Luke 20:20

“And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And they watched him, and sent foorth spies, which should faine themselues iust men, that they might take holde of his words, that so they might deliuer him vnto the power and authoritie of the gouernour.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, in order that they might catch Him in some statement, so that they {could} deliver Him to the rule and the authority of the governor.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And they watched him, and sent forth spies, who feigned themselves to be righteous, that they might take hold of his speech, so as to deliver him up to the rule and to the authority of the governor.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And they kept watch on him, and sent out secret representatives, who were acting the part of good men, in order that they might get something from his words, on account of which they might give him up to the government and into the power of the ruler.
- Basic English Bible

And having watched [him], they sent out suborned persons, pretending to be just men, that they might take hold of him in [his] language, so that they might deliver him up to the power and authority of the governor.
- Darby Bible

And they watched him, and sent forth spies, who should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him to the power and authority of the governor.
- Webster's Bible

So, after impatiently watching their opportunity, they sent spies who were to act the part of good and honest men, that they might fasten on some expression of His, so as to hand Him over to the ruling power and the Governor's authority.
- Weymouth Bible

They watched him, and sent out spies, who pretended to be righteous, that they might trap him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the power and authority of the governor.
- World English Bible

And thei aspieden, and senten aspieris, that feyneden hem iust, that thei schulden take hym in word, and bitaak hym to the `power of the prince, and to the power of the iustice.
- Wycliffe Bible

And, having watched [him], they sent forth liers in wait, feigning themselves to be righteous, that they might take hold of his word, to deliver him up to the rule and to the authority of the governor,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 20:20


20:20 Just men - Men of a tender conscience. To take hold of his discourse - If he answered as they hoped he would. #Mt 22:16|; Mr 12:12.


People's Bible Notes for Luke 20:20


Lu 20:20-26 That they might take hold of his words. For notes on the question of the tribute money, see Mt 22:15-22. Compare Mr 12:13-17.

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