And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,
Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,
and they conspired to arrest Jesus in a treacherous way and kill Him.
When daybreak came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people plotted against Jesus to put Him to death.
After tying Him up, they led Him away and handed Him over to Pilate, the governor.
The next day, which followed the preparation day, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate
and said, "Sir, we remember that while this deceiver was still alive, He said, 'After three days I will rise again.'
Therefore give orders that the tomb be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, His disciples may come, steal Him, and tell the people, 'He has been raised from the dead.' Then the last deception will be worse than the first."
Why do the nations rebel and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers conspire together against the LORD and His Anointed One:
"Let us tear off their chains and free ourselves from their restraints."
The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord ridicules them.
Then He speaks to them in His anger and terrifies them in His wrath:
"I have consecrated My King on Zion, My holy mountain."
I will declare the LORD's decree: He said to Me, "You are My Son; today I have become Your Father.
So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, "What are we going to do since this man does many signs?
Therefore the chief priests decided to also kill Lazarus,
because he was the reason many of the Jews were deserting them and believing in Jesus.
The next day, their rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem
with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John and Alexander, and all the members of the high-priestly family.
After they had Peter and John stand before them, they asked the question: "By what power or in what name have you done this?"
Then Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit and said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders:
If we are being examined today about a good deed done to a disabled man-- by what means he was healed--
let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene-- whom you crucified and whom God raised from the dead-- by Him this man is standing here before you healthy.
This [Jesus] is The stone despised by you builders, who has become the cornerstone.
There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved."
When they observed the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed and knew that they had been with Jesus.
And since they saw the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say in response.
After they had ordered them to leave the Sanhedrin, they conferred among themselves,
saying, "What should we do with these men? For an obvious sign, evident to all who live in Jerusalem, has been done through them, and we cannot deny it!
But so this does not spread any further among the people, let's threaten them against speaking to anyone in this name again."
So they called for them and ordered them not to preach or teach at all in the name of Jesus.
But Peter and John answered them, "Whether it's right in the sight of God [for us] to listen to you rather than to God, you decide;
for we are unable to stop speaking about what we have seen and heard."
After threatening them further, they released them. They found no way to punish them, because the people were all giving glory to God over what had been done;
for the man was over 40 years old on whom this sign of healing had been performed.
When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them.
A Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law who was respected by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered the men to be taken outside for a little while.
After they called in the apostles and had them flogged, they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus and released them.