1 Within two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread. and the chief priests, with the Scribes, contriv'd how they might seize Jesus by surprize, and put him to death. 2 but they objected, it could not be during the festival, for fear of a popular insurrection.
3 now being at Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, while he was at table, there came a woman with a viol full of the perfume of spikenard, which was very costly; and she opened the viol, and poured it upon his head. 4 but some had a secret indignation, and said, why must the perfume be so wasted? 5 for we could have sold it for above two hundred denarys, and given them to the poor: and they inveighed against her.
6 but Jesus said, let her alone, why do you disquiet her? it is commendable, what she has done out of respect to me. 7 the poor you have always with you, and you may relieve them whenever you please: but me you will not always have. 8 she has done what she could: she has perfum'd my body previously to my burial. 9 I declare unto you, in whatever quarter of the world this part of the gospel-history shall be related, this action of hers shall be mention'd to her praise.
10 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests, in order to betray him to them. 11 they were glad to hear him, and promis'd to give him money. upon which he contriv'd the most favourable occasion to betray him.
12 On the first day of unleavened bread, when the paschal lamb is kill'd, his disciples said to him, where would you have us go and prepare for your eating the paschal lamb?
13 upon which he dispatch'd two of his disciples, and said to them: go into the city, and you will meet a man carrying a pitcher of water; follow him. 14 and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house: "thus saith our master; where is the chamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?" 15 and he will shew you a large upper room ready furnished: there make preparation for us. 16 his disciples therefore went away, and being come into the city, they found every thing, as he had told them; and they prepared the paschal lamb.
17 There he came in the evening with the twelve. 18 and as they sat eating, Jesus said, verily I say unto you, one of you that is eating with me, will betray me.
19 and they were seized with sorrow, all successively asking him, is it I?
20 but he answered them, saying, it is one of the twelve, he that eats of the same mess with me. 21 the son of man is going indeed, according to what is written of him: but wo to that man, by whom the son of man is betrayed: it would be better for that man, if he had never been born.
22 When they had been eating, Jesus took bread, and having given thanks, he brake it, and gave it to them, and said, take it, this represents my body.
23 and he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. 24 and he said to them, this represents the effusion of my blood (the sanction of the new covenant) for mankind. 25 but this I tell you, I will never more drink of this fruit of the vine, from this time forth to that day, when I shall drink with you of the spiritual wine in the kingdom of God. 26 Then, having sung an hymn, they went out towards the mount of Olives.
27 and Jesus said to them, this night you will all be staggered upon my account: for it is written, "I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered."
28 but after I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee.
29 upon which Peter said to him, tho' all should stagger, yet I will not.
30 Jesus said to him, verily I tell thee, to-day, even this night, before the cock crow twice, you will renounce me thrice.
31 but he urg'd it with more vehemence, tho' I should die with you, I will not renounce you. and all the rest affirm'd the same.
32 At length they came to a place call'd Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, stay here, whilst I shall be at prayer. 33 but he took with him Peter, James, and John. then he began to be in a great consternation and anguish of mind. and he said to them; my soul is exceeding sorrowful, 34 even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. 35 then advancing a little further, he fell on the ground, and prayed, that this anxiety might pass from him. 36 saying, father, all things are possible to thee, take away this cup from me: nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done.
37 Then he return'd, and having found them sleeping, he said to Peter, Simon, are you asleep? could you not watch one hour? 38 watch and pray, that you may not yield to temptation: the mind indeed is vigorous, but the body is weak.
39 Again he retired, and prayed, uttering the same words. 40 then he return'd and found them still sleeping, for their eyes were heavy, and they did not know how to give an answer. 41 after that he came a third time, and said to them, sleep on now and take your rest. 'tis done, the time is come, and the son of man is to be betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 rise, let us be going: see, the traitor is just upon us.
43 All of a sudden, while he was yet speaking, appear'd Judas, one of the twelve, attended by a great number of people with swords and clubs, who were sent by the chief priests, the Scribes, and rulers. 44 now he that betrayed him, had given them this signal, you will see me salute one with a kiss, that's he: seize him, and don't let him escape. 45 then advancing, he went directly up to him, saying, master, master, and kissed him. 46 and they violently laid hands on him and secured him. 47 but one of those that stood by, drew his sword against a servant of the high priest, and struck off his ear.
48 but Jesus addressing himself to them, said, why do you come with swords and clubs against me, as if you were to apprehend some robber? 49 I was daily among you, teaching in the temple, and you did not then seize upon me. but the scriptures are thereby accomplished. 50 then all his disciples abandon'd him and fled.
51 But a certain youth, that was stript to his inmost vest, followed him, and was seized by the soldiers. 52 but he slipt from his vest, and fled away naked.
53 Jesus they led away to the high priest's, where all the chief priests, the rulers and Scribes, were assembled. 54 Peter followed at a distance, even into the palace of the high priest: where he sat down among the servants to warm himself at the fire.
55 Now the chief priests, and the whole council endeavour'd to get evidence against Jesus, to condemn him to die; but they found none. 56 there were indeed several, who depos'd what was false against him: besides, what they deposed was insufficient. 57 at last there appear'd some, who gave in false evidence against him, 58 saying, we heard him say, "I will pull down this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands." 59 but neither did this evidence appear sufficient.
60 then the high priest rising up in the midst of the assembly, ask'd Jesus, saying, have you nothing to plead for your self? what say you to the evidence they give against you? 61 but Jesus remain'd silent, and gave no answer. then the high priest asked him again, and said to him, art thou the Christ, the son of the most High?
62 and Jesus answered, I AM. and ye shall see the son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
63 then the high priest rent his robes, and said to the council, what occasion is there for any more witnesses? 64 you have heard the blasphemy, what is your opinion? and they all pronounc'd, that he deserved to die. 65 then some began to spit on him, others cover'd his face and struck him on the head, crying out, divine, who it is. and the domestics slapt him on the cheeks.
66 In the mean time Peter was in the entry of the hall, where one of the maids belonging to the high priest came: 67 and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked earnestly upon him, and said, you too was with Jesus the Nazarene.
68 but he denied it, saying, I don't know him, neither am I acquainted with any such you mention. and he went out into the porch, when the cock crow'd.
69 the maid saw him a second time, and said to the standers-by, this is one of them:
70 but he denied it again. a little time after, they that stood by, still urg'd Peter, saying, you are certainly one of his disciples, for your speech shows you to be a Galilean.
71 but he fell a cursing, and swore, I don't know the man you mention,
72 and the cock crowed for the second time. then Peter calling to mind that expression of Jesus, "before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice," he cover'd his head and wept.