Matthew 26
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The Plot to Kill Jesus

1When Jesus had finished saying all this,a He told His disciples, 2“You knowb that the Passover takes place after two days, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”c

3Then the chief priestsd and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,e 4and they conspired to arrest Jesus in a treacherous way and kill Him.f 5Not during the festival,” they said, “so there won’t be rioting among the people.”

The Anointing at Bethany

6While Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon,g a man who had a serious skin disease, 7a woman approached Him with an alabaster jar of very expensive fragrant oil. She poured it on His head as He was reclining at the table. 8When the disciplesh saw it, they were indignant. “Why this waste? ” they asked. 9This might have been sold for a great deal and given to the poor.”

10But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a noble thing for Me. 11You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.i 12By pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she has prepared Me for burial. 13I assure you: Wherever this gospelj is proclaimed in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told in memory of her.”

14Thenk one of the Twelve — the man called Judas Iscariot — went to the chief priestsl 15and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand Him over to you? ” So they weighed out 30 pieces of silver for him.m 16And from that time he started looking for a good opportunity to betray Him.

Betrayal at the Passover

17On the first day of Unleavened Breadn the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do You want us to prepare the Passover so You may eat it? ”

18“Go into the city to a certain man,” He said, “and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My time is near; I am celebrating the Passover at your placeo with My disciples.’ ”p 19So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover. 20When evening came, He was reclining at the table with the Twelve. 21While they were eating, He said, “I assure you: One of you will betray Me.”q

22Deeply distressed, each one began to say to Him, “Surely not I, Lord? ”

23He replied, “The one who dipped his hand with Me in the bowl — he will betray Me. 24The Son of Man will go just as it is written about Him,r but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”

25Then Judas, His betrayer, replied, “Surely not I, Rabbi? ”s

“You have said it,” He told him.

The First Lord’s Supper

26As they were eating,t Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, gave it to the disciples,u and said, “Take and eat it; this is My body.”v 27Then He took a cup, and after giving thanks, He gave it to them and said, “Drink from it, all of you. 28For this is My blood that establishes the covenant;w it is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.x 29But I tell you, from this moment I will not drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it in a new wayy in My Father’s kingdomz with you.” 30After singing psalms,aa they went out to the Mount of Olives.ab

Peter’s Denial Predicted

31Then Jesus said to them, “Tonight all of you will run awayac because of Me, for it is written:

I will strike the shepherd,

and the sheep of the flock will be,ae

32But after I have been resurrected, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.”af

33Peter told Him, “Even if everyone runs away because of You, I will never run away! ”

34“I assure you,” Jesus said to him, tonight, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times! ”ag

35Even if I have to die with You,” Peter told Him, “I will never deny You! ” And all the disciples said the same thing.

The Prayer in the Garden

36Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane,ah, ai and He told the disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37Taking along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed.aj 38Then He said to them, “My soul is swallowed up in sorrowak — to the point of Remain here and stay awake with Me.”am 39Going a little farther,an He fell facedown and prayed, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.”ao

40Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping. He asked Peter, “So, couldn’t youap stay awake with Me one hour? 41Stay awake and pray, so that you won’t enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, “My Father, if thisaq cannot passar unless I drink it, Your will be done.”as 43And He came again and found them sleeping, because they could not keep their eyes

44After leaving them, He went away again and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more. 45Then He came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting?au Look, the time is near. The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.av 46Get up; let’s go! See, My betrayer is near.”

The Judas Kiss

47While He was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, suddenly A large mob, with swords and clubs, was with him from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48His betrayer had given them a sign:The One I kiss, He’s the One; arrest Him! ” 49So he went right up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi! ” and kissed Him.

50“Friend,”ax Jesus asked him, “why have you come? ”ay

Then they came up, took hold of Jesus, and arrested Him. 51At that moment one of those with Jesus reached out his hand and drew his sword. He struck the high priest’s slave and cut off his

52Then Jesus told him, “Put your sword back in its place because all who take up a sword will perish by a 53Or do you think that I cannot call on My Father, and He will provide Me at once with more than 12 legionsbb of angels?bc 54How, then, would the Scriptures be fulfilledbd that say it must happen this way? ”

55At that time Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out with swords and clubs, as if I were a criminal,be to capture Me? Every day I used to sit, teaching in the temple complex, and you didn’t arrest 56But all this has happened so that the prophetic Scripturesbg,bh would be fulfilled.” Then all the disciplesbi deserted Him and ran away.

Jesus Faces the Sanhedrin

57Thosebj who had arrested Jesus led Him away to Caiaphasbk the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had convened. 58Meanwhile, Peter was following Him at a distance right to the high priest’s He went in and was sitting with the temple policebm to see the, bo

59The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false testimony against Jesus so they could put Him to death.bp 60But they could not find any, even though many false witnessesbq came Finally, twobs who came forward 61stated, “This man said, ‘I can demolish God’s sanctuarybt and rebuild it in three days.’ ”

62The high priest then stood up and said to Him, “Don’t You have an answer to what these men are testifying against You? ” 63Butbu Jesus kept Then the high priest said to Him, “By the living God I place You under oath:bw tell us if You are the Messiah, the Son of God! ”bx

64“You have said it,”by Jesus told him. “But I tell you, in the futurebz you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.”ca,cb

65Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has blasphemed!cc Why do we still need witnesses? Look, now you’ve heard the blasphemy!cd 66What is your decision? ”ce

They answered, “He deserves death! ”cf 67Then they spit in His facecg and beat Him; others slapped Him 68and said, “Prophesy to us, Messiah! Who hit You? ”ch

Peter Denies His Lord

69Now Peter was sitting outside in the A servant approached him and she said, “You were with Jesus the Galilean too.”

70But he denied it in front of everyone: “I don’t know what you’re talking about! ”

71When he had gone out to the gateway, another woman saw him and told those who were there, “This man was with Jesus the Nazarene! ”cj

72And again he denied it with an oath,ckI don’t know the man! ”

73After a little while those standing there approached and said to Peter, “You certainly are one of them, since even your accentcl gives you away.”

74Then he started to cursecm and to swear with an oath, “I do not know the man! ” Immediately a rooster crowed, 75and Peter remembered the words Jesus had spoken, Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.”cn And he went outside and wept bitterly.

a. 26:1-5 Mk 14:1-2; Lk 22:1-2; Jn 11:47-53
b. 26:2 Or Know (as a command)
c. 26:2 Jn 11:55; 13:1
d. 26:3 Other mss add and the scribes
e. 26:3 Ps 2:2; Mt 26:57; Lk 3:2; Jn 11:47; 18:13,15; Ac 4:6
f. 26:4 Mt 21:46; Jn 11:53
g. 26:6-13 Mk 14:3-9; Jn 12:1-8
h. 26:8 Mt 10:1; 26:56; Mk 3:7; 16:20; Lk 6:13; Jn 12:16
i. 26:11 Dt 15:11; Jn 12:8
j. 26:13 Mt 24:14; Mk 1:1; 13:10
k. 26:14-16 Mk 14:10-11; Lk 22:3-6
l. 26:14 Mt 10:4; Jn 6:71; 12:4; 13:30; Ac 1:16
m. 26:15 Ex 21:32; Zch 11:12-13; Mt 27:3
n. 26:17-19 Mk 14:12-16; Lk 22:7-13
o. 26:18 Lit Passover with you
p. 26:18 Jn 7:6,8; 8:20; 13:1; 17:1
q. 26:21-24 Mk 14:17-21; Lk 22:21-23; Jn 13:21-26
r. 26:24 Dn 9:26; Mk 9:12; Lk 24:25-27; Ac 17:2-3; 26:22-23; 1Co 15:3; 1Pt 1:10
s. 26:25 Lk 22:70; Jn 1:38
t. 26:26-29 Mk 14:22-25; Lk 22:17-20: 1Co 11:23-25
u. 26:26 Mt 10:1; 26:56; Mk 3:7; 16:20; Lk 6:13; Jn 12:16
v. 26:26 Mt 14:19; 1Co 10:16
w. 26:28 Other mss read new covenant
x. 26:28 Ex 24:8; Mt 20:28; Mk 1:4; Heb 9:20
y. 26:29 Or drink new wine ; lit drink it new
z. 26:29 Mt 4:23; Mk 1:15; Ac 20:25
aa. 26:30 Pss 113–118 were sung during and after the Passover meal.
ab. 26:30 Mt 21:1; Lk 22:39; Jn 18:1
ac. 26:31 Or stumble
ad. 26:31 Zch 13:7; Mt 11:6; Jn 16:32
ae. 26:31 Zch 13:7
af. 26:32 Mt 28:7,10,16; Mk 16:7
ag. 26:34 Mt 26:75; Lk 22:34; Jn 13:38
ah. 26:36 A garden east of Jerusalem at the base of the Mount of Olives; Gethsemane = olive oil press
ai. 26:36-46 Mk 14:32-42; Lk 22:40-46
aj. 26:37 Mt 4:21; 17:1
ak. 26:38 Or I am deeply grieved, or I am overwhelmed by sorrow ; Ps 42:6,11; 43:5
al. 26:38 Lit unto death
am. 26:38 Ps 42:5-6; Mt 24:42; Jn 12:27
an. 26:39 Other mss read Drawing nearer
ao. 26:39 Mt 20:22; Jn 5:30; 6:38; Php 2:8; Heb 5:7
ap. 26:40 = all 3 disciples because the verb in Gk is pl
aq. 26:42 Other mss add cup
ar. 26:42 Other mss add from Me
as. 26:42 Mt 26:39; Mk 14:36; Lk 22:42; Jn 6:38
at. 26:43 Lit because their eyes were weighed down
au. 26:45 Or Sleep on now and take your rest.
av. 26:45 Jn 12:27; 13:1
aw. 26:47-56 Mk 14:43-50; Lk 22:47-53; Jn 18:3-11
ax. 26:50 Mt 20:13; 22:12
ay. 26:50 Or Jesus told him, “do what you have come for.” (as a statement)
az. 26:51 Lk 22:38; Jn 18:10
ba. 26:52 Gn 9:6; Rv 13:10
bb. 26:53 A Roman legion contained up to 6,000 soldiers.
bc. 26:53 2Kg 6:17; Dn 7:10; Mt 4:11; Lk 8:30
bd. 26:54 Mt 1:22; 26:24
be. 26:55 Lit as against a criminal
bf. 26:55 Mk 12:35; Lk 21:37; Jn 7:19; 8:2; 18:20
bg. 26:56 Or the Scriptures of the prophets
bh. 26:56 Mt 26:54; Rm 1:2; 2Pt 1:20
bi. 26:56 Mt 10:1; 26:56; Mk 3:7; 16:20; Lk 6:13; Jn 12:16
bj. 26:57-68 Mk 14:53-65; Jn 18:12-13,19-24
bk. 26:57 Mt 26:3; Jn 11:49
bl. 26:58 Or high priest’s palace
bm. 26:58 Or the officers, or the servants
bn. 26:58 Lit end
bo. 26:58 Jn 7:32; 18:15
bp. 26:59 Mt 5:22; Ac 6:11
bq. 26:60 Dt 19:15; Ps 27:12; 35:11; Ac 6:13
br. 26:60 Other mss add they found none
bs. 26:60 Other mss add false witnesses
bt. 26:61 Mt 27:40; Jn 2:19; Ac 6:14
bu. 26:63-66 Lk 22:67-71
bv. 26:63 Is 53:7; Mt 27:12,14; Jn 19:9
bw. 26:63 Lv 19:12; Nm 30:2; Dt 23:21; Mt 5:33; 14:7; 23:16
bx. 26:63 Lv 5:1; 1Sm 14:24,26; Mt 16:16
by. 26:64 Or That is true, an affirmative oath; Mt 27:11; Mk 15:2
bz. 26:64 Lit you, from now
ca. 26:64 Ps 110:1; Dn 7:13; Mt 16:27; 24:30; Rv 1:7
cb. 26:64 Ps 110:1; Dn 7:13
cc. 26:65 Mk 3:29; Jn 10:33
cd. 26:65 Nm 14:6; Mk 14:63; Ac 14:14
ce. 26:66 Lit What does it seem to you?
cf. 26:66 Lv 24:16; Jn 19:7
cg. 26:67 Mt 27:30; Mk 10:34; Lk 22:63-65; Jn 18:22
ch. 26:68 Mk 14:65; Lk 22:64
ci. 26:69-75 Mk 14:66-72; Lk 22:55-62; Jn 18:16-18,25-27
cj. 26:71 Mk 14:67; Ac 6:14
ck. 26:72 Lv 19:12; Nm 30:2; Dt 23:21; Mt 5:33; 14:7; 23:16
cl. 26:73 Or speech
cm. 26:74 To call down curses on himself if what he said weren’t true
cn. 26:75 Mt 26:34; Jn 13:38; Ac 3:13-14
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