When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money,
telling them, "You are to say, 'His disciples came during the night and stole him away1 while we were asleep.'
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If this report gets to the governor,2 we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble."
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So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.