The Plot to Kill Jesus

1 1When Jesus had finished all these words, He said to His disciples,

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2 "2You know that after two days 3the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man is to be 4handed over for crucifixion."

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4 and they 8plotted together to seize Jesus by stealth and kill Him.

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5 But they were saying, "Not during the festival, 9otherwise * a riot might occur among the people."

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The Precious Ointment

6 10Now when Jesus was in 11Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper,

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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.

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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.

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12 "For when she poured this perfume on My body, she did it 14to prepare Me for burial.

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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."

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Judas's Bargain

15 and said, "What are you willing to give me to 18betray Him to you?" And 19they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him.

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    • a 26:15 - Lit "and I will"
    • b 26:15 - Or "deliver"
    • c 26:15 - I.e. silver shekels
      16 From then on he began looking for a good opportunity to betray Jesus.

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          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?"

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          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."' "

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          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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