He had not consented to their counsel and deed (outo ouk hn sunkatateqeimeno th boulh kai th praxei autwn). This parenthesis is given by Luke alone and explains that, though a councillor (bouleuth, Mark 5:43 ) he had not agreed to the vote of the Sanhedrin. It is fairly certain that both Joseph and Nicodemus were suspected of sympathy with Jesus and so were not invited to the trial of Jesus. Was looking for (prosedeceto). Imperfect middle. Mark 15:43 has the periphrastic imperfect (hn prosdecomeno).