Jesus went out as usual1 to the Mount of Olives,2 and his disciples followed him.
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On reaching the place, he said to them, "Pray that you will not fall into temptation."3
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He withdrew about a stone's throw beyond them, knelt down4 and prayed,
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"Father, if you are willing, take this cup5 from me; yet not my will, but yours be done."6
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An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.7
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And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
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When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow.
"Why are you sleeping?" he asked them. "Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation."8
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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,
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but Jesus asked him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?"
When Jesus' followers saw what was going to happen, they said, "Lord, should we strike with our swords?"9
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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?
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Every 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
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Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest.14 Peter followed at a distance.15
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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."16
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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."18
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And he went outside and wept bitterly.
The men who were guarding Jesus began mocking and beating him.
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They blindfolded him and demanded, "Prophesy! Who hit you?"
And they said many other insulting things to him.19
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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.
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"If you are the Christ, " they said, "tell us." Jesus answered, "If I tell you, you will not believe me,
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and if I asked you, you would not answer.22
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But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God."23
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They all asked, "Are you then the Son of God?"24 He replied, "You are right in saying I am."25
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Then they said, "Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips."