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Matthew 26 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When Jesus had finished saying these things, he said to his disciples, 1 When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples,
2 "As you know, the Passover celebration begins in two days, and I, the Son of Man, will be betrayed and crucified." 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 same time the leading priests and other leaders were meeting at the residence of Caiaphas, the high priest, 3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas,
4 to discuss how to capture Jesus secretly and put him to death. 4 and they plotted to arrest Jesus in some sly way and kill him.
5 "But not during the Passover," they agreed, "or there will be a riot." 5 "But not during the Feast," they said, "or there may be a riot among the people."
6 Meanwhile, Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had leprosy. 6 While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper,
7 During supper, a woman came in with a beautiful jar of expensive perfume and poured it over his head. 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 The disciples were indignant when they saw this. "What a waste of money," they said. 8 When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. "Why this waste?" they asked.
9 "She could have sold it for a fortune and given the money to the poor." 9 "This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor."
10 But Jesus replied, "Why berate her for doing such a good thing to 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 always have the poor among you, but I will not be here with you much longer. 11 The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.
12 She has poured this perfume on me to prepare my body for burial. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.
13 I assure you, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman's deed will be talked about in her memory." 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 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests 14 Then one of the Twelve--the one called Judas Iscariot--went to the chief priests
15 and asked, "How much will you pay me to betray Jesus to you?" And they gave him thirty pieces of silver. 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 From that time on, Judas began looking for the right time and place to betray Jesus. 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Where do you want us to prepare the Passover supper?" 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 "As you go into the city," he told them, "you will see a certain man. Tell him, 'The Teacher says, My time has come, and I will eat the Passover meal with my disciples 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 So the disciples did as Jesus told them and prepared the Passover supper there. 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.
20 When it was evening, Jesus sat down at the table with the twelve disciples. 20 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve.
21 While they were eating, he said, "The truth is, one of you will betray me." 21 And while they were eating, he said, "I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me."
22 Greatly distressed, one by one they began to ask him, "I'm not the one, am I, Lord?" 22 They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, "Surely not I, Lord?"
23 He replied, "One of you who is eating with me now will betray me. 23 Jesus replied, "The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me.
24 For I, the Son of Man, must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago. But how terrible it will be for my betrayer. Far better for him if he had never been born!" 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 Judas, the one who would betray him, also asked, "Teacher, I'm not the one, am I?"And Jesus told him, "You have said it yourself." 25 Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, "Surely not I, Rabbi?" Jesus answered, "Yes, it is you."
26 As they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread and asked God's blessing on it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, "Take it and eat it, for 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 And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, "Each of you drink from it, 27 Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you.
28 for this is my blood, which seals the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out to forgive the sins of many. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
29 Mark my words -- I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father's Kingdom." 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 Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives. 30 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
31 "Tonight all of you will desert me," Jesus told them. "For the Scriptures say, 'God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock 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 have been raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there." 32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee."
33 Peter declared, "Even if everyone else deserts you, I never will." 33 Peter replied, "Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will."
34 "Peter," Jesus replied, "the truth is, this very night, before the rooster crows, 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 "No!" Peter insisted. "Not even if I have to die with you! I will never deny you!" And all the other disciples vowed the same. 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 brought them to an olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, "Sit here while I go on ahead to 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 He took Peter and Zebedee's two sons, James and John, and he began to be filled with anguish and deep distress. 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.
38 He told them, "My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and watch 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 He went on a little farther and fell face down on the ground, praying, "My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine." 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 Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, "Couldn't you stay awake and watch with me even one 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 Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak!" 41 "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."
42 Again he left them and prayed, "My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away until I drink it, your will be done." 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 He returned to them again and found them sleeping, for they just couldn't keep their eyes open. 43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy.
44 So he went back to pray a third time, saying the same things again. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
45 Then he came to the disciples and said, "Still sleeping? Still resting? Look, the time has come. I, the Son of Man, am betrayed into 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 Up, let's be going. See, my betrayer is here!" 46 Rise, let us go! Here comes my betrayer!"
47 And even as he said this, Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived with a mob that was armed with swords and clubs. They had been sent out by the leading priests and other leaders of the people. 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 Judas had given them a prearranged signal: "You will know which one to arrest when I go over and give him the kiss of greeting." 48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: "The one I kiss is the man; arrest him."
49 So Judas came straight to Jesus. "Greetings, Teacher!" he exclaimed and gave him the kiss. 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed him.
50 Jesus said, "My friend, go ahead and do what you have come for." Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him. 50 Jesus replied, "Friend, do what you came for." Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him.
51 One of the men with Jesus pulled out a sword and slashed off an ear of the high priest's servant. 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 "Put away your sword," Jesus told him. "Those who use the sword will be killed by the sword. 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 could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly? 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, how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that describe what must happen now?" 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?"
55 Then Jesus said to the crowd, "Am I some dangerous criminal, that you have come armed with swords and clubs to arrest me? Why didn't you arrest me in the Temple? I was there teaching every day. 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 But this is all happening to fulfill the words of the prophets as recorded in the Scriptures." At that point, all the disciples deserted him and fled. 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 Then the people who had arrested Jesus led him to the home of Caiaphas, the high priest, where the teachers of religious law and other leaders had gathered. 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 Meanwhile, Peter was following far behind and eventually came to the courtyard of the high priest's house. He went in, sat with the guards, and waited to see what was going to happen to Jesus. 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 Inside, the leading priests and the entire high council were trying to find witnesses who would lie about Jesus, so they could put 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 they found many who agreed to give false witness, there was no testimony they could use. Finally, two men were found 60 But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally two came forward
61 who declared, "This man said, 'I am able to destroy the Temple of God and rebuild it in three days.'" 61 and declared, "This fellow said, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.' "
62 Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, "Well, aren't you going to answer these charges? What do you have to say for yourself?" 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 But Jesus remained silent. Then the high priest said to him, "I demand in the name of the living God that you tell us whether 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 replied, "Yes, it is as you say. And in the future you will see me, the Son of Man, sitting at God's right hand in the place of power and coming back 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 Then the high priest tore his clothing to show his horror, shouting, "Blasphemy! Why do we need other witnesses? You have all heard his blasphemy. 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 What is your verdict?" "Guilty!" they shouted. "He must die!" 66 What do you think?" "He is worthy of death," they answered.
67 Then they spit in Jesus' face and hit him with their fists. And some slapped him, 67 Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him
68 saying, "Prophesy to us, you Messiah! Who hit you that time?" 68 and said, "Prophesy to us, Christ. Who hit you?"
69 Meanwhile, as Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, a servant girl came over and said to him, "You were one of those 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 But Peter denied it in front of everyone. "I don't know what you are talking about," he said. 70 But he denied it before them all. "I don't know what you're talking about," he said.
71 Later, out by the gate, another servant girl noticed him and said to those standing around, "This man was with Jesus of Nazareth." 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 Peter denied it, this time with an oath. "I don't even know the man," he said. 72 He denied it again, with an oath: "I don't know the man!"
73 A little later some other bystanders came over to him and said, "You must be one of them; we can tell by your Galilean accent." 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 Peter said, "I swear by God, I don't know the man." And immediately the rooster crowed. 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 Suddenly, Jesus' words flashed through Peter's mind: "Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times." And he went away, crying bitterly. 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.