Matthew 26
New Heart English Bible
1And it happened, when Jesus had finished all these words, that he said to his disciples, 2"You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified."

3Then the chief priests and the scribes and the elders of the people gathered together in the court of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas. 4They took counsel together that they might take Jesus by deceit, and kill him. 5But they said, "Not during the feast, lest a riot occur among the people."

6Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, 7a woman came to him having an alabaster jar of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he sat at the table. 8But when the disciples saw this, they were indignant, saying, "Why this waste? 9For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor." 10However, knowing this, Jesus said to them, "Why do you trouble the woman? Because she has done a good work for me. 11For you always have the poor with you; but you do not always have me. 12For in pouring this ointment on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13Truly I tell you, wherever this Good News is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of as a memorial of her."

14Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests, 15and said, "What are you willing to give me, that I should deliver him to you?" They weighed out for him thirty pieces of silver. 16From that time he sought opportunity to betray him.

17Now on the first day of unleavened bread, the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?" 18He said, "Go into the city to a certain person, and tell him, 'The Teacher says, "My time is near. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples."'" 19The disciples did as Jesus commanded them, and they prepared the Passover.

20Now when evening had come, he was reclining at the table with the twelve. 21As they were eating, he said, "Truly I tell you that one of you will betray me." 22And they were greatly distressed, and each one began to ask him, "It is not me, is it, Lord?" 23He answered, "He who dipped his hand with me in the dish, the same will betray me. 24The Son of Man goes, even as it is written of him, but woe to that man through whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had not been born." 25Judas, who betrayed him, answered, "It is not me, is it, Rabbi?" He said to him, "You said it."

26As they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks for it, and broke it. He gave to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is my body." 27He took a cup, gave thanks, and gave to them, saying, "All of you drink it, 28for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29But I tell you that I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on, until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father's Kingdom."

30When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

31Then Jesus said to them, "All of you will be made to stumble because of me tonight, for it is written, 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.' 32But after I am raised up, I will go before you into Galilee." 33But Peter answered him, "Even if all will be made to stumble because of you, I will never be made to stumble." 34Jesus said to him, "Truly I tell you that tonight, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times." 35Peter said to him, "Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you." All of the disciples also said likewise.

36Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to his disciples, "Sit here, while I go there and pray." 37He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and severely troubled. 38Then he said to them, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here, and watch with me."

39He went forward a little, fell on his face, and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from me; nevertheless, not what I desire, but what you desire." 40He came to the disciples, and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "What, could you not watch with me for one hour? 41Watch and pray, that you do not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."

42Again, a second time he went away, and prayed, saying, "My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, your desire be done." 43He came again and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44He left them again, went away, and prayed a third time, saying the same words. 45Then he came to the disciples, and said to them, "Sleep on now, and take your rest. Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46Arise, let us be going. Look, he who betrays me is near."

47While he was still speaking, look, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48Now he who betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, "Whoever I kiss, he is the one. Seize him." 49Immediately he came to Jesus, and said, "Greetings, Rabbi." and kissed him. 50Jesus said to him, "Friend, why are you here?" Then they came and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.

51And look, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck the servant of the high priest, and struck off his ear. 52Then Jesus said to him, "Put your sword back into its place, for all those who take the sword will die by the sword. 53Or do you think that I could not ask my Father, and he would even now send me more than twelve legions of angels? 54How then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that it must be so?"

55In that hour Jesus said to the crowds, "Have you come out as against a robber with swords and clubs to seize me? I sat daily in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56But all this has happened, that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled." Then all the disciples left him, and fled.

57Those who had taken Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together. 58But Peter followed him from a distance, to the court of the high priest, and entered in and sat with the officers, to see the end.

59Now the chief priests and the whole council sought false testimony against Jesus so they could put him to death; 60and they found none, even though many false witnesses came forward. But afterward two came forward, 61and said, "This man said, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.'" 62The high priest stood up, and said to him, "Have you no answer? What is this that these testify against you?" 63But Jesus held his peace. The high priest answered him, "I adjure you by the living God, that you tell us whether you are the Christ, the Son of God." 64Jesus said to him, "You have said it. Nevertheless, I tell you, after this you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of the sky."

65Then the high priest tore his clothing, saying, "He has spoken blasphemy. Why do we need any more witnesses? See, now you have heard his blasphemy. 66What do you think?" They answered, "He is worthy of death."

67Then they spit in his face and beat him with their fists, and some slapped him, 68saying, "Prophesy to us, you Christ. Who hit you?"

69Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him, saying, "You were also with Jesus, the Galilean." 70But he denied it before them all, saying, "I do not know what you are talking about." 71And when he had gone out onto the porch, another girl saw him, and said to those who were there, "This man also was with Jesus the Nazorean." 72Again he denied it with an oath, "I do not know the man." 73After a little while those who stood by came and said to Peter, "Surely you are also one of them, for your accent makes you known." 74Then he began to curse and to swear, "I do not know the man." Immediately the rooster crowed. 75Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said, "Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times." He went out and wept bitterly.

New Heart English Bible
Edited by Wayne A. Mitchell.
Public Domain 2008-2023

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