Matthew 26
King James 2000

Plot to Kill Jesus

1And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples,

2You know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.

3Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,

4And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtlety, and kill him.

5But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

6Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,

7There came unto him a woman having an alabaster flask of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat to eat.

8But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?

9For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.

10When Jesus knew it, he said unto them, Why trouble you the woman? for she has worked a good work unto me.

11For you have the poor always with you; but me you have not always.

12For in that she has poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.

13Verily I say unto you, Wherever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, which this woman has done, be told for a memorial of her.

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

14Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,

15And said unto them, What will you give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.

16And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.

Jesus and Disciples Observe the Passover

17Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where will you that we prepare for you to eat the passover?

18And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Teacher says, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at your house with my disciples.

19And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.

20Now when the evening was come, he sat down with the twelve.

21And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

22And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?

23And he answered and said, He that dips his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.

24The Son of man goes as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.

25Then Judas, who betrayed him, answered and said, Teacher, is it I? He said unto him, You have said.

The Lord's Supper Instituted

26And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

27And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink you all of it;

28For this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

29But I say unto you, I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.

30And when they had sung a hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.

Jesus Predicts Peter's Denial

31Then said Jesus unto them, All you shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.

32But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.

33Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of you, yet will I never be offended.

34Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto you, That this night, before the cock crows, you shall deny me three times.

35Peter said unto him, Though I should die with you, yet will I not deny you. Likewise also said all the disciples.

The Garden of Gethsemane

36Then came Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and said unto the disciples, Sit you here, while I go and pray yonder.

37And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very distressed.

38Then said he unto them, My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even unto death: tarry you here, and watch with me.

39And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as you will.

40And he came unto the disciples, and found them asleep, and said unto Peter, What, could you not watch with me one hour?

41Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

42He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, your will be done.

43And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.

44And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.

45Then came he to his disciples, and said unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

46Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that does betray me.

Jesus Arrested in Gethsemane

47And while he yet spoke, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and elders of the people.

48Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.

49And immediately he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, Teacher; and kissed him.

50And Jesus said unto him, Friend, why are you come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.

51And, behold, one of them who was with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.

52Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again your sword into its place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

53Think you that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

54But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

55In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are you come out as against a thief with swords and clubs to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and you laid no hold on me.

56But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.

Jesus Before the Council

57And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.

58But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest's palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.

59Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;

60But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,

61And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.

62And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answer you nothing? what is it which these witness against you?

63But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure you by the living God, that you tell us whether you be the Christ, the Son of God.

64Jesus said unto him, You have said so: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall you see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

65Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, He has spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now you have heard his blasphemy.

66What think you? They answered and said, He is guilty of death.

67Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others struck him with the palms of their hands,

68Saying, Prophesy unto us, you Christ, Who is he that struck you?

Peter Denies Jesus Three Times

69Now Peter sat outside in the courtyard: and a maidservant came unto him, saying, You also were with Jesus of Galilee.

70But he denied it before them all, saying, I know not what you say.

71And when he was gone out into the porch, another maidservant saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.

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

73And after awhile came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely you also are one of them; for your speech betrays you.

74Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crowed.

75And Peter remembered the words of Jesus, who said unto him, Before the cock crows, you shall deny me three times. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

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