Matthew 26:60

ESV but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward
NIV But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally two came forward
NASB They did not find any, even though many false witnesses came forward. But later on two came forward,
CSB but they could not find any, even though many false witnesses came forward. Finally, two who came forward
NLT But even though they found many who agreed to give false witness, they could not use anyone’s testimony. Finally, two men came forward
KJV But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,

What does Matthew 26:60 mean?

The chief priests and ruling council known as the Sanhedrin were ready to see Jesus put to death by the Romans (Matthew 26:57–59). Though they've already passed a verdict and sentence in their own minds, they need official charges with which to charge Him. To get this, they look for people willing to make misleading or false claims. To seek Jesus' death out of prejudice is already wicked (John 11:53). To pursue false witnesses is a blatant violation of the same Law these men claim to uphold (Deuteronomy 19:18).

Unfortunately, it's not easy to coordinate these lies. Simply stating what Jesus has said and done isn't enough. Jesus, of course, had done nothing wrong. No true statement is going to show that He's committed any sin or crime (John 8:46). Those attempting to twist Christ's words into something damning wind up contradicting one another (Mark 14:56–59).

Two came forward with a statement that, itself, is not useful, but it provides an opening for the chief priest. Their account (Matthew 26:61) is a misquote.
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