“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)
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.