Matthew 28 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: The Risen Christ appears #5 Matthew 28:11-15 – The False Report the Body Was Stolen
MT28:11 While the women were on their way, look! some of the custodial guards entered the city of Jerusalem and reported back to the religious hierarchy everything that had happened. MT28:12 Now in a conference with the Jewish elders they took counsel. They agreed to give plenty of money to the soldiers, MT28:13 telling them, “Say that his disciples came in the night and stole his body while you were sleeping. MT28:14 And if this ever reaches the governor we will convince him and you need not fear.” MT28:15 Those soldiers took the silver money and did as they were told. And just so the rumor spread around among the Jews down to this very day.
 Give plenty of money to the soldiers: Or, KJV: large money; KNX: a rich bribe. Compare Proverbs 17:23. See notes on Matthew 27:64.
“A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the course of justice.” (Pr 17:23 NIV)
“So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”” (Mt 27:64 NIV)