14It was two days before the Passover and the festival of Unleavened Bread. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to arrest Jesus* by stealth and kill him; 2for they said, Not during the festival, or there may be a riot among the people.
3 While he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,* as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head. 4But some were there who said to one another in anger, Why was the ointment wasted in this way? 5For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii,* and the money given to the poor. And they scolded her. 6But Jesus said, Let her alone; why do you trouble her? She has performed a good service for me. 7For you always have the poor with you, and you can show kindness to them whenever you wish; but you will not always have me. 8She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for its burial. 9Truly I tell you, wherever the good news* is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.
10 Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. 11When they heard it, they were greatly pleased, and promised to give him money. So he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.
12 On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, his disciples said to him, Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover? 13So he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him, 14and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, 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. 16So the disciples set out and went to the city, and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.
17 When it was evening, he came with the twelve. 18And when they had taken their places and were eating, Jesus said, Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me. 19They began to be distressed and to say to him one after another, Surely, not I? 20He said to them, It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread* into the bowl* with me. 21For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.
22 While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, Take; this is my body. 23Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. 24He said to them, This is my blood of the* covenant, which is poured out for many. 25Truly I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.
26 When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
27And Jesus said to them, You will all become deserters; for it is written,
I will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered.
28But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee. 29Peter said to him, Even though all become deserters, I will not. 30Jesus said to him, Truly I tell you, this day, this very night, before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times. 31But he said vehemently, Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you. And all of them said the same.
32 They went to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, Sit here while I pray. 33He took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed and agitated. 34And he said to them, I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake. 35And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36He said, Abba,* Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want. 37He came and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep awake one hour? 38Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial;* the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. 39And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. 40And once more he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to say to him. 41He came a third time and said to them, Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Enough! The hour has come; the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.
43 Immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; and with him there was a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. 44Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard. 45So when he came, he went up to him at once and said, Rabbi! and kissed him. 46Then they laid hands on him and arrested him. 47But one of those who stood near drew his sword and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. 48Then Jesus said to them, Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit? 49Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. But let the scriptures be fulfilled. 50All of them deserted him and fled.
51 A certain young man was following him, wearing nothing but a linen cloth. They caught hold of him, 52but he left the linen cloth and ran off naked.
53 They took Jesus to the high priest; and all the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes were assembled.
54Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest; and he was sitting with the guards, warming himself at the fire.
55Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for testimony against Jesus to put him to death; but they found none.
56For many gave false testimony against him, and their testimony did not agree.
57Some stood up and gave false testimony against him, saying,
58We 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.
59But even on this point their testimony did not agree.
60Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, Have you no answer? What is it that they testify against you?
61But he was silent and did not answer. Again the high priest asked him, Are you the Messiah,* the Son of the Blessed One?
62Jesus said, I am; and
you will see the Son of Man
seated at the right hand of the Power,
and coming with the clouds of heaven.
63Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, Why do we still need witnesses? 64You have heard his blasphemy! What is your decision? All of them condemned him as deserving death. 65Some began to spit on him, to blindfold him, and to strike him, saying to him, Prophesy! The guards also took him over and beat him.
66 While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant-girls of the high priest came by. 67When she saw Peter warming himself, she stared at him and said, You also were with Jesus, the man from Nazareth. 68But he denied it, saying, I do not know or understand what you are talking about. And he went out into the forecourt.* Then the cock crowed.* 69And the servant-girl, on seeing him, began again to say to the bystanders, This man is one of them. 70But again he denied it. Then 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 curse, and he swore an oath, I do not know this man you are talking about. 72At that moment the cock crowed for the second time. Then Peter remembered that Jesus had said to him, Before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times. And he broke down and wept.
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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