2 and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people.

Read Luke 22:2 Using Other Translations

And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.
And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to put him to death, for they feared the people.
The leading priests and teachers of religious law were plotting how to kill Jesus, but they were afraid of the people’s reaction.