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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Matthew 26:1-5

Here is, 1. The notice Christ gave his disciples of the near approach of his sufferings, Matt. 26:1, 2. While his enemies were preparing trouble for him, he was preparing himself and his followers for it. He had often told them of his sufferings at a distance, now he speaks of them as at the door; after two days, Note, After many former notices of trouble we still have need of fresh ones. Observe, (1.) The time when he gave this alarm; when he had finished all these sayings. [1.] Not till he... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Matthew 26:1-5

26:1-5 When Jesus had completed all these sayings, he said to his disciples. "You know that in two days time it is the Passover Feast, and the Son of Man is going to be delivered to be crucified." At that time the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the courtyard of the High Priest, who was called Caiaphas, and took counsel together to seize Jesus by guile and to kill him. They said, "Not at the time of the Feast, lest a tumult arise among the people." Here then is the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Matthew 26:3

Then assembled together the chief priests ,.... About the same time, two days before the passover, that Jesus said these things to his disciples, as is plain from Mark 14:1 . By "the chief priests" are meant, either such who had been high priests, or such as were the heads of the twenty four courses of the priests; or rather, the principal men of the priesthood, who were chosen out of the rest, to be members of the great sanhedrim: and the Scribes ; the doctors, of the law, who wrote... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Matthew 26:3

Then assembled together the chief priests - That is, during the two days that preceded the passover. The high priest, who was called Caiaphas - Caiaphas succeeded Simon, son of Camith, about a.d. 16, or, as Calmet thinks, 25. He married the daughter of Annas, who was joined with him in the priesthood. About two years after our Lord's crucifixion, Caiaphas and Pilate were both deposed by Vitellius, then governor of Syria, and afterwards emperor. Caiaphas, unable to bear this disgrace, and... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Matthew 26:3

Verse 3 Matthew 26:3.Then were assembled the chief priests. Matthew does not mean that they assembled during the two days, but introduces this narrative to show, that Christ was not led by any opinion of man to fix the day of his death; for by what conjectures could he have been led to it, since his enemies themselves had resolved to delay for a time? The meaning therefore is, that by the spirit of prophecy he spoke of his own death, which no man could have suspected to be so near at hand. John... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 26:1-5

The shadow of the cross. I. THE PROPHECY . 1 . The end of the Lord ' s public teaching. "Jesus had finished all these sayings." There was precious teaching yet to come; but that would be private, in the upper room, addressed to the little circle of the twelve. This Tuesday was the last day of the Lord's public teaching. Now he had finished all these sayings—the controversies with scribes and Pharisees and Sadducees, the great discourse delivered on the Mount of Olives, the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 26:1-5

God's plans and man's plots. The "sayings," "words," or discourses of Jesus here "finished," were begun on the Mount of Olives (see Matthew 24:1 ), and continued till he came to Bethany (see Matthew 26:6 ). They were spoken, it would seem, publicly, while the sentence following was privately spoken "unto his disciples" ( Matthew 26:2 ). The matter of this sentence is intrinsically intensely interesting, and it is interesting also from its relation to the consultation of the Sanhedrin... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 26:3

Then . While Christ was announcing his approaching death, the rulers were plotting its accomplishment. He was certain; they were in doubt and perplexity about it. The chief priests (see on Matthew 16:21 ). The office of high priest had originally been held for life; but of late the civil power had often deposed one and appointed another, so that there were at times many who had held the post, and who, as well as their deputies, and the heads of the courses, claimed the title of chief... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 26:3-5

Conspiracy of the Jewish rulers. ( Mark 14:1 ; Luke 22:2 .) read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Matthew 26:3-5

Matthew 26:3-5. The chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders They together constituted the sanhedrim, or great council, which had the supreme authority both in civil and ecclesiastical affairs. Assembled together unto the palace of the high-priest Namely, to deliberate how they might take Jesus, and put him to death; and consulted how they might take him by subtlety Privately, by some artifice, without giving an alarm to his friends. But they said, Not on the feast-day This... read more

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