Matthew 27:23

“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)

Other Translations

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

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 27:23


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.

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