11Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which is called the 2Passover, was approaching.
The chiefpriests and the scribes3were seekinghow they might put Him to death; for they were afraid of the people.
34And 5Satanentered into Judas who was calledIscariot, abelonging to the number of the twelve.
And he wentaway and discussed with the chiefpriests and 6officershow he might betray Him to them.
They were glad and agreed to give him money.
6So he consented, and began seeking a goodopportunity to betray Him to them bapart from the crowd.
77Thencame the first day of Unleavened Bread on which8the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.
And Jesus sent9Peter and John, saying, "Go and prepare the Passover for us, so that we may eat it."9
They said to Him, "Where do You want us to prepare it?"
And He said to them, "When you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house that he enters.11"And you shall say to the owner of the house, 'The Teachersays to you, "Where is the guestroom in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?"'12"And he will show you a large, furnishedupperroom; prepare it there."13
And they left and found everything just as He had told them; and they prepared the Passover.
1410When the hour had come, He reclined at the table, and 11the apostles with Him.
And He said to them, "I have earnestlydesired to eatthisPassover with you before I suffer;16for I say to you, I shall neveragaineat it 12until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God."1713And when He had taken a cup and 14giventhanks, He said, "Takethis and share it amongyourselves;18for 15I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of Godcomes."19
And when He had taken some bread and 16giventhanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body which is given for you; dothis in remembrance of Me."20
And in the sameway He took the cupafter they had eaten, saying, "Thiscup which is 17poured out for you is the 18newcovenant in My blood.21"19But behold, the hand of the one betraying Me is with cMine on the table.22"For indeed, the Son of Man is going20as it has been determined; but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!"23
And they began to discussamongthemselveswhich one of them it might be who was going to dothisthing.
And there arosealso21a disputeamong them as to which one of them was regarded to be greatest.
2522And He said to them, "The kings of the Gentileslord it over them; and those who haveauthorityover them are called'Benefactors.'26"But it is not thisway with you, 23but the one who is the greatestamong you must becomelike24the youngest, and the leaderlike the servant.27"For 25who is greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table? But 26I amamong you as the one who serves.28"You are those who have stood by Me in My 27trials;29and just as My Fatherhasgranted Me a 28kingdom, I grant you30that you may 29eat and drink at My table in My 30kingdom, and 31you will sit on thronesjudging the twelvetribes of Israel.31"Simon, Simon, behold, 32Satanhasddemanded permission to 33sift you likewheat;32but I 34have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, whenonce you have turnedagain, 35strengthen your brothers."3336But he said to Him, "Lord, with You I amready to goboth to prison and to death!"
And He said, "I say to you, Peter, the rooster will not crowtodayuntil you have deniedthreetimes that you know Me."35
And He said to them, "37When I sent you out withoutmoneybelt and bag and sandals, you did not lackanything, did you?" They said, "No, nothing."
And He said to them, "But now, ewhoeverhas a moneybelt is to take it along, likewisealso a bag, and fwhoeverhasnosword is to sell his gcoat and buy one.37"For I tell you that this which is writtenmust be fulfilled in Me, '38AND HE WAS NUMBERED WITH TRANSGRESSORS '; for 39that which refers to Me has its hfulfillment."38
They said, "Lord, look, here are two40swords." And He said to them, "It is enough."
3941And He came out and proceeded42as was His custom to 43the Mount of Olives; and the disciplesalsofollowed Him.
4044When He arrived at the place, He said to them, "45Pray that you may not enter into temptation."41
And He withdrew from them about a stone'sthrow, and He 46kneltdown and began to pray,
42saying, "Father, if You are willing, removethis47cup from Me; 48yet not My will, but Yours be done."43iNow an 49angel from heavenappeared to Him, strengthening Him.
And 50being in agony He was prayingveryfervently; and His sweatbecamelikedrops of blood, fallingdown upon the ground.
When He rose from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping from sorrow,
and said to them, "Why are you sleeping? Get up and 51pray that you may not enter into temptation."
4752While He was stillspeaking, behold, a crowd came, and the one calledJudas, one of the twelve, was preceding them; and he approachedJesus to kiss Him.
But Jesussaid to him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?"49
When thosewho were around Him saw what was going to happen, they said, "Lord, shall we strike with the 53sword?"
And one of them struck the slave of the highpriest and cutoff his rightear.
But Jesusanswered and said, "jStop! Nomore of this." And He touched his ear and healed him.
52ThenJesussaid to the chiefpriests and 54officers of the temple and elders who had comeagainst Him, "Have you come out with swords and clubs55as you would against a robber?53"While I was with you daily in the temple, you did not layhands on Me; but kthishour and the power of darkness are yours."
5456Having arrested Him, they led Him away and brought Him to the house of the highpriest; but 57Peter was following at a distance.
5558After they had kindled a fire in the middle of 59the courtyard and had satdowntogether, Peter was sittingamong them.
And a servant-girl, seeing him as he sat in the firelight and lookingintently at him, said, "Thisman was with Him too."
But he denied it, saying, "Woman, I do not know Him."
A littlelater, 60anothersaw him and said, "You are one of them too!" But Petersaid, "Man, I am not!"
After about an hour had passed, anotherman began to insist, saying, "Certainlythismanalso was with Him, 61for he is a Galileantoo."
But Petersaid, "Man, I do not knowwhat you are talking about." Immediately, while he was stillspeaking, a roostercrowed.
6162The Lordturned and looked at Peter. And Peterremembered the word of the Lord, how He had told him, "63Before a roostercrowstoday, you will deny Me threetimes."62
And he went out and weptbitterly.
6364Now the men who were holdinglJesus in custody were mocking Him and beating Him,
and they blindfolded Him and were asking Him, saying, "65Prophesy, who is the one who hit You?"
And they were sayingmanyotherthingsagainst Him, 66blaspheming.
6667When it was day, 68the mCouncil of elders of the peopleassembled, bothchiefpriests and scribes, and they led Him away to their 69council chamber, saying,
"70If You are the nChrist, tell us." But He said to them, "If I tell you, you will not believe;68and if I ask a question, you will not answer.69"71But from now on 72THE SON OF MAN WILL BE SEATED AT THE RIGHTHAND of the power OF GOD."70
And they allsaid, "Are You 73the Son of God, then?" And He said to them, "o74Yes, I am."71Then they said, "Whatfurtherneed do we have of testimony? For we have heard it ourselves from His own mouth."