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.