24 A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25But he said to them, The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. 27For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
28 You are those who have stood by me in my trials; 29and I confer on you, just as my Father has conferred on me, a kingdom, 30so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
31 Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded* to sift all of you like wheat, 32but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned back, strengthen your brothers. 33And he said to him, Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death! 34Jesus* said, I tell you, Peter, the cock will not crow this day, until you have denied three times that you know me.
35 He said to them, When I sent you out without a purse, bag, or sandals, did you lack anything? They said, No, not a thing. 36He said to them, But now, the one who has a purse must take it, and likewise a bag. And the one who has no sword must sell his cloak and buy one. 37For I tell you, this scripture must be fulfilled in me, And he was counted among the lawless; and indeed what is written about me is being fulfilled. 38They said, Lord, look, here are two swords. He replied, It is enough.
39 He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. 40When he reached the place, he said to them, Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.* 41Then he withdrew from them about a stones throw, knelt down, and prayed, 42Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done. [[ 43Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. 44In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground.]]* 45When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief, 46and he said to them, Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial.*
47 While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him; 48but Jesus said to him, Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man? 49When those who were around him saw what was coming, they asked, Lord, should we strike with the sword? 50Then one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. 51But Jesus said, No more of this! And he touched his ear and healed him. 52Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple police, and the elders who had come for him, Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a bandit? 53When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness!
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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