Matthew 26

The Plot to Kill Jesus

1 a  When Jesus had finished all these words, He said to His disciples, 2 b  You know that after two days c  the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man is to be d  handed over for crucifixion.”

3 e  Then the chief priests and the elders of the people were gathered together in f  the court of the high priest, named g  Caiaphas; 4and they h  plotted together to seize Jesus by stealth and kill Him. 5But they were saying, “Not during the festival i  otherwise a riot might occur among the people.”

The Precious Ointment

6 j  Now when Jesus was in k  Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper, 7 l  a woman came to Him with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at the table. 8But the disciples were indignant when they saw this, and said, “Why this waste? 9For this perfume might have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor.” 10But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, Why do you bother the woman? For she has done a good deed to Me. 11For you always have m  the poor with you; but you do not always have Me. 12For when she poured this perfume on My body, she did it n  to prepare Me for burial. 13Truly I say to you, o  wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her.”

Judas’s Bargain

14 p  Then one of the twelve, named q  Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15and said, “What are you willing to give me
Lit and I will
Or deliver
t  betray Him to you?” And u  they weighed out thirty
I.e. silver shekels
pieces of silver to him.
16From then on he began looking for a good opportunity to
Or deliver
Lit Him

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

The Last Passover

20 ac  Now when evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the twelve disciples. 21As they were eating, He said, ad  Truly I say to you that one of you will betray Me.” 22Being deeply grieved, they
Or one after another
each one began to say to Him, “Surely not I, Lord?”
23And He answered, af  He who dipped his hand with Me in the bowl is the one who will betray Me. 24The Son of Man is to go, ag  just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! ah  It would have been good
Lit for him if that man had not been born
for that man if he had not been born.”
25And aj  Judas, who was betraying Him, said, “Surely it is not I, ak  Rabbi?” Jesus said to him, al  You have said it yourself.”

The Lord’s Supper Instituted

26 am  While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and
Lit having blessed
ao  after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is My body.”
27And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, Drink from it, all of you; 28for ap  this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for aq  many for forgiveness of sins. 29But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”

30 ar  After singing a hymn, they went out to as  the Mount of Olives.

31Then Jesus said to them, You will all
Or stumble
au  fall away because of Me this night, for it is written, ‘ av  I will strike down the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be aw  scattered.’
32But after I have been raised, ax  I will go ahead of you to Galilee.” 33But Peter said to Him, “Even though all may
Or stumble
fall away because of You, I will never fall away.”
34Jesus said to him, az  Truly I say to you that ba  this very night, before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” 35Peter said to Him, bb  Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You.” All the disciples said the same thing too.

The Garden of Gethsemane

36 bc  Then Jesus came with them to a place called bd  Gethsemane, and said to His disciples, Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37And He took with Him be  Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed. 38Then He said to them, bf  My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and bg  keep watch with Me.”

39And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, My Father, if it is possible, let bh  this cup pass from Me; bi  yet not as I will, but as You will.” 40And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, So, you men could not bj  keep watch with Me for one hour? 41 bk  Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; bl  the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, My Father, if this bm  cannot pass away unless I drink it, bn  Your will be done.” 43Again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44And He left them again, and went away and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more. 45Then He came to the disciples and said to them,
Or Keep on sleeping therefore
Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold bp  the hour is at hand and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.
46Get up, let us be going; behold, the one who betrays Me is at hand!”

Jesus’ Betrayal and Arrest

47 bq  While He was still speaking, behold br  Judas, one of the twelve, came up
Lit and with him
accompanied by a large crowd with swords and clubs, who came from the chief priests and elders of the people.
48Now he who was betraying Him gave them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the one; seize Him.” 49Immediately Judas went to Jesus and said, “Hail bt  Rabbi!” and kissed Him. 50And Jesus said to him, bu  Friend, do what you have come for.” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and seized Him.

51And behold bv  one of those who were with Jesus
Lit extended the hand
reached and drew out his bx  sword, and struck the by  slave of the high priest and
Lit took off
cut off his ear.
52Then Jesus said to him, Put your sword back into its place; for ca  all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword. 53Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve
A legion equaled 6,000 troops
cc  legions of cd  angels?
54How then will ce  the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way?”

55At that time Jesus said to the crowds, Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest Me as you would against a robber? cf  Every day I used to sit in the temple teaching and you did not seize Me. 56But all this has taken place to fulfill cg  the Scriptures of the prophets.” Then all the disciples left Him and fled.

Jesus before Caiaphas

57 ch  Those who had seized Jesus led Him away to ci  Caiaphas, the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together. 58But cj  Peter was following Him at a distance as far as the ck  courtyard of the high priest, and entered in, and sat down with the
Or servants
cm  officers to see the outcome.

59Now the chief priests and the whole
Or Sanhedrin
co  Council kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus, so that they might put Him to death.
60They did not find any, even though many false witnesses came forward. But later on cp  two came forward, 61and said, “This man stated, ‘ cq  I am able to destroy the
Or sanctuary
temple of God and to rebuild it
Or after
in three days.’”
62The high priest stood up and said to Him, “Do You not answer? What is it that these men are testifying against You?” 63But ct  Jesus kept silent. cu  And the high priest said to Him, “I
Or charge You under oath
cw  adjure You by cx  the living God, that You tell us whether You are
I.e. the Messiah
the Christ, cz  the Son of God.”
64Jesus said to him, da  You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you,
Or from now on
hereafter you will see dc  the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and dd  coming on the clouds of heaven.”

65Then the high priest de  tore his
Or outer garments
robes and said, “He has blasphemed! What further need do we have of witnesses? Behold, you have now heard the blasphemy;
66what do you think?” They answered dg  He deserves death!”

67 dh  Then they di  spat in His face and beat Him with their fists; and others
Or beat Him with rods
slapped Him,
68and said dk  Prophesy to us, You
I.e. the Messiah
Christ; who is the one who hit You?”

Peter’s Denials

69 dm  Now Peter was sitting outside in the dn  courtyard, and a servant-girl came to him and said, “You too were with Jesus the Galilean.” 70But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you are talking about.” 71When he had gone out to the gateway, another servant-girl saw him and said to those who were there, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 72And again he denied it with an oath, “I do not know the man.” 73A little later the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Surely you too are one of them; do  for even the way you talk
Lit makes you evident
gives you away.”
74Then he began to curse and swear, “I do not know the man!” And immediately a rooster crowed. 75And Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said, dq  Before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.
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