The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleMark 14:56
For many bare false witness against him…
"false", is not expressed in the Syriac, Persic, and Ethiopic
versions: which only signify, that they bore witness against him,
accused him of, and laid many things to his charge:
but their witness agreed not together;
which showed it to be false,
and so not to be admitted; for witnesses were to be as one in their
testimony, or not to be received: the, rules concerning them with
the Jews, are these F12;
``the tradition is, for ever let not their testimony be
joined together, unless they both see, (dxak) , "as one":
says R. Joshua ben Korcha, even one after another; and
their testimony is not ratified in the council, until they
both witness "as one".''
Though this is not much the sense of the passage here; it was not
the falsehood of their testimony, which this council was unconcerned
about, or the contradiction that was in it, which does not appear;
but their testimonies were not, (isai) , "equal", or answerable to the
wishes of the council; they were not sufficient to prove a capital
crime upon him, in order to, put him to death, which was what they
wanted: they only respected some light and trivial matters, and did
not amount to a charge of blasphemy, or sedition.
F12 T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 30. 1. Maimon. Hilch. Eduth, c. 4. sect. 1.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Mark 14:56". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=mr&chapter=014&verse=056>. 1999.