Matthew 26

The Plot to Kill Jesus

a When Jesus had finished all these words, He said to His disciples, 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.”

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; and they h plotted together to seize Jesus by stealth and kill Him. But they were saying, “Not during the festival i otherwise a riot might occur among the people.”

The Precious Ointment

j Now when Jesus was in k Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper, 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. But the disciples were indignant when they saw this, and said, “Why this waste? For this perfume might have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor.” 10 But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, Why do you bother the woman? For she has done a good deed to Me. 11 For you always have m the poor with you; but you do not always have Me. 12 For when she poured this perfume on My body, she did it n to prepare Me for burial. 13 Truly 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 15 and 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.
16 From 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?” 18 And 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.”’” 19 The 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. 21 As they were eating, He said, ad Truly I say to you that one of you will betray Me.” 22 Being deeply grieved, they
Or one after another
each one began to say to Him, “Surely not I, Lord?”
23 And He answered, af He who dipped his hand with Me in the bowl is the one who will betray Me. 24 The 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.”
25 And 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.”
27 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, Drink from it, all of you; 28 for ap this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for aq many for forgiveness of sins. 29 But 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.

31 Then 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.’
32 But after I have been raised, ax I will go ahead of you to Galilee.” 33 But Peter said to Him, “Even though all may
Or stumble
fall away because of You, I will never fall away.”
34 Jesus said to him, az Truly I say to you that ba this very night, before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” 35 Peter 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.” 37 And He took with Him be Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed. 38 Then He said to them, bf My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and bg keep watch with Me.”

39 And 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.” 40 And 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.”

42 He 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.” 43 Again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 And He left them again, and went away and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more. 45 Then 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.
46 Get 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.
48 Now he who was betraying Him gave them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the one; seize Him.” 49 Immediately Judas went to Jesus and said, “Hail bt Rabbi!” and kissed Him. 50 And Jesus said to him, bu Friend, do what you have come for.” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and seized Him.

51 And 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.
52 Then 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. 53 Or 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?
54 How then will ce the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way?”

55 At 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. 56 But 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. 58 But 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.

59 Now 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.
60 They did not find any, even though many false witnesses came forward. But later on cp two came forward, 61 and 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.’”
62 The high priest stood up and said to Him, “Do You not answer? What is it that these men are testifying against You?” 63 But 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.”
64 Jesus 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.”

65 Then 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;
66 what 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,
68 and 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.” 70 But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you are talking about.” 71 When 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.” 72 And again he denied it with an oath, “I do not know the man.” 73 A 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.”
74 Then he began to curse and swear, “I do not know the man!” And immediately a rooster crowed. 75 And 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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