11Now while they were on their way, some of 1the guardcame into the city and reported to the chiefpriestsall that had happened.
And when they had assembled with the elders and consultedtogether, they gave a largesum of money to the soldiers,
and said, "You are to say, 'His disciplescame by night and stole Him away while we were asleep.'
"And ifthis should come to 2the governor'sears, we will win him over and akeep you out of trouble."
And they took the money and did as they had been instructed ; and thisstory was widely3spreadamong the Jews, and is 4to thisday.