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Matthew 26

MSG 1 When Jesus finished saying these things, he told his disciples, NIV 1 When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, MSG 2 "You know that Passover comes in two days. That's when the Son of Man will be betrayed and handed over for crucifixion." NIV 2 "As you know, the Passover is two days away--and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified." MSG 3 At that very moment, the party of high priests and religious leaders was meeting in the chambers of the Chief Priest named Caiaphas, NIV 3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, MSG 4 conspiring to seize Jesus by stealth and kill him. NIV 4 and they plotted to arrest Jesus in some sly way and kill him. MSG 5 They agreed that it should not be done during Passover Week. "We don't want a riot on our hands," they said. NIV 5 "But not during the Feast," they said, "or there may be a riot among the people." MSG 6 When Jesus was at Bethany, a guest of Simon the Leper, NIV 6 While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, MSG 7 a woman came up to him as he was eating dinner and anointed him with a bottle of very expensive perfume. NIV 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. MSG 8 When the disciples saw what was happening, they were furious. "That's criminal! NIV 8 When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. "Why this waste?" they asked. MSG 9 This could have been sold for a lot and the money handed out to the poor." NIV 9 "This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor." MSG 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. NIV 10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, "Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. MSG 11 You will have the poor with you every day for the rest of your lives, but not me. NIV 11 The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. MSG 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, what she really did was anoint me for burial. NIV 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 14 That is when one of the Twelve, the one named Judas Iscariot, went to the cabal of high priests NIV 14 Then one of the Twelve--the one called Judas Iscariot--went to the chief priests MSG 15 and said, "What will you give me if I hand him over to you?" They settled on thirty silver pieces. NIV 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. MSG 16 He began looking for just the right moment to hand him over. NIV 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over. MSG 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?" NIV 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?" MSG 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.'" NIV 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.' " MSG 19 The disciples followed Jesus' instructions to the letter, and prepared the Passover meal. NIV 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover. MSG 20 After sunset, he and the Twelve were sitting around the table. NIV 20 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. MSG 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." NIV 21 And while they were eating, he said, "I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me." MSG 22 They were stunned, and then began to ask, one after another, "It isn't me, is it, Master?" NIV 22 They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, "Surely not I, Lord?" MSG 23 Jesus answered, "The one who hands me over is someone I eat with daily, one who passes me food at the table. NIV 23 Jesus replied, "The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. MSG 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!" NIV 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." MSG 25 Then Judas, already turned traitor, said, "It isn't me, is it, Rabbi?" Jesus said, "Don't play games with me, Judas." NIV 25 Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, "Surely not I, Rabbi?" Jesus answered, "Yes, it is you." MSG 26 During the meal, Jesus took and blessed the bread, broke it, and gave it to his disciples: Take, eat. This is my body. NIV 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." MSG 27 Taking the cup and thanking God, he gave it to them: Drink this, all of you. NIV 27 Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. MSG 28 This is my blood, God's new covenant poured out for many people for the forgiveness of sins. NIV 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 30 They sang a hymn and went directly to Mount Olives. NIV 30 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. MSG 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. NIV 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.' MSG 32 But after I am raised up, I, your Shepherd, will go ahead of you, leading the way to Galilee." NIV 32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee." MSG 33 Peter broke in, "Even if everyone else falls to pieces on account of you, I won't." NIV 33 Peter replied, "Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will." MSG 34 "Don't be so sure," Jesus said. "This very night, before the rooster crows up the dawn, you will deny me three times." NIV 34 "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times." MSG 35 Peter protested, "Even if I had to die with you, I would never deny you." All the others said the same thing. NIV 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. MSG 36 Then Jesus went with them to a garden called Gethsemane and told his disciples, "Stay here while I go over there and pray." NIV 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." MSG 37 Taking along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he plunged into an agonizing sorrow. NIV 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. MSG 38 Then he said, "This sorrow is crushing my life out. Stay here and keep vigil with me." NIV 38 Then he said to them, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me." MSG 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?" NIV 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." MSG 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? NIV 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. MSG 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." NIV 41 "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak." MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 43 When he came back, he again found them sound asleep. They simply couldn't keep their eyes open. NIV 43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. MSG 44 This time he let them sleep on, and went back a third time to pray, going over the same ground one last time. NIV 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 46 Get up! Let's get going! My betrayer is here." NIV 46 Rise, let us go! Here comes my betrayer!" MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 48 The betrayer had worked out a sign with them: "The one I kiss, that's the one - seize him." NIV 48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: "The one I kiss is the man; arrest him." MSG 49 He went straight to Jesus, greeted him, "How are you, Rabbi?" and kissed him. NIV 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed him. MSG 50 Jesus said, "Friend, why this charade?" NIV 50 Jesus replied, "Friend, do what you came for." Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. MSG 51 One of those with Jesus pulled his sword and, taking a swing at the Chief Priest's servant, cut off his ear. NIV 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. MSG 52 Jesus said, "Put your sword back where it belongs. All who use swords are destroyed by swords. NIV 52 "Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. MSG 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? NIV 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? MSG 54 But if I did that, how would the Scriptures come true that say this is the way it has to be?" NIV 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?" MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 56 You've done it this way to confirm and fulfill the prophetic writings." Then all the disciples cut and ran. NIV 56 But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled." Then all the disciples deserted him and fled. MSG 57 The gang that had seized Jesus led him before Caiaphas the Chief Priest, where the religion scholars and leaders had assembled. NIV 57 Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 59 The high priests, conspiring with the Jewish Council, tried to cook up charges against Jesus in order to sentence him to death. NIV 59 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. MSG 60 But even though many stepped up, making up one false accusation after another, nothing was believable. NIV 60 But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally two came forward MSG 61 with this: "He said, 'I can tear down this Temple of God and after three days rebuild it.'" NIV 61 and declared, "This fellow said, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.' " MSG 62 The Chief Priest stood up and said, "What do you have to say to the accusation?" NIV 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?" MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 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! NIV 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. MSG 66 Are you going to stand for such blasphemy?" They all said, "Death! That seals his death sentence." NIV 66 What do you think?" "He is worthy of death," they answered. MSG 67 Then they were spitting in his face and banging him around. They jeered as they slapped him: NIV 67 Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him MSG 68 "Prophesy, Messiah: Who hit you that time?" Denial in the Courtyard NIV 68 and said, "Prophesy to us, Christ. Who hit you?" MSG 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." NIV 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. MSG 70 In front of everybody there, he denied it. "I don't know what you're talking about." NIV 70 But he denied it before them all. "I don't know what you're talking about," he said. MSG 71 As he moved over toward the gate, someone else said to the people there, "This man was with Jesus the Nazarene." NIV 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." MSG 72 Again he denied it, salting his denial with an oath: "I swear, I never laid eyes on the man." NIV 72 He denied it again, with an oath: "I don't know the man!" MSG 73 Shortly after that, some bystanders approached Peter. "You've got to be one of them. Your accent gives you away." NIV 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." MSG 74 Then he got really nervous and swore. "I don't know the man!" NIV 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. MSG 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. NIV 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.