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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.
1It came to pass when Yeshua [God is Salvation] finished speaking all these things, he said to his disciples:
2“Do you not know that after two days will be the Pesakh (Seder) and the Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of the Yehudim [praise] to be crucified”.
3Then the rulers of the priests and the great ones of the people were gathered together in the court of the chief priest whose name was Kayafa [depression].
4They took counsel together to seize Yeshua [God is Salvation] by craftiness and to kill him.
5But they said it should not be at the feast lest there be a tumult among the people.
6It came to pass when Yeshua [God is Salvation] was in Beit-Anyah [house of figs] in the house of Shim’on [he has heard] the leper,
7a woman drew near to him with a flask of costly ointment; she poured it upon his head while he was reclining at table.
8But they said that this waste was very displeasing to them.
9‘It would have been possible to have sold it for a great price and to have given it to the poor’.
10Yeshua [God is Salvation] who knows everything in regard to any matter done, said to them: “Are you making accusation against this woman? Truly she has performed a good and wonderful deed toward me”.
11“Because the poor will be with you always, but I will not be with you always”.
12“Her placing this on my body refers to my burial”.
13“Truly I say to you, everywhere this good news is proclaimed in all the world, that which she has done will be told in reference to my memory”.
14Then one of the Twelve, whose name was Y’hudah [praised] K’riot [cities] went to the chief priests.
15He said: ‘What will you give me that I should deliver Yeshua [God is Salvation] over to you?’ They settled with him for thirty pieces of silver.
16From then on he sought a context for delivering him over.
17On the first day of the festival of unleavened bread the disciples came to Yeshua [God is Salvation] saying: ‘Where shall we prepare for you to eat the Pesakh (Seder)?’
18He said to them: “Go into the city to a certain man who will be a volunteer for the task and say to him: ‘Thus says the Teacher (Rabbi), my time is near; with you I will observe the Pesakh (Seder) with my disciples’”.
19The disciples did as Yeshua [God is Salvation] commanded them; and they prepared the Pesakh (Seder).
20It came to pass at the time of evening, he was sitting at table with his twelve disciples.
21As they were eating he said to them: “I say to you that one of you will inform against me”.
22They were very sad and spoke each one to him saying: ‘Adon [Lord - Kurios of the Earth] is it I?’
23He answered them: “He who dips his hand with me in the dish, will sell me”. All of them were eating from one dish. Therefore, they did not recognize him; because if they had recognized him they would have destroyed him.
24Yeshua [God is Salvation] said to them: “Truly the Son of Man goes as it is written concerning him; woe to that man for whose sake the Son of Man is betrayed. Good would it be for that man not to have been born”.
25Y’hudah [praised], who sold him, answered and said to him: ‘Rabbi am I this one?’. He said “You have said it”.
26They were eating and Yeshua [God is Salvation] took bread, Blessed (Favored by God; happy; prosperous), divided it, gave it to his disciples and said: “Take and eat; this is my body”,
27He took the cup, gave praise to his Father, gave it to them, and said: “Drink from this, all of you”.
28“This is my blood of the new covenant which will be poured out for many for the atonement of sins”
29“I say to you, I will not drink from this time forth (from now on) from this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in the Kingdom of heaven”.
30And they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.
31Then Yeshua [God is Salvation] said to his disciples: “Come, all of you, be offended because of me tonight because it is written: “Strike the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered”
32“After my resurrection from death, I will be revealed to you in Galil [circuit]”.
33Kefa [pebble] answered and said to him: ‘If all of them are offended because of you, I will never be offended’.
34Yeshua [God is Salvation] said to him: “Truly I say to you, this night before the cock-crow you will deny me three times”.
35Kefa [pebble] said to him: ‘If is arranged for me to die with you, I will not deny you’. Likewise all the disciples said to him.
36Then Yeshua [God is Salvation] came with them to the village of Gat-Sh’manim [Olive Press] and said: “Sit now here until I go there and pray”
37He took Kefa [pebble] and the two sons of Zavdai [Yah has bestowed] and began to be sad and troubled.
38Then he said to them: “My soul is grieved unto death; support me and watch with me”.
39He slowly went forward a little, fell on his face, prayed and said: “My Father, if it is possible, take this cup from me. Indeed let it not be as I will, but according to Your will”.
40He came to his disciples and found them sleeping. He said to Kefa [pebble] “So you are unable to watch with me one hour?”
41“Watch and pray lest you enter into temptation, because truly the Spirit [Ruach] is ready to go to its creator, but the flesh is weak and sick”.
42He went again to pray saying: “My Father if You are not able to remove this cup except I should drink it, let it be done according to Your will”.
43Afterwards he returned and found them sleeping because their eyes were heavy.
44He left them and went to pray a third time according to the first words.
45Then Yeshua [God is Salvation] came to where the disciples were and said to them: “Sleep and be at rest; behold the time has come near when the Son of Man will be delivered into the hand of sinners”.
46“Arise, let us go, for look! he who will betray me is near”.
47While he was speaking, behold Y’hudah [praised] K’riot [cities], one of his twelve disciples, came. With him was a large crowd with swords and whips sent from the chief priests and the princes of the people.
48He who betrayed him had given them a sign: ‘The man whom I kiss is the one whom you are to arrest’.
49Immediately he drew near to Yeshua [God is Salvation] and said to him: ‘Greetings Rabbi’; then he kissed him.
50Yeshua [God is Salvation] said to him: “My friend, what have you done?” They came. stretched out their hand against him and arrested him.
51Behold, one who was with Yeshua [God is Salvation] stretched out his hand, drew his sword, struck one of the servants of the priests, and cut off his ear.
52Yeshua [God is Salvation] said to him: “Return your sword to its sheath, for all those who draw the sword will fall by the sword”.
53“Do you not understand that I can appeal to my Father and indeed there would be for me at once more than twelve legions of angels”.
54“But how will the Scripture be fulfilled? Because thus it is intended to be done”.
55Afterwards Yeshua [God is Salvation] said to the crowd: “As if we were thieves, have you come to take me with swords and whips? Was I not with you every day in the temple teaching to you without you hindering me?”
56“Surely all this was done because the writings of the Prophets were being fulfilled”. Then all his disciples left him and fled.
57They led Yeshua [God is Salvation] to the house of Kayafa [depression] the high priest, where all the Torah-teachers (Scribes) and P’rushim (Pharisees) [separatists] were gathered together.
58Kefa [pebble] was following him at a distance unto the house of the high priest. He entered the house and sat near the craftsmen until he should see the end.
59The chief priests and the P’rushim (Pharisees) [separatists] wished to find false witnesses against Yeshua [God is Salvation] in order to put him to death.
60But they did not find even one, though they provided many false witnesses against Yeshua [God is Salvation]. Finally two false witnesses came forward.
61They said: ‘This one said I have the power to destroy the temple of The Most High and after three days to repair it’.
62The high priest arose and said to him: ‘Do you not answer anything against the testimony that these are bearing against you?’
63But Yeshua [God is Salvation] answered not a word. The high priest said to him: ‘I adjure you by the Living Elohim (The Many Powered) [The Living Word of God] that you tell us if you are Ha-Moshiach [Messiah] [The Messiah], the Son of The Mighty One?’
64Yeshua [God is Salvation] answered him: “You say it; but again I say to you, you have yet to see the Son of The Mighty One sitting at the right of the power of The Mighty One coming on the clouds of heaven”.
65Then the high priest tore his garments and said: ‘This one has cursed Elohim (The Many Powered) [The Living Word of God]. What need do we have for other witnesses? Behold all of you have heard how he cursed The Mighty One’.
66‘What do you think can be done?’ They answered: ‘He is guilty of death’.
67Then they spat on his face and struck him on the back, and others slapped him in the face
68saying: ‘Tell us Moshiach [Messiah], who struck you?’.
69Kefa [pebble] was standing at the entrance of the courtyard, and there came near to him a maid who said to him: “Were you not also with Yeshua [God is Salvation] the Galilean?”
70Kefa [pebble] lied to her before all and said to her: “Woman I do not know what you are saying”.
71When he passed through the gate another maid saw him and said to those who were standing there: ‘This man also was with Yeshua [God is Salvation] in Natzeret [separated]’.
72Again he denied Yeshua [God is Salvation] with an oath that he did not know him.
73After a little while, those who were standing in the courtyard drew near to Kefa [pebble] and said to him: ‘You are from this prophet’s group; it is clear from your speech you are one of them’.
74Then he began to deny and to swear that at no time had he known him. Immediately the cock crowed.
75Kefa [pebble] remembered what Yeshua [God is Salvation] had said to him, that before the crowing of the cock he would deny him three times. Then he went outside and wept with bitterness of soul.