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John 18 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Jesus, having prayed this prayer, left with his disciples and crossed over the brook Kidron at a place where there was a garden. He and his disciples entered it. 1 When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was an olive grove, and he and his disciples went into it.
2 Judas, his betrayer, knew the place because Jesus and his disciples went there often. 2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples.
3 So Judas led the way to the garden, and the Roman soldiers and police sent by the high priests and Pharisees followed. They arrived there with lanterns and torches and swords. 3 So Judas came to the grove, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.
4 Jesus, knowing by now everything that was coming down on him, went out and met them. He said, "Who are you after?" They answered, "Jesus the Nazarene." 4 Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, "Who is it you want?"
5 He said, "That's me." The soldiers recoiled, totally taken aback. Judas, his betrayer, stood out like a sore thumb. 5 "Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. "I am he," Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.)
6 6 When Jesus said, "I am he," they drew back and fell to the ground.
7 Jesus asked again, "Who are you after?" They answered, "Jesus the Nazarene." 7 Again he asked them, "Who is it you want?" And they said, "Jesus of Nazareth."
8 "I told you," said Jesus, "that's me. I'm the one. So if it's me you're after, let these others go." 8 "I told you that I am he," Jesus answered. "If you are looking for me, then let these men go."
9 (This validated the words in his prayer, "I didn't lose one of those you gave.") 9 This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: "I have not lost one of those you gave me."
10 Just then Simon Peter, who was carrying a sword, pulled it from its sheath and struck the Chief Priest's servant, cutting off his right ear. Malchus was the servant's name. 10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant's name was Malchus.)
11 Jesus ordered Peter, "Put back your sword. Do you think for a minute I'm not going to drink this cup the Father gave me?" 11 Jesus commanded Peter, "Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?"
12 Then the Roman soldiers under their commander, joined by the Jewish police, seized Jesus and tied him up. 12 Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus. They bound him
13 They took him first to Annas, father-in-law of Caiaphas. Caiaphas was the Chief Priest that year. 13 and brought him first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year.
14 It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it was to their advantage that one man die for the people. 14 Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it would be good if one man died for the people.
15 Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. That other disciple was known to the Chief Priest, and so he went in with Jesus to the Chief Priest's courtyard. 15 Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the high priest's courtyard,
16 Peter had to stay outside. Then the other disciple went out, spoke to the doorkeeper, and got Peter in. 16 but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the girl on duty there and brought Peter in.
17 The young woman who was the doorkeeper said to Peter, "Aren't you one of this man's disciples?" He said, "No, I'm not." 17 "You are not one of his disciples, are you?" the girl at the door asked Peter. He replied, "I am not."
18 The servants and police had made a fire because of the cold and were huddled there warming themselves. Peter stood with them, trying to get warm. 18 It was cold, and the servants and officials stood around a fire they had made to keep warm. Peter also was standing with them, warming himself.
19 Annas interrogated Jesus regarding his disciples and his teaching. 19 Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching.
20 Jesus answered, "I've spoken openly in public. I've taught regularly in meeting places and the Temple, where the Jews all come together. Everything has been out in the open. I've said nothing in secret. 20 "I have spoken openly to the world," Jesus replied. "I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret.
21 So why are you treating me like a conspirator? Question those who have been listening to me. They know well what I have said. My teachings have all been aboveboard." 21 Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said."
22 When he said this, one of the policemen standing there slapped Jesus across the face, saying, "How dare you speak to the Chief Priest like that!" 22 When Jesus said this, one of the officials nearby struck him in the face. "Is this the way you answer the high priest?" he demanded.
23 Jesus replied, "If I've said something wrong, prove it. But if I've spoken the plain truth, why this slapping around?" 23 "If I said something wrong," Jesus replied, "testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?"
24 Then Annas sent him, still tied up, to the Chief Priest Caiaphas. 24 Then Annas sent him, still bound, to Caiaphas the high priest.
25 Meanwhile, Simon Peter was back at the fire, still trying to get warm. The others there said to him, "Aren't you one of his disciples?" He denied it, "Not me." 25 As Simon Peter stood warming himself, he was asked, "You are not one of his disciples, are you?" He denied it, saying, "I am not."
26 One of the Chief Priest's servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, said, "Didn't I see you in the garden with him?" 26 One of the high priest's servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, "Didn't I see you with him in the olive grove?"
27 Again, Peter denied it. Just then a rooster crowed. 27 Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.
28 They led Jesus then from Caiaphas to the Roman governor's palace. It was early morning. They themselves didn't enter the palace because they didn't want to be disqualified from eating the Passover. 28 Then the Jews led Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness the Jews did not enter the palace; they wanted to be able to eat the Passover.
29 So Pilate came out to them and spoke. "What charge do you bring against this man?" 29 So Pilate came out to them and asked, "What charges are you bringing against this man?"
30 They said, "If he hadn't been doing something evil, do you think we'd be here bothering you?" 30 "If he were not a criminal," they replied, "we would not have handed him over to you."
31 Pilate said, "You take him. Judge him by your law." 31 Pilate said, "Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law." "But we have no right to execute anyone," the Jews objected.
32 (This would confirm Jesus' word indicating the way he would die.) 32 This happened so that the words Jesus had spoken indicating the kind of death he was going to die would be fulfilled.
33 Pilate went back into the palace and called for Jesus. He said, "Are you the 'King of the Jews'?" 33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?"
34 Jesus answered, "Are you saying this on your own, or did others tell you this about me?" 34 "Is that your own idea," Jesus asked, "or did others talk to you about me?"
35 Pilate said, "Do I look like a Jew? Your people and your high priests turned you over to me. What did you do?" 35 "Am I a Jew?" Pilate replied. "It was your people and your chief priests who handed you over to me. What is it you have done?"
36 "My kingdom," said Jesus, "doesn't consist of what you see around you. If it did, my followers would fight so that I wouldn't be handed over to the Jews. But I'm not that kind of king, not the world's kind of king." 36 Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place."
37 Then Pilate said, "So, are you a king or not?" Jesus answered, "You tell me. Because I am King, I was born and entered the world so that I could witness to the truth. Everyone who cares for truth, who has any feeling for the truth, recognizes my voice." 37 "You are a king, then!" said Pilate. Jesus answered, "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me."
38 Pilate said, "What is truth?" Then he went back out to the Jews and told them, "I find nothing wrong in this man." 38 "What is truth?" Pilate asked. With this he went out again to the Jews and said, "I find no basis for a charge against him.
39 It's your custom that I pardon one prisoner at Passover. Do you want me to pardon the 'King of the Jews'?" 39 But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release 'the king of the Jews'?"
40 They shouted back, "Not this one, but Barabbas!" Barabbas was a Jewish freedom fighter. 40 They shouted back, "No, not him! Give us Barabbas!" Now Barabbas had taken part in a rebellion.