3 and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face.

Read John 19:3 Using Other Translations

And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.
They came up to him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" and struck him with their hands.
“Hail! King of the Jews!” they mocked, as they slapped him across the face.