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Matthew 26

1 And it came·​·to·​·pass when Jesus had finished all these words, He said to His disciples,
2 You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man is delivered·​·up to be crucified.
3 Then gathered the chief·​·priests and the scribes, and the elders of the people, into the courtyard of the chief priest, who was called Caiaphas,
4 and consulted that they might take hold of Jesus by deceit, and kill Him.
5 But they said, Not at the festival, lest there be an uproar among the people.
6 And when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,
7 there came unto Him a woman, having an alabaster vessel of ointment, very·​·precious, and poured it on His head as He sat.
8 But when His disciples saw it, they were·​·indignant, saying, For what purpose was this loss?
9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.
10 And Jesus knowing, said to them, Why belabor the woman? For she has worked a good work on Me.
11 For you have the poor always with you; but Me you have not always.
12 For in that she has poured this ointment on My body, she has done it for My burial.
13 Amen I say to you, Wherever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, what this woman has done shall be spoken for a memorial of her.
14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, going unto the chief·​·priests,
15 said, What do you will to give me, and·​·I will deliver· Him ·up unto you? And they established with him thirty pieces of silver.
16 And from then·​·on he sought an opportunity that he might betray Him.
17 And on the first day of the unleavened·​·bread, the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, Where willest Thou that we prepare for Thee to eat the Passover?
18 And He said, Go ye into the city to a man, and say to him, The Teacher says, My time is near; I will do the Passover at thy house with My disciples.
19 And the disciples did as Jesus directed them, and prepared the Passover.
20 And when it became evening, He sat with the twelve.
21 And as they were eating, He said, Amen I say to you, that one of you shall betray Me.
22 And sorrowing exceedingly, they began to say to Him, every one of them, Is it I, Lord?
23 And He answering, said, He who dips the hand with Me in the dish, the same shall betray Me.
24 The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for him if that man had not been born.
25 And Judas, who was betraying Him, answering said, Is it I, Rabbi? He says to him, Thou hast said.
26 And as they were eating, Jesus taking the bread and blessing, broke it, and gave to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is My body.
27 And taking the cup, and giving·​·thanks, He gave it to them saying, Drink out·​·of it, all of you;
28 for this is My blood, the blood of the New Covenant1, which is poured·​·out for many for the remission of sins.
29 And I say to you, that I will not drink henceforth of this produce of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in the kingdom of My Father.
30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out into the Mount of Olives.
31 Then says Jesus to them, All of you shall be made·​·to·​·stumble in Me in this night; for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered.2
32 But after I am risen, I will go·​·before you into Galilee.
33 But Peter answering said to Him, Though all shall be made·​·to·​·stumble in Thee, I will never be made·​·to·​·stumble.
34 Jesus declared to him, Amen I say to thee, that in this night, before the cock crows, thou shalt three·​·times deny Me.
35 Peter says to Him, Though I must die with Thee, I will not deny Thee. Likewise said all the disciples.
36 Then comes Jesus with them to a place called Gethsemane, and says to the disciples, Sit ye here, while going·​·away I shall pray over there.
37 And taking Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, He began to sorrow, and to be·​·in·​·agony.
38 Then He says to them, My soul is surrounded·​·with·​·sorrow unto death; remain ye here, and watch with me.
39 And coming·​·forward a little, He fell on His face, praying, and saying, My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou willest.
40 And He comes to the disciples, and finds them sleeping, and says to Peter, Had· you3 thus not ·strength one hour to watch with Me?
41 Watch and pray that· you enter ·not into temptation; the spirit indeed is eager, but the flesh is weak4.
42 Again for a second time going·​·away, He prayed, saying, My Father, if this cup cannot pass·​·away from Me unless I drink it, Thy will be·​·done.
43 And coming, He finds them sleeping again; for their eyes were heavy.
44 And leaving them, going·​·away again, He prayed for a third time, saying the same word.
45 Then He comes to His disciples, and says to them, Do you sleep still, and rest? Behold, the hour is·​·near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
46 Arise, let us lead the way; behold, he who betrays Me is·​·near.
47 And while He was yet speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a crowd of many, with swords and wooden rods, from the chief·​·priests and elders of the people.
48 And he who betrayed Him gave them a sign, saying, Whomever I shall kiss, is He; take·​·hold of Him.
49 And straightway coming to Jesus, he said, Hail, Rabbi; and he kissed Him.
50 And Jesus said to him, Fellow, why art· thou ·here? Then coming, they put their hands on Jesus, and took·​·hold of Him.
51 And behold, one of them with Jesus, stretching·​·out the hand, withdrew his sword, and smiting the servant of the chief·​·priest, took·​·off his ear.
52 Then says Jesus to him, Return thy sword into its place, for all they who take the sword shall perish by the sword.
53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now implore my Father, and He will cause to stand·​·by Me more than twelve legions of angels?
54 How then would the Scriptures be fulfilled, that so it ought to be?
55 In that same hour Jesus said to the crowd, Are you come out as against a robber with swords and wooden rods to take Me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and you did not take hold of Me.
56 But all this came·​·to·​·pass, that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples, leaving Him, fled.
57 And they who took hold of Jesus led· Him ·away to Caiaphas the chief·​·priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered·​·together.
58 But Peter followed Him from afar·​·off up·​·to the courtyard of the chief·​·priest, and entering inside, sat with the attendants, to see the end.
59 And the chief·​·priests, and the elders, and the whole council sought false·​·witness against Jesus, so·​·that they might put· Him ·to·​·death,
60 and found none; though many false witnesses came, they found none. But at last two false witnesses, coming, said,
61 This Man declared, I am able to undo the temple of God, and within three days to build it.
62 And the chief·​·priest, standing up, said to Him, Answerest Thou nothing? What do these witness against Thee?
63 But Jesus was silent. And the chief·​·priest answering said to Him, I adjure Thee by the living God, that Thou tell us if Thou be the Christ, the Son of God.
64 Jesus says to him, Thou hast said; nevertheless I say to you, From henceforth you shall see the Son of Man sitting on the right·​·hand of power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.
65 Then the chief·​·priest rent his garments, saying, He has blasphemed; what further need have we of witnesses? See, now you have heard His blasphemy.
66 What do you think? They answered and said, He is subject to death.
67 Then did they spit·​·in His face, and buffeted Him; and they hit5 Him,
68 saying, Prophesy unto us, Christ. Who is he who smote Thee?
69 And Peter sat outside in the courtyard; and one maid came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.
70 But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.
71 And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto those who were there, This man was also with Jesus of·​·Nazareth.
72 And again he denied with an oath: I do not know the Man.
73 And after a while came unto him they who stood by, and said to Peter, Truly thou also art one of them; for thy speech betrays thee.
74 Then he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the Man. And straightway the cock crowed.
75 And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, which He said unto him, Before the cock crows, thou shalt deny Me three·​·times. And going outside, he wept bitterly.

1as in AR 379:2, TCR 285, and elsewhere, but “New Testament” in AR 672:2, TCR 730, and elsewhere

2Zechariah 13:7

3Even though He is speaking to Peter, He is asking about all of the disciples. (See Luke 22:31 for a similar instance.)

4literally, “without strength”

5The word for “hit” is related to the word for “staff.”