Aware of this, Jesus said to them, "Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me.11The poor you will always have with you,1 but you will not always have me.12When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.213I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her."
Then one of the Twelve--the one called Judas Iscariot3--went to the chief priests
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.416
From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread,5 the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?"618
He replied, "Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, 'The Teacher says: My appointed time7 is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.' "19
So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.
When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve.
And while they were eating, he said, "I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me."822
They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, "Surely not I, Lord?"
Jesus replied, "The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me.924The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him.10 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, the one who would betray him,11 said, "Surely not I, Rabbi?"12 Jesus answered, "Yes, it is you."a26
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it,13 and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take and eat; this is my body."27
Then he took the cup,14 gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you.28This is my blood of theb covenant,15 which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.1629I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you17 in my Father's kingdom."30
When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.18
Then Jesus told them, "This very night you will all fall away on account of me,19 for it is written: " 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.'c2032But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee."2133
Peter replied, "Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will."
34"I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times."2235
But Peter declared, "Even if I have to die with you,23 I will never disown you." And all the other disciples said the same.
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 the two sons of Zebedee24 along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.
Then he said to them, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow25 to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me."2639
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup27 be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."2840
Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. "Could you men not keep watch with me29 for one hour?" he asked Peter.
41"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.30 The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."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."3143
When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy.
So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour32 is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.46Rise, let us go! Here comes my betrayer!"
While he was still speaking, Judas,33 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.
Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: "The one I kiss is the man; arrest him."
Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, "Greetings, Rabbi!"34 and kissed him.
Jesus replied, "Friend,35 do what you came for."d Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him.
With that, one of Jesus' companions reached for his sword,36 drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.3752"Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.3853Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?3954But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled40 that say it must happen in this way?"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,41 and you did not arrest me.