“And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.”
King James Version (KJV)
27:22 They all say, Let him be crucified - The punishment which Barabbas had deserved: and this probably made them think of it. But in their malice they forgot with how dangerous a precedent they furnished the Roman governor. And indeed within the compass of a few years it turned dreadfully upon themselves.
27:24 Then Pilate took water and washed his hands - This was a custom frequently used among the heathens as well as among the Jews, in token of innocency.
27:25 His blood be on us and on our children - As this imprecation was dread. fully answered in the ruin so quickly brought on the Jewish nation, and the calamities which have ever since pursued that wretched people, so it was peculiarly fulfilled by Titus the Roman general, on the Jews whom he took during the siege of Jerusalem. So many, after having been scourged in a terrible manner, were crucified all round the city, that in a while there was not room near the wall for the crosses to stand by each other. Probably this befell some of those who now joined in this cry, as it certainly did many of their children: the very finger of God thus pointing out their crime in crucifying his Son.
Mt 27:23 What evil hath he done? Pilate's struggle between his desire to be just and to please a body demanding a crime at his hands is pitiable. He repeats the question three times and offers to appease their rage by chastising the innocent (Lu 23:22). He had, however, lost his power when he began to parley with a mob. They, utterly unreasonable, only demand the move vehemently that Jesus be crucified.
And the Gouernour said, Why, what euil hath he done? But they cried out þe more, saying, Let him be crucified.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan
And he said, "Why, what evil has He done? But they kept shouting all the more, saying, "Crucify Him!""
- New American Standard Version (1995)
And he said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out exceedingly, saying, Let him be crucified.
- American Standard Version (1901)
And he said, Why, what evil has he done? But they gave loud cries, saying, To the cross with him!
- Basic English Bible
And the governor said, What evil then has he done? But they cried more than ever, saying, Let him be crucified.
- Darby Bible
And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.
- Webster's Bible
Why, what crime has he committed? asked Pilate. But they kept on furiously shouting, "Let him be crucified!"
- Weymouth Bible
But the governor said, "Why? What evil has he done?" But they cried out exceedingly, saying, "Let him be crucified!"
- World English Bible
Alle seien, `Be he crucified. The iustice seith to hem, What yuel hath he doon? And thei crieden more, and seiden, Be he crucified.
- Wycliffe Bible
And the governor said, `Why, what evil did he?' and they were crying out the more, saying, `Let be crucified.'
- Youngs Literal Bible