|New International Version (© 2011)|
The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death.
King James Bible
Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;
American Standard Version
Now the chief priests and the whole council sought false witness against Jesus, that they might put him to death;
Young's Literal Translation
And the chief priests, and the elders, and all the council, were seeking false witness against Jesus, that they might put him to death,
Matthew 26:59 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
All the council sought false witness - What a prostitution of justice! - they first resolve to ruin him, and then seek the proper means of effecting it: they declare him criminal, and after that do all they can to fix some crime upon him, that they may appear to have some shadow of justice on their side when they put him to death. It seems to have been a common custom of this vile court to employ false witness, on any occasion, to answer their own ends. See this exemplified in the case of Stephen, Acts 6:11-13.
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Proverbs 25:18 A man that bears false witness against his neighbor is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
Mark 14:55,56 And the chief priests and all the council sought for witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found none...
Acts 6:11-13 Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God...
Acts 24:1-13 And after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the elders, and with a certain orator named Tertullus...
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Matthew 5:22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, 'Raca,' is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.
John 18:19 Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching.
Acts 6:13 They produced false witnesses, who testified, "This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place and against the law.