He had put the Sadducees to silence (epimwsen tou Saddoukaiou). Muzzled the Sadducees. The Pharisees could not restrain their glee though they were joining with the Sadducees in trying to entrap Jesus. Gathered themselves together (sunhcqhsan epi to auto). First aorist passive, were gathered together. Epi to auto explains more fully sun-. See also Acts 2:47 . "Mustered their forces" (Moffatt).