Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
When they attempted to arrest Him, [they hesitated because] they feared [what] the crowds [might do], since they considered Jesus a prophet.
Now Herod wanted to have him put to death, [but hesitated], fearing the crowd, because they considered John to be a prophet.
But, should we say 'from men' [instead]?" Now they feared the people, for all of them considered John to be a true prophet.
And they [i.e., the leading priests and experts in the Law of Moses] attempted to arrest Jesus, but [hesitated because] they feared what the crowd might do, for they understood that He was speaking the parable against them. So, they left Him and went away.
But if we say 'from men,' all the people will stone us, for they are convinced that John was a prophet."
And the leading priests and experts in the law of Moses were looking for a way to kill Jesus because they were afraid of the people [i.e., that people would riot if it were done during the Festival. See Matt. 26:5].
His parents said these things because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities who had already decided that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Christ would be expelled from the synagogue.
[Immediately] the captain, with his officers, went [to the Temple] and brought the apostles back again, but did not use any violence because they feared that the people might stone them.
But they did not say anything. So, Jesus took hold of the [sick] man, and [after] healing him, sent him away.