Jesus went out as usual1 to the Mount of Olives,2 and his disciples followed him.
On reaching the place, he said to them, "Pray that you will not fall into temptation."341
He withdrew about a stone's throw beyond them, knelt down4 and prayed,
42"Father, if you are willing, take this cup5 from me; yet not my will, but yours be done."643
An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.744
And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.a45
When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow.
46"Why are you sleeping?" he asked them. "Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation."8
While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him,
but Jesus asked him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?"49
When Jesus' followers saw what was going to happen, they said, "Lord, should we strike with our swords?"950
And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear.
But Jesus answered, "No more of this!" And he touched the man's ear and healed him.
Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard,10 and the elders, who had come for him, "Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs?53Every day I was with you in the temple courts,11 and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour12--when darkness reigns."13
Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest.14 Peter followed at a distance.1555
But when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them.
A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, "This man was with him."
But he denied it. "Woman, I don't know him," he said.
A little later someone else saw him and said, "You also are one of them." "Man, I am not!" Peter replied.
About an hour later another asserted, "Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean."1660
Peter replied, "Man, I don't know what you're talking about!" Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed.
The Lord 17 turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: "Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times."1862
And he went outside and wept bitterly.
At daybreak the council20 of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and teachers of the law, met together,21 and Jesus was led before them.
"If you are the Christ,b " they said, "tell us." Jesus answered, "If I tell you, you will not believe me,68and if I asked you, you would not answer.2269But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God."2370
They all asked, "Are you then the Son of God?"24 He replied, "You are right in saying I am."2571
Then they said, "Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips."