1 Now the feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was drawing
2 and the chief priests and the scribes were seeking a way to put him
to death, for they were afraid of the people.
3 Then Satan entered into Judas, the one surnamed Iscariot, who was counted
among the Twelve,
4 and he went to the chief priests and temple guards to discuss a plan
for handing him over to them.
5 They were pleased and agreed to pay him money.
6 He accepted their offer and sought a favorable opportunity to hand him
over to them in the absence of a crowd.
7 When the day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread arrived, the day for sacrificing
the Passover lamb,
8 he sent out Peter and John, instructing them, "Go and make preparations
for us to eat the Passover."
9 They asked him, "Where do you want us to make the preparations?"
10 And he answered them, "When you go into the city, a man will meet
you carrying a jar of water. Follow him into the house that he enters
11 and say to the master of the house, 'The teacher says to you, "Where
is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?"'
12 He will show you a large upper room that is furnished. Make the preparations
13 Then they went off and found everything exactly as he had told them,
and there they prepared the Passover.
14 When the hour came, he took his place at table with the apostles.
15 He said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover
with you before I suffer,
16 for, I tell you, I shall not eat it (again) until there is fulfillment
in the kingdom of God."
17 Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and said, "Take this and share
it among yourselves;
18 for I tell you (that) from this time on I shall not drink of the fruit
of the vine until the kingdom of God comes."
19 Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to
them, saying, "This is my body, which will be given for you; do this
in memory of me."
20 And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup is
the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.
21 "And yet behold, the hand of the one who is to betray me is with
me on the table;
22 for the Son of Man indeed goes as it has been determined; but woe to
that man by whom he is betrayed."
23 And they began to debate among themselves who among them would do such
24 Then an argument broke out among them about which of them should be
regarded as the greatest.
25 He said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them
and those in authority over them are addressed as 'Benefactors';
26 but among you it shall not be so. Rather, let the greatest among you
be as the youngest, and the leader as the servant.
27 For who is greater: the one seated at table or the one who serves?
Is it not the one seated at table? I am among you as the one who serves.
28 It is you who have stood by me in my trials;
29 and I confer a kingdom on you, just as my Father has conferred one
30 that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom; and you will
sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
31 "Simon, Simon, behold Satan has demanded to sift all of you like
32 but I have prayed that your own faith may not fail; and once you have
turned back, you must strengthen your brothers."
33 He said to him, "Lord, I am prepared to go to prison and to die
34 But he replied, "I tell you, Peter, before the cock crows this
day, you will deny three times that you know me."
35 He said to them, "When I sent you forth without a money bag or
a sack or sandals, were you in need of anything?" "No, nothing,"
36 He said to them, "But now one who has a money bag should take
it, and likewise a sack, and one who does not have a sword should sell
his cloak and buy one.
37 For I tell you that this scripture must be fulfilled in me, namely,
'He was counted among the wicked'; and indeed what is written about me
is coming to fulfillment."
38 Then they said, "Lord, look, there are two swords here."
But he replied, "It is enough!"
39 Then going out he went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives,
and the disciples followed him.
40 When he arrived at the place he said to them, "Pray that you may
not undergo the test."
41 After withdrawing about a stone's throw from them and kneeling, he
42 saying, "Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me;
still, not my will but yours be done."
43 (And to strengthen him an angel from heaven appeared to him.
44 He was in such agony and he prayed so fervently that his sweat became
like drops of blood falling on the ground.)
45 When he rose from prayer and returned to his disciples, he found them
sleeping from grief.
46 He said to them, "Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you
may not undergo the test."
47 While he was still speaking, a crowd approached and in front was one
of the Twelve, a man named Judas. He went up to Jesus to kiss him.
48 Jesus said to him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with
49 His disciples realized what was about to happen, and they asked, "Lord,
shall we strike with a sword?"
50 And one of them struck the high priest's servant and cut off his right
51 But Jesus said in reply, "Stop, no more of this!" Then he
touched the servant's ear and healed him.
52 And Jesus said to the chief priests and temple guards and elders who
had come for him, "Have you come out as against a robber, with swords
53 Day after day I was with you in the temple area, and you did not seize
me; but this is your hour, the time for the power of darkness."
54 After arresting him they led him away and took him into the house of
the high priest; Peter was following at a distance.
55 They lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat around it, and
Peter sat down with them.
56 When a maid saw him seated in the light, she looked intently at him
and said, "This man too was with him."
57 But he denied it saying, "Woman, I do not know him."
58 A short while later someone else saw him and said, "You too are
one of them"; but Peter answered, "My friend, I am not."
59 About an hour later, still another insisted, "Assuredly, this
man too was with him, for he also is a Galilean."
60 But Peter said, "My friend, I do not know what you are talking
about." Just as he was saying this, the cock crowed,
61 and the Lord turned and looked at Peter; and Peter remembered the word
of the Lord, how he had said to him, "Before the cock crows today,
you will deny me three times."
62 He went out and began to weep bitterly.
63 The men who held Jesus in custody were ridiculing and beating him.
64 They blindfolded him and questioned him, saying, "Prophesy! Who
is it that struck you?"
65 And they reviled him in saying many other things against him.
66 When day came the council of elders of the people met, both chief priests
and scribes, and they brought him before their Sanhedrin.
67 They said, "If you are the Messiah, tell us," but he replied
to them, "If I tell you, you will not believe,
68 and if I question, you will not respond.
69 But from this time on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand
of the power of God."
70 They all asked, "Are you then the Son of God?" He replied
to them, "You say that I am."
71 Then they said, "What further need have we for testimony? We have
heard it from his own mouth.