Chapter 114: Caiaphas prophesies that Jesus should die

1 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. 2 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.

3 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth slay many of what God has created. 4 If we let him thus alone, God's ire will be raised: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.

5 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, 6 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. 7 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation.

8 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.

9 Jesus therefore trained no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued to hunt the risen with his warriors.

10 And the Jews' passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves. 11 Then sought they for Jesus, for they hoped to purify with water but be made whole if it were infected, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the temple, What think ye, that he will not come to the feast?

12 Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where he were, he should shew it, that they might take him.

13 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, 14 And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. 15 And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.

16 And when his warriors James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we drive the risen before us to consume them, even as Elisha did the bears?

17 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. 18 For the Warrior for man is not come to destroy live men, but to save them. And they went to another village.