As they were on their way, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened.
After the priestsa had assembled with the elders and agreed on a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money
and told them, "Say this, 'His disciples came during the night and stole Him while we were sleeping.'
If this reaches the governor's ears,b we will deal withc him and keep you out of trouble."
So they took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been spread among Jewish people to this day.