Matthew 26

The Plot to Kill Jesus

When Jesus had finished {saying} all these things, He told His disciples, “You know that the Passover begins in two days, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” At that time the chief priests and elders of the people assembled in the courtyard of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and they conspired to arrest Jesus covertly and kill [Him] . “But not during the feast,” they said, “or there may be a riot among the people.”

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

While Jesus was in Bethany in [the] home of Simon the leper,
Aramaic Simon the Potter or Simon the Jar Maker
a woman came to Him with an alabaster jar of expensive perfume, which she poured on His head as He reclined at the table. When the disciples saw this, they were indignant and asked, “Why this waste? This [perfume] could have been sold at a high price, and [the money] given to [the] poor.” 10  Aware of this, Jesus asked, “Why are you bothering [this] woman? She has done a beautiful deed to Me. 11  The poor you will always have with you,
See Deuteronomy 15:11.
but {you will} not always have Me.
12  By pouring this perfume on Me, she has prepared My [body] for burial. 13  Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached in all the world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

14  Then one of the Twelve, the [one] called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15  [and] asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand Him {over} to you?” And they set out for him thirty pieces of silver. 16  So from that time on [Judas] looked for an opportunity to betray [Jesus] .

Preparing the Passover

17  On the first [day] of the Feast of Unleavened [Bread] , the disciples came to Jesus [and] asked, “Where do you want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?” 18  He answered, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him [that] the Teacher says, ‘My time is near. I will keep the Passover with My disciples at your [house] .’” 19  So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover. 20  When evening came, [Jesus] was reclining with the twelve disciples.
BYZ and TR the Twelve
21  And while they were eating, He said to them, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray Me.” 22  They were deeply grieved [and] began to ask Him one after another, “Surely not I, Lord?” 23  [Jesus] answered, “The [one] who has dipped [his] hand into the bowl with Me will betray Me. 24  The Son of Man will go just as it is written about Him, but woe to that man by whom [He] is betrayed. It would be better for him if [he] had not been born.” 25  Then Judas, who would betray Him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?” [Jesus] answered, “You have said [it] yourself.”

The Last Supper

26  While they were eating, Jesus took bread, spoke a blessing [and] broke [it] , and gave [it] to the disciples, saying, “Take [and] eat; this is My body.” 27  Then He took [the] cup, gave thanks, [and] gave [it] to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28  This is My blood of the covenant,
BYZ and TR the new covenant
which is poured out for many for [the] forgiveness of sins.
29  I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in My Father’s kingdom.” 30  And [when] they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Jesus Predicts Peter's Denial

31  Then Jesus said to them, “ - This very night you will all fall away on account of Me. For it is written: ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’
Zechariah 13:7
32  But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” 33  Peter said to Him, “Even if all fall away on account of You, I never will.” 34  “Truly I tell you,” Jesus declared, “ - this very night before [the] rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” 35  Peter replied, “Even if I have to die with You, I will never deny You.” And all the other disciples said the same thing.

Jesus Prays at Gethsemane

36  At that time Jesus went with [His disciples] to a place called Gethsemane, and He told [them] , “Sit here while I go over there [and] pray.” 37  He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee [and] began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38  Then He said to them, “My soul is consumed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with Me.” 39  Going a little {farther} , He fell facedown [and] prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, {let} this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You [will] .” 40  Then [Jesus] returned to the disciples and found them sleeping. “ - Were you not able to keep watch with Me [for] one hour?” He asked Peter. 41  “Watch and pray so that you will not enter into temptation. For the spirit [is] willing, but the body [is] weak.” 42  A second time He went away [and] prayed, “My Father, if this [cup] cannot pass unless I drink it, {may} Your will be done.” 43  And again [Jesus] returned [and] found them sleeping— for their eyes were heavy. 44  So He left them [and] went away once more [and] prayed [a] third time, saying the same thing. 45  Then He returned to the disciples and said, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into [the] hands of sinners. 46  Rise, let us go! See, My betrayer is approaching!”

The Betrayal of Jesus

47  While [Jesus] was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived, accompanied by a large crowd [armed] with swords and clubs, [sent] from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48  Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is [the man] ; arrest Him.” 49  Going directly to Jesus, he said, “Greetings, Rabbi,” and kissed Him. 50  “Friend,” Jesus replied, “ [do] what you came for.”
Or Friend, why have you come?
Then [the men] stepped forward, seized Jesus, and arrested Him.
51  At this, one of Jesus’ companions drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. 52  “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him. “For all who draw [the] sword will die by [the] sword. 53  Are you not aware that I can call on My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54  But how then {would} the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen this way?” 55  At that time Jesus said to the crowd, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest Me as [you would] an outlaw? Every day I sat teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest Me. 56  But this {has} all happened so that the writings of the prophets would be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted Him [and] fled.

Jesus Faces the Sanhedrin

57  Those who had arrested Jesus led [Him] away to [the house of] Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and elders had gathered. 58  But Peter followed Him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. And he went in [and] sat down with the guards to see the outcome. 59  Now the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were seeking false testimony against Jesus in order to put Him to death. 60  But they could not find it, [though] many false witnesses came forward. Finally two came forward 61  [and] declared, “This [man] said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’” 62  So the high priest stood up [and] asked Him, “Have you no answer? What {are} these [men] testifying against you?” 63  But Jesus remained silent. Then the high priest said to Him, “I charge You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God.” 64  “You have said [it] yourself,” Jesus answered. “But I say to all of you, from now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at [the] right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
See Psalm 110:1; Daniel 7:13.
65  At this, the high priest tore his clothes [and] declared, “He has blasphemed! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. 66  What {do} you think?” “vvv He deserves to die,” they answered. 67  Then they spat in His face and struck Him. Others slapped [Him] 68  [and] said, “Prophesy to us, Christ! Who hit You?”

Peter Denies Jesus

69  Meanwhile, Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came up to him. “You also were with Jesus the Galilean,” she said. 70  But he denied [it] before [them] all: “vvv I do not know what you are talking about.” 71  When [Peter] had gone out to the gateway, another [servant girl] saw him and said to the people there, “This [man] was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 72  And again he denied [it] with an oath: “vvv I do not know the man!” 73  After a little while, those standing nearby came up to Peter. “Surely you are one of them,” they said, “for your accent gives you away.” 74  At that he began to curse and swear [to them] , “vvv I do not know the man!” And immediately a rooster crowed. 75  Then Peter remembered the word [that] Jesus had spoken: “Before [the] rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” And he went outside [and] wept bitterly.
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