Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
"But when the vine-dressers saw him, they discussed the matter with one another, and said, "'This is the heir: let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.'
And day after day He taught in the Temple, while the High Priests and the Scribes were devising some means of destroying Him, as were also the leading men of the people.
After listening to His parables the High Priests and the Pharisees perceived that He was speaking about them;
Then the High Priests and Elders of the People assembled in the court of the palace of the High Priest Caiaphas,
And they kept looking out for an opportunity to seize Him, but were afraid of the people; for they saw that in this parable He had referred to *them*. So they left Him and went away.
and the High Priests and the Scribes were contriving how to destroy Him. But they feared the people.