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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 meal for you?”
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?"
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.’”
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.'"
19 So the disciples did as Jesus told them and prepared the Passover meal there.
The disciples followed Jesus' instructions to the letter, and prepared the Passover meal.
20 When it was evening, Jesus sat down at the table with the Twelve.
After sunset, he and the Twelve were sitting around the table.
21 While they were eating, he said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.”
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."
22 Greatly distressed, each one asked in turn, “Am I the one, Lord?”
They were stunned, and then began to ask, one after another, "It isn't me, is it, Master?"
23 He replied, “One of you who has just eaten from this bowl with me will betray me.
Jesus answered, "The one who hands me over is someone I eat with daily, one who passes me food at the table.
24 For the Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago. But how terrible it will be for the one who betrays him. It would be far better for that man if he had never been born!”
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!"
25 Judas, the one who would betray him, also asked, “Rabbi, am I the one?” And Jesus told him, “You have said it.”
Then Judas, already turned traitor, said, "It isn't me, is it, Rabbi?" Jesus said, "Don't play games with me, Judas."
26 As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body.”
During the meal, Jesus took and blessed the bread, broke it, and gave it to his disciples: Take, 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,
Taking the cup and thanking God, he gave it to them: Drink this, all of you.
28 for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.
This is my blood, God's new covenant poured out for many people 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.”
"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."
30 Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.
They sang a hymn and went directly to Mount Olives.
31 On the way, Jesus told them, “Tonight all of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say, ‘God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’
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.
32 But after I have been raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there.”
But after I am raised up, I, your Shepherd, will go ahead of you, leading the way to Galilee."
33 Peter declared, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I will never desert you.”
Peter broke in, "Even if everyone else falls to pieces on account of you, I won't."
34 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.”
"Don't be so sure," Jesus said. "This very night, before the rooster crows up the dawn, you will deny me three times."
35 “No!” Peter insisted. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the other disciples vowed the same.
Peter protested, "Even if I had to die with you, I would never deny you." All the others said the same thing.
36 Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.”
Then Jesus went with them to a garden called Gethsemane and told his disciples, "Stay here while I go over there and pray."
37 He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed.
Taking along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he plunged into an agonizing sorrow.
38 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
Then he said, "This sorrow is crushing my life out. Stay here and keep vigil with me."
39 He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
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?"
40 Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour?
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?
41 Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”
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."
42 Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.”
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."
43 When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open.
When he came back, he again found them sound asleep. They simply couldn't keep their eyes open.
44 So he went to pray a third time, saying the same things again.
This time he let them sleep on, and went back a third time to pray, going over the same ground one last time.
45 Then he came to the disciples and said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But look—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
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.
46 Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!”
Get up! Let's get going! My betrayer is here."
47 And even as Jesus said this, Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived with a crowd of men armed with swords and clubs. They had been sent by the leading priests and elders of the people.
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.
48 The traitor, Judas, had given them a prearranged signal: “You will know which one to arrest when I greet him with a kiss.”
The betrayer had worked out a sign with them: "The one I kiss, that's the one - seize him."
49 So Judas came straight to Jesus. “Greetings, Rabbi!” he exclaimed and gave him the kiss.
He went straight to Jesus, greeted him, "How are you, 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.
Jesus said, "Friend, why this charade?"
51 But one of the men with Jesus pulled out his sword and struck the high priest’s slave, slashing off his ear.
One of those with Jesus pulled his sword and, taking a swing at the Chief Priest's servant, cut off his ear.
52 “Put away your sword,” Jesus told him. “Those who use the sword will die by the sword.
Jesus said, "Put your sword back where it belongs. All who use swords are destroyed by swords.
53 Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly?
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?
54 But if I did, how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that describe what must happen now?”
But if I did that, how would the Scriptures come true that say this is the way it has to be?"
55 Then Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I some dangerous revolutionary, that you come with swords and clubs to arrest me? Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there teaching every day.
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.
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.
You've done it this way to confirm and fulfill the prophetic writings." Then all the disciples cut and ran.
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 the elders had gathered.
The gang that had seized Jesus led him before Caiaphas the Chief Priest, where the religion scholars and leaders had assembled.
58 Meanwhile, Peter followed him at a distance and came to the high priest’s courtyard. He went in and sat with the guards and waited to see how it would all end.
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.
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.
The high priests, conspiring with the Jewish Council, tried to cook up charges against Jesus in order to sentence him to death.
60 But even though they found many who agreed to give false witness, they could not use anyone’s testimony. Finally, two men came forward
But even though many stepped up, making up one false accusation after another, nothing was believable.
61 who declared, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the Temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’”
with this: "He said, 'I can tear down this Temple of God and after three days rebuild it.'"
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?”
The Chief Priest stood up and said, "What do you have to say to the accusation?"
63 But Jesus remained silent. Then the high priest said to him, “I demand in the name of the living God—tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”
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."
64 Jesus replied, “You have said it. And in the future you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
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."
65 Then the high priest tore his clothing to show his horror and said, “Blasphemy! Why do we need other witnesses? You have all heard his blasphemy.
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!
66 What is your verdict?” “Guilty!” they shouted. “He deserves to die!”
Are you going to stand for such blasphemy?" They all said, "Death! That seals his death sentence."
67 Then they began to spit in Jesus’ face and beat him with their fists. And some slapped him,
Then they were spitting in his face and banging him around. They jeered as they slapped him:
68 jeering, “Prophesy to us, you Messiah! Who hit you that time?”
"Prophesy, Messiah: Who hit you that time?" Denial in the Courtyard
69 Meanwhile, 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.”
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."
70 But Peter denied it in front of everyone. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.
In front of everybody there, he denied it. "I don't know what you're talking about."
71 Later, out by the gate, another servant girl noticed him and said to those standing around, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth. ”
As he moved over toward the gate, someone else said to the people there, "This man was with Jesus the Nazarene."
72 Again Peter denied it, this time with an oath. “I don’t even know the man,” he said.
Again he denied it, salting his denial with an oath: "I swear, I never laid eyes on the man."
73 A little later some of the other bystanders came over to Peter and said, “You must be one of them; we can tell by your Galilean accent.”
Shortly after that, some bystanders approached Peter. "You've got to be one of them. Your accent gives you away."
74 Peter swore, “A curse on me if I’m lying—I don’t know the man!” And immediately the rooster crowed.
Then he got really nervous and swore. "I don't know the man!"
75 Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And he went away, weeping bitterly.
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.
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