New American Standard Bible
And when they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers,
King James Bible
And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,
Darby Bible Translation
And having assembled with the elders, and having taken counsel, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers,
World English Bible
When they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave a large amount of silver to the soldiers,
Young's Literal Translation
and having been gathered together with the elders, counsel also having taken, they gave much money to the soldiers,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
And when they were assembled ... - They deemed the matter of so much importance as to justify the calling together of the great council of the nation. Notwithstanding all their caution, it was plain that the body of Jesus was gone. It was further plain that the disciples would affirm that he was restored to life again. It was not improbable that Jesus would himself appear, and convince multitudes that he was the Messiah, and that the guilt of putting him to death would, after all their caution and cunning, be charged on them. They had been at great pains to procure his death. They had convinced Pilate that he was dead. They had placed a guard for the express purpose of preventing his being taken away. It would be in vain, after this, to pretend that he was not dead; that he was in a swoon; that he died in appearance only. They had shut themselves out from this, which would have been the most plausible plea, and, whatever course they might now adopt, they were obliged to proceed on the admission that he had been really dead, and that all proper measures had been taken to prevent his being stolen. They concluded, after consultation, that but one way was left - to bribe the soldiers - to induce them to tell a falsehood - and to attempt to convince the world that Jesus, in spite of themselves, and in the face of all probability, had been really stolen.
Large money - Much money. This was given to bribe them; to induce them to conceal the truth, and to affirm what they knew was false.
LibraryAugust 16. "I am with You Alway" (Matt. xxviii. 20).
"I am with you alway" (Matt. xxviii. 20). Oh, how it helps and comforts us in the plod of life to know that we have with us the Christ who spent the first thirty years of His life in the carpenter shop at Nazareth, swinging the hammer, covered with sweat and grimy dust, physically weary as we often are, and able to understand all our experiences of drudgery and labor! and One who still loves to share our common tasks and equip us for our difficult undertakings of hand and brain! Yes, humble sister, …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
The Risen Lord's Greetings and Gifts
Some of the Guards Report to the Jewish Rulers.
The Great Commission Given.
But the Pharisees went out and conspired against Him, as to how they might destroy Him.
Now while they were on their way, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all that had happened.
and said, "You are to say, 'His disciples came by night and stole Him away while we were asleep.'
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