1When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples,2‘As you know, the Passover is two days away – and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.’3Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas,4and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him.5‘But not during the festival,’ they said, ‘or there may be a riot among the people.’
Jesus anointed at Bethany
6While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper,7a 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.8When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. ‘Why this waste?’ they asked.9‘This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.’10Aware 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, but you will not always have me. (De 15:11)12When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.13Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.’
Judas agrees to betray Jesus
14Then one of the Twelve – the one called Judas Iscariot – went to the chief priests15and asked, ‘What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?’ So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver.16From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
The Last Supper
17On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?’18He 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.” ’19So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.20When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve.21And while they were eating, he said, ‘Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.’22They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, ‘Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?’23Jesus replied, ‘The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me.24The 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.’25Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, ‘Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?’ Jesus answered, ‘You have said so.’26While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’27Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you.28This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.29I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.’30When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Jesus predicts Peter’s denial
31Then 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.” (Zec 13:7)32But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.’33Peter replied, ‘Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.’34‘Truly I tell you,’ Jesus answered, ‘this very night, before the cock crows, you will disown me three times.’35But Peter declared, ‘Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.’ And all the other disciples said the same.
36Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’37He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.38Then he said to them, ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.’39Going 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.’40Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. ‘Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?’ he asked Peter.41‘Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.’42He 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.’43When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy.44So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.45Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, ‘Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners.46Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!’
47While 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.48Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: ‘The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.’49Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, ‘Greetings, Rabbi!’ and kissed him.50Jesus replied, ‘Do what you came for, friend.’ Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him.51With 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 your sword back in its place,’ Jesus said to him, ‘for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.53Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?54But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?’55In that hour 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.56But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.’ Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.
Jesus before the Sanhedrin
57Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled.58But 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.59The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death.60But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally two came forward61and declared, ‘This fellow said, “I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.” ’62Then 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?’63But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, ‘I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.’64‘You have said so,’ Jesus replied. ‘But I say to all of you: from now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.’ (Ps 110:1; Da 7:13)65Then 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.66What do you think?’ ‘He is worthy of death,’ they answered.67Then they spat in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him68and said, ‘Prophesy to us, Messiah. Who hit you?’
Peter disowns Jesus
69Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant-girl came to him. ‘You also were with Jesus of Galilee,’ she said.70But he denied it before them all. ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about,’ he said.71Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant-girl saw him and said to the people there, ‘This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.’72He denied it again, with an oath: ‘I don’t know the man!’73After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, ‘Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.’74Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, ‘I don’t know the man!’ Immediately a cock crowed.75Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: ‘Before the cock crows, you will disown me three times.’ And he went outside and wept bitterly.
6Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, (Mt 21:17; Mr 14:3; Lu 7:37; Joh 11:18; Joh 12:1)7a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table.8And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste?9For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor.” (Joh 13:29)10But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me. (Mt 16:8)11For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. (De 15:11; Mt 9:15; Joh 7:33)12In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial. (Joh 19:40)13Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.” (Mt 24:14; Ac 10:4)
26Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” (Mt 14:19; Mr 14:22; Lu 22:18; Joh 6:53; 1Co 10:16; 1Co 11:23)27And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, (Mt 15:36)28for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (Ex 24:8; Zec 9:11; Mt 20:28; Mt 26:26; Mr 1:4; Lu 1:77; Heb 13:20)29I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (Mt 13:43)
Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial
30And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. (Mt 21:1; Mr 14:26; Lu 22:39; Joh 18:1)31Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ (Zec 13:7; Joh 16:32)32But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” (Mt 28:7; Mt 28:10; Mt 28:16; Mr 16:7)33Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” (Lu 22:31; Lu 22:33)34Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” (Mt 26:75; Lu 22:34; Joh 13:38)35Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same. (Lu 22:33; Joh 13:37)
Jesus Prays in Gethsemane
36Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” (Mt 26:30; Mr 14:32; Lu 22:40)37And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. (Mt 4:21; Mt 17:1)38Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” (Ps 42:5; Mt 24:42; Joh 12:27)39And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” (Mt 20:22; Mt 26:42; Joh 5:30; Joh 6:38; Php 2:8; Heb 5:7)40And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour?41Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Mt 6:13; Mt 26:38; 1Pe 4:7)42Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” (Mt 6:10; Mt 26:39)43And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. (Lu 9:32)44So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. (2Co 12:8)45Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. (Mt 17:22; Mt 20:18; Mt 26:18; Lu 22:53; Joh 12:23; Joh 12:27; Joh 13:1; Joh 17:1)46Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”
Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus
47While he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. (Mt 26:14; Mr 14:43; Lu 22:47; Joh 18:3; Ac 1:16)48Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.”49And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” And he kissed him. (Mt 26:25)50Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you came to do.” Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him. (Mt 20:13; Mt 22:12; Joh 13:27)51And behold, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. (Lu 22:38)52Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. (Ge 9:6; Eze 35:6; Re 13:10)53Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? (2Ki 6:17; Da 7:10; Mt 4:11; Lu 8:30; Lu 22:43; Joh 10:18; Joh 18:36)54But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?” (Mt 1:22; Mt 26:24)55At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. (Mt 4:23; Mt 21:23; Lu 2:46; Joh 8:2; Joh 18:20)56But all this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled. (Ps 88:8; Ps 88:18; Mt 26:31; Mt 26:54; Joh 16:32)
69Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came up to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” (Mt 26:3; Mr 14:66; Lu 22:55; Joh 18:16; Joh 18:25)70But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you mean.”71And when he went out to the entrance, another servant girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” (Mt 2:23)72And again he denied it with an oath: “I do not know the man.”73After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Certainly you too are one of them, for your accent betrays you.” (Jud 12:6)74Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know the man.” And immediately the rooster crowed.75And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly. (Mt 26:34; Ac 3:13)