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Matthew 26

The Plan to Kill Jesus
1When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, 2“As you know, the Passover Feast is two days away. The Son of Man is going to be handed over to his enemies, and they will nail him to a cross.”
3Then the chief priests and elders of the people met in the palace of Caiaphas, the high priest. 4They made plans to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. 5“But we can’t do it during the feast,” they agreed, “or the people may riot.”
A Woman Pours Perfume on Jesus
6While Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon the Leper, 7a woman came to him with a special sealed jar of very expensive perfume. She poured the perfume on his head while he was at the table.
8When the disciples saw this, they got angry. “Why this waste?” they asked. 9“This perfume could have been sold for a lot of money, and it could have been given to the poor.”
10Jesus knew they were saying this and asked them, “Why are you criticizing this woman? She has done a beautiful thing for me. 11You’ll always have the poor with you. But you won’t always have me. 12She poured the perfume on my body to prepare me for my burial. 13Truly I tell you, what she has done will be told wherever this good news is preached all over the world, and she will be remembered.”
Judas Agrees to Hand Jesus Over
14Then one of the 12 disciples, the one named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests. 15He asked, “What will you give me if I hand Jesus over to you?” They counted out 30 silver coins for him, 16and from then on, Judas watched for the right opportunity to hand Jesus over.
The Lord’s Supper
17On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to go and prepare the Passover meal for you?”
18He answered, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is near. I’d like to celebrate the Passover at your house with my disciples.” ’ ” 19So the disciples did what Jesus told them to do, and they prepared the Passover meal.
20When evening came, Jesus was at the table with his 12 disciples. 21While they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you is going to hand me over to my enemies.”
22This made the disciples very sad. They began to say to him, one after the other, “You don’t mean me, do you, Lord?”
23Jesus replied, “Someone who has dipped his hand into the same bowl with me is going to hand me over. 24The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him, but woe to the one who hands him over! It would have been better for him if he he’d never been born.”
25Judas, the one who was going to hand him over, said, “You don’t mean me, do you, Rabbi?”
Jesus answered, “You have said so.”
26While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and handed it to his disciples. He said, “Take this and eat it. This is my body.”
27Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he handed it to them. He said, “Drink from it, all of you. 28This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out so that the sins of many people will be forgiven. 29I tell you that I won’t drink wine with you again from now until the day when I drink it with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
30Then they sang a hymn, and they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Jesus Says That the Disciples Will Turn Away
31Jesus told them, “You’re all going to abandon me this very night. It’s written that the Lord said,
“ ‘I will strike the shepherd down,
and then the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’
32But after I rise from the dead, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”
33Peter replied, “Even if all the others abandon you, I never will.”
34“Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you’ll claim three times that you don’t know me.”
35But Peter insisted, “Even if I have to die with you, I’ll never say that I don’t know you.” And all the other disciples said the same thing.
Jesus Prays in Gethsemane
36Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane. He said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to feel sad and troubled. 38Then he said to them, “My soul is very sad, and I feel close to death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
39He went off a little distance and got down on the ground face first. He prayed, “My Father, if possible, please take this cup of suffering away from me. But let your will be done, not mine.”
40Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t any of you keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41“Watch and pray so that you won’t fall into sin when you’re tempted. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”
42Jesus went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it isn’t possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, then may your will be done.”
43Then he came back and found the three of them sleeping again. They couldn’t keep their eyes open, 44so he left them and went off once more. He prayed the same thing a third time.
45Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look! The time has come. The Son of Man is about to be handed over to sinners. 46Get up! Let’s go! Here comes the one who’s handing me over to them!”
Jesus Is Arrested
47While Jesus was still speaking, Judas, who was one of the 12 disciples, arrived. He had a group of men with him who were carrying swords and clubs. The chief priests and elders of the people had sent them. 48Judas had arranged to hand Jesus over by giving them a signal. “The one I kiss will be the man,” he’d told them—“arrest him!” 49Judas went right over to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” Then he kissed him.
50Jesus responded, “Do what you came to do, friend.”
Then some of the men moved forward to grab Jesus and arrest him. 51As they did, one of those who was with Jesus reached for his sword. He pulled it out and slashed at the high priest’s slave with it, cutting off his ear.
52“Put your sword back!” Jesus told him. “Everyone who relies on the sword will die by the sword. 53Do you think I can’t ask my Father for help? If I did, he’d send an army of more than 70,000 angels right away. 54But then how would the Scriptures come true? They say it has to happen in this way.”
55Then Jesus asked the crowd, “Why did you come here with swords and clubs to capture me, as if I’d been leading a rebellion? I was in the temple courtyard every day teaching, but you didn’t try to arrest me. 56But of all this has happened to make the words of the prophets come true.” Then all his disciples abandoned him and ran away.
Jesus Is Taken to the Sanhedrin
57Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas, the high priest. The teachers of the law and the elders had already gathered in his palace. 58Peter had followed Jesus from a distance, and now he came as close as the courtyard. He went in and sat down with the guards to see what would happen.
59The chief priests and the whole council of elders, called the Sanhedrin, were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 60But they couldn’t find anything to use, even though many false witnesses came forward.
Finally, two witnesses came forward and testified, 61“This man said, ‘I’m able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’ ”
62Then the high priest stood up to question Jesus. “Aren’t you going to answer?” he asked. “What have you got to say to the charges these men are bringing against you?” 63But Jesus remained silent.
The high priest said to him, “Tell us, under oath to the living God, whether you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”
64“You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you that after this you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One, coming on the clouds of heaven.”
65Then the high priest ripped his clothes and said, “This man has claimed to be God! Why do we need any more witnesses? You’ve heard what he said. 66What do you think?”
“He must die!” they answered.
67Then they spit in his face and hit him with their fists. Others slapped him 68and said, “Prophesy to us, Messiah! Who hit you?”
Peter Says He Doesn’t Know Jesus
69Meanwhile, Peter was sitting out in the courtyard. A female servant came up to him and said, “You also were with Jesus of Galilee.”
70But Peter denied it in front of everyone. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he insisted.
71Then he moved out to the gate that led into the courtyard. There another servant saw him and said to the people, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.”
72Again he denied it and said, “I swear I don’t know the man!”
73After a little while, the people standing there came up to Peter and said, “You must be one of them. Your accent gives you away.”
74“I swear that I don’t know the man!” Peter said again. “May I be cursed if I’m not telling the truth!”
Just then a rooster crowed. 75Peter remembered that Jesus had said, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” Peter went outside and wept bitterly.
The Plot to Kill Jesus
1Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, that He said to His disciples, 2#Matt. 27:35; Mark 14:1, 2; Luke 22:1, 2; John 13:1; 19:18“You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”
3#Ps. 2:2; John 11:47; Acts 4:25Then the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people assembled at the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, 4and #John 11:47; Acts 4:25–28plotted to take Jesus by trickery and kill Him. 5But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the #Matt. 21:26people.”
The Anointing at Bethany
6And when Jesus was in #Matt. 8:2; Mark 14:3–9; Luke 7:37–39; John 11:1, 2; 12:1–8Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, 7a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table. 8#John 12:4But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? 9For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor.”
10But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me. 11#(Deut. 15:11; Mark 14:7); John 12:8For you have the poor with you always, but #(Matt. 18:20; 28:20; John 13:33; 14:19; 16:5, 28; 17:11)Me you do not have always. 12For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My #Matt. 27:60; Luke 23:53; John 19:38–42burial. 13Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”
Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
14#Mark 14:10, 11; Luke 22:3–6; John 13:2, 30Then one of the twelve, called #Matt. 10:4Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15and said, #Ex. 21:32; Zech. 11:12; Matt. 27:3“What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. 16So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.
Jesus Celebrates Passover with His Disciples
17#Ex. 12:6, 18–20Now on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?”
18And He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, #Luke 9:51; John 12:23; 13:1; 17:1“My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with My disciples.” ’ ”
19So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover.
20#Mark 14:17–21; Luke 22:14; John 13:21When evening had come, He sat down with the twelve. 21Now as they were eating, He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, one of you will #Matt. 26:46; Mark 14:42; Luke 22:21–23; John 6:70, 71; 13:21betray Me.”
22And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and each of them began to say to Him, “Lord, is it I?”
23He answered and said, #Ps. 41:9; Luke 22:21; John 13:18“He who dipped his hand with Me in the dish will betray Me. 24The Son of Man indeed goes just #Ps. 22; Dan. 9:26; Mark 9:12; Luke 24:25, 26, 46; Acts 17:2, 3; 26:22, 23; 1 Cor. 15:3as it is written of Him, but #Matt. 27:3–5; Luke 17:1; Acts 1:16–20woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! #John 17:12; Acts 1:25It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.”
25Then Judas, who was betraying Him, answered and said, “Rabbi, is it I?”
He said to him, “You have said it.”
Jesus Institutes the Lord’s Supper
26#Mark 14:22–25; Luke 22:17–20And as they were eating, #1 Cor. 11:23–25Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; #(1 Pet. 2:24)this is My body.”
27Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, #Mark 14:23“Drink from it, all of you. 28For #(Ex. 24:8; Lev. 17:11; Heb. 9:20)this is My blood #Jer. 31:31of the new covenant, which is shed #Matt. 20:28; (Rom. 5:15; Heb. 9:22)for many for the remission of sins. 29But #Mark 14:25; Luke 22:18I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on #Acts 10:41until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
30#Mark 14:26–31; Luke 22:31–34And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial
31Then Jesus said to them, #Matt. 26:56; Mark 14:27; John 16:32“All of you will #(Matt. 11:6)be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written:
#Zech. 13:7‘I will strike the Shepherd,
And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’
32But after I have been raised, #Matt. 28:7, 10, 16; Mark 14:28; 16:7; John 21:1I will go before you to Galilee.”
33Peter answered and said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.”
34Jesus said to him, #Matt. 26:74, 75; Mark 14:30; Luke 22:34; John 13:38“Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.”
35Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!”
And so said all the disciples.
The Prayer in the Garden
36#Mark 14:32–35; Luke 22:39, 40; John 18:1Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” 37And He took with Him Peter and #Matt. 4:21; 17:1; Mark 5:37the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38Then He said to them, #John 12:27“My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”
39He went a little farther and fell on His face, and #Mark 14:36; Luke 22:42; (Heb. 5:7–9)prayed, saying, #John 12:27“O My Father, if it is possible, #Matt. 20:22let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, #Ps. 40:8; Is. 50:5; John 5:30; 6:38; Phil. 2:8not as I will, but as You will.
40Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? 41#Mark 13:33; 14:38; Luke 22:40, 46; (Eph. 6:18)Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. #Ps. 103:14–16; (Rom. 7:15; 8:23; Gal. 5:17)The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
42Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.” 43And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.
44So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. 45Then He came to His disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being #Matt. 17:22, 23; 20:18, 19betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand.”
Betrayal and Arrest in Gethsemane
47And #Mark 14:43–50; Luke 22:47–53; John 18:3–11; Acts 1:16while He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and elders of the people.
48Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.” 49Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” #2 Sam. 20:9; (Prov. 27:6)and kissed Him.
50But Jesus said to him, #Ps. 41:9; 55:13“Friend, why have you come?”
Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him. 51And suddenly, #Mark 14:47; Luke 22:50; John 18:10one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.
52But Jesus said to him, “Put your sword in its place, #Gen. 9:6; Rev. 13:10for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. 53Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with #2 Kin. 6:17; Dan. 7:10more than twelve legions of angels? 54How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, #Is. 50:6; 53:2–11; Luke 24:25–27, 44–46; John 19:28; Acts 13:29; 17:3; 26:23that it must happen thus?”
55In that hour Jesus said to the multitudes, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me? I sat daily with you, teaching in the temple, and you did not seize Me. 56But all this was done that the #Lam. 4:20Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.”
Then #Zech. 13:7; Matt. 26:31; Mark 14:27; John 18:15all the disciples forsook Him and fled.
Jesus Faces the Sanhedrin
57#Matt. 17:22; Mark 14:53–65; Luke 22:54; John 18:12, 19–24And those who had laid hold of Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. 58But #John 18:15, 16Peter followed Him at a distance to the high priest’s courtyard. And he went in and sat with the servants to see the end.
59Now the chief priests, the elders, and all the council sought #Ex. 20:16; Ps. 35:11false testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, 60but found none. Even though #Ps. 27:12; 35:11; Mark 14:55; Acts 6:13many false witnesses came forward, they found none. But at last #Deut. 19:15two false witnesses came forward 61and said, “This fellow said, #Matt. 27:40; Mark 14:58; 15:29; John 2:19; Acts 6:14‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.’ ”
62#Mark 14:60And the high priest arose and said to Him, “Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?” 63But #Ps. 38:13, 14; Is. 53:7; Matt. 27:12, 14; Acts 8:32Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, #Lev. 5:1; 1 Sam. 14:24, 26; Luke 22:67–71“I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!”
64Jesus said to him, It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, #Dan. 7:13; Matt. 16:27; 24:30; 25:31; Luke 21:27; (John 1:51; Rom. 14:10; 1 Thess. 4:16); Rev. 1:7hereafter you will see the Son of Man #Ps. 110:1; (Acts 7:55)sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
65#2 Kin. 18:37Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, “He has spoken blasphemy! What further need do we have of witnesses? Look, now you have heard His #John 10:30–36blasphemy! 66What do you think?”
They answered and said, #Lev. 24:16; Matt. 20:18; John 19:7“He is deserving of death.”
67#Job 16:10; Is. 50:6; 53:3; Lam. 3:30; Matt. 27:30Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and #Mic. 5:1; Luke 22:63–65; John 19:3others struck Him with the palms of their hands, 68saying, #Mark 14:65; Luke 22:64“Prophesy to us, Christ! Who is the one who struck You?”
Peter Denies Jesus, and Weeps Bitterly
69#Mark 14:66–72; Luke 22:55–62; John 18:16–18, 25–27Now Peter sat outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came to him, saying, “You also were with Jesus of Galilee.”
70But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you are saying.”
71And when he had gone out to the gateway, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, “This fellow also was with Jesus of Nazareth.”
72But again he denied with an oath, “I do not know the Man!”
73And a little later those who stood by came up and said to Peter, “Surely you also are one of them, for your #Mark 14:70; Luke 22:59; John 18:26speech betrays you.”
74Then #Matt. 26:34; Mark 14:71; Luke 22:34; John 13:38he began to curse and swear, saying, “I do not know the Man!”
Immediately a rooster crowed. 75And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, #Matt. 26:34; Luke 22:61; John 13:38“Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly.