Matthew 26:31-46 NIV

Jesus Predicts Peter's Denial

26:31-35pp -- Mk 14:27-31; Lk 22:31-34

31 Then Jesus told them, "This very night you will all fall away on account of me,1 for it is written: " 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.'a2

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32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee."3

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33 Peter replied, "Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will."
34 "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times."4

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35 But Peter declared, "Even if I have to die with you,5 I will never disown you." And all the other disciples said the same.

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26:36-46pp -- Mk 14:32-42; Lk 22:40-46

36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, "Sit here while I go over there and pray."

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      37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee6 along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.

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      38 Then he said to them, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow7 to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me."8

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          39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup9 be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."10

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          40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. "Could you men not keep watch with me11 for one hour?" he asked Peter.

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              41 "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.12 The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."

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              42 He went away a second time and prayed, "My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done."13

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                  43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy.
                  44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
                  45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour14 is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

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                      46 Rise, let us go! Here comes my betrayer!"