11Now2the Passover and Unleavened Bread were twodaysaway; and the chiefpriests and the scribes3were seekinghow to seize Him by stealth and kill Him;
for they were saying, "Not during the festival, otherwise there might be a riot of the people."
34While He was in 5Bethany at the home of Simon the leper, and reclining at the table, there came a woman with an alabastervial of very6costlyperfume of pureanard; and she broke the vial and poured it over His head.
But some were indignantly remarking to oneanother, "Why has thisperfumebeenwasted?
"For thisperfumemight have been sold for overthreehundredbdenarii, and the money given to the poor." And they were scolding her.
But Jesussaid, "Let her alone; why do you bother her? She has done a gooddeed to Me.7"For you alwayshave7the poor with you, and whenever you wish you candogood to them; but you do not alwayshave Me.8"She has donewhat she could; 8she has anointed My bodybeforehand for the burial.9"Truly I say to you, 9wherever the gospel is preached in the wholeworld, whatthiswoman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her."1010ThenJudasIscariot, 11who was one of the twelve, wentoff to the chiefpriests in order to cbetray Him to them.
They were glad when they heard this, and promised to give him money. And he began seekinghow to betray Him at an opportunetime.
1212On the firstday of 13Unleavened Bread, whendthe Passover lamb was being 14sacrificed, His disciplessaid to Him, "Where do You want us to go and prepare for You to eat the Passover?"
And He senttwo of His disciples and said to them, "Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him;14and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, 'The Teachersays, "Where is My 15guestroom in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?"'15"And he himself will show you a largeupperroomfurnished and ready; prepare for us there."16
The discipleswent out and came to the city, and found it just as He had told them; and they prepared the Passover.
1716When it was evening He came with the twelve.
As they were reclining at the table and eating, Jesussaid, "Truly I say to you that one of you will ebetray Me-fone who is eating with Me."19
They began to be grieved and to say to Him one by one, "Surely not I?"
And He said to them, "It is one of the twelve, gone who dips with Me in the bowl.21"For the Son of Man is to gojust as it is written of Him; but woe to that manhby whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been goodifor that manif he had not been born."
2217While they were eating, He took some bread, and jafter a 18blessing He broke it, and gave it to them, and said, "Take it; this is My body."23
And when He had taken a cup and giventhanks, He gave it to them, and they alldrank from it.
And He said to them, "This is My 19blood of the 20covenant, which is poured out for many.25"Truly I say to you, I will neveragaindrink of the fruit of the vineuntil that daywhen I drink it new in the kingdom of God."2621After singing a hymn, they went out to 22the Mount of Olives.
2723And Jesussaid to them, "You will allkfallaway, because it is written, '24I WILL STRIKEDOWN THE SHEPHERD, AND THE SHEEP SHALL BE SCATTERED.'28"But after I have been raised, 25I will goahead of you to Galilee."29
But Petersaid to Him, "Even thoughall may lfallaway, yet I will not."
And Jesussaid to him, "Truly I say to you, that m26thisverynight, before27a roostercrowstwice, you yourself will deny Me threetimes."31
But Peter kept sayinginsistently, "Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!" And they all were saying the samethingalso.
3228They came to a placenamedGethsemane; and He said to His disciples, "Sithereuntil I have prayed."33
And He took with Him Peter and nJames and John, and began to be very29distressed and troubled.
And He said to them, "30My soul is deeplygrieved to the point of death; remainhere and keepwatch."35
And He went a littlebeyond them, and fell to the ground and began to pray that if it were possible, 31the hour might opass Him by.
And He was saying, "32Abba! Father! Allthings are possible for You; removethiscup from Me; 33yet not what I will, but what You will."37
And He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keepwatch for onehour?38"34Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."39Again He wentaway and prayed, saying the samepwords.
And again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not knowwhat to answer Him.
And He came the thirdtime, and said to them, "qAre you stillsleeping and resting? It is enough; 35the hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being rbetrayed into the hands of sinners.42"Get up, let us be going; behold, the one who betrays Me is at hand!"
4336Immediately while He was stillspeaking, Judas, one of the twelve, came up saccompanied by a crowd with swords and clubs, who were from the chiefpriests and the scribes and the elders.
44Now he who was betraying Him had given them a signal, saying, "Whomever I kiss, He is the one; seize Him and lead Him awaytunderguard."
After coming, Judas immediatelywent to Him, saying, "37Rabbi!" and kissed Him.
They laidhands on Him and seized Him.
But one of those who stood by drew his sword, and struck the slave of the highpriest and ucutoff his ear.
And Jesussaid to them, "Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest Me, as you would against a robber?49"Everyday I was with you 38in the templeteaching, and you did not seize Me; but this has taken place to fulfill the Scriptures."50
And they allleft Him and fled.
A youngman was following Him, wearing nothing but a linensheetover his naked body; and they seized him.
But he vpulledfree of the linensheet and escapednaked.
5339They ledJesusaway to the highpriest; and all the chiefpriests and the elders and the scribesgatheredtogether.
54Peter had followed Him at a distance, 40right into 41the courtyard of the highpriest; and he was sitting with the wofficers and 42warming himself at the xfire.
55Now the chiefpriests and the wholey43Council kept trying to obtaintestimonyagainstJesus to put Him to death, and they were not finding any.
For many were givingfalsetestimonyagainst Him, but their testimony was not consistent.
57Somestood up and began to givefalsetestimonyagainst Him, saying,
"We heard Him say, '44I will destroythisztemplemade with hands, and in threedays I will buildanothermadewithouthands.' "
Not even in thisrespect was their testimonyconsistent.
The highprieststood up and came forward and questionedJesus, saying, "Do You not answer? aaWhat is it that thesemen are testifyingagainst You?"
6145But He keptsilent and did not answer. 46Again the highpriest was questioning Him, and bbsaying to Him, "Are You ccthe Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?"
And Jesussaid, "I am; and you shall see47THE SON OF MANSITTING AT THE RIGHTHAND OF POWER, and 48COMING WITH THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN."6349Tearing his clothes, the highpriestsaid, "Whatfurtherneed do we have of witnesses?
"You have heard the 50blasphemy; how does it seem to you?" And they allcondemned Him to be deserving of death.
65Somebegan to 51spit at Him, and dd52to blindfold Him, and to beat Him with their fists, and to say to Him, "53Prophesy!" And the officerseereceived Him with ffslaps in the face.
6654As Peter was below in 55the courtyard, one of the servant-girls of the highpriestcame,
and seeingPeter56warming himself, she looked at him and said, "You also were with Jesus the 57Nazarene."
But he denied it, saying, "I neitherknownorunderstandwhat you are talking about." And he 58went out onto the ggporch.hh and a roostercrowed.#2871
The servant-girlsaw him, and beganoncemore to say to the bystanders, "This is one of them!"
But again59he denied it. And after a littlewhile the bystanders were againsaying to Peter, "Surely you are one of them, 60for you are a Galileantoo."
But he began to iicurse and swear, "I do not knowthisman you are talking about!"
72Immediately a roostercrowed a secondtime. And PeterrememberedhowJesus had made the remark to him, "Before61a roostercrowstwice, you will deny Me threetimes."jjAnd he began to weep.