While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place.
And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sum of money to the soldiers
and said, "Tell people, 'His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.'
And 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 has been spread among the Jews to this day.
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the 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. (Revised Standard Version w/ Apocrypha)