Matthew 28:13
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New International Version
telling them, "You are to say, 'His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.'

New Living Translation
They told the soldiers, "You must say, 'Jesus' disciples came during the night while we were sleeping, and they stole his body.'

English Standard Version
and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’

Berean Study Bible
and instructed them: "You are to say, 'His disciples came by night and stole His body while we were asleep.'

Berean Literal Bible
saying, "Say that His disciples, having come by night, stole Him--we being asleep.

New American Standard Bible
and said, "You are to say, 'His disciples came by night and stole Him away while we were asleep.'

King James Bible
Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and told them, "Say this, 'His disciples came during the night and stole Him while we were sleeping.'

International Standard Version
They said, "Say that Jesus' disciples came at night and stole him while you were sleeping.

NET Bible
telling them, "You are to say, 'His disciples came at night and stole his body while we were asleep.'

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they were saying to them, “Say, 'His disciples came and stole it in the night, while we slept'.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
and told them to say that Jesus' disciples had come at night and had stolen his body while they were sleeping.

New American Standard 1977
and said, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole Him away while we were asleep.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night and stole him away while we slept.

King James 2000 Bible
Saying, Say this, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

American King James Version
Saying, Say you, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

American Standard Version
saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Saying: Say you, His disciples came by night, and stole him away when we were asleep.

Darby Bible Translation
saying, Say that his disciples coming by night stole him [while] we [were] sleeping.

English Revised Version
saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

Webster's Bible Translation
Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

Weymouth New Testament
telling them to say, "His disciples came during the night and stole his body while we were asleep."

World English Bible
saying, "Say that his disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

Young's Literal Translation
saying, 'Say ye, that his disciples having come by night, stole him -- we being asleep;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
28:11-15 What wickedness is it which men will not be brought to by the love of money! Here was large money given to the soldiers for advancing that which they knew to be a lie, yet many grudge a little money for advancing what they know to be the truth. Let us never starve a good cause, when we see bad ones so liberally supported. The priests undertook to secure them from the sword of Pilate, but could not secure these soldiers from the sword of God's justice, which hangs over the heads of those that love and make a lie. Those men promise more than they can perform, who undertake to save a man harmless in doing a wilful sin. But this falsehood disproved itself. Had the soldiers been all asleep, they could not have known what passed. If any had been awake, they would have roused the others and prevented the removal; and certainly if they had been asleep, they never would have dared to confess it; while the Jewish rulers would have been the first to call for their punishment. Again, had there been any truth in the report, the rulers would have prosecuted the apostles with severity for it. The whole shows that the story was entirely false. And we must not charge such things to the weakness of the understanding, but to the wickedness of the heart. God left them to expose their own course. The great argument to prove Christ to be the Son of God, is his resurrection; and none could have more convincing proofs of the truth of that than these soldiers; yet they took bribes to hinder others from believing. The plainest evidence will not affect men, without the work of the Holy Spirit.
Study Bible
The Report of the Guards
12After the chief priests had met with the elders and formed a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money 13and instructed them: “You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole His body while we were asleep. 14If this report reaches the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.”…
Cross References
Matthew 28:12
After the chief priests had met with the elders and formed a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money

Matthew 28:14
If this report reaches the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble."
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Saying, Say you, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

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Matthew 26:64 Jesus said to him, You have said: nevertheless I say to you, Hereafter …

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