Acts 13:28

28 Though they found no grounds for the death penalty, they asked Pilate to have Him killed.

Acts 13:28 Meaning and Commentary

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.

Acts 13:28 In-Context

26 "Brothers, sons of Abraham's race, and those among you who fear God, the message of this salvation has been sent to us.
27 For the residents of Jerusalem and their rulers, since they did not recognize Him or the voices of the prophets that are read every Sabbath, have fulfilled their words by condemning Him.
28 Though they found no grounds for the death penalty, they asked Pilate to have Him killed.
29 When they had fulfilled all that had been written about Him, they took Him down from the tree and put Him in a tomb.
30 But God raised Him from the dead,