1 Before the Passover feast started, Jesus knew that His time had come for Him to leave the world and go to the Father, and as He had loved His own in the world He loved them to the last.
2 So Jesus, while supper was on -- although He knew that the devil had suggested to Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray Him -- 3 because He was sure that the Father had put everything into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going back to God, 4 got up from the table, took off His outer clothes, and took a towel and tied it around His waist. 5 Then He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel which was around His waist.
7 Jesus answered him, "You do not now understand what I am doing, but by-and-by you will learn."
8 Peter said to Him, "You must never wash my feet!" Jesus answered, "Unless I do wash you, you can have no share with me."
9 Simon Peter said to Him, "Lord, do not stop with my feet, then, but wash my hands and face too!"
10 Jesus said to him, "Anyone who has taken a bath has no need of washing anything but his feet, but he is clean all over. And you are now clean, though not all of you are." 11 For He knew who was going to betray Him; this is why He said, "You are not all clean."
12 So when He had washed their feet and had put on His clothes and taken His place at the table, He said to them again: "Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right in calling me so, for that is what I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you too ought to wash one another's feet. 15 For I have set you an example, in order that you too may practice what I have done to you.
16 I most solemnly say to you, no slave is superior to his master, and no messenger is greater than the man who sends him. 17 If you know all this, happy are you if you practice it. 18 I do not mean all of you. I know whom I have chosen, but I know that the Scriptures must be fulfilled: 'The man who is eating my bread has lifted his heel against me.'
19 From now on I will tell you things before they take place, so that when they do take place, you may believe that I am the Christ. 20 I most solemnly say to you, whoever welcomes any messenger I send welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes Him who has sent me."
21 After saying this Jesus was deeply moved in spirit and solemnly said, "I most solemnly say to you, one of you is going to betray me."
22 The disciples kept looking at one another, but were at a loss to know which one He meant. 23 One of the disciples, whom Jesus specially loved, was sitting very close to Jesus at His right. 24 So Simon Peter nodded to him to ask Him which one it was that He meant. 25 He leaned back on Jesus' breast and said to Him, "Lord, who is it?"
26 Jesus answered, "It is that one to whom I give the piece of bread when I dip it in the dish." So He dipped it into the dish and took it and gave it to Judas, Simon Iscariot's son. 27 As soon as he took the bread, Satan took possession of Judas. Then Jesus said to him, "Make quick work of what you are to do."
28 But no one else at the table knew what He meant by this, 29 for some of them were thinking, as Judas had the purse, that Jesus meant to say to him, "Buy what we need for the feast," or to give something to the poor. 30 So as soon as he took the piece of bread, he left the room. It was then night.
31 When he had left, Jesus said, "Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in Him, 32 and God will through Himself glorify Him, and He will glorify Him at once.
33 Dear children, I am to be with you only a little while longer. You will look for me, but, as I told the Jews, so I now tell you, you cannot just now go where I am going.
34 I give you a new command, to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you too must love one another. 35 By this everybody will know that you are my disciples, if you keep on showing love for one another."
36 Simon Peter said to Him, "Lord, where are you going?" Jesus answered, "I am going where you cannot follow me just now, but you will later follow me."
37 Peter said to Him, "Lord, why can I not follow you right now? I will lay down my life for you."