Matthew 261 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples, 2 You know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man will be delivered up to be crucified. 3 Then the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people assembled together at the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, 4 And conspired to take Jesus by stealth, and kill him. 5 But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people. 6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, 7 There came to him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head as he reclined at table. 8 But when his disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, To what purpose is this waste? 9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. 10 But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, Why do you trouble the woman? for she has done a good work for me. 11 For you always have the poor with you; but you do not always have me. 12 When she poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. 13 Truly I say to you, Wherever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, what this woman has done shall also be told in memory of her. 14 Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests, 15 And said to them, What will you give me if I deliver him to you? And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16 And from that time on he sought an opportunity to betray him. 17 Now on the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the passover? 18 And he said, Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, The Teacher says, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at your house with my disciples. 19 And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they made ready the passover. 20 Now when the evening had come, he sat down with the twelve. 21 And as they ate, he said, Truly I say to you, that one of you shall betray me. 22 And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and every one of them began to say to him, Lord, is it I? 23 And he answered and said, He who dipped his hand with me in the dish shall betray me. 24 The Son of man goes as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it would have been better for that man if he had not been born. 25 Then Judas, who betrayed him, answered and said, Teacher, is it I? He said to him, You have said it. 26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink of it, all of you; 28 For this is my blood of the covenant, which is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 But I say to you, I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine, 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. 31 Then Jesus said to them, This night all of you shall fall away because of me: for it is written, I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered. 32 But after I have risen, I will go before you into Galilee. 33 Peter answered and said to him, Though all fall away because of you, yet I will never fall away. 34 Jesus said to him, Truly I say to you, That this night, before the cock crows, you shall deny me thrice. 35 Peter said to him, Though I die with you, yet I will not deny you. And all the disciples said the same. 36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, Sit here, while I go and pray over there. 37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very troubled. 38 Then he said to them, My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death: remain here, and watch with me. 39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will. 40 And he came to the disciples, and found them asleep, and said to Peter, What, could you not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, that you do not enter into temptation: the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. 42 He went away again, a second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this may not pass away from me, except I drink it, your will be done. 43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. 44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. 45 Then he came to his disciples, and said to them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going: behold, he who betrays me is at hand. 47 And while he yet spoke, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48 Now he who betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomever I shall kiss, he is the one: hold him fast. 49 And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, Rabbi; and kissed him. 50 And Jesus said to him, Friend, do that which you have come for. Then they came, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him. 51 And, behold, one of those with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. 52 Then Jesus said to him, Put your sword back in its place: for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword. 53 Do you think that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall at once give me more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that say it must happen this way? 55 In that same hour Jesus said to the multitudes, Do you come out to take me with swords and clubs, as if I was a thief ? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and you did not lay hold on me. 56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled. 57 And those who had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. 58 But Peter followed him from afar to the high priest's courtyard, and went in, and sat with the guards, to see the outcome. 59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death; 60 But found none, though many false witnesses came forth. At last two false witnesses came, 61 And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. 62 And the high priest arose, and said to him, Do you have no answer? what is it which these men testify against you? 63 But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said to him, I charge you by the living God, that you tell us whether you are the Christ, the Son of God. 64 Jesus said to him, You have said so: nevertheless I say to you, Hereafter you shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. 65 Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He has spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now you have heard his blasphemy. 66 What do you think? They answered and said, He is worthy of death. 67 Then they spit in his face, and beat him; and others struck him with the palms of their hands, 68 Saying, Prophesy to us, you Christ, Who is it who struck you? 69 Now Peter sat outside in the courtyard: and a maid came to him, saying, You also were with Jesus of Galilee. 70 But he denied it before them all, saying, I know not what your are saying. 71 And when he went out to the porch, another maid saw him, and said to those who were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth. 72 And again he denied it with an oath, I do not know the man. 73 And after a while the bystanders came to him, and said to Peter, Surely you also are one of them; for your speech betrays you. 74 Then he began to curse and to swear, saying, I do not know the man. And immediately the cock crowed. 75 And Peter remembered the word Jesus said to him, Before the cock crows, you shall deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.
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