1 Now the feast of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was drawing near. 2 So the high priests and the scribes continued to seek how they might put Him to death, for they were afraid of the people.
3 But Satan entered into Judas, who is called Iscariot, who belonged to the circle of the Twelve. 4 So he went off and discussed with the high priests and captains of the temple how he could betray Him to them. 5 They were delighted and made a bargain to pay him for it. 6 He in turn accepted their offer and began to seek a favorable opportunity to betray Him to them without exciting an uprising.
7 Then the day of Unleavened Bread came, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8 So He sent Peter and John, saying to them, "Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover meal."
9 They asked Him, "Where do you wish us to prepare it?"
10 He answered them, "Just after you enter the city, a man with a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him into the house which he enters 11 and say to the owner of the house, 'Our Teacher says to you, "Where is the room in which I am to eat the Passover supper with my disciples?"' 12 Then he will show you a large room upstairs already furnished. There make the preparations."
13 So they went off and found it just as He had said, and they prepared the Passover supper.
14 Now when the hour came, He took His place at the table, with the apostles about Him. 15 And He said to them, "I have heartily desired to eat this Passover supper with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I shall never again eat one until it finds its full fruition in the kingdom of God." 17 Then He received a cup of wine, gave thanks, and said, "Take this and share it among you, 18 for I tell you, I shall not after today drink the product of the vine until the kingdom of God comes."
19 Then He took a loaf, gave thanks, and broke it in pieces, and gave it to them, and said, "This is my body which is to be given for you. Do this as a memorial to me."
20 In like manner after supper He took a cup of wine, and said, "This cup of wine is the new covenant to be ratified by my blood, which is to be poured out for you. 21 Yet look! The hand of the man who is betraying me is with me on the table! 22 For the Son of Man is going away, as it has been divinely decreed, but a curse will be on that man by whom He is betrayed!"
23 Then they began to discuss among themselves which one it was who was going to do this.
24 There arose also among them a contention as to which one of them should rank as greatest. 25 But He said to them, "The kings of the heathen lord it over them and those who exercise authority over them are given the title of 'Benefactor.' 26 But you are not to do so. On the contrary, the greatest among you must be like the youngest and the leader as the servant. 27 Which one, indeed, is the greater, the guest at the table or the servant who waits on him? Is it not the guest at the table? But I am among you as the servant who waits on you. 28 Yet you have continued to stand by me in my trials; 29 and as my Father has conferred on me a kingdom, 30 so I confer on you the privilege of eating and drinking at my table in my kingdom and of sitting on thrones and judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
31 "Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has asked permission to sift all of you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed especially for you that your own faith may not utterly fail. And you yourself, after you have turned, must strengthen your brothers."
33 But Peter said to Him, "Lord, I am ready to go even to prison and to death with you!"
34 But He said, "I tell you, Peter, the cock will not crow today before you deny three times that you know me!"
35 Then He said to them, "When I sent you out without purse or bag or shoes, you did not need anything, did you?" They answered, "Nothing at all."
36 Then He said to them, "But now the man who has a purse must take it, and a bag too. And the man who does not have a sword must sell his coat and buy one. 37 For I tell you, what has been written about me must be fulfilled: 'He was classed with the outlaws.' Yes, that saying about me has its fulfillment."
38 So they said, "Lord, look! here are two swords!" And He answered them, "Enough!"
39 Then He went out of the city and up the Mount of Olives, as He was in the habit of doing; and His disciples, too, followed Him there. 40 Now when He reached the spot, He said to them, "Continue to pray that you may not be subjected to temptation." 41 And He Himself withdrew about a stone's throw from them, and after kneeling down He continued to pray, 42 "Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me. Yet, not my will but always yours be done!"
43 Omitted Text. 44 Omitted Text. 45 When He rose from His prayer, He went to the disciples and found them asleep from sorrow. 46 Then He said to them, "Why are you sleeping? Get up and keep praying that you may not be subjected to temptation."
47 While He was still speaking, look! a crowd had come up, and Judas, one of the Twelve, was their guide; and he stepped up to Jesus to kiss Him. 48 Then Jesus said to him, "Judas, will you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?"
49 Those who were about Him saw what was about to take place, and said, "Lord, shall we use our swords now?" 50 Then one of them struck the high priest's slave and cut off his right ear.
51 But Jesus said, "Permit me to go as far as this!" So He touched his ear and healed him. 52 Then Jesus said to the high priests, captains of the temple, and elders, who had come to take Him, "Have you come out with swords and clubs as though I were a robber? 53 While I was among you day after day in the temple, you never laid a hand on me! But this is your opportunity, even the power which darkness gives you!"
54 Then they arrested Him and led Him away and brought Him to the house of the high priest. Peter was following at a distance. 55 And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had taken their seats together, Peter, too, was sitting among them. 56 A servant girl saw him sitting by the fire and fixed her eyes on him and said, "This fellow was with Him too."
57 But he denied it and said, "I do not know Him, woman."
58 A little later a man looked at him and said, "You are one of them too." But Peter said, "Man, I am not."
59 About an hour later another man emphatically asserted, "He certainly was with Him, for he is a Galilean!"
60 But Peter said, "Man, I do not know what you mean." And all at once, while he was still speaking, a cock crowed. 61 Then the Lord turned and looked at Peter, and Peter was reminded of the word that the Lord had spoken to him, "Before a cock crows today, you will disown me three times." 62 And he went outside and burst into bitter tears.
63 Then the men who held Him in custody flogged Him and made sport of Him, 64 and after blindfolding Him they asked Him, "Play the prophet and tell us who it is that struck you!" 65 And they continued to say many other abusive things to Him.
66 As soon as day came, the elders of the people, the high priests, and the scribes assembled, and brought Him back before their council, and said, 67 "Tell us, if you are the Christ." But He said to them, "If I tell you, you will not believe me, 68 and if I ask you a question, you will not answer me. 69 But from today the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God."
70 Then they all asked, "Are you then the Son of God?" And He answered, "Yes, I am."
71 Then they said, "What more evidence do we need? For we have heard it ourselves from His own mouth!"