Mark 15:6

6 Now it was the custom at the festival to release a prisoner whom the people requested.

Mark 15:6 in Other Translations

KJV
6 Now at that feast he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they desired.
ESV
6 Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked.
NLT
6 Now it was the governor’s custom each year during the Passover celebration to release one prisoner—anyone the people requested.
MSG
6 It was a custom at the Feast to release a prisoner, anyone the people asked for.
CSB
6 At the festival it was Pilate's custom to release for the people a prisoner they requested.

Mark 15:6 Meaning and Commentary

Mark 15:6

Now at that feast
The feast of the passover, which was at that instant; see ( John 18:39 ) . The Syriac, Arabic, Persic, and Ethiopic versions read, "at every feast"; as if the following custom was used at every feast in the year, at the feasts of pentecost and tabernacles, as well as at the passover; whereas it was only at the latter:

he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they desired;
of this custom (See Gill on Matthew 27:15).

Mark 15:6 In-Context

4 So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.”
5 But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed.
6 Now it was the custom at the festival to release a prisoner whom the people requested.
7 A man called Barabbas was in prison with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the uprising.
8 The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for them what he usually did.