45Therefore many of the Jews who came to Mary, and saw what He had done, believed in Him.46But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them the things which Jesus had done.
47Therefore the chief priests and the Pharisees convened a council, and were saying, “What are we doing? For this man is performing many signs.48“If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.”49But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all,50nor do you take into account that it is expedient for you that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish.”51Now he did not say this on his own initiative, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation,52and not for the nation only, but in order that He might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.53So from that day on they planned together to kill Him.
54Therefore Jesus no longer continued to walk publicly among the Jews, but went away from there to the country near the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim; and there He stayed with the disciples.
55Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up to Jerusalem out of the country before the Passover to purify themselves.56So they were seeking for Jesus, and were saying to one another as they stood in the temple, “What do you think; that He will not come to the feast at all?”57Now 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 seize Him.