1 On saying these things He went out with His disciples across the Ravine of Cedars to a place where there was a garden, and He went into it with His disciples. 2 Now Judas, too, who betrayed Him, knew the spot, because Jesus had often met with His disciples there. 3 So Judas got together the Roman garrison and some attendants from the high priests and Pharisees, and went there with lanterns and torches and weapons.
4 Then Jesus, as He knew everything that was going to befall Him, came forward and asked them, "Who is it that you are looking for?"
5 They answered Him, "Jesus of Nazareth." He said to them, "I am He." And Judas who betrayed Him was standing among them. 6 So when He said to them, "I am He," they took a lurch backward and fell to the ground.
7 So once more He asked them, "Who is it that you are looking for?" They said, "Jesus of Nazareth."
8 Jesus answered, "I have already told you that I am He; so if you are really looking for me, let these men go." 9 He said this that the statement He had just made might be fulfilled, "I have not lost one of those whom you have given me."
10 So Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's slave and cut off his right ear. The slave's name was Malchus.
11 Then Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword back into the sheath. Must I not drink the cup which the Father has handed me?"
12 So the garrison and its commander and the attendants of the Jews arrested Jesus and put handcuffs on Him, 13 and took Him first to Annas. For he was father-in-law of Caiaphas who was high priest that year. 14 Now it was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it was for their welfare that one should die for the people.
15 Simon Peter and another disciple followed on after Jesus. And that other disciple was acquainted with the high priest, and so went on with Jesus into the high priest's courtyard, 16 but Peter stood outside before the door. So this other disciple, who was acquainted with the high priest, stepped out and spoke to the woman doorkeeper and brought Peter in.
17 Then the servant girl at the door said to Peter, "You too are not one of this man's disciples, are you?" He answered, "No, I am not." 18 Because it was cold, the slaves and attendants had made a charcoal fire and were standing about it warming themselves; so Peter too was standing among them warming himself.
19 Then the high priest questioned Jesus about His disciples and His teaching.
20 Jesus answered him, "I have spoken publicly to the world; I have always taught in the synagogues and in the temple where all the Jews are in the habit of meeting, and I have not spoken anything in secret. 21 So why are you questioning me? Ask those who heard what I told them. Of course, they know what I said."
22 After He had said this, one of the attendants standing by slapped Jesus in the face, and said, "Is this the way you answer the high priest?"
23 Jesus answered him, "If I have said anything wrong, on oath tell what it is, but if what I have said is true, why do you slap me?"
24 So Annas sent Him over, still in handcuffs, to Caiaphas the high priest.
25 But Simon Peter still stood warming himself. So they said to him, "You too are not one of His disciples, are you?" He denied it and said, "No, I am not."
26 One of the high priest's slaves, who was a kinsman of the one whose ear Peter had cut off, said, "Did I not see you in the garden with Him?"
27 Then Peter again denied it, and at that moment a cock crowed.
28 Then they took Jesus from Caiaphas to the governor's palace. It was early in the morning, and they would not go into the governor's palace themselves, in order not to be defiled, so as to be unfit to eat the Passover supper.
29 So Pilate came outside and asked, "What is the charge you bring against this man?"
30 They retorted, "If He were not a criminal, we would not have turned Him over to you."
31 Pilate said to them, "Take Him yourselves, and try Him in accordance with your own law." Then the Jews said to him, "It is not lawful for us to execute the death penalty on anyone." 32 This made it possible for the word of Jesus to be fulfilled which He spoke to indicate what sort of death He was to die.
33 So Pilate went back into the governor's palace and called Jesus and asked Him, "Are you the king of the Jews?"
34 Jesus answered him, "Do you ask me this on your own initiative, or have others suggested it to you about me?"
35 Pilate answered, "I am not a Jew, am I? Your own people and their high priests have turned you over to me. What have you done?"
36 Jesus answered, "My kingdom does not belong to this world. If my kingdom did belong to this world, my attendants would have been fighting to keep me from being turned over to the Jews. But as a matter of fact, my kingdom does not come from such a source."
37 Then Pilate said to Him, "So you are a king then?" Jesus answered, "Certainly I am a king. For this very purpose I was born, for this very purpose I have come into the world, to testify for truth. Everybody who is a friend of truth listens to my voice."
38 Pilate asked Him, "What is truth?" On saying this he went outside again to the Jews, and said to them, "As far as I can see, I can find no ground for a charge against Him. 39 Now you have a custom to have me set one man free at your Passover time. So do you wish me to set the king of the Jews free?"
40 Then they all shouted back, "No! Not Him, but Barabbas!" Now Barabbas was a robber.