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Mark 14:55

55 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any.

Read Mark 14:55 Using Other Translations

And the chief priests and all the council sought for witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found none.
Now the chief priests and the whole Council were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none.
Inside, the leading priests and the entire high council were trying to find evidence against Jesus, so they could put him to death. But they couldn’t find any.

What does Mark 14:55 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Mark 14:55

And the chief priests, and all the council
Especially the former, who were of all most busy and active in this matter:

sought for witness against Jesus to put him to death;
on which they were determined, right or wrong; in this they went contrary to one of their own canons, which runs thus F11:

``in pecuniary causes, they begin either for absolution, or condemnation; but in capital causes, they begin for absolution, and do not begin for condemnation.''

That is, they begun with such evidences as tended to acquit a man, and not with such as served to condemn him; whereas this court was only seeking for such evidence to begin with, that they might condemn Jesus to death:

and found none;
that would answer their purpose; (See Gill on Matthew 26:59).


FOOTNOTES:

F11 Misn. Sanhedrin, c. 4. sect. 1.
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