ap[See ver. 26 above]
ayCited from Zech. 13:7; [John 16:32]
bf[See ver. 30 above]
bo[See ver. 38 above]
cm[See ver. 54]
cs[See ver. 57 above]

Matthew 26

The Plot to Kill Jesus

1When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples, 2 a  “You know that after two days b  the Passover is coming, and c  the Son of Man d  will be delivered up to be crucified.”

3 e  Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in f  the palace of the high priest, whose name was g  Caiaphas, 4 h  and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. 5But they said, “Not during the feast i  lest there be an uproar among the people.”

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

6 j  Now when Jesus was at k  Bethany in the house of Simon the leper
Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
7a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table. 8And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? 9For this could have been sold for a large sum and m  given to the poor.” 10But n  Jesus, aware of this, said to them, Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me. 11For o  you always have the poor with you, but p  you will not always have me. 12In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it q  to prepare me for burial. 13Truly, I say to you, wherever r  this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told s  in memory of her.”

Judas to Betray Jesus

14 t  Then one of the twelve, whose name was u  Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they v  paid him w  thirty pieces of silver. 16And from that moment he sought an opportunity x  to betray him.

The Passover with the Disciples

17 y  Now on z  the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 18He said, Go into the city to a certain man and say to him aa  ‘The Teacher says ab  My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’” 19And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover.

20 ac  When it was evening, he reclined at table with the twelve.
Some manuscripts add disciples
21And as they were eating ae  he said, Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” 22And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?” 23He answered, af  “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me. 24The Son of Man goes ag  as it is written of him, but ah  woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! ai  It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” 25Judas, who would betray him, answered, “Is it I aj  Rabbi?” He said to him, ak  You have said so.”

Institution of the Lord’s Supper

26 al  Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and am  after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; an  this is my body.” 27And he took a cup, and when he ao  had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, Drink of it, all of you, 28for ap  this is my aq  blood of the
Some manuscripts insert new
covenant, which is poured out for as  many at  for the forgiveness of sins.
29I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you au  in my Father’s kingdom.”

Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial

30 av  And when they had sung a hymn aw  they went out to ax  the Mount of Olives. 31Then Jesus said to them, You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will ay  strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ 32But after I am raised up az  I will go before you to Galilee.” 33 ba  Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” 34 bb  Jesus said to him, Truly, I tell you, this very night bc  before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” 35 bd  Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same.

Jesus Prays in Gethsemane

36 be  Then Jesus went with them bf  to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” 37And taking with him bg  Peter and bh  the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38Then he said to them, bi  My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and bj  watch
Or keep awake; also verses 40, 41
with me.”
39And going a little farther he fell on his face bl  and prayed, saying, My Father, if it be possible, let bm  this cup pass from me; bn  nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” 40And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, So, could you not watch with me one hour? 41 bo  Watch and bp  pray that you bq  may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it br  your will be done.” 43And again he came and found them sleeping, for bs  their eyes were heavy. 44So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for bt  the third time, saying the same words again. 45Then he came to the disciples and said to them, Sleep and take your rest later on.
Or Are you still sleeping and taking your rest?
See bv  the hour is at hand, and bw  the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
46Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”

Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

47 bx  While he was still speaking by  Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.” 49And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings bz  Rabbi!” And he kissed him. 50Jesus said to him, ca  Friend cb  do what you came to do.”
Or  Friend, why are you here?
Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him.
51And behold, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his cd  sword and struck the servant
Greek bondservant
of the high priest and cut off his ear.
52Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For cf  all who take the sword will perish by the sword. 53 cg  Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me ch  more than twelve ci  legions of angels? 54 cj  But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?” 55At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day ck  I sat in the temple cl  teaching, and you did not seize me. 56But cm  all this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” cn  Then all the disciples left him and fled.

Jesus Before Caiaphas and the Council

57 co  Then cp  those who had seized Jesus led him to cq  Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered. 58And cr  Peter was following him at a distance, as far as cs  the courtyard of the high priest, and going inside he sat with ct  the guards to see the end. 59Now the chief priests and the whole council
Greek Sanhedrin
cv  were seeking false testimony against Jesus that they might put him to death,
60but they found none cw  though many false witnesses came forward. At last cx  two came forward 61and said, “This man said, cy  ‘I am able to cz  destroy the temple of God, and to rebuild it in three days.’” 62And the high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?”
Or Have you no answer to what these men testify against you?
63 db  But Jesus remained silent. dc  And the high priest said to him dd  “I adjure you by de  the living God df  tell us if you are dg  the Christ dh  the Son of God.” 64Jesus said to him, di  You have said so. But I tell you, from now on dj  you will see the Son of Man dk  seated at the right hand of Power and dl  coming on the clouds of heaven.” 65Then the high priest dm  tore his robes and said dn  “He has uttered blasphemy. What further witnesses do we need? You have now heard his blasphemy. 66What is your judgment?” They answered do  “He deserves death.” 67Then dp  they spit in his face dq  and dr  struck him. And some slapped him, 68saying, “Prophesy to us, you ds  Christ! Who is it that struck you?”

Peter Denies Jesus

69 dt  Now Peter was sitting outside du  in the courtyard. And a servant girl came up to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” 70But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you mean.” 71And when he went out to the entrance, another servant girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus dv  of Nazareth.” 72And again he denied it with an oath: “I do not know the man.” 73After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Certainly you too are one of them, for dw  your accent betrays you.” 74Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know the man.” And immediately the rooster crowed. 75And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, dx  Before the rooster crows, you will dy  deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.

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