They took counsel together (sunebouleusanto). Aorist middle indicative, indicating their puzzled state of mind. They have had no trouble in finding Jesus ( John 11:57 ). Their problem now is how to take Jesus by subtilty and kill him (ina ton Ihsoun dolwi krathsosin kai apokteinwsin). The Triumphal Entry and the Tuesday debate in the temple revealed the powerful following that Jesus had among the crowds from Galilee.