“But you rejected
And Righteous One!
To have a murderer
Given to you!”
ὑμεῖς δὲ τὸν Ἅγιον καὶ Δίκαιον ἠρνήσασθε, καὶ ᾐτήσασθε ἄνδρα φονέα χαρισθῆναι ὑμῖν,
The author of Acts indicated that Peter continued that they (ὑμεῖς) had denied or rejected (ἠρνήσασθε) the Holy (τὸν Ἅγιον) and Righteous One (καὶ Δίκαιον). Instead, they asked (καὶ ᾐτήσασθε) to have a murderer (ἄνδρα φονέα) given to them (χαρισθῆναι ὑμῖν). They had rejected the messianic holy and righteous one who was Jesus. However, they asked for a murderer instead. This was an obvious allusion to Barabbas that can be found in all four gospel accounts in Luke, chapter 23:18-19, John, chapter 18:40, Mark, chapter 15:7, and Matthew, chapter 27:16. They had chosen Barabbas over Jesus. Who would you choose over Jesus?