Luke 22:2
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New International Version
and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people.

New Living Translation
The leading priests and teachers of religious law were plotting how to kill Jesus, but they were afraid of the people's reaction.

English Standard Version
And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to put him to death, for they feared the people.

Berean Study Bible
and the chief priests and scribes were looking for a way to put Jesus to death; for they feared the people.

Berean Literal Bible
And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how the they might put Him to death; for they were afraid of the people.

New American Standard Bible
The chief priests and the scribes were seeking how they might put Him to death; for they were afraid of the people.

King James Bible
And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put Him to death, because they were afraid of the people.

International Standard Version
So the high priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put him to death, because they were afraid of the crowd.

NET Bible
The chief priests and the experts in the law were trying to find some way to execute Jesus, for they were afraid of the people.

New Heart English Bible
The chief priests and the scribes sought how they might kill him, for they feared the people.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the Chief Priests and Scribes were seeking how they would kill him, but they were afraid of the people.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The chief priests and the scribes were looking for some way to kill Jesus. However, they were afraid of the people.

New American Standard 1977
And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how they might put Him to death; for they were afraid of the people.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the princes of the priests and scribes sought how they might kill him, but they feared the people.

King James 2000 Bible
And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.

American King James Version
And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.

American Standard Version
And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might put him to death; for they feared the people.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might put Jesus to death: but they feared the people.

Darby Bible Translation
and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.

English Revised Version
And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might put him to death; for they feared the people.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him: for they feared the people.

Weymouth New Testament
and the High Priests and the Scribes were contriving how to destroy Him. But they feared the people.

World English Bible
The chief priests and the scribes sought how they might put him to death, for they feared the people.

Young's Literal Translation
and the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how they may take him up, for they were afraid of the people.
Study Bible
The Plot to Kill Jesus
1Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, 2and the chief priests and scribes were looking for a way to put Jesus to death; for they feared the people. 3Then Satan entered Judas Iscariot, who was one of the Twelve.…
Cross References
Matthew 12:14
But the Pharisees went out and conspired to kill Jesus.

Matthew 26:2
"You know that the Passover begins in two days, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified."

Mark 14:1
Now the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread were two days away, and the chief priests and scribes were looking for a covert way to arrest Jesus and kill Him.
Treasury of Scripture

And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.

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Luke 20:19 And the chief priests and the scribes the same hour sought to lay …

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Matthew 21:38,45,46 But when the farmers saw the son, they said among themselves, This …

Matthew 26:3-5 Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the …

John 11:47-53,57 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and …

Acts 4:27 For of a truth against your holy child Jesus, whom you have anointed, …

Verse 2. - And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people. The determination, long maturing, had, during the last few days of public teaching, been come to on the part of the Sanhedrin. They had determined to put the dangerous public Teacher to death. The bitter hatred on the part of the Jewish rulers had been gradually growing in intensity during the two years and a half of the public ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. The raising of Lazarus seems to have finally decided the governing body with as little delay as possible to compass the Reformer's death. The temporary withdrawal of the Lord after the great miracle deferred their purpose for a season; after, however, a retirement for a few weeks, Jesus appeared again, shortly before the Passover, and taught publicly in the temple, at a season when Jerusalem was crowded with pilgrims arriving for the great feast. Never had his teaching excited such interest, never had it stirred up such burning opposition as at this juncture. This decided the Jewish rulers to carry out their design on the life of the Galilaean Teacher with as little delay as possible. The only thing that perplexed them was how this could safely be accomplished, owing to the favor in which he was held by the people, especially by the crowds of pilgrims from the provinces then in Jerusalem. And the chief priests and Scribes,.... Matthew adds, "and the elders of the people"; which made up the great sanhedrim and council of the nation; these met together, not in their usual place the temple, but at the palace of Caiaphas, the high priest; see Matthew 24:3.

And sought how they might kill him; that is, "Jesus", as the Vulgate Latin and Ethiopic versions read; they had determined before, upon the advice of Caiaphas, to put him to death, and very likely had fixed what kind of death he should die; see John 11:49 and now they consult together, of the manner of bringing it about, and at what time; and the majority were not for doing it on a feast day, when there was a great concourse of people, but with more privacy:

for they feared the people: which were now in great multitudes with him, who came along with him, from Galilee, and other parts; and had hosanna'd him into the city, and still abode with him, and their numbers were increasing; and the sanhedrim were aware, that at the passover there would be still a greater company of people from all parts of the land; and they might conclude, that he would have a large number of his friends come out of Galilee, where he had been for the most part teaching, and working miracles; and they were afraid, should they lay hold on him publicly, the people would rise and stone them; at least would rescue him out of their hands, and disappoint them of their designs. 22:1-6 Christ knew all men, and had wise and holy ends in taking Judas to be a disciple. How he who knew Christ so well, came to betray him, we are here told; Satan entered into Judas. It is hard to say whether more mischief is done to Christ's kingdom, by the power of its open enemies, or by the treachery of its pretended friends; but without the latter, its enemies could not do so much evil as they do.
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