Matthew 26:4

“And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And consulted that they might take Iesus by subtiltie, and kill him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and they plotted together to seize Jesus by stealth and kill Him.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and they took counsel together that they might take Jesus by subtlety, and kill him.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And they made designs together to take Jesus by some trick, and put him to death.
- Basic English Bible

and took counsel together in order that they might seize Jesus by subtlety and kill him;
- Darby Bible

And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him.
- Webster's Bible

and consulted how to get Jesus into their power by stratagem and put Him to death.
- Weymouth Bible

They took counsel together that they might take Jesus by deceit, and kill him.
- World English Bible

and maden a counsel to holde Jhesu with gile, and sle him;
- Wycliffe Bible

and they consulted together that they might take Jesus by guile, and kill [him],
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 26:4

26:2 After two days is the passover - The manner wherein this was celebrated gives much light to several circumstances that follow. The master of the family began the feast with a cup of wine, which having solemnly blessed, he divided among the guests, #Luke 22:17|. Then the supper began with the unleavened bread and bitter herbs; which when they had all tasted, one of the young persons present, according to #Exod 12:26|, asked the reason of the solemnity. This introduced the showing forth, or declaration of it: in allusion to which we read of showing forth the Lord's death, #1Cor 11:26|. Then the master rose up and took another cup, before the lamb was tasted. After supper, he took a thin loaf or cake, which he broke and divided to all at the table, and likewise the cup, usually called the cup of thanksgiving, of which he drank first, and then all the guests. It was this bread and this cup which our Lord consecrated to be a standing memorial of his death.

26:3 The chief priests and the scribes and the elders of the people - (Heads of families.) These together constituted the sanhedrim, or great council, which had the supreme authority, both in civil and ecclesiastical affairs.

26:5 But they said, Not at the feast - This was the result of human wisdom. But when Judas came they changed their purpose. So the counsel of God took place, and the true paschal Lamb was offered up on the great day of the paschal solemnity.

26:6 #Mark 14:3|.

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 26:4

Mt 26:4 Take Jesus by subtilty. They were afraid of the people and wished to seize Jesus secretly and deliver him to the Romans to be crucified before the people knew of their designs. See Lu 21:38.

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