Matthew 12:14
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New International Version
But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.

New Living Translation
Then the Pharisees called a meeting to plot how to kill Jesus.

English Standard Version
But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him.

New American Standard Bible
But the Pharisees went out and conspired against Him, as to how they might destroy Him.

King James Bible
Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But the Pharisees went out and plotted against Him, how they might destroy Him.

International Standard Version
The Pharisees, however, went out and plotted against Jesus to kill him.

NET Bible
But the Pharisees went out and plotted against him, as to how they could assassinate him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the Pharisees went out and they took council against him so that they might destroy him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Pharisees left and plotted to kill Jesus.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the Pharisees went out and took council against him that they might destroy him.

King James 2000 Bible
Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.

American King James Version
Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.

American Standard Version
But the Pharisees went out, and took counsel against him, how they might destroy him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Pharisees going out made a consultation against him, how they might destroy him.

Darby Bible Translation
But the Pharisees, having gone out, took counsel against him, how they might destroy him.

English Revised Version
But the Pharisees went out, and took counsel against him, how they might destroy him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.

Weymouth New Testament
But the Pharisees after leaving the synagogue consulted together against Him, how they might destroy Him.

World English Bible
But the Pharisees went out, and conspired against him, how they might destroy him.

Young's Literal Translation
And the Pharisees having gone forth, held a consultation against him, how they might destroy him,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:14-21 The Pharisees took counsel to find some accusation, that Jesus might be condemned to death. Aware of their design, as his time was not come, he retired from that place. Face does not more exactly answer to face in water, than the character of Christ drawn by the prophet, to his temper and conduct as described by the evangelists. Let us with cheerful confidence commit our souls to so kind and faithful a Friend. Far from breaking, he will strengthen the bruised reed; far from quenching the smoking flax, or wick nearly out, he will rather blow it up into a flame. Let us lay aside contentious and angry debates; let us receive one another as Christ receives us. And while encouraged by the gracious kindness of our Lord, we should pray that his Spirit may rest upon us, and make us able to copy his example.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. - Then the Pharisees went out (ἐξελθόντες δὲ οἱ Φαρισαῖοι). Probably at once, before the service was over. Note the emphatic position of ἐξελθόντες. They will no longer stay in the same building with one who does such a thing, and held a council; and tool: counsel (Revised Version, with Authorized Version margin); cf. Matthew 22:15; Matthew 27:1, 7; Matthew 28:12. Against him, how they might destroy him. We learn from Mark that the Herodians also took part in the deliberation. Professor Marshall (Expositor, June, 1891, pp. 465,466) suggests a too ingenious reconciliation of this verse and its parallels, in three details, by suggesting an Aramaic original which would explain the divergences.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then the Pharisees went out,.... Of the synagogue, being, as Luke says, filled with madness, at the unanswerableness of his arguments; and because of the violation of the sabbath, as they thought; and most of all, because of the miracle wrought by him; and which was so glaringly a proof of his being Lord of the sabbath, and could not fail of creating him esteem among the people: and held a council against him, how they might destroy him. Mark says, the council was held by them with the Herodians; of whom, See Gill on Matthew 22:16 who, though they differed from them both in religion and politics, yet might be thought very proper persons to advise with about this matter; and especially, as they might have a greater interest at court, than they had. Nor did they scruple to enter into such a consultation, though on the sabbath day, and about the taking away of the life of an innocent person; which shows what scared consciences, and hard hearts they had, and how full of hypocrisy they were.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him—This is the first explicit mention of their murderous designs against our Lord. Luke (Lu 6:11) says, "they were filled with madness, and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus." But their doubt was not, whether to get rid of Him, but how to compass it. Mark (Mr 3:6), as usual, is more definite: "The Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him." These Herodians were supporters of Herod's dynasty, created by Cæsar—a political rather than religious party. The Pharisees regarded them as untrue to their religion and country. But here we see them combining together against Christ as a common enemy. So on a subsequent occasion (Mt 22:15, 16).

Jesus Retires to Avoid Danger (Mt 12:15-21).

Matthew 12:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Heals on the Sabbath
13Then He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand!" He stretched it out, and it was restored to normal, like the other. 14But the Pharisees went out and conspired against Him, as to how they might destroy Him.
Cross References
Matthew 26:4
and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him.

Mark 14:1
Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him.

Luke 22:2
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.

John 7:30
At this they tried to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come.

John 7:32
The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering such things about him. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest him.

John 7:44
Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him.

John 8:59
At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.

John 10:31
Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him,

John 10:39
Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.

John 11:53
So from that day on they plotted to take his life.
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Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.

went.

Matthew 27:1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the …

Mark 3:6 And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the …

Luke 6:11 And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another …

John 5:18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only …

John 10:39 Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,

John 11:53,57 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death…

held a council. or, took counsel.

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