Acts 13:28

28 Though they found no proper ground for a death sentence, they asked Pilate to have him executed.

Read Acts 13:28 Using Other Translations

And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain.
And though they found in him no guilt worthy of death, they asked Pilate to have him executed.
They found no legal reason to execute him, but they asked Pilate to have him killed anyway.

What does Acts 13:28 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Acts 13:28

And though they found no cause of death in him
That is, no crime that deserved death; they sought for such, but could find none; they suborned false witnesses, who brought charges against him, but could not support them; wherefore Pilate, his judge, several times declared his innocence, and would have discharged him:

yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain;
they were urgent and importunate with him, that he would order him to be put to death; the power of life and death being then in the hands of the Romans; the Vulgate Latin and Syriac versions read, "that they might slay him"; and the Arabic version, "that he might slay him"; and the Ethiopic version renders the whole quite contrary to the sense, "and they gave power to Pilate to hang him"; whereas the power of putting him to death was in Pilate, and not in them: and therefore they were pressing upon him, that he would order his execution, notwithstanding his innocence.

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