But they were instant (oi de epekeinto). Imperfect middle of epikeimai, an old verb for the rush and swirl of a tempest. With loud voices (pwnai megalai). Instrumental case. Poor Pilate was overwhelmed by this tornado. Prevailed (katiscuon). Imperfect active of katiscuw (see Matthew 16:18 ; Luke 21:36 ). The tempest Pilate had invited ( Luke 23:13 ).