your hands of someone or something

To refuse to have anything more to do with someone or something:

You can’t start a fight and then just wash your hands of it

Pilate washes his hands Cambridge Dictionary

“Pilate washes his hands” is a phrase that refers to an episode in the Christian Bible, specifically in the New Testament’s Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 27, verses 24-26. Here are some key points about this episode:

  1. The episode takes place during the trial of Jesus Christ, who has been brought before the Roman governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate, on charges of blasphemy and sedition.

  2. Pilate is hesitant to condemn Jesus, as he believes him to be innocent of the charges brought against him. However, he is under pressure from the Jewish authorities and the crowd to have Jesus executed.

  3. In an attempt to absolve himself of responsibility for Jesus’ death, Pilate takes a bowl of water and publicly washes his hands, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.”

  4. The phrase “Pilate washes his hands” has come to symbolize a person’s attempt to distance themselves from responsibility for a decision or action, even if they know it is morally wrong.

  5. The episode has also been interpreted as a commentary on the nature of guilt and responsibility, and the idea that washing one’s hands does not absolve a person of the consequences of their actions.

  6. The phrase “Pilate washes his hands” has entered into popular culture, and is often used in contexts beyond its original Biblical meaning, to refer to situations where someone is trying to avoid responsibility or shift blame onto others.

1 Why Did Pontius Pilate Have Jesus Executed? | The Man Who Killed Christ | Timeline

Back  to menu      IMPORTANT CONTENT  Listening recommended   Must

3 apr. 2021

Throughout history, Pontius Pilate has been portrayed as a weak ruler-the man who allowed Jesus Christ to be crucified at the demand of the Jews. But this documentary portrays a very different Pilate, one who had his own motives for allowing Jesus’ fate.

21 apr. 2019

Discover the truth behind Pontius Pilate’s role in Jesus’ death. Far from the weak character portrayed in the Bible, he was a brutal politician.
Controversial and compelling, Secrets Of The Cross pushes aside centuries of tradition to expose fascinating secrets at the heart of the Christian story.

2 What we know about Pontius Pilate

Back  to menu
    IMPORTANT CONTENT  Listening recommended   Must



Gepubliceerd op 16 mrt. 2017

CNN’s David Gregory visits the town of Caesarea, Israel, to explore the historical evidence for Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who decided the fate of Jesus. Learn more and watch “Finding Jesus,” Sunday nights at 9 ET/PT on CNN.

3 Jesus Appears Before Pilate, Part 1

Back to menu

Gepubliceerd op 18 mei 2016

For details about this sermon and for related resources, click here: http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/.
.. To receive John MacArthur’s monthly letter, as well as free resources by mail, click here: http://www.gty.org/mailinglist

4 Jesus Appears Before Pilate, Part 2

Back to menu

Gepubliceerd op 24 mei 2016
“The death of Christ was not because of the Romans in the first place, it was not because of the Jews in the first place, it was because of God. The true power behind the death of the Son of God was neither Roman or Jewish. It wasn’t Pilate; it wasn’t Herod; it wasn’t Caiaphas; it wasn’t Annas; it wasn’t the Sanhedrin; it was God Himself—it was God the Father. And the apostles also knew this and preached this the Day of Pentecost.” – John MacArthur

For details about this sermon and for related resources, click here: http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/…

To receive John MacArthur’s monthly letter, as well as free resources by mail, click here: http://www.gty.org/mailinglist

5 Pontius Pilate; the First Evangelist

Back to menu

Gepubliceerd op 4 jun. 2016

6 Pilate’s Dilemma – Alistair Begg

Back to menu        IMPORTANT CONTENT

Gepubliceerd op 12 aug. 2013

“Pilate’s Dilemma” – this sermon by Alistair Begg concerns Pontius Pilate’s moral role in Jesus’ crucifixion in Mark 15:6-15.
Kathryn Briley
Excellent exposition from Mr. Begged regarding the dilemma, not just Pilate, but we all face to suchlike a degree! Pilate a cruel and undeniably irre- verent ruler, yet each of us have that same decision to make.
Kathryn Briley
I choose faithfulness by righteousness. Not by works, lest any man should boast!

Who Was Pontius Pilate?

Back to menu

One of the few details of the life of the historical Jesus that nearly all historians agree on is that he was crucified during the administration of Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea. Who was Pilate and what do we know of his administration? John Hamer of Toronto Centre Place will cover the sources and details of Pilate’s life within the context of contemporary Roman government and history. A Q&A and discussion will follow the presentation. Please send your questions on the live chat.

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Pontius Pilate

Back to menu


Download my FREE BOOK: “10 Words that Will Change the Way You Read the Bible!” www.brandonrobbinsministry.com/

Pontius Pilate. His is one of the most well-known names in the gospels. He’s the man who sentenced Jesus to death, the man who didn’t want to, but was forced by the crowds. But is that really who Pilate was? Or is there more to his story that will not only shed light on him, but also the gospels themselves? Well, today, I’m going to share with you 6 insights that will help us to uncover the Truth About…Pontius Pilate. 
Timestamps… Intro: 00:00
Proves the Bible True: 00:50
Not A Typical Governor: 02:15
Honored and Shamed By His Position: 03:26
Despised by Jews: 04:41
Removed Soon After Jesus Was Crucified: 05:57
Had Reasons to Worry About Jesus: 07:14

7 Who Was the Real Pontius Pilate? – Historical Proof and Legends

Back to menu

21 apr 2019
Pontius Pilate oversaw Jesus’ crucifixion around 30 AD, but what else do we really know about him for sure? In this video we dig into the facts, and the mountain of historical fiction (like the Acts of Pilate/Gospel of Nicodemus) associated with this enigmatic from the first century.

8 Who Was The Real King Herod? | Biblical Tyrant | Timeline

Back to menu

16 okt 2018

King Herod is regarded as the most fascinating and appalling figure of the biblical world. Shrouded in legend, the evil King is portrayed in every Christmas Nativity play as a monster who killed hundreds of babies and tried to slaughter the baby Jesus in order to retain his title – King of the Jews. But who was the real Herod? Was he real at all, or just a figure of myth?

9 Did the Gospels Falsely Portray Pontius Pilate? | The Man Who Killed Christ | Parable

Back to menu

1 apr 2022 

Was Pontius Pilate weak? Did he allow Jesus to be crucified at the demand of others? Or did he have his own motives for allowing Jesus’s fate? This documentary takes a closer look at the life of the governor of Judaea who ordered the death of Jesus Christ. Later recalled to Rome for his harsh treatment of the Jews, join these historians as they investigate the man behind Christ’s crucifixion.

10 Who Was Pontius Pilate? – The Naked Archaeologist 217 – Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

Back to menu


20 mrt 2019
Featuring amateur archaeologist, enthusiast and multi-award winning investigative filmmaker, Simcha Jacobovici, The Naked Archaeologist is an irreverent, entertaining and eye-opening journey into the fascinating archaeology of the ancient world. Along the way, new discoveries are made, lost treasures revealed, and ancient mysteries uncovered.

Who was Pontius Pilate? Was he a brutal dictator with a habit of crucifying dissenters, or just an easy-going guy who had a fetish for keeping his hands clean? Following the latest evidence and talking to leading experts the Naked Archaeologist is determined to find out.

11 Jambe baladeuse – Juste pour rire

Back to menu

23 sep. 2012


La jolie infirmière a la jambe très baladeuse. Les hommes s’asseoient pour emplir leur formulaire de santé et le soulier à talon haut de la fille monte et descend sur leur pantalon. Mais quand elle se lève et quitte , la chaussure continue son va-et-vient. Quoi? c’est l’homme musclé qui joue au petit jeu? Pas pareil comme feeling! 

Une présentation de la chaine vidéo YouTube officielle de Juste pour rire les gags. Bourrez-vous la face des meilleurs et plus drôls gags de caméra cachée jamais tournés.