Now it came to pass when Jesus had finished all these sayings that He said to His disciples; «You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified».
Then were assembled the chief priests and the scribes and the presbyters of the people in the court of the high priest who was called Caiaphas, and they were taking counsel together in order for Jesus to be taken by deceit and be killed. But they were saying; «Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people».
And while Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him having an alabaster jar with fragrant oil a very expensive one, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table. But when they saw it His disciples they were indignant, saying; «Why this waste? For it could have this fragrant oil been sold for a good amount and given to the poor».
And when Jesus was aware of it He said to them; «Why do you trouble the woman? For a good deed she has done for Me. For the poor you always have with you, but Me you do not always have.
For in her pouring this fragrant oil on My body, to prepare Me for burial she did it. Assuredly, I say to you, wherever is preached this gospel in the whole world, will also be told what she has done as a memorial to her».
Going then one of the twelve, the so called Judas Iscariot, to the chief priests he said; «What are you willing to give me, if I deliver Him to you?» And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. And from that time on he sought for an opportunity to betray Him.
Now on the first day of the unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus saying to Him; «Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?» And He said; «Go into the city to a certain man and say to him; «The Teacher says, «My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with My disciples». And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover.
And when evening had come He sat down with the twelve. Now as they were eating He said; «Assuredly, I say to you that one of you will betray Me». And they were exceedingly sorrowful and they began to say to Him each of them; «Lord, is it I?»
And He answered and said; «He who dipped with Me his hand in the dish, is the one who will betray Me. Indeed the Son of Man goes just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for him if he had not been born that man». And answering Judas who was betraying Him he said; «Rabbi, is it I?» He said to him, «You have said it».
And as they were eating Jesus took the bread and blessing He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said; «Take, eat; this is My body»;
and taking the cup he gave thanks and gave it to them saying; «Drink from it all of you; For this is My blood of the new covenant which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
And I say to you that I will not drink from now on of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it with you new in the kingdom of My Father».
«All of you will stumble because of Me this night; for it is written, «I will strike the Shepherd, and will be scattered the sheep of the flock»; But after I have been raised I will go before you to Galilee».
And Peter answering said to Him; «Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble». Jesus said to him; «Assuredly, I say to you that this night before the rooster crows three times you will deny Me».
Said to Him Peter; «Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You». And likewise also all the disciples said.
Then came with them Jesus to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples; «Sit here while I go and pray over there». And taking with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee He began to feel sadness and be distressed.
Then He said to them Jesus; «Exceedingly sorrowful is My soul even unto death; stay here and watch with Me». And He went a little farther and fell on His face and prayed saying; «O My Father, if it is possible, let it pass from Me this cup; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will».
And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter; «So you could not for one hour watch with Me! Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak».
Again a second time, He went away and prayed, saying; «O My Father, if it is not possible this cup to let it pass away from Me unless I drink it, let Your will be done». And coming He found them asleep again; for they were their eyes heavy. So He left them He went away again and prayed the third time saying the same words;
Then He came to His disciples and said to them; «Are you still sleeping and resting! Behold, the hour is at hand and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; Behold, he is near the one who betrays me.
And while He was still speaking behold, Judas, one of the twelve came, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs sent from the chief priests and elders of the people.
Now His betrayer had given them a sign saying; «Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him». And immediately he went up to Jesus and said; «Greetings, Rabbi», and kissed Him.
And Jesus said to him; «Friend, why are you here?». Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him.
And behold one of those who were with Jesus stretching out his hand he drew his sword, and striking the servant of the high priest he cut off his ear.
Then Jesus said to him; «Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take the sword will die by the sword. Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled that it must happen thus?»
In that hour Jesus said to the crowd; «Have you come out, as against a robber with swords and clubs to arrest Me; every day I sat with you teaching in the temple, and you did not seize Me. But all this was done so that might be fulfilled the Scriptures of the prophets». Then all the disciples left Him and fled.
And those who had laid hold of Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. But Peter followed Him at a distance to the court of the high priest, and having entered in he sat with the officers to see the end.
Now the chief priests and the elders and all the council were looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they might put Him to death, and they found none; and even though many false witnesses were coming forward, they found none. But at last coming forward two false witnesses they said; «This man said, «I am able to destroy the sanctuary of God and in three days to build it».
And rising up the high priest said to Him; «Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?» But Jesus remained quiet. And answering the high priest said to Him; «I put You under oath by the living God to tell us whether you are the Christ the Son of God».
Jesus said to him; «You have said it; nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power and coming on the clouds of heaven». Then the high priest tore his clothes saying that «He has spoken blasphemy; what further need do we have of witnesses? Look, now you have heard His blasphemy; What do you think?» And they answered and said; «He is deserving of death».
Then they spat in His face and beat Him, and some slapped him saying; «Prophesy to us, Christ, who is the one who struck You?»
Now Peter was sitting outside in the court; and there came to him a servant girl saying; «You too were with Jesus the Galilean». But he denied it before them all saying; «I do not know what you are saying».
And when he had gone out onto the porch another girl saw him and said to those who were there; «This fellow also was with Jesus of Nazareth». And again he denied it with an oath that «I do not know the man!»
And after a little while those who stood by came and said to Peter; «Surely you also are one of them; for your speech also reveals that you are a Galilean». Then he began to curse and swear saying that «I do not know the Man!» And immediately a rooster crowed.
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