While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests everything that had happened.
After the priests a had assembled with the elders, they devised a plan to give a large sum of money to the soldiers,
telling them, "You must say, "His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.'
If this comes to the governor's ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble."
So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story is still told among the Jews to this day.
New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (New Revised Standard Bible Version Online)