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Matthew 26:1-20 (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.
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