“But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews?”
King James Version (KJV)
Joh 18:39,40 Ye have a custom. See PNT "Mt 27:15". He was eager to comply with the custom in order to release an innocent prisoner, but he had not measured the depths of the Jewish hate which could demand, instead, a robber and a murderer.