Matthew 26:57

Jesus Before the Sanhedrin

57 Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled.

Matthew 26:57 in Other Translations

KJV
57 And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.
ESV
57 Then those who had seized Jesus led him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered.
NLT
57 Then the people who had arrested Jesus led him to the home of Caiaphas, the high priest, where the teachers of religious law and the elders had gathered.
MSG
57 The gang that had seized Jesus led him before Caiaphas the Chief Priest, where the religion scholars and leaders had assembled.
CSB
57 Those who had arrested Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had convened.

Matthew 26:57 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 26:57

And they that had laid hold on Jesus
Who were the band, and the captain, and the officers of the Jews, as ( John 18:12 ) , or as the Jews themselves say F17, the elders of Jerusalem; who not only laid fast hold on him, but bound him; and that both for greater security of him, some of them perhaps knowing how he had made his escape from them formerly; or at least taking the hint from Judas, to hold him fast, and lead him away safely; and by way of reproach and contempt, thereby showing that he was a malefactor, and had done some crime worthy of bonds; and having him thus in fast and safe custody, they

led him away to Caiaphas, the high priest;
who was high priest that year; for the priesthood was frequently changed in those times, and men were put into it by the Roman governor, through favour or bribery. The year before this, Simeon, or Simon ben Camhith, was high priest; and the year before that, Eleazar, the son of Ananus; and before him, Ishmael ben Phabi, who were all three, successively, made high priests by the Roman governor: as was also this Caiaphas, this year; and who by Josephus F18, and in the Talmud F19 likewise, is called Joseph. From whence he had his name Caiaphas, is not certain: Jerom F20 says, it signifies "a searcher", or "a sagacious person"; but may be better interpreted, he adds, "one that vomits at the mouth"; deriving the word, as I suppose, from (awq) , "to vomit", and (yp) , "the mouth"; (See Gill on Matthew 26:3). It was to the house, or palace of this man, the high priest, that Jesus was led;

where the Scribes and elders were assembled:
a council was held about a week before this, in which Caiaphas assisted, and then gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient, that one man should die for the people, ( John 11:47 John 11:49 John 11:50 ) , whether that was held at his house, or elsewhere, is not certain, very probably it might; however, it is clear from ( Matthew 26:2 Matthew 26:3 ) , that two days ago, the chief priests, Scribes, and elders, were assembled together in his palace, to consult about putting Jesus to death; and here they were again met together on the same account, waiting to have him brought before them.


FOOTNOTES:

F17 Toldos Jesu, p. 16, 17.
F18 Antiq. l. 18. c. 14.
F19 T. Bab. Yoma, fol. 47. 1.
F20 De Heb. nominibus, fol, 104. col. 4. Tom. 3.

Matthew 26:57 In-Context

55 In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me.
56 But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.
57 Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled.
58 But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome.
59 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death.

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