1Now it was two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the experts in the law were looking for a crafty way to arrest Jesus and kill him,
2for they said, “Not during the feast, otherwise there will be a riot among the People.”a
3And while he was in Bethany reclining to eat in the house of Simon the Leper,b a woman came with an alabaster flask of very expensive perfume made from pure nard. She broke the flask and poured it on his head.
4But there were some who were angry and saying to one another, “Why has this perfume been wasted?
5For this perfume could have been sold for more than 300 denarii and given to the poor.”c And they were scolding her harshly.
6But Jesus said, “Leave her alone; why are you giving her trouble? She has done a noble thing for me.
7For you will always have the poor with you, and you are able to do good to them whenever you want, but you will not always have me.
8She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial.
9And truly I say to you, wherever the good news is preached throughout the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told in memory of her.”
10And Judas Iscariot, who was one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them.
11And they were glad when they heard this and promised to give him money. And he began seeking an opportunity to betray him.
12And on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where do you want us to go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?”
13And he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him,
14and whatever place he enters, say to the head of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is my guest room where I can eat the Passover with my disciples?”’
15And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; prepare the meal for us there.”
16And the disciples left and came into the city, and found everything just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.
17And when it was evening, he came with the Twelve.
18And as they reclined and were eating, Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.”
19They began to be grieved and to say to him one by one, “Surely not I?”
20And he said to them, “It is one of the Twelve—the one who dips bread with me in the bowl.
21For the Son of Man will go to die just as it is written about him, but how terrible it will be for that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”
22And while they were eating, he took bread, and when he had blessed it, he broke it and gave it to them and said, “Take it; this is my body.”
23And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it.
24And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.
25Truly I say to you, I will absolutely not drink of the fruit of the vine again until that day when I drink new wine in the Kingdom of God.”
26And after they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
27And Jesus said to them, “All of you will desert me, for it is written, I will strike down the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered.d
28But after I am raised, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”
29But Peter said to him, “Even if everyone deserts you, I will not.”
30And Jesus said to him, “Truly I say to you, that today—this night—before a rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.”
31But he declared emphatically, “If I must die with you, I will never ever deny you.” And they all kept saying the same thing.
32And they went to a place that was named Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”
33And he took with him Peter and James and John and began to be greatly distressed and troubled.
34And he said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death. Stay here and watch.”
35And he went forward a little and fell on the ground and prayed that if it were possible, the hour would pass away from him.
36And he said, “Abba (Father), all things are possible to you; remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not what I want but what you want.”
37And he came and found them sleeping, and said to Simon Peter, “Are you sleeping? Were you not strong enough to watch one hour?
38Watch and pray in order that you do not enter into temptation; indeed, the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
39And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words.
40And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and they did not know what to answer him.
41And he came the third time and said to them, “Sleep on now, and take your rest, it is enough—the hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
42Arise, let’s go! Look! He who is betraying me has drawn near.”
43And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, came, and with him was a crowd with swords and clubs who had come from the chief priests and the experts in the law and the elders.
44Now he who betrayed him had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, that is he; take him and lead him away under guard.”
45And when he had come, immediately he came to him and said, “Rabbi,” and kissed him.
46And they laid hands on him and seized him.
47But a certain one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear.
48And Jesus answered and said to them, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to seize me, as you would against the leader of a rebellion?
49I was with you daily, teaching in the temple and you did not arrest me. But let the scriptures be fulfilled.”
50And they all left him and fled.
51And a certain young man followed him, having a linen cloth put on him, over his naked body, and they lay hold on him,
52but he left the linen cloth and fled naked.
53And they led Jesus away to the high priest, and all the chief priests, and the elders, and the experts in the law come together with him.
54And Peter had followed him at a distance right into the courtyard of the high priest, and he was sitting with the servants and warming himself near the light of the fire.
55Now the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, and yet they were not finding any.
56For many were giving false testimony against him, but their testimonies did not agree together.
57And some stood up and gave false testimony against him, saying,
58“We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this sanctuary that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands.’”
59And not even then did their testimony agree together.
60And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, saying, “Do you not have an answer to what these men are testifying against you?”
61But he remained silent and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said to him, “Are you the Christ,e the Son of the Blessed?”
62And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”f
63And the high priest tore his clothes and said, “What further need do we have of witnesses?
64You have heard the defaming speech. What do you think?” And they all condemned him to be deserving of death.
65And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face and to beat him with their fists, and to say to him, “Prophesy,” and the temple police took him and beat him.
66And as Peter was below in the court, one of the servant-girls of the high priest came,
67and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with the Nazarene, Jesus.”
68But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are talking about.” And he went out into the gateway, and the rooster crowed.
69And the servant-girl saw him, and began again to say to those who stood by, “This is one of them.”
70But he again denied it. And after a little while those who stood by were again saying to Peter, “Truly you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.”
71But he began to curse and to swear, “I do not know this man of whom you speak.”
72And immediately the rooster crowed the second time. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And when he thought about it, he cried.