271 Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed.
271 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:
271 When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.
271 In the first light of dawn, all the high priests and religious leaders met and put the finishing touches on their plot to kill Jesus.
271 When morning came, all the chief priests and elders of the people plotted against Jesus to put Him to death.
271 Very early in the morning the leading priests and the elders of the people met again to lay plans for putting Jesus to death.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Matthew 27:1
Commentary on Matthew 27:1-10
(Read Matthew 27:1-10)
Wicked men see little of the consequences of their crimes when they commit them, but they must answer for them all. In the fullest manner Judas acknowledged to the chief priests that he had sinned, and betrayed an innocent person. This was full testimony to the character of Christ; but the rulers were hardened. Casting down the money, Judas departed, and went and hanged himself, not being able to bear the terror of Divine wrath, and the anguish of despair. There is little doubt but that the death of Judas was before that of our blessed Lord. But was it nothing to them that they had thirsted after this blood, and hired Judas to betray it, and had condemned it to be shed unjustly? Thus do fools make a mock at sin. Thus many make light of Christ crucified. And it is a common instance of the deceitfulness of our hearts, to make light of our own sin by dwelling upon other people's sins. But the judgment of God is according to truth. Many apply this passage of the buying the piece of ground, with the money Judas brought back, to signify the favour intended by the blood of Christ to strangers, and sinners of the Gentiles. It fulfilled a prophecy, Zechariah 11:12. Judas went far toward repentance, yet it was not to salvation. He confessed, but not to God; he did not go to him, and say, I have sinned, Father, against heaven. Let none be satisfied with such partial convictions as a man may have, and yet remain full of pride, enmity, and rebellion.