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1 When Jesus finished saying these things, he told his disciples, 1 When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples,
2 "You know that Passover comes in two days. That's when the Son of Man will be betrayed and handed over for crucifixion." 2 "As you know, the Passover is two days away--and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified."
3 At that very moment, the party of high priests and religious leaders was meeting in the chambers of the Chief Priest named Caiaphas, 3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas,
4 conspiring to seize Jesus by stealth and kill him. 4 and they plotted to arrest Jesus in some sly way and kill him.
5 They agreed that it should not be done during Passover Week. "We don't want a riot on our hands," they said. 5 "But not during the Feast," they said, "or there may be a riot among the people."
6 When Jesus was at Bethany, a guest of Simon the Leper, 6 While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper,
7 a woman came up to him as he was eating dinner and anointed him with a bottle of very expensive perfume. 7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.
8 When the disciples saw what was happening, they were furious. "That's criminal! 8 When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. "Why this waste?" they asked.
9 This could have been sold for a lot and the money handed out to the poor." 9 "This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor."
10 When Jesus realized what was going on, he intervened. "Why are you giving this woman a hard time? She has just done something wonderfully significant for me. 10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, "Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me.
11 You will have the poor with you every day for the rest of your lives, but not me. 11 The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.
12 When she poured this perfume on my body, what she really did was anoint me for burial. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.
13 You can be sure that wherever in the whole world the Message is preached, what she has just done is going to be remembered and admired." 13 I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her."
14 That is when one of the Twelve, the one named Judas Iscariot, went to the cabal of high priests 14 Then one of the Twelve--the one called Judas Iscariot--went to the chief priests
15 and said, "What will you give me if I hand him over to you?" They settled on thirty silver pieces. 15 and asked, "What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?" So they counted out for him thirty silver coins.
16 He began looking for just the right moment to hand him over. 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
17 On the first of the Days of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and said, "Where do you want us to prepare your Passover meal?" 17 On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?"
18 He said, "Enter the city. Go up to a certain man and say, 'The Teacher says, My time is near. I and my disciples plan to celebrate the Passover meal at your house.'" 18 He replied, "Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, 'The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.' "
19 The disciples followed Jesus' instructions to the letter, and prepared the Passover meal. 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.
20 After sunset, he and the Twelve were sitting around the table. 20 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve.
21 During the meal, he said, "I have something hard but important to say to you: One of you is going to hand me over to the conspirators." 21 And while they were eating, he said, "I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me."
22 They were stunned, and then began to ask, one after another, "It isn't me, is it, Master?" 22 They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, "Surely not I, Lord?"
23 Jesus answered, "The one who hands me over is someone I eat with daily, one who passes me food at the table. 23 Jesus replied, "The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me.
24 In one sense the Son of Man is entering into a way of treachery well-marked by the Scriptures - no surprises here. In another sense that man who turns him in, turns traitor to the Son of Man - better never to have been born than do this!" 24 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born."
25 Then Judas, already turned traitor, said, "It isn't me, is it, Rabbi?" Jesus said, "Don't play games with me, Judas." 25 Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, "Surely not I, Rabbi?" Jesus answered, "Yes, it is you."
26 During the meal, Jesus took and blessed the bread, broke it, and gave it to his disciples: Take, eat. This is my body. 26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take and eat; this is my body."
27 Taking the cup and thanking God, he gave it to them: Drink this, all of you. 27 Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you.
28 This is my blood, God's new covenant poured out for many people for the forgiveness of sins. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
29 "I'll not be drinking wine from this cup again until that new day when I'll drink with you in the kingdom of my Father." 29 I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father's kingdom."
30 They sang a hymn and went directly to Mount Olives. 30 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
31 Then Jesus told them, "Before the night's over, you're going to fall to pieces because of what happens to me. There is a Scripture that says, I'll strike the shepherd; helter-skelter the sheep will be scattered. 31 Then Jesus told them, "This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: " 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.'
32 But after I am raised up, I, your Shepherd, will go ahead of you, leading the way to Galilee." 32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee."
33 Peter broke in, "Even if everyone else falls to pieces on account of you, I won't." 33 Peter replied, "Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will."
34 "Don't be so sure," Jesus said. "This very night, before the rooster crows up the dawn, you will deny me three times." 34 "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times."
35 Peter protested, "Even if I had to die with you, I would never deny you." All the others said the same thing. 35 But Peter declared, "Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you." And all the other disciples said the same.
36 Then Jesus went with them to a garden called Gethsemane and told his disciples, "Stay here while I go over there and pray." 36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, "Sit here while I go over there and pray."
37 Taking along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he plunged into an agonizing sorrow. 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.
38 Then he said, "This sorrow is crushing my life out. Stay here and keep vigil with me." 38 Then he said to them, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me."
39 Going a little ahead, he fell on his face, praying, "My Father, if there is any way, get me out of this. But please, not what I want. You, what do you want?" 39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."
40 When he came back to his disciples, he found them sound asleep. He said to Peter, "Can't you stick it out with me a single hour? 40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. "Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?" he asked Peter.
41 Stay alert; be in prayer so you don't wander into temptation without even knowing you're in danger. There is a part of you that is eager, ready for anything in God. But there's another part that's as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire." 41 "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."
42 He then left them a second time. Again he prayed, "My Father, if there is no other way than this, drinking this cup to the dregs, I'm ready. Do it your way." 42 He went away a second time and prayed, "My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done."
43 When he came back, he again found them sound asleep. They simply couldn't keep their eyes open. 43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy.
44 This time he let them sleep on, and went back a third time to pray, going over the same ground one last time. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
45 When he came back the next time, he said, "Are you going to sleep on and make a night of it? My time is up, the Son of Man is about to be handed over to the hands of sinners. 45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
46 Get up! Let's get going! My betrayer is here." 46 Rise, let us go! Here comes my betrayer!"
47 The words were barely out of his mouth when Judas (the one from the Twelve) showed up, and with him a gang from the high priests and religious leaders brandishing swords and clubs. 47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people.
48 The betrayer had worked out a sign with them: "The one I kiss, that's the one - seize him." 48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: "The one I kiss is the man; arrest him."
49 He went straight to Jesus, greeted him, "How are you, Rabbi?" and kissed him. 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed him.
50 Jesus said, "Friend, why this charade?" 50 Jesus replied, "Friend, do what you came for." Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him.
51 One of those with Jesus pulled his sword and, taking a swing at the Chief Priest's servant, cut off his ear. 51 With that, one of Jesus' companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
52 Jesus said, "Put your sword back where it belongs. All who use swords are destroyed by swords. 52 "Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.
53 Don't you realize that I am able right now to call to my Father, and twelve companies - more, if I want them - of fighting angels would be here, battle-ready? 53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?
54 But if I did that, how would the Scriptures come true that say this is the way it has to be?" 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?"
55 Then Jesus addressed the mob: "What is this - coming out after me with swords and clubs as if I were a dangerous criminal? Day after day I have been sitting in the Temple teaching, and you never so much as lifted a hand against me. 55 At that time Jesus said to the crowd, "Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me.
56 You've done it this way to confirm and fulfill the prophetic writings." Then all the disciples cut and ran. 56 But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled." Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.
57 The gang that had seized Jesus led him before Caiaphas the Chief Priest, where the religion scholars and leaders had assembled. 57 Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled.
58 Peter followed at a safe distance until they got to the Chief Priest's courtyard. Then he slipped in and mingled with the servants, watching to see how things would turn out. 58 But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome.
59 The high priests, conspiring with the Jewish Council, tried to cook up charges against Jesus in order to sentence him to death. 59 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death.
60 But even though many stepped up, making up one false accusation after another, nothing was believable. 60 But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally two came forward
61 with this: "He said, 'I can tear down this Temple of God and after three days rebuild it.'" 61 and declared, "This fellow said, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.' "
62 The Chief Priest stood up and said, "What do you have to say to the accusation?" 62 Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, "Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?"
63 Jesus kept silent. Then the Chief Priest said, "I command you by the authority of the living God to say if you are the Messiah, the Son of God." 63 But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, "I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God."
64 Jesus was curt: "You yourself said it. And that's not all. Soon you'll see it for yourself: The Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Mighty One, Arriving on the clouds of heaven." 64 "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied. "But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven."
65 At that, the Chief Priest lost his temper, ripping his robes, yelling, "He blasphemed! Why do we need witnesses to accuse him? You all heard him blaspheme! 65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, "He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy.
66 Are you going to stand for such blasphemy?" They all said, "Death! That seals his death sentence." 66 What do you think?" "He is worthy of death," they answered.
67 Then they were spitting in his face and banging him around. They jeered as they slapped him: 67 Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him
68 "Prophesy, Messiah: Who hit you that time?" Denial in the Courtyard 68 and said, "Prophesy to us, Christ. Who hit you?"
69 All this time, Peter was sitting out in the courtyard. One servant girl came up to him and said, "You were with Jesus the Galilean." 69 Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. "You also were with Jesus of Galilee," she said.
70 In front of everybody there, he denied it. "I don't know what you're talking about." 70 But he denied it before them all. "I don't know what you're talking about," he said.
71 As he moved over toward the gate, someone else said to the people there, "This man was with Jesus the Nazarene." 71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another girl saw him and said to the people there, "This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth."
72 Again he denied it, salting his denial with an oath: "I swear, I never laid eyes on the man." 72 He denied it again, with an oath: "I don't know the man!"
73 Shortly after that, some bystanders approached Peter. "You've got to be one of them. Your accent gives you away." 73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, "Surely you are one of them, for your accent gives you away."
74 Then he got really nervous and swore. "I don't know the man!" 74 Then he began to call down curses on himself and he swore to them, "I don't know the man!" Immediately a rooster crowed.
75 Peter remembered what Jesus had said: "Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times." He went out and cried and cried and cried. 75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: "Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times." And he went outside and wept bitterly.