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.’

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.

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;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - Say ye, etc. They put the lie into the soldiers' mouth, directing them to answer inquiries in this way. The last resource of an infatuated obstinacy! If they were asleep, how could they know that the disciples stole the body? St. Chrysostom comments well on the infamous transaction, "How did they steal him? O most foolish of all men! For because of the clearness and conspicuousness of the truth, they are not even able to make up a falsehood. For indeed, what they said was highly incredible, and the falsehood had not even speciousness. For how, I ask, did the disciples steal him, men poor and unlearned, and not venturing so much as to show themselves? What? was not a seal put upon it? What? were there not many watchmen and soldiers and Jews stationed round it? What? did not those men suspect this very thing, and take thought, and break their rest, and are in anxiety about it? And wherefore, moreover, did they steal it? That they might feign the doctrine of the resurrection? And how should it enter their minds to feign such a thing - men who were well content to be hidden and to live? And how could they remove the stone that was made sure? How could they have escaped the observation of so many? Nay, though they had despised death, they would not have attempted without purpose and fruitlessly to venture in defiance of so many who were on the watch. And that moreover they were timorous, what they had done before showed clearly: at least, when they saw him seized, all rushed away from him. If, then, at that time they did not dare so much as to stand their ground when they saw him alive, how when he was dead could they but have feared such a number of soldiers?" ('Hem.,' 90.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Saying, say ye his disciples came by night,.... They charged them to tell every one that should ask them about this affair; and even publish it every where, that the disciples of Christ came in the dead of the night,

and stole him away while we slept: which was a very unlikely thing, and a foolish scheme this, for such a body of men to form. There is no show of probability in it, that the disciples, who were intimidated by the taking and putting Christ to death, and were now shut up in a house, for fear of the Jews, that these should venture out in the night, to take away the body of Christ, which was decently and honourably interred in a garden of one of his disciples: and when they knew it was guarded by a company of Roman soldiers; and who besides had no notion of his resurrection from the dead, nor never thought of it till he was risen, and therefore would never attempt any thing of this kind, in order to give out such a report. Moreover, had they took it away by stealth, it is not reasonable to think that they would afterwards have reported such a lie every where, that he was risen from the dead, when they were sure to obtain nothing by it, but reproach, afflictions, persecutions, and death: add to this, that this was never objected to them by their worst enemies, when they most strongly asserted his resurrection: nor was it a feasible account, or well put together, with respect to the watch. It can hardly be thought that they should be all of them asleep at once; and if they were, it is much they were not awaked by the coming up of the disciples, and the rolling away of the stone, and the bustle there must be in taking up the body, and carrying it away; and besides, if they were asleep, and continued so, what is their evidence good for? for how could they know that his disciples came and took him away? if they awaked, though too late, and saw them at a distance, why did not they pursue them, who might easily have been overtaken with such a burden? at least, why did not they search their houses for the body? and take up both the women and the disciples, and prosecute them for it? and yet nothing of this was done. Besides, how came the linen clothes to be left behind? why did they take the napkin from his head, and give themselves all that trouble to unwrap the body, and carry it away naked? It is clear the chief priests themselves were convinced in their own minds, that he was truly risen, or they would have punished the soldiers severely for their sleep and negligence, and would never have given them money to spread such a story.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept—which, as we have observed, was a capital offense for soldiers on guard.

Matthew 28:13 Additional Commentaries
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The Report of the Guards
12And when they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, 13and said, "You are to say, 'His disciples came by night and stole Him away while we were asleep.' 14"And if this should come to the governor's ears, we will win him over and keep you out of trouble."…
Cross References
Matthew 28:12
When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money,

Matthew 28:14
If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble."
Treasury of Scripture

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

stole.

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

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