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Matthew 26:3

    Matthew 26:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, to the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Then were gathered together the chief priests, and the elders of the people, unto the court of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Then the chief priests and the rulers of the people came together in the house of the high priest, who was named Caiaphas.

    Webster's Revision

    Then were gathered together the chief priests, and the elders of the people, unto the court of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas;

    World English Bible

    Then the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people were gathered together in the court of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Then were gathered together the chief priests, and the elders of the people, unto the court of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas;

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 26:3

    Then assembled together the chief priests - That is, during the two days that preceded the passover.

    The high priest, who was called Caiaphas - Caiaphas succeeded Simon, son of Camith, about a.d. 16, or, as Calmet thinks, 25. He married the daughter of Annas, who was joined with him in the priesthood. About two years after our Lord's crucifixion, Caiaphas and Pilate were both deposed by Vitellius, then governor of Syria, and afterwards emperor. Caiaphas, unable to bear this disgrace, and the stings of his conscience for the murder of Christ, killed himself about a.d. 35. See Joseph. Ant. b. xviii. c. 2-4.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 26:3

    Then assembled ... - This was a meeting of the great council or Sanhedrin.

    See the notes at Matthew 5:22.

    The palace - The original word properly denotes the Hall or large area in the center of the dwelling, called the court. See the notes at Matthew 9:1-8. It may be understood, however, as referring to the palace itself.

    The high priest - Holding the office that was first conferred on Aaron, Exodus 28. The office was at first hereditary, descending on the oldest son, Numbers 3:10. Antiochus Epiphanes (160 BC), when he had possession of Judea, sold the office to the highest bidder. In the year 152 BC, Alexander, King of Syria, conferred the office on Jonathan (1 Macc. 10:18-20), whose brother Simon was, afterward created by the Jews both prince and high priest, 1 Macc. 14:35-47. His posterity, who at the same time sustained the office of kings, occupied the station of high priest until the time of Herod, who changed the incumbents of the office at pleasure - a liberty which the Romans ever afterward exercised without any restraint. The office was never more fluctuating than in the time of our Saviour. Hence, it is said that Caiaphas was high priest "for that year," John 11:51. Persons who had been high priests, and had been removed from office, still retained the name. Hence, more than one high priest is sometimes mentioned, though strictly there was but one who held the office.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 26:3

    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.