The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin1 were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death.
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But they did not find any, though many false witnesses2 came forward. Finally two3 came forward
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and declared, "This fellow said, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.' "4
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Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, "Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?"
But Jesus remained silent.5 The high priest said to him, "I charge you under oath6 by the living God:7 Tell us if you are the Christ,8 the Son of God."9
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"Yes, it is as you say,"10 Jesus replied. "But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One11 and coming on the clouds of heaven."12
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Then the high priest tore his clothes13 and said, "He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy.
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What do you think?" "He is worthy of death,"14 they answered.
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