They sought again to seize him (ezhtoun auton palin piazai). Imperfect active, "They kept on seeking to seize (ingressive aorist active infinitive of piazw for which see Hebrews 7:30 ) as they had tried repeatedly ( Hebrews 7:1Hebrews 7:30Hebrews 7:44 ; Hebrews 8:20 ), but in vain. They gave up the effort to stone him. Out of their hand (ek th ceiro autwn). Overawed, but still angry, the stones fell to the ground, and Jesus walked out.