And they stirred up the people
The common people, who were easily wrought upon, and soon incensed and provoked, when at any time it was suggested to them that the rituals and ceremonies of the law of Moses were treated with any neglect or contempt; see ( Acts 21:27 Acts 21:28 ) .
And the elders and the Scribes;
who belonged to the sanhedrim, to whom they reported these things, as persons, under whose cognizance they properly came:
and came upon him;
at an unawares, and in an hostile way:
and caught him;
seized him with violence:
and brought him to the council;
the great sanhedrim, then sitting at Jerusalem, to whom it belonged to judge of blasphemy.