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Matthew Chapter 26  

The Plot to Kill Jesus1And it came to pass, when Jesus finished all these words, he said to his disciples, 2“You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” 3Then the chief priests and the elders of the Peoplea were gathered together in the courtyard of the high priest, the one called Caiaphas, 4and they plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth, and then kill him. 5But they were saying, “Not during the feast, lest a riot occur among the People.” Jesus Anointed at Bethany6Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon “the leper,”b 7a woman came to him, having an alabaster flask of very costly perfume, and she poured it on his head as he was reclining to eat. 8But having seen this, the disciples were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? 9For it would have been possible to sell this for a high price, and the money given to the poor.” 10But Jesus, perceiving it, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has worked a good work on me. 11For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me. 12For this woman, having poured this perfume on my body—she did it to prepare me for burial. 13Truly I say to you, wherever this Good News is preached in the whole world, what this woman did will also be spoken of for a memorial of her.” Judas Plots to Betray Jesus14Then one of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, having gone to the chief priests, 15said, “What are you willing to give me if I will hand him over to you?” And they weighed out to him thirty pieces of silver. 16And from then on he was watching for an opportunity to hand him over to them. The Last Supper17Now 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?” 18And he said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, my time is near. I am to keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’” 19And the disciples did as Jesus directed them, and they prepared the Passover. 20Now when evening had come, he was reclining at the table with the Twelve, 21and as they were eating, he said, “Truly I say to you, that one of you will betray me.” 22And they were deeply grieved, and each one began to say to him, “Surely I am not the one, Lord?” 23And he answered and said, “The one who dipped his hand in the dish with me, this one will betray me. 24The Son of Man is to go just as it is written about him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It had been good for that man if he had not been born.” 25And Judas, the one betraying him, answered and said, “Surely I am not the one, Rabbi?” He says to him, “You yourself have said it.” The “Lord’s Supper” Instituted26And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and having blessed it, he broke it, and giving it to the disciples, said, “Take, eat. This is my body.” 27And having taken a cup, and having given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for remission of sins. 29And I say to you, I will absolutely not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” 30And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 31Then Jesus says to them, “Tonight, all of you will be caused to fall away because of me, for it is written, I will strike down the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.c 32But after I am raised, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.” 33But Peter answered and said to him, “Even if everyone falls away because of you, I will never fall away.” 34Jesus said to him, “Truly I say to you that this night, before a rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” 35Peter says to him, “Even if it is necessary for me to die with you, I will never ever deny you.” Likewise also said all the disciples. Jesus in Gethsemane36Then Jesus comes with them to a place called Gethsemane, and says to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37And having taken Peter and the two sons of Zebedee with him, he began to be grieved and distressed. 38Then he says to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death. Stay here, and watch with me.” 39And having gone forward a little, he 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 you will.” 40And he comes to the disciples, and finds them sleeping, and says to Peter, “What, were you not strong enough to stay awake with me one hour? 41Stay awake and pray, in order that you do not enter into temptation. Indeed, the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42Again, a second time, having gone away, he prayed, saying, “My Father, if this is not able to pass away unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43And having come again he found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44And having left them again and having gone away, he prayed a third time, saying the same words again. 45Then he comes to the disciples, and says to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Look!, the hour has drawn near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46Arise, let us be going. Look!, the one betraying me has drawn near.” Jesus Betrayed and Arrested47And while he was still speaking, Look!, Judas, one of the Twelve, came, and with him was a great multitude with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priest and elders of the People. 48Now the one betraying him gave them a sign, saying, “Whomever I will kiss, he is the one. Seize him.” 49And immediately having come to Jesus, he said, “Greetings, Rabbi,” and kissed him. 50And Jesus said to him, “Friend, do that for which you have come.” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus, and seized him. 51And Look!, one of those who was with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and having struck the slave of the high priest, he cut off his ear. 52Then Jesus says to him, “Put your sword back into its place, for all those who take the sword will perish by the sword. 53Or do you think that I am not able to call on my Father, and even now he will send me more than 12 legions of angels? 54How then would the scriptures be fulfilled that it must happen this way?” 55In that hour Jesus said to the multitudes, “Have you come with swords and clubs to seize me as you would come against a robber? I sat daily in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. 56But all this has come to pass resulting in the scriptures of the prophets being fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled. Jesus Before Caiaphas57The ones who had seized Jesus led him away to the house of Caiaphas the high priest, where the experts in the law and the elders were gathered together. 58But far away, Peter was following him to the courtyard of the high priest, and after going in, he sat with the servants to see the outcome. 59Now the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were seeking false testimony against Jesus so that they could put him to death, 60and yet they did not find it, although many false witnesses came. But finally, two false witnesses, having come forward, 61said, “This one said, ‘I am able to destroy the sanctuary of God, and to build it in three days.’” 62And the high priest stood up and said to him, “Are you not going to answer? What is it that these men testify against you?” 63But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God, that you tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” 64Jesus said to him, “Yes, it is as you say. Moreover, I say to you all, in the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”d 65Then the high priest tore his garments, saying, “Defaming talk! What further need do we have of witnesses? See!, now you have heard the defamation. 66What do you think?” They answered and said, “He is deserving of death.” 67Then they spat in his face and beat him with their fists. And they slapped him, 68saying, “Prophesy to us, Christ. Who is the one who struck you?” Peter Denies Jesus69Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, and a servant-girl came to him, saying, “You also were with Jesus of Galilee.” 70But he denied it before everyone, saying, “I do not know what you are saying.” 71And when he had gone out into the gateway, another servant-girl saw him, and says to those who were there, “This one was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 72And again he denied it with an oath, saying, “I do not know the man.” 73And after a little while those who stood by came and said to Peter, “Of a truth you also are one of them, for your accent makes you known.” 74Then he began to curse and to swear, saying, “I do not know the man.” And immediately a rooster crowed. 75And Peter remembered the word that Jesus had said, “Before a rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went outside, and cried bitterly.

a[3]
The nation of Israel was called “the People,” so it is appropriate to capitalize it when it refers to Israel.
b[6]
Simon had had a skin disease of some kind, but it was now cured or people would not have been in his house. Nevertheless, the name stuck.
c[31]
From Zech. 13:7.
d[64]
From Ps. 110:1 and Dan. 7:13.