John 18

1After speaking these things, Jesus went forth with his disciples on the other side of the brook Kidron, where there was a garden into which he entered, he and his disciples. 2Now Judas, the man betraying him, had also known the place, because Jesus also often gathered there with his disciples. 3Judas therefore having received the band and subordinates from the chief priests and the Pharisees, comes there with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4Jesus therefore knowing all the things that were coming upon him, after going forth, he says to them, Whom seek ye? 5They answered him, Jesus the Nazarene. Jesus says to them, I am he. And Judas, the man betraying him had also stood with them. 6When therefore he said to them, I am he, they went backward and fell to the ground. 7Again therefore he questioned them, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus the Nazarene. 8Jesus answered, I told you that I am. If therefore ye seek me, allow these men to go, 9so that the word that he spoke might be fulfilled, Of whom thou have given me, I lost, no, not one of them. 10Simon Peter therefore, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's bondman, and cut off his right ear. Now the servant's name was Malchus. 11Jesus therefore said to Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath. The cup that the Father has given me, shall I, no, not drink it? 12So the band, and the chief captain, and the subordinates of the Jews, arrested Jesus and bound him, 13and led him away first to Annas. For he was father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 14Now Caiaphas was the man who counseled the Jews that it was expedient for one man to die on behalf of the people. 15And Simon Peter followed Jesus, also the other disciple. But that disciple was known to the high priest, and he went in with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest. 16But Peter had stood near the door outside. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the doorkeeper and brought in Peter. 17Therefore the servant girl (the doorkeeper) says to Peter, Are thou not also of this man's disciples? That man says, I am not. 18Now the bondmen and the subordinates had stood, having made a fire of coals because it was cold, and they were warming themselves. And Peter was also standing with them warming himself. 19The high priest therefore asked Jesus about his disciples, and about his doctrine. 20Jesus answered him, I spoke in public to the world. I always taught in a synagogue, and in the temple where the Jews always gather together, and I spoke nothing in secret. 21Why question thou me? Question those who have heard what I said to them. Behold, these know the things that I said. 22And when he said these things, one of the subordinates standing by gave a slap to Jesus, saying, Answer thou the high priest this way? 23Jesus answered him, If I spoke wrongly, testify about the wrong, but if correctly, why strike me? 24Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest. 25Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. Therefore they said to him, Are thou not also of his disciples? That man therefore denied, and said, I am not. 26One of the bondmen of the high priest, being a kinsman of him whose ear Peter cut off, says, Did I not see thee in the garden with him? 27Peter therefore denied again, and straightaway a cock sounded. 28They lead Jesus therefore from Caiaphas to the Praetorium. And it was early, and they did not enter into the Praetorium, so that they would not be defiled, but that they might eat the Passover. 29Pilate therefore went out to them, and said, What accusation do ye bring against this man? 30They answered and said to him, If this man were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered him up to thee. 31Pilate therefore said to them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said to him, It is not permitted for us to kill any man, 32so that the word of Jesus might be fulfilled that he spoke, signifying what kind of death he was going to die. 33Pilate therefore again entered into the Praetorium, and called Jesus, and said to him, Are thou the king of the Jews? 34Jesus answered, Do thou say this of thyself, or did others tell thee about me? 35Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests delivered thee to me. What have thou done? 36Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world my subordinates would have fought so that I would not be delivered to the Jews, but now my kingdom is not from here. 37Pilate therefore said to him, Then thou are a king? Jesus answered, Thou say that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, that I would testify to the truth. Every man who is of the truth hears my voice. 38Pilate says to him, What is truth? And having said this, he went out again to the Jews, and says to them, I find not one cause in him. 39But there is a custom for you that I should release to you one man at the Passover. Do ye wish therefore I would release to you the king of the Jews? 40They all cried out again therefore, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. But Barabbas was a robber.
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