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Matthew 26

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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.
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1And it came to be, when יהושע ended all these words, He said to His taught ones,
2You know that after two days the Pĕsaḥ takes place, and the Son of Aḏam is to be delivered up to be impaled.
3Then the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people came together at the court of the high priest, who was called Qayapha,
4and plotted to seize יהושע by trickery and kill Him.
5But they said, “Not at the festival lest there be an uproar among the people.”
6And when יהושע was in Bĕyth Anyah at the house of Shim‛on the leper,
7a woman came to Him, having an alabaster flask of costly perfume, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table.
8And when His taught ones saw it, they were much displeased saying, “To what purpose is this waste?
9For this perfume could have been sold for much and given to the poor.
10However, when יהושע noticed it, He said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work toward Me.
11“For you always have the poor with you, but Me you do not have always.
12“For in pouring this perfume on My body, she did it for My burial.
13Truly, I say to you, wherever this Good News is proclaimed in all the world, what this woman has done shall be spoken of also, to her remembrance.
14Then one of the twelve, called Yehuḏah from Qerioth, went to the chief priests,
15and said, “What would you give me to deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. # Zech. 11:12
16And from then on he was seeking an occasion to deliver Him up.
17And on the first day of Unleavened Bread the taught ones came to יהושע, saying to Him, “Where do You wish us to prepare for You to eat the Pĕsaḥ?”
18And He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is near. I am to perform the Pĕsaḥ at your house with My taught ones.” ’ ”
19And the taught ones did as יהושע had ordered them, and prepared the Pĕsaḥ.
20And when evening came, He sat down with the twelve.
21And while they were eating, He said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you shall deliver Me up.”
22And they were deeply grieved, and began to say to Him, each of them, “Master, is it I?”
23And He answering, said, “He who has dipped his hand with Me in the dish, he shall deliver Me up.
24Indeed, the Son of Aḏam goes as it has been written concerning Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Aḏam is delivered up! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.
25And Yehuḏah – he who delivered Him up – answering, said, “Rabbi, is it I?” He said to him, “You have said it.”
26And as they were eating, יהושע took bread, and having blessed, broke and gave it to the taught ones and said, “Take, eat, this is My body.”
27And taking the cup, and giving thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.
28“For this is My blood, that of the renewed covenant, which is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.
29“But I say to you, I shall certainly not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on till that day when I drink it anew with you in the reign of My Father.”
30And having sung a song, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
31Then יהושע said to them, “All of you shall stumble in Me this night, for it has been written, ‘I shall strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered.’# Zech. 13:7#See also Mark 14:27; John 16:32
32But after I have been raised, I shall go before you into Galil.
33And Kĕpha answering, said to Him, “Even if all stumble in You, I shall never stumble.”
34יהושע said to him, “Truly, I say to you that this night, before the cock crows, you shall deny Me three times.”
35Kĕpha said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I shall not deny You!” All the taught ones said the same too.
36Then יהושע came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the taught ones, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”
37And He took with Him Kĕpha and the two sons of Zaḇdai, and He began to be grieved and deeply distressed.
38Then He said to them, “My being is exceedingly grieved, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”
39And going forward a little, He fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I desire, but as You desire.”
40And He came to the taught ones and found them asleep, and said to Kĕpha, “So, were you not able to watch with Me one hour?
41Watch and pray, lest you enter into trial. The spirit indeed is eager, but the flesh is weak.
42Again He went away, a second time, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is impossible for this to pass unless I drink it, let Your desire be done.”
43And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.
44And He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
45Then He came to His taught ones and said to them, “Still sleeping and taking rest? See, the hour has come near, and the Son of Aḏam is delivered up into the hands of sinners.
46Rise, let us go. See, he who delivers Me up has come near.
47And while He was still speaking, see, Yehuḏah, one of the twelve, with a large crowd with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and elders of the people.
48And he who was delivering Him up gave them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, it is He, seize Him.”
49And going straight up to יהושע he said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.
50And יהושע said to him, “Friend, why have you come?” Then they came and laid hands on יהושע and seized Him.
51And look, one of those with יהושע put out his hand and drew his sword, and striking the servant of the high priest he cut off his ear.
52Then יהושע said to him, “Return your sword to its place, for all who take the sword shall die by the sword.
53“Or do you think that I am not able to pray to My Father now, and He shall provide Me with more than twelve legions of messengers?
54“How then would the Scriptures be filled that it has to be this way?”
55In that hour יהושע said to the crowds, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to arrest Me? Daily I sat with you, teaching in the Set-apart Place, and you did not seize Me.
56But all this came to be, so that the Scriptures of the prophets might be filled. Then all the taught ones left Him and fled.
57And those who had seized יהושע led Him away to Qayapha the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together.
58But Kĕpha followed Him at a distance to the courtyard of the high priest, and he went in and sat with the servants to see the end.
59And the chief priests, and the elders, and all the council were seeking false witness against יהושע to put Him to death,
60but found none. Although many false witnesses came forward, they found none. But at last two false witnesses came forward,
61and said, “This one said, ‘I am able to destroy the Dwelling Place of Elohim and to build it in three days.’ ”
62And the high priest stood up and said to Him, “Have You no answer to make? What do these witness against You?”
63But יהושע remained silent. So the high priest said to Him, “I put You to oath, by the living Elohim that You say to us if You are the Messiah, the Son of Elohim.”
64יהושע said to him, “You have said it. Besides I say to you, from now on you shall see the Son of Aḏam sitting at the right hand of the Power,# Psa. 110:1 and coming on the clouds of the heaven.”# Dan. 7:13
65Then the high priest tore his garments, saying, “He has blasphemed! Why do we need any more witnesses? See, now you have heard His blasphemy!
66What do you think? And they answering, said, “He is liable to death.”
67Then they spat in His face and beat Him, and others slapped Him,
68saying, “Prophesy to us, Messiah! Who is the one who struck You?”
69And Kĕpha sat outside in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him, saying, “And you were with יהושע of Galil.”
70But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you say.”
71And as he was going out into the porch, another girl saw him and said to those there, “And this one was with יהושע of Natsareth.”
72But again he denied with an oath, “I do not know the Man!”
73And after a while those who stood by came to him and said to Kĕpha, “Truly you are one of them too, for even your speech gives you away.”
74Then he began to curse and to swear, saying, “I do not know the Man!” And immediately a cock crowed.
75And Kĕpha remembered the word of יהושע who had said to him, “Before a cock crows, you shall deny Me three times.” And going out, he wept bitterly.