As the women were on their way into the city, some of the men who had been guarding the tomb went to the leading priests and told them what had happened.
A meeting of all the religious leaders was called, and they decided to bribe the soldiers.
They told the soldiers, "You must say, 'Jesus' disciples came during the night while we were sleeping, and they stole his body.'
If the governor hears about it, we'll stand up for you and everything will be all right."
So the guards accepted the bribe and said what they were told to say. Their story spread widely among the Jews, and they still tell it today.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)