47 Therefore the chief priests and the Pharisees convened a council meeting, and they were saying, “What are we [a]doing in regard to the fact that this man is performing many [b]signs?48 If we let Him go on like this, all the people will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take over both our [c]place and our nation.”49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all,50 nor are you taking into account that it is in your best interest that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish instead.”51 Now he did not say this [d]on his own, but as he was high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation;52 and not for the nation only, but in order that He might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.53 So from that day on they planned together to kill Him.
54 Therefore Jesus no longer continued to walk publicly among the Jews, but went away from there to the region near the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim; and there He stayed with the disciples.
55 Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up to Jerusalem from the country prior to the Passover, in order to [e]purify themselves.56 So they were looking for Jesus, and saying to one another as they stood in the temple area, “What do you think; that He will not come to the feast at all?”57 Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where He was, he was to report it, so that they might arrest Him.
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