20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.

Read Matthew 27:20 Using Other Translations

But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus.
Meanwhile, the leading priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas to be released and for Jesus to be put to death.