New International Version
telling them, "You are to say, 'His disciples came during the 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.
Darby Bible Translation
saying, Say that his disciples coming by night stole him [while] we [were] sleeping.
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;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
His disciples came by night - This was as absurd as it was false. On one hand, the terror of the disciples, the smallness of their number (only eleven); and their almost total want of faith; on the other, the great danger of such a bold enterprise, the number of armed men who guarded the tomb, the authority of Pilate and of the Sanhedrin, must render such an imposture as this utterly devoid of credit.
Stole him away while we slept - Here is a whole heap of absurdities.
1st. Is it likely that so many men would all fall asleep, in the open air, at once?
2dly. Is it at all probable that a Roman guard should be found off their watch, much less asleep, when it was instant death, according to the Roman military laws, to be found in this state?
3dly. Could they be so sound asleep as not to awake with all the noise which must be necessarily made by removing the great stone, and taking away the body?
4thly. Is it at all likely that these disciples could have had time sufficient to do all this, and to come and return, without being perceived by any person? And
5thly. If they were asleep, how could they possibly know that it was the disciples that stole him, or indeed that any person or persons stole him? - for, being asleep, they could see no person. From their own testimony, therefore, the resurrection may be as fully proved as the theft.
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When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money,
If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble."
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