Matthew 26:5
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New International Version
"But not during the festival," they said, "or there may be a riot among the people."

New Living Translation
"But not during the Passover celebration," they agreed, "or the people may riot."

English Standard Version
But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.”

Berean Study Bible
"But not during the feast," they said, "or there may be a riot among the people."

Berean Literal Bible
But they were saying, "Not during the feast, lest there be a riot among the people."

New American Standard Bible
But they were saying, "Not during the festival, otherwise a riot might occur among the people."

King James Bible
But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Not during the festival," they said, "so there won't be rioting among the people."

International Standard Version
But they kept saying, "This must not happen during the festival. Otherwise, there'll be a riot among the people."

NET Bible
But they said, "Not during the feast, so that there won't be a riot among the people."

New Heart English Bible
But they said, "Not during the feast, lest a riot occur among the people."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they were saying, “Not during the feast lest there be a riot among the people.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But they said, "We shouldn't arrest him during the festival, or else there may be a riot among the people."

New American Standard 1977
But they were saying, “Not during the festival, lest a riot occur among the people.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.

King James 2000 Bible
But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.

American King James Version
But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.

American Standard Version
But they said, Not during the feast, lest a tumult arise among people.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But they said: Not on the festival day, lest perhaps there should be a tumult among the people.

Darby Bible Translation
but they said, Not in the feast, that there be not a tumult among the people.

English Revised Version
But they said, Not during the feast, lest a tumult arise among the people.

Webster's Bible Translation
But they said, Not on the feast-day, lest there be an uproar among the people.

Weymouth New Testament
But they said, "Not during the Festival, lest there be a riot among the people."

World English Bible
But they said, "Not during the feast, lest a riot occur among the people."

Young's Literal Translation
and they said, 'Not in the feast, that there may not be a tumult among the people.'
Study Bible
The Plot to Kill Jesus
4and they conspired to arrest Jesus covertly and kill Him. 5“But not during the feast, they said, “or there may be a riot among the people.” 6While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the leper,…
Cross References
Matthew 27:24
When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but that instead a riot was breaking out, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd. "I am innocent of this man's blood," he said. "You shall bear the responsibility."

Mark 14:2
"But not during the feast," they said, "or there may be a riot among the people."

Acts 19:29
Soon the whole city was in disarray. They rushed together into the theatre, dragging with them Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul's traveling companions from Macedonia.

Acts 21:38
"Aren't you the Egyptian who incited a rebellion some time ago and led four thousand members of the 'Assassins' into the wilderness?"
Treasury of Scripture

But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.

Not.

Psalm 76:10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise you: the remainder of wrath …

Proverbs 19:21 There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel …

Proverbs 21:30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.

Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the …

Lamentations 3:37 Who is he that said, and it comes to pass, when the Lord commands it not?

Mark 14:2,12,27 But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people…

Luke 22:7 Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed.

John 18:28 Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas to the hall of judgment: and it …

Acts 4:28 For to do whatever your hand and your counsel determined before to be done.

lest.

Matthew 14:5 And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, …

Matthew 21:26 But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet.

Luke 20:6 But and if we say, Of men; all the people will stone us: for they …

Verse 5. - Not on the feast day; ἐν τῇ ἑορτῇ: during the feast; i.e. during the eight days of the Passover celebration. The assembled multitudes did not leave the city until the close of the octave, so the danger of a rising was not removed till then. The rulers well knew the stern temper of Pilate the procurator, who was prepared to crush any popular movement with the strong hand, and at festival times had always his soldiers ready to hurl upon the mob at the slightest provication, and to deal indiscriminate slaughter. Hence arose the plan of a clandestine apprehension. It was, indeed, the custom to execute great criminals at the time of the chief festivals, in order to impress the spectacle of retribution upon the greatest number; but in the case of Jesus, after what had occurred during the last few days, and when Jerusalem was filled with Galilaeans, who might naturally favour their countryman's pretensions, it was deemed dangerous to make any open attack. Their fears were relieved in the most unexpected manner by the appearance of Judas among them (ver. 14). And they said, not on the feast day,.... Upon mature deliberation, it was an agreed point with them, at least it was carried by a majority, that nothing of this kind should be attempted to be done on the feast day, on any of the days of the feast of passover, which was now at hand; though this was contrary to their common rules and usages: for, a person that sinned presumptuously, and such an one they accounted Jesus to be, they say (a),

"they do not put him to death by the order of the sanhedrim of his own city, nor by the sanhedrim of Jabneh; but they bring him up to the great sanhedrim at Jerusalem, and keep him "until the feast", and put him to death, "on a feast day"; as it is said, Deuteronomy 17:13, "and all the people shall hear and fear", &c.''

But what influenced them at this time to take another course, is the reason following;

lest there be an uproar among the people: they had no fear of God before their eyes, or in their hearts, only the fear of the people; many of whom believed in Christ, and others that did not, yet had a great veneration for him, having seen his miracles, and received favours from him; themselves, or their friends and relations, being cured by him of various diseases: besides, at the feast, people from all parts came up to Jerusalem; and they knew that large numbers from Galilee, where he had the greatest interest, would be present; and they feared, should they attempt anything of this nature at this time, the people would rise, and rescue him out of their hands. But God had determined otherwise, and his counsel shall stand; it was his pleasure, that he should be put to death at this feast, that the truth might answer the type of the passover lamb; and that all Israel, whose males now met together, might be witnesses of it: and so it was, that though these men had concluded otherwise in their council; yet an opportunity offering by Judas, to get him into their hands, they embrace it; and risk the danger of the people's uprising, who they found compliant enough to their wishes.

(a) Misn. Sanhedrin, c. 10. sect. 4. Maimon. Hilch. Memarim, c. 3. sect 8. 26:1-5 Our Lord had often told of his sufferings as at a distance, now he speaks of them as at hand. At the same time the Jewish council consulted how they might put him to death secretly. But it pleased God to defeat their intention. Jesus, the true paschal Lamb, was to be sacrificed for us at that very time, and his death and resurrection rendered public.
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