“But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.”
King James Version (KJV)
Mt 27:20 Persuaded the multitude. To call for the release of Barabbas, instead of Christ. It is likely that few of the Galileans, so favorable to him, yet knew of his arrest. "The multitudes" were such as the authorities would summon at this early hour.