Chapter 26Matthew

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1 And it came to pass, when :Jesus finished all these :words, he said to his :disciples, 2 Ye know that after two days the passover cometh, and the Son of :man is delivered up to be crucified. 3 Then were gathered the chief priests, and the elders of the people, to the court of the high priest :called Caiaphas; 4 and they took counsel together that they might take :Jesus by subtlety, and kill him. 5 But they said, Not during the feast, that no tumult arise among the people.

6 Now when :Jesus was in Bethany, in Simon the leper’s house, 7 a woman came to him having an alabaster cruse of exceeding precious ointment, and poured it upon his :head, as he sat at meat. 8 But the disciples seeing it were indignant, saying, For what is this :waste? 9 For this should have been sold for much, and given to the poor. 10 But :Jesus perceiving it said to them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. 11 For ye have the poor always with yourselves; but me ye have not always. 12 For in that she poured this :ointment upon my :body, she did it to prepare me for :burial. 13 Amen I say unto you, Wherever this :gospel shall be preached in the whole world, what this woman hath done shall also be spoken of for a memorial of her. 14 Then one of the twelve, the one called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, 15 and said, What are ye willing to give me, and I will deliver him to you? And they weighed him thirty silverpieces. 16 And from then on he sought opportunity to deliver him.

17 Now on the first of the unleavened days the disciples came to :Jesus, saying, Where wilt thou that we make ready for thee to eat the passover? 18 And he said, Go into the city to :such a one, and say to him, The Teacher saith, My season is at hand; I keep the passover at thy house with my :disciples. 19 And the disciples did as :Jesus appointed them; and made ready the passover. 20 Now when evening was come, he was sitting at meat with the twelve; 21 and as they were eating, he said, Amen I say unto you, that one of you shall deliver me up. 22 And they, exceeding sorrowful, began each to say to him, Is it I, Lord? 23 And he answered and said, Who dipped the hand with me in the dish, the same shall deliver me up. 24 The Son of :man goeth, even as is written of him: but woe to that :man through whom the Son of :man is delivered up; good were it for him if that :man had not been born. 25 And Judas, who delivered him up, answered and said, Is it I, Rabbei? He saith to him, Thou hast said. 26 And as they were eating, :Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it; and gave to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my :body. 27 And he took a cup, and gave thanks, and gave to them, saying, All ye drink of it; 28 for this is my :blood of the covenant, :poured out for many unto remission of sins. 29 But I say unto you, I shall not drink henceforth of this :fruit of the vine, till that :day when I drink it new with you in my :Father’s :kingdom. 30 And having sung a hymn, they went out into the mount of :Olives. 31 Then saith :Jesus to them, All ye shall stumble in me this :night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. 32 But after I am raised up, I will go before you into :Galilee. 33 But :Peter answered and said to him, If all shall stumble in thee, I will never stumble. 34 :Jesus said to him, Amen I say unto thee, that this :night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. 35 :Peter saith to him, Even if I must die with thee, I shall in nowise deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.

36 Then cometh :Jesus with them unto an enclosure called Gethsemane, and saith to the disciples, Sit here, while I go yonder and pray. 37 And he took with him :Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and sore troubled. 38 Then saith he to them, My :soul is exceeding sorrowful, unto death: abide here, and watch with me. 39 And he went forward a little, and fell on his face, praying, and saying, My Father, if it is possible, let this :cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt. 40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them sleeping, and saith to :Peter, Had ye thus no strength to watch with me one hour? 41 †Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. 42 And again a second time he went away, and prayed, saying, My Father, if this cannot pass except I drink it, thy :will be done. 43 And he came again and found them sleeping, for their :eyes were heavy. 44 And he left them again and went away, and prayed a third time, saying the same word again. 45 Then cometh he unto the disciples, and saith to them, Sleep on now, and rest: lo, the hour is at hand, and the Son of :man is delivered up into the hands of sinners. 46 Arise, let us be going: lo, he is at hand that delivereth me up.

47 And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great crowd with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48 Now who delivered him up gave them a sign, saying, Whomever I shall kiss, HE it is: take him. 49 And straightway he came to :Jesus, and said, Hail, Rabbei; and kissed him much. 50 And :Jesus said to him, Friend, do for what thou art come. Then they came and laid :hands on :Jesus, and took him. 51 And lo, one of those with Jesus stretched out his :hand, and drew his :sword, and smote the bondman of the high priest, and struck off his :ear. 52 Then saith :Jesus to him, Turn back thy :sword into its :place: for all that take the sword shall perish by the sword. 53 Or thinkest thou that I cannot beseech my :Father, and he shall even now send me more than twelve legions of angels? 54 How then should the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be? 55 In that :hour said :Jesus to the crowds, Are ye come out as against a robber with swords and staves to seize me? I sat daily in the temple teaching, and ye took me not. 56 But all this is come, that the scriptures of the prophets be fulfilled. Then all the disciples left him, and fled.

57 But those who had taken :Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered. 58 But :Peter followed him from afar unto the court of the high priest, and entered in, and sat with the officers, to see the end. 59 Now the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were seeking false witness against :Jesus, that they might put him to death; 60 and they found it not, though many false witnesses came. But afterward came two, 61 and said, This man said, I can destroy the temple of :God, and build it in three days. 62 And the high priest stood up, and said to him, Answerest thou nothing? what witness these against thee? 63 But :Jesus was silent. And the high priest said to him, I adjure thee by the living :God, that thou tell us whether thou art the Christ, the Son of :God. 64 :Jesus saith to him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Henceforth ye shall see the Son of :man sitting at the right of the Power, and coming on the clouds of :heaven. 65 Then the high priest rent his :garments, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy: what further need have we of witnesses? see, now ye have heard the blasphemy: 66 what think ye? They answered and said, He is worthy of death. 67 Then they spit in his :face and buffeted him: and some slapped him, 68 saying, Prophesy to us, thou Christ: who is he that struck thee? 69 Now :Peter was sitting without in the court: and one maid came to him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus the Galilæan. 70 But he denied before all, saying, I know not what thou sayest. 71 And when he was gone out into the porch, another saw him, and saith to those there, This man was with Jesus the Nazorean. 72 And again he denied with an oath [that], I know not the man. 73 And after a little they that stood by came and said to :Peter, Truly thou also art one of them; thy very speech betrayeth thee. 74 Then began he to curse and to swear [that], I know not the man. And straightway a cock crew. 75 And :Peter remembered the word Jesus had said [that], Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

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