John 181 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the ravine of the Kedron, to where there was a garden into which he and his disciples entered. 2 And Judas also, who betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus often met there with his disciples. 3 Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4 Then Jesus, knowing all that would come upon him, went forth, and said to them, Whom do you seek? 5 They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus said to them, I am he. And Judas, who betrayed him, stood with them. 6 As soon as he had said to them, I am he, they drew back, and fell to the ground. 7 Then he asked them again, Whom do you seek? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. 8 Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: therefore if you seek me, let these men go their way: 9 This happened so that what he had spoken might be fulfilled, Of those whom you gave me I have lost none. 10 Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it, and struck the high priest's servant, cutting off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus. 11 Then Jesus said to Peter, Put your sword into its sheath: the cup which my Father has given me, shall I not drink it? 12 Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him, 13 And led him first to Annas; for he was father-in-law to Caiaphas, who was the high priest that year. 14 Now Caiaphas was the one, who gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people. 15 And Simon Peter followed Jesus, as did another disciple: that disciple was known to the high priest, and went with Jesus into the court of the high priest. 16 But Peter stood outside at the door. Then the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to her who kept the door, and brought in Peter. 17 Then the maid who kept the door said to Peter, Are you not also one of this man's disciples? He said, I am not. 18 Now the servants and officers who stood there had made a fire of coals; for it was cold: and they warmed themselves: and Peter stood with them, and warmed himself. 19 The high priest then asked Jesus about his disciples, and about his teaching. 20 Jesus answered him, I spoke openly to the world; I always taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, where the Jews all come together; and I said nothing in secret. 21 Why do you ask me? ask those who heard what I spoke to them: they know what I said. 22 And when he had said this, one of the officers who stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Is that how you answer the high priest? 23 Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why do you strike me? 24 Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest. 25 And Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. They said to him, Are you not also one of his disciples? He denied it, and said, I am not. 26 One of the servants of the high priest, a kinsman of the man whose ear Peter cut off, said, Did I not see you in the garden with him? 27 Peter denied it again: and immediately the cock crowed. 28 Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the praetorium: and it was early; and they themselves did not go into the praetorium, so they would not be defiled, but might eat the passover. 29 Pilate then went out to them, and said, What accusation do you bring against this man? 30 They answered and said to him, If he were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered him up to you. 31 Then Pilate said to them, You take him and judge him according to your own law. The Jews said to him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death: 32 This was so the word of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spoke to signify what kind of death he should die. 33 Then Pilate entered the praetorium again, and called Jesus, and said to him, Are you the King of the Jews? 34 Jesus answered him, Do you say this of your own accord, or did others tell you of me? 35 Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you up to me: what have you done? 36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then my servants would fight, that I should not be delivered up to the Jews: but my kingdom is not of this world. 37 So Pilate said to him, You are a king then? Jesus answered, You say that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause I came into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice. 38 Pilate said to him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, I find no fault in him. 39 But you have a custom, for me to release someone to you at the passover: do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews? 40 Then they all cried again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber.
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