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Matthew 27:1

    Matthew 27:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Now when morning was come, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Now when it was morning, all the chief priests and those in authority took thought together with the purpose of putting Jesus to death.

    Webster's Revision

    Now when morning was come, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:

    World English Bible

    Now when morning had come, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Now when morning was come, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 27:1

    When the morning was come - As soon as it was light - took counsel against Jesus. They had begun this counsel the preceding evening, see Matthew 26:59. But as it was contrary to all forms of law to proceed against a person's life by night, they seem to have separated for a few hours, and then, at the break of day, came together again, pretending to conduct the business according to the forms of law.

    To put him to death - They had already determined his death, and pronounced the sentence of death on him; Matthew 26:66. And now they assemble under the pretense of reconsidering the evidence, and deliberating on it, to give the greater appearance of justice to their conduct. They wished to make it appear that "they had taken ample time to consider of it, and, from the fullest conviction, by the most satisfactory and conclusive evidence, they had now delivered him into the hands of the Romans, to meet that death to which they had adjudged him."

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 27:1

    Jesus is brought before Pilate - See also Mark 16:1; Luke 23:1; John 18:28.

    When the morning was come - This was not long after Jesus had been condemned by the Sanhedrin.

    Peter's last denial was probably not far from three o'clock a. m., or near the break of day. As soon as it was light, the Jews consulted together for the purpose of taking his life. The sun rose at that season of the year in Judea not far from five o'clock a. m., and the time when they assembled, therefore, was not long after Peter's denial.

    The chief priests and elders of the people took counsel - They ned on his trial Matthew 26:65-66 agreed that he deserved to die, "on a charge of blasphemy;" yet they did not dare to put him to death by stoning, as they did afterward Stephen Acts 7, and as the law commanded in case of blasphemy, for they feared the people. They therefore "consulted," or took counsel together, to determine on what pretence they could deliver him to the Roman emperor, or to fix some charge of a civil nature by which Pilate might be induced to condemn him. The charge which they fixed on was not that on which they had tried him, and on which they had determined he ought to die, but "that of perverting the nation, and of forbidding to give tribute to Caesar," Luke 23:2. On this accusation, if made out, they supposed Pilate could be induced to condemn Jesus. On a charge of "blasphemy" they knew he could not, as that was not an offence against the Roman laws, and over which, therefore, Pilate claimed no jurisdiction.

    To put him to death - To devise some way by which he might be put to death under the authority of the Roman governor.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 27:1

    27:1 In the morning - As the sanhedrim used to meet in one of the courts of the temple, which was never opened in the night, they were forced to stay till the morning before they could proceed regularly, in the resolution they had taken to put him to death. Mark 15:1; Luke 22:66; 23:1; John 18:28.