Jesus is dragged from Herod's palace. Jesus and the crowds come back to Pilate's courtyard. He sits in the judgment seat and says he will only order that Jesus be scourged. The council speaks up again. They remind Pilate that he is supposed to release one man to the Jews during the Passover Festival. The guards tie Jesus to a pole in the center of the courtyard and start to whip Him with cat o' nine tails that rip the flesh from His back. Pilate watches the courtyard warily before he leaves. Pilate makes his way back with a scroll. Jesus is released and dragged back in front of Pilate. He drops the crucifixion judgment at Jesus's feet.