Matthew 27:23
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New International Version
"Why? What crime has he committed?" asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, "Crucify him!"

New Living Translation
"Why?" Pilate demanded. "What crime has he committed?" But the mob roared even louder, "Crucify him!"

English Standard Version
And he said, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!”

Berean Study Bible
"Why?" asked Pilate. "What has He done wrong?" But they shouted all the louder, "Crucify Him!"

Berean Literal Bible
And he said, "For what evil did He commit?" And they kept crying out all the more, saying, "Let Him be crucified."

New American Standard Bible
And he said, "Why, what evil has He done?" But they kept shouting all the more, saying, "Crucify Him!"

King James Bible
And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then he said, "Why? What has He done wrong?" But they kept shouting, "Crucify Him!" all the more.

International Standard Version
He asked, "What has he done wrong?" But they kept shouting louder and louder, "Let him be crucified!"

NET Bible
He asked, "Why? What wrong has he done?" But they shouted more insistently, "Crucify him!"

New Heart English Bible
But he said, "Why? What evil has he done?" But they shouted all the louder, saying, "Let him be crucified."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The Governor said to them, “What evil has he done”, but increasingly, they cried out and they said, “Let him be crucified!.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Pilate asked, "Why? What has he done wrong?" But they began to shout loudly, "He should be crucified!"

New American Standard 1977
And he said, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they kept shouting all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the governor said, Why, what evil has he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.

King James 2000 Bible
And the governor said, Why, what evil has he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.

American King James Version
And the governor said, Why, what evil has he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.

American Standard Version
And he said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out exceedingly, saying, Let him be crucified.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The governor said to them: Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying: Let him be crucified.

Darby Bible Translation
And the governor said, What evil then has he done? But they cried more than ever, saying, Let him be crucified.

English Revised Version
And he said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out exceedingly, saying, Let him be crucified.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.

Weymouth New Testament
"Why, what crime has he committed?" asked Pilate. But they kept on furiously shouting, "Let him be crucified!"

World English Bible
But the governor said, "Why? What evil has he done?" But they cried out exceedingly, saying, "Let him be crucified!"

Young's Literal Translation
And the governor said, 'Why, what evil did he?' and they were crying out the more, saying, 'Let be crucified.'
Study Bible
The Crowd Chooses Barabbas
22“What then should I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” Pilate asked. They all answered, “Crucify Him!” 23“Why? asked Pilate. “What has He done” wrong? But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify Him!” 24When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but that instead a riot was breaking out, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “You shall bear the responsibility.”…
Cross References
1 Samuel 20:32
But Jonathan answered Saul his father and said to him, "Why should he be put to death? What has he done?"

Matthew 27:22
"What then should I do with Jesus who is called Christ?" Pilate asked. They all answered, "Crucify Him!"

Matthew 27:24
When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but that instead a riot was breaking out, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd. "I am innocent of this man's blood," he said. "You shall bear the responsibility."

Luke 23:4
Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, "I find no basis for a charge against this man."

Acts 13:28
And though they found no ground for a death sentence, they asked Pilate to have Him executed.
Treasury of Scripture

And the governor said, Why, what evil has he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.

Why.

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1 Samuel 19:3-15 And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where you …

1 Samuel 20:31-33 For as long as the son of Jesse lives on the ground, you shall not …

1 Samuel 22:14-19 Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, And who is so faithful …

But.

Matthew 21:38,39 But when the farmers saw the son, they said among themselves, This …

Acts 7:57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and …

Acts 17:5-7 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took to them certain …

Acts 21:28-31 Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teaches all …

Acts 22:22,23 And they gave him audience to this word, and then lifted up their …

Acts 23:10,12-15 And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing …

(23) Why, what evil hath he done?--The question attested the judge's conviction of the innocence of the accused, but it attested also the cowardice of the judge. He was startled at the passionate malignity of the cry of the multitude and the priests, but had not the courage to resist it. We find from Luke 23:22. that he had recourse to the desperate expedient of suggesting a milder punishment--"I will chastise," i.e., scourge, "Him, and let Him go;" but the suggestion itself showed his weakness, and therefore did but stimulate the crowd to persist in their demand for death.

Verse 23. - Why, what evil hath he done? Τί γὰρ κακὸν ἐποίησεν; The particle γὰρ implies a certain reasoning in the question, the speaker for the nonce putting himself in the people's position, and demanding the ground of their decision. The authorized translation is adequate. Pilate thus showed his pusillanimity and irresolution, while exercising no control over the feelings of the excited mob. But they cried out the more (περισσῶς ἔκραζον, they kept shouting out exceedingly). The very sight of the governor's predilection, combined with his indecision, excited them to more vehement clamour; they saw that he would end by yielding to their violence. Jerome refers, in illustration, to Isaiah 5:7, "He looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry." And the governor said, why, what evil hath he done?.... What reason can be given, why he should be crucified? what sin has he committed, that deserves such a death? From whence it is clear, that of all the things they had accused him, they had not, in Pilate's account, given proof of one single action, that was criminal, nor had he done any: he came into the world without sin, he did none in it; he knew no sin, nor could any be found in him, by Satan, nor his accusers, nor his judge:

but they cried out the more, saying, let him be crucified: the more they saw Pilate inclined to favour him, and pleaded for him, and attested his innocence; the more clamorous, outrageous, and urgent they were to have him crucified. 27:11-25 Having no malice against Jesus, Pilate urged him to clear himself, and laboured to get him discharged. The message from his wife was a warning. God has many ways of giving checks to sinners, in their sinful pursuits, and it is a great mercy to have such checks from Providence, from faithful friends, and from our own consciences. O do not this abominable thing which the Lord hates! is what we may hear said to us, when we are entering into temptation, if we will but regard it. Being overruled by the priests, the people made choice of Barabbas. Multitudes who choose the world, rather than God, for their ruler and portion, thus choose their own delusions. The Jews were so bent upon the death of Christ, that Pilate thought it would be dangerous to refuse. And this struggle shows the power of conscience even on the worst men. Yet all was so ordered to make it evident that Christ suffered for no fault of his own, but for the sins of his people. How vain for Pilate to expect to free himself from the guilt of the innocent blood of a righteous person, whom he was by his office bound to protect! The Jews' curse upon themselves has been awfully answered in the sufferings of their nation. None could bear the sin of others, except Him that had no sin of his own to answer for. And are we not all concerned? Is not Barabbas preferred to Jesus, when sinners reject salvation that they may retain their darling sins, which rob God of his glory, and murder their souls? The blood of Christ is now upon us for good, through mercy, by the Jews' rejection of it. O let us flee to it for refuge!
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