When Jesus had finished saying all these things,1 he said to his disciples,
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"As you know, the Passover2 is two days away--and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified."
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Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled3 in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas,4
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and they plotted to arrest Jesus in some sly way and kill him.5
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"But not during the Feast," they said, "or there may be a riot6 among the people."
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While Jesus was in Bethany7 in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper,
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a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.
When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. "Why this waste?" they asked.
"This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor."
Aware of this, Jesus said to them, "Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me.
The poor you will always have with you,8 but you will not always have me.
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When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.9
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I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her."
Then one of the Twelve--the one called Judas Iscariot10--went to the chief priests
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and asked, "What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?" So they counted out for him thirty silver coins.11
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From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread,12 the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?"13
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He replied, "Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, 'The Teacher says: My appointed time14 is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.' "
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So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.
When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve.
And while they were eating, he said, "I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me."15
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They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, "Surely not I, Lord?"
Jesus replied, "The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me.16
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The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him.17 But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born."
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Then Judas, the one who would betray him,18 said, "Surely not I, Rabbi?"19 Jesus answered, "Yes, it is you."
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