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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 was done, when Jesus had ended all these words, he said to his disciples,
2Ye know, that after two days pask shall be made, and man’s Son shall be betaken to be crucified.
3Then the princes of priests, and the elder men of the people were gathered into the hall of the prince of priests, that was said Caiaphas,
4and made a counsel to hold Jesus with guile, and slay him;
5but they said, Not in the holiday [or in the feast day], lest peradventure noise were made in the people.
6And when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leprous,
7a woman that had a box of alabaster of precious ointment, came to him, and shedded it out on the head of him resting.
8And the disciples seeing had disdain, and said, Whereto is this loss?
9for it might be sold for much [or this might have been sold for much], and be given to poor men.
10But Jesus knew, and said to them, What be ye heavy to this woman? for she hath wrought in me a good work [or she hath wrought a good work in me].
11For ye shall ever[more] have poor men with you, but ye shall not always have me.
12For this woman sending this ointment into my body, did [for] to bury me.
13Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel shall be preached in all the world, it shall be said, that she did this, in mind of him.
14Then one of the twelve, that was called Judas Iscariot, went forth [or went] to the princes of priests,
15and said to them, What will ye give to me, and I shall betake him to you? And they ordained to him thirty pieces of silver.
16And from that time he sought opportunity, to betray him.
17And in the first day of therf loaves the disciples came to Jesus, and said, Where wilt thou [that] we make ready to thee, to eat pask?
18Jesus said, Go ye into the city to a man, and say to him, The master saith, My time is nigh; at thee I make pask with my disciples.
19And the disciples did, as Jesus commanded to them; and they made the pask ready.
20And when the eventide was come, he sat to [or at the] meat, with his twelve disciples.
21And he said to them, as they ate, Truly I say to you, that one of you shall betray me.
22And they full sorry, [or made sorrowful greatly], began each by himself to say, Lord, whether I am he?
23And he answered, and said, He that putteth with me his hand in the platter, shall betray me.
24Forsooth man’s Son goeth, as it is written of him; but woe to that man, by whom man’s Son shall be betrayed; it were good to him, if that man had not been born.
25But Judas that betrayed him, answered, saying, Master, whether I am he? Jesus said to him, Thou hast said.
26And while they supped, Jesus took bread, and blessed [it], and brake, and gave to his disciples, and said, Take ye, and eat; this is my body.
27And he took the cup, and did thankings, and gave to them, and said, Drink ye all thereof;
28this is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many, into remission of sins.
29And I say to you, I shall not drink from this time, of this fruit of the vine, into that day when I shall drink it new with you, in the kingdom of my Father.
30And when the hymn was said, they went out into the mount of Olives.
31Then Jesus said to them, All ye shall suffer cause of stumbling in me, in this night; for it is written, I shall smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered.
32But after that I shall rise again, I shall go before you into Galilee.
33Peter answered, and said to him, Though all [men] shall be caused to stumble in thee, I shall never be caused to stumble.
34Jesus said to him, Truly I say to thee, for in this night before the cock crow, thrice thou shalt deny me.
35Peter said to him, Yea, though it behooveth that I die with thee, I shall not deny thee. Also all the disciples said.
36Then Jesus came with them into a town, that is said Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I go thither, and pray.
37And when he had taken Peter, and two sons of Zebedee, he began to be heavy and sorry [or to be sorrowful and heavy in heart].
38Then he said to them, My soul is sorrowful to the death; abide ye here, and wake ye with me.
39And he went forth a little, and felled down on his face, praying, and saying, My Father, if it is possible, pass this cup from me [or this cup pass from me]; nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
40And he came to his disciples, and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, So, whether ye might not one hour wake with me? [or might ye not one hour wake with me?]
41Wake ye, and pray ye, that ye enter not into temptation; for the spirit is ready, but the flesh is sick, [or unstable, or unsteadfast].
42Again the second time he went, and prayed, saying, My Father, if this cup may not pass, but I drink it, thy will be done.
43And again he came, and found them sleeping; for their eyes were heavied.
44And he left them, and went again, and prayed the third time, and said the same word.
45Then he came to his disciples, and said to them, Sleep ye now, and rest ye; lo! the hour hath nighed, and man’s Son shall be betaken [or be betrayed] into the hands of sinners;
46rise ye, go we; lo! he that shall take me, is nigh.
47Yet while he spake, lo! Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great company, with swords and bats [or staves], sent from the princes of priests, and from the elder men of the people.
48And he that betrayed him, gave to them a token, and said, Whomever I shall kiss, he it is; hold ye him.
49And anon he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, Master; and he kissed him.
50And Jesus said to him, Friend, whereto art thou come? Then they came nigh, and laid hands on Jesus, and held him.
51And lo! one of them that were with Jesus, stretched out his hand, and drew out his sword; and he smote the servant of the prince of priests, and cut off his ear.
52Then Jesus said to him, Turn thy sword into his place; for all that take sword, shall perish by sword.
53Whether guessest thou, that I may not pray my Father, and he shall give to me now more than twelve legions of angels?
54How then shall the scriptures be fulfilled? for so it behooveth to be done.
55In that hour Jesus said to the people, As to a thief ye have gone out, with swords and bats [or staves], to take me; day by day I sat among you, and taught in the temple, and ye held me not.
56But all this thing was done, that the scriptures of prophets should be fulfilled. Then all the disciples fled, and left him.
57And they held Jesus, and led him to Caiaphas, the prince of priests, where the scribes and the Pharisees, and the elder men of the people were come together [or where the scribes and the elder men of the people had come together].
58But Peter pursued him afar, into the hall of the prince of priests; and he went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.
59And the prince of priests, and all the council sought false witnessing against Jesus, that they should [be] take him to death;
60and they found not, when many false witnesses were come. But at the last, two false witnesses came,
61and said, This said, I may destroy the temple of God, and after the third day [or three days] build it again.
62And the prince of priests rose, and said to him, Answerest thou nothing to those things, that these witness against thee?
63But Jesus was still. And the prince of priests said to him, I conjure thee by the living God, that thou say to us, if thou art Christ, the Son of God.
64Jesus said to him, Thou hast said; nevertheless I say to you, hereafter ye shall see man’s Son sitting at the right half of the virtue of God, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
65Then the prince of priests rent his clothes, and said, He hath blasphemed; what yet have we need to witnesses? lo! now ye have heard blasphemy;
66what seemeth to you? And they answered, and said, He is guilty of death.
67Then they spat in his face, and smote him with buffets; and others gave strokes with the palm of their hands in[to] his face,
68and said, Thou Christ, declare [or prophesy] to us, who is he that smote thee?
69And Peter sat without in the hall; and a damsel [or an handmaid] came to him, and said, Thou were with Jesus of Galilee.
70And he denied before all [men], and said, I know not what thou sayest.
71And when he went out at the gate, another damsel [or handmaid] saw him, and said to them that were there, And this was with Jesus of Nazareth.
72And again he denied with an oath, For I knew not the man.
73And a little after, they that stood came, and said to Peter, Truly and thou art [one] of them; for thy speech maketh thee known.
74Then he began to curse and to swear, that he knew not the man. And anon the cock crew.
75And Peter bethought on the word of Jesus, that he had said, Before the cock crow, thrice thou shalt deny me. And he went out, and wept bitterly.