1Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him.2“But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.”3While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.4Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume?5It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.6“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.7The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me.8She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial.9Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”10Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them.11They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
The Last Supper
12On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”13So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him.14Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’15He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.”16The disciples left, went into the city and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.17When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve.18While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.”19They were saddened, and one by one they said to him, “Surely you don’t mean me?”20“It is one of the Twelve,” he replied, “one who dips bread into the bowl with me.21The 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.”22While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.”23Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it.24“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them.25“Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”26When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial
27“You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written: “ ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’28But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”29Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.”30“Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.”31But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same.
32They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”33He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled.34“My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”35Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him.36“Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”37Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour?38Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”39Once more he went away and prayed the same thing.40When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.41Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners.42Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”
43Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders.44Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.”45Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him.46The men seized Jesus and arrested him.47Then one of those standing near drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.48“Am I leading a rebellion,” said Jesus, “that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me?49Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.”50Then everyone deserted him and fled.51A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him,52he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.
Jesus Before the Sanhedrin
53They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law came together.54Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. There he sat with the guards and warmed himself at the fire.55The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any.56Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree.57Then some stood up and gave this false testimony against him:58“We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three days will build another, not made with hands.’ ”59Yet even then their testimony did not agree.60Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?”61But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”62“I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”63The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked.64“You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?” They all condemned him as worthy of death.65Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, “Prophesy!” And the guards took him and beat him.
Peter Disowns Jesus
66While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by.67When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him. “You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said.68But he denied it. “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway.69When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, “This fellow is one of them.”70Again he denied it. After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.”71He began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.”72Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.
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The Plot to Kill Jesus
1It was now two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest him by stealth and kill him, (Mt 21:46; Mt 26:2; Lu 22:1; Joh 6:4; Joh 11:53)2for they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar from the people.” (Mt 27:24)
Jesus Anointed at Bethany
3And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. (Mt 21:17; Mt 26:6; Lu 7:37; Joh 11:18; Joh 12:1)4There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that?5For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they scolded her. (Joh 11:33; Joh 11:38; Joh 13:29)6But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.7For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. (De 15:11; Mr 2:20; Joh 7:33; 2Co 9:7)8She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. (Mr 12:43; Lu 21:3; Joh 19:40; 2Co 8:12)9And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.” (Mt 24:14; Ac 10:4)
12And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” (Ex 12:18; Mt 26:17; Lu 22:7; 1Co 5:7)13And he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him, (Mr 11:1)14and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ (Lu 2:7; Joh 11:28)15And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.” (Ac 1:13)16And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.17And when it was evening, he came with the twelve. (Mt 26:20; Lu 22:14; Lu 22:21; Joh 13:21)18And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” (Ps 41:9; Joh 6:70; Joh 13:18)19They began to be sorrowful and to say to him one after another, “Is it I?”20He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with me. (Mr 14:10; Mr 14:18)21For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” (Mt 18:7; Mr 9:12; Mr 14:49; Lu 18:31; Lu 24:25; Lu 24:27; Lu 24:46; Joh 17:12; Ac 17:2; Ac 26:22; 1Co 15:3; 1Pe 1:10)
Institution of the Lord’s Supper
22And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” (Mt 14:19; Mt 26:26; Lu 22:18; Joh 6:53; 1Co 10:16; 1Co 11:23)23And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. (Mt 15:36)24And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. (Ex 24:8; Zec 9:11; Mt 20:28; Mr 14:22; Heb 13:20)25Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial
26And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. (Mt 21:1; Mt 26:30; Lu 22:39; Joh 18:1)27And Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ (Zec 13:7; Joh 16:32)28But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” (Mt 28:7; Mt 28:10; Mt 28:16; Mr 16:7)29Peter said to him, “Even though they all fall away, I will not.” (Lu 22:31; Lu 22:33)30And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” (Mr 14:68; Mr 14:72; Lu 22:34; Joh 13:38)31But he said emphatically, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And they all said the same. (Joh 13:37)
Jesus Prays in Gethsemane
32And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” (Mt 26:36; Mr 14:26; Lu 22:40)33And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. (Mt 17:23; Mr 5:37; Mr 9:2)34And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.” (Ps 42:5; Mt 24:42; Joh 12:27)35And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. (Mr 14:41; Lu 22:53; Joh 12:23; Joh 12:27; Joh 13:1; Joh 16:4; Joh 17:1; Heb 5:7)36And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” (Mt 19:26; Mr 10:38; Joh 5:30; Joh 6:38; Ro 8:15; Ga 4:6; Php 2:8)37And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour?38Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Mt 6:13; Mr 14:34; 1Pe 4:7)39And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. (Mr 14:36)40And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and they did not know what to answer him. (Mr 9:6; Lu 9:32; Lu 9:33)41And he came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. (Mr 9:31; Mr 10:33; Mr 14:35; Lu 22:38)42Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”
Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus
43And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. (Mt 26:47; Mr 14:10; Lu 22:47; Joh 18:3; Ac 1:16)44Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man. Seize him and lead him away under guard.”45And when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” And he kissed him. (Lu 7:38; Lu 7:45; Lu 15:20; Joh 1:38; Ac 20:37)46And they laid hands on him and seized him.47But one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. (Lu 22:38)48And Jesus said to them, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me?49Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But let the Scriptures be fulfilled.” (Mt 1:22; Mt 4:23; Mt 21:23; Mr 14:21; Lu 2:46; Joh 8:2; Joh 18:20)50And they all left him and fled. (Ps 88:8; Ps 88:18; Mr 14:27; Joh 16:32)
A Young Man Flees
51And a young man followed him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body. And they seized him, (Jud 14:12; Pr 31:24; Mr 15:46)52but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked.
Jesus Before the Council
53And they led Jesus to the high priest. And all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together. (Mt 26:57; Lu 22:54; Joh 18:12; Joh 18:19)54And Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he was sitting with the guards and warming himself at the fire. (Mt 26:3; Mr 14:53; Mr 14:67; Mr 14:68; Joh 7:32; Joh 18:3; Joh 18:15; Joh 18:18)55Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none.56For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree. (De 17:6; De 19:15; Ps 27:12; Ps 35:11)57And some stood up and bore false witness against him, saying,58“We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.’” (Mr 15:29; Joh 2:19; Ac 6:14; Ac 7:48; Ac 17:24; 2Co 5:1; Heb 9:11; Heb 9:24)59Yet even about this their testimony did not agree.60And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?”61But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” (Isa 53:7; Mt 1:17; Mr 8:29; Mr 15:4; Lu 22:67; Joh 19:9; Ro 1:25)62And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” (Ps 110:1; Mt 16:27; Mt 24:30; Mr 16:19; Heb 1:3)63And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need? (Nu 14:6; Ac 14:14)64You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they all condemned him as deserving death. (Le 24:16; Mt 9:3; Lu 23:50; Joh 10:36)65And some began to spit on him and to cover his face and to strike him, saying to him, “Prophesy!” And the guards received him with blows. (Es 7:8; Isa 50:6; Mt 5:39; Mr 10:34; Mr 15:19; Lu 22:63; Ac 23:2)
Peter Denies Jesus
66And as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came, (Mt 26:69; Lu 22:55; Joh 18:16; Joh 18:25)67and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with the Nazarene, Jesus.” (Mr 14:54)68But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you mean.” And he went out into the gateway and the rooster crowed. (Mr 14:30; Mr 14:72)69And the servant girl saw him and began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.”70But again he denied it. And after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.”71But he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know this man of whom you speak.”72And immediately the rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept. (Mr 14:30; Mr 14:68; Ac 3:13)