New International Version
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;
Darby Bible Translation
And the chief priests and the elders and the whole sanhedrim sought false witness against Jesus, so that they might put him to death.
World English Bible
Now the chief priests, the elders, and the whole council sought false testimony 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,
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CommentaryClarke'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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