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Verses 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 was the result of human wisdom. But when Judas came, they changed their purpose. So the counsel of God took place, and the true paschal Lamb was offered up on the great day of the paschal solemnity.

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