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Matthew 26 (New American Standard)

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The Plot to Kill Jesus

1 1When Jesus had finished all these words, He said to His disciples, 2 "2You know that after two days 3the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man is to be 4handed over for crucifixion." 3 5Then the chief priests and the elders of the people were gathered together in 6the court of the high priest, named 7Caiaphas; 4 and they 8plotted together to seize Jesus by stealth and kill Him. 5 But they were saying, "Not during the festival, 9otherwise a riot might occur among the people."

The Precious Ointment

6 10Now when Jesus was in 11Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper, 7 12a woman came to Him with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at the table. 8 But the disciples were indignant when they saw this, and said, "Why this waste? 9 "For this perfume might have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor." 10 But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why do you bother the woman? For she has done a good deed to Me. 11 "For you always have 13the poor with you; but you do not always have Me. 12 "For when she poured this perfume on My body, she did it 14to prepare Me for burial. 13 "Truly I say to you, 15wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her."

Judas's Bargain

14 16Then one of the twelve, named 17Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, "What are you willing to give me ato b18betray Him to you?" And 19they weighed out thirty cpieces of silver to him. 16 From then on he began looking for a good opportunity to dbetray eJesus. 17 20Now on the first day of 21Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?" 18 And He said, "Go into the city to 22a certain man, and say to him, 'The Teacher says, "23My time is near; I am to keep the Passover at your house with My disciples."' " 19 The disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover.

The Last Passover

20 24Now when evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the twelve disciples. 21 As they were eating, He said, "25Truly I say to you that one of you will betray Me." 22 Being deeply grieved, they feach one began to say to Him, "Surely not I, Lord?" 23 And He answered, "26He who dipped his hand with Me in the bowl is the one who will betray Me. 24 "The Son of Man is to go, 27just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! 28It would have been good gfor that man if he had not been born." 25 And 29Judas, who was betraying Him, said, "Surely it is not I, 30Rabbi?" Jesus said to him, "31You have said it yourself."

The Lord's Supper Instituted

26 32While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and h33after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is My body." 27 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you; 28 for 34this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for 35many for forgiveness of sins. 29 "But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom." 30 36After singing a hymn, they went out to 37the Mount of Olives. 31 Then Jesus said to them, "You will all i38fall away because of Me this night, for it is written, '39I WILL STRIKE DOWN THE SHEPHERD, AND THE SHEEP OF THE FLOCK SHALL BE 40SCATTERED.' 32 "But after I have been raised, 41I will go ahead of you to Galilee." 33 But Peter said to Him, "Even though all may jfall away because of You, I will never fall away." 34 Jesus said to him, "42Truly I say to you that 43this very night, before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." 35 Peter said to Him, "44Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You." All the disciples said the same thing too.

The Garden of Gethsemane

36 45Then Jesus came with them to a place called 46Gethsemane, and said to His disciples, "Sit here while I go over there and pray." 37 And He took with Him 47Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed. 38 Then He said to them, "48My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and 49keep watch with Me." 39 And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it is possible, let 50this cup pass from Me; 51yet not as I will, but as You will." 40 And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "So, you men could not 52keep watch with Me for one hour? 41 "53Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; 54the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." 42 He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, "My Father, if this 55cannot pass away unless I drink it, 56Your will be done." 43 Again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 And He left them again, and went away and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more. 45 Then He came to the disciples and said to them, "kAre you still sleeping and resting? Behold, 57the hour is at hand and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 "Get up, let us be going; behold, the one who betrays Me is at hand!"

Jesus' Betrayal and Arrest

47 58While He was still speaking, behold, 59Judas, one of the twelve, came up laccompanied by a large crowd with swords and clubs, who came from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48 Now he who was betraying Him gave them a sign, saying, "Whomever I kiss, He is the one; seize Him." 49 Immediately Judas went to Jesus and said, "Hail, 60Rabbi!" and kissed Him. 50 And Jesus said to him, "61Friend, do what you have come for." Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and seized Him. 51 And behold, 62one of those who were with Jesus mreached and drew out his 63sword, and struck the 64slave of the high priest and ncut off his ear. 52 Then Jesus said to him, "Put your sword back into its place; for 65all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword. 53 "Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve o66legions of 67angels? 54 "How then will 68the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way?" 55 At that time Jesus said to the crowds, "Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest Me as you would against a robber? 69Every day I used to sit in the temple teaching and you did not seize Me. 56 "But all this has taken place to fulfill 70the Scriptures of the prophets." Then all the disciples left Him and fled.

Jesus before Caiaphas

57 71Those who had seized Jesus led Him away to 72Caiaphas, the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together. 58 But 73Peter was following Him at a distance as far as the 74courtyard of the high priest, and entered in, and sat down with the p75officers to see the outcome. 59 Now the chief priests and the whole q76Council kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus, so that they might put Him to death. 60 They did not find any, even though many false witnesses came forward. But later on 77two came forward, 61 and said, "This man stated, '78I am able to destroy the rtemple of God and to rebuild it sin three days.' " 62 The high priest stood up and said to Him, "Do You not answer? What is it that these men are testifying against You?" 63 But 79Jesus kept silent. 80And the high priest said to Him, "I t81adjure You by 82the living God, that You tell us whether You are uthe Christ, 83the Son of God." 64 Jesus said to him, "84You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, vhereafter you will see 85THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and 86COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN." 65 Then the high priest 87tore his wrobes and said, "He has blasphemed! What further need do we have of witnesses? Behold, you have now heard the blasphemy; 66 what do you think?" They answered, "88He deserves death!" 67 89Then they 90spat in His face and beat Him with their fists; and others xslapped Him, 68 and said, "91Prophesy to us, You yChrist; who is the one who hit You?"

Peter's Denials

69 92Now Peter was sitting outside in the 93courtyard, and a servant-girl came to him and said, "You too were with Jesus the Galilean." 70 But he denied it before them all, saying, "I do not know what you are talking about." 71 When he had gone out to the gateway, another servant-girl saw him and said to those who were there, "This man was with Jesus of Nazareth." 72 And again he denied it with an oath, "I do not know the man." 73 A little later the bystanders came up and said to Peter, "Surely you too are one of them; 94for even the way you talk zgives you away ." 74 Then he began to curse and swear, "I do not know the man!" And immediately a rooster crowed. 75 And Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said, "95Before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." And he went out and wept bitterly.
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