“But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.”
King James Version (KJV)
27:18 He knew that for envy they had delivered him - As well as from malice and revenge; they envied him, because the people magnified him.
27:22 They all say, Let him be crucified - The punishment which Barabbas had deserved: and this probably made them think of it. But in their malice they forgot with how dangerous a precedent they furnished the Roman governor. And indeed within the compass of a few years it turned dreadfully upon themselves.
Mt 27:20 Persuaded the multitude. To call for the release of Barabbas, instead of Christ. It is likely that few of the Galileans, so favorable to him, yet knew of his arrest. "The multitudes" were such as the authorities would summon at this early hour.