Matthew 26
Berean Literal Bible

The Plot to Kill Jesus
(Mark 14:1-2; Luke 22:1-6; John 11:45-57)

1And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these words, He said to His disciples, 2“You know that after two days the Passover takes place, and the Son of Man is delivered over to be crucified.”

3Then the chief priests and the elders of the people were gathered together in the courtyard of the high priest, who is called Caiaphas, 4and they plotted together, in order that they might seize Jesus by guile and kill Him. 5But they were saying, “Not during the feast, lest there be a riot among the people.”

Jesus Anointed at Bethany
(Mark 14:3-9; John 12:1-8)

6And of Jesus having been in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,a 7a woman came to Him, having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and poured it on His head as He is reclining.

8And the disciples having seen, became indignant, saying, “For what purpose is this waste? 9For this could have been sold for much, and have been given to the poor.”

10And Jesus having known, said to them, “Why do you cause trouble to the woman? For she did a beautiful work to Me. 11For the poor you always have with you,b but not always do you have Me. 12For this woman, in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, did it for My burial. 13Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel shall be proclaimed in the whole world, that which this woman did also will be spoken of, for a memorial of her.”

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
(Zechariah 11:10-17; Matthew 27:3-10; Mark 14:10-11)

14Then one of the Twelve, the one being called Judas Iscariot, having gone to the chief priests, 15said, “What are you willing to give me, and I will betray Him to you?” And they appointed to him thirty pieces of silver. 16And from that time, he was seeking an opportunity that he might betray Him.

Preparing the Passover
(Psalm 41:1-13; Mark 14:12-21; Luke 22:7-13; John 13:18-30)

17And on the first day of the unleavened bread, the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where do you desire we should prepare for You to eat the Passover?”

18And He said, “Go into the city unto a certain man and tell him the Teacher says, ‘My time is near; I will keep the Passover with you with My disciples.’” 19And the disciples did as Jesus directed them, and prepared the Passover.

20And evening having arrived, He was reclining with the twelve disciples.c 21And as they were eating, He said to them, “Truly I say to you that one of you will betray Me.”

22And being grieved exceedingly, they began, each one, to say to Him, “Is it I, Lord?”

23And answering He said, “The one having dipped the hand in the dish with Me, he will betray Me. 24Indeed the Son of Man goes as it has been written about Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for him if that man had not been born.”

25And Judas who was betraying Him, answering, said, “Is it I, Rabbi?”

He says to him, “You have said.”

The Last Supper
(Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:14-23; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34)

26Now as they were eating, Jesus, having taken bread and having blessed it, broke it, and having given it to the disciples, He said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”

27And having taken the cup and having given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you. 28For this is My blood of the covenant,d being poured out for many, for forgiveness of sins. 29And I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now until that the day when I drink it anew with you in the kingdom of My Father.”

30And having sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Jesus Predicts Peter's Denial
(Mark 14:27-31; Luke 22:31-38; John 13:36-38)

31Then Jesus says to them, “You all will fall away because of Me during this night. For it has been written:

‘I will strike the shepherd,

and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’e

32But I, after being raised, will go before you into Galilee.”

33And Peter answering, said to Him, “If all will fall away because of You, I never will fall away.”

34Jesus said to him, “Truly I say to you, during this night, before the rooster crowing, you will deny Me three times.”

35Peter says to Him, “Even if it were necessary for me to die with You, I will never deny You.” And all the disciples said likewise.

Jesus Prays at Gethsemane
(Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46)

36Then Jesus comes with them to a place called Gethsemane, and He says to the disciples, “Sit here until that having gone away over there, I shall pray.”

37And having taken with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38Then He says to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch with Me.”

39And having gone forward a little, He fell upon His face, praying, and saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Nevertheless not as I will, but as You.”

40And He comes to the disciples and finds them sleeping. And He says to Peter, “So, were you not able to watch with Me one hour? 41Watch and pray, that you do not enter into temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the flesh weak.”

42Again for a second time having gone away, He prayed, saying, “My Father, if this is not possible to pass unless I drink it, Your will be done.” 43And having come again, He finds them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.

44And having left them again, having gone away, He prayed for the third time, having said the same thing again. 45Then He comes to the disciples and says to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. Behold, the hour has drawn near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46Rise up, let us go! Behold, he who is betraying Me has drawn near!”

The Betrayal of Jesus
(Mark 14:43-52; Luke 22:47-53; John 18:1-14)

47And as He is still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the Twelve, came, and with him great a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and elders of the people.

48And the one betraying Him gave them a sign, saying, “Whomever I shall kiss, it is He; seize Him.” 49And having come up to Jesus immediately, he said, “Greetings, Rabbi,” and kissed Him.

50And Jesus said to him, “Friend, for what are you come?”f

Then having approached, they laid hands on Jesus and seized Him. 51And behold, one of those with Jesus, having stretched out the hand, drew his sword, and having struck the servant of the high priest, cut off his ear.

52Then Jesus says to him, “Return your sword into its place; for all those having taken the sword, will perish by the sword. 53Or do you think that I am not able to call upon My Father, and He will furnish to Me presently more than twelve legions of angels? 54How then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?”

55In that hour, Jesus said to the crowds, “Did you come out with swords and clubs, as against a robber, to capture Me? Every day in the temple I was sitting, teaching, and you did not seize Me. 56And all this is come to pass, that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.”

Then the disciples all, having forsaken Him, fled.

Jesus Faces the Sanhedrin
(Isaiah 53:1-8; Mark 14:53-65; John 18:19-24; 1 Peter 2:21-25)

57And those having seized Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. 58And Peter was following Him from afar, even to the court of the high priest. And having entered within, he was sitting with the guards to see the outcome.

59And the chief priests and the whole Council were seeking false evidence against Jesus, so that they might put Him to death. 60But they did not find any, of many false witnesses having come forward.

And at last, two having come forward, 61they said, “This man has been saying, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and to rebuild it in three days.’”

62And the high priest having stood up, said to Him, “Answer you nothing? What do these witness against you?”

63But Jesus was silent.

And the high priest said to Him, “I adjure you by the living God, that You tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God.”

64Jesus says to him, “You have said. But I say to you, from now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power and coming upon the clouds of heaven.”g

65Then the high priest tears his garments, saying, “He has blasphemed; why do we have any more need of witnesses? Behold now, you have heard the blasphemy. 66What do you think?”

And answering they said, “He is deserving of death.”

67Then they spat in His face and struck Him. And others slapped Him, 68saying, “Prophesy to us, Christ, who is the one having struck You?”

Peter Denies Jesus
(Mark 14:66-72; Luke 22:54-62; John 18:15-18)

69And Peter was sitting outside in the court, and one servant girl came to him, saying, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.”

70And he denied it before all, saying, “I do not know what you say.”

71And having gone out to the porch, another saw him, and says to those there, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.”

72And again he denied it with an oath, “I do not know the man.”

73And after a little while those standing by having approached, said to Peter, “Surely you are of them also, for even your speech gives you away.”

74Then he began to curse and to swear, “I do not know the man!”

And immediately a rooster crowed.

75And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, He having said, “Before the rooster crowing, you will deny Me three times.” And having gone out, he wept bitterly.

a 6 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases. See Leviticus 13.
b 11 See Deuteronomy 15:11.
c 20 BYZ and TR the Twelve
d 28 BYZ and TR the new covenant
e 31 Zechariah 13:7
f 50 Or Friend, why have you come?
g 64 See Psalm 110:1; Daniel 7:13.

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