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Matthew Chapter 26

1And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these words, that he said to his disciples, 2“You know that in two days' time the Passover takes place, and the son of man will be handed over to be crucified.” 3Then the senior priests and the scribes and the elders of the people gathered together in the hall of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, 4and they took counsel as to how to lay hold of Jesus by trickery and kill him. 5But they said, “Not during the festival, so that no uproar takes place among the people.” 6Now when Jesus was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, 7a woman came to him with an alabaster box of very costly ointment, and she poured it over his head as he reclined. 8But when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, and they said, “For what purpose is this waste? 9For this ointment could have been sold for much money and the proceeds given to the poor.” 10But Jesus was aware of it, and he said to them, “Why do you give the woman trouble? For she has done me a good deed. 11For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me. 12For when she poured this ointment on my body, she did it with my embalming in view. 13Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be recounted as a memorial to her.” 14Then one of the twelve, the one called Judas Iscariot, went to the senior priests, 15and he said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him to you?” And they stipulated thirty pieces of silver for him. 16So from then on he sought a good opportunity to betray him. 17On the first day of the unleavened bread, the disciples came to Jesus and said to him, “Where do you wish us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 18And he said, “Go to the city, and to our good friend, and say to him, ‘The teacher says, «My time is near. At your house I will celebrate the Passover with my disciples.» ’ ” 19So the disciples did as Jesus commanded them, and they prepared the Passover. 20By the time evening had come, he was reclining at table with the twelve, 21and while they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you that one of you will betray me.” 22Then being very grieved, each one of them went on to say to him, “Surely I am not the one, Lord?” 23And he replied and said, “It is the one who dips his hand with me in the bowl who will betray me. 24The son of man goes as it stands written about him, but woe to that man through whom the son of man is betrayed. It would have been better for him if that man had not been begotten.” 25And Judas, who would betray him, responded and said, “Surely I am not the one, Master?” He said to him, “You have said it.” 26As they ate, Jesus took the bread, and he gave thanks, and he broke it and gave some to the disciples and said, “Take it and eat it. This is my body.” 27And he took a cup and gave thanks and gave it to them, and he said, “Drink from it, all of you, 28for this is my blood of the new covenant which is shed for many, for the forgiveness of sins. 29But I say to you, I will certainly not drink from this produce of the vine from now until that day when I drink it with you anew in the kingdom of my father.” 30Then they sang hymns and went away to the Mount of Olives. 31Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will stumble at me this very night. For it stands written:

‘I will strike the shepherd,

And the sheep of the flock will be scattered’,

32but after I have been raised up, I will go on ahead of you to Galilee.” 33However Peter answered and said to him, “Even if all stumble at you, nevertheless I will never stumble at you.” 34Jesus said to him, “Truly, I say to you that tonight before the cock crows you will deny me three times.” 35Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I certainly will not deny you.” And all the disciples also spoke likewise. 36Then Jesus went with them to a locality called Gethsemané, and he said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go away and pray over there.” 37And he took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee with him, and he began to be grieved and sorely troubled. 38Then Jesus said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, even to death. Remain here and be watchful with me.” 39Then when he had come a little nearer, he fell face down and prayed and said, “My father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me. But not as I wish, but as you do.” 40And he went to the disciples and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “So did you not have strength to be on the watch for one hour with me? 41Be watchful and pray that you do not enter into temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42Again, he went a second time and prayed, and he said, “My father, if this cup cannot pass from me, unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43Then he came back and found them sleeping again, for their eyes were weighed down. 44And he left them and went away again and prayed for a third time, saying the same thing. 45Then he went to his disciples and said to them, “Sleep from now on and have a rest. Behold, the hour has drawn near when the son of man will be delivered into the hands of sinners. 46Get up and let's go. Look, he who will betray me has made his way here.” 47And while he was still speaking, along came Judas, one of the twelve, and with him there was a large crowd with swords and sticks, coming from the senior priests and elders of the people. 48Now he who would betray him had given them a sign and had said, “He whom I kiss is the one. Lay hold of him.” 49And immediately he went to Jesus and said, “Hello, master”, and he kissed him profusely. 50But Jesus said to him, “My friend, what are you here for?” Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him. 51And what happened next was that one of those with Jesus stretched out his hand and unsheathed his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and took off his ear. 52Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back in its holder. For all who take up the sword will die by the sword. 53Or do you not think that I could not now call on my father to supply me with more than twelve legions of angels? 54But how then are the scriptures to be fulfilled if that is the way it must come about?” 55At that hour, Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and sticks, to lay hold of me? I used to sit with you every day, teaching in the temple, but you did not seize me.” 56But all this took place so that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples left him and fled. 57But those who had seized Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and elders were gathered. 58However, Peter followed him from a distance, as far as the hall of the high priest, and he went in and sat with the attendants to see how this would end. 59Now the senior priests and elders and the whole of the Sanhedrin council were looking for a false testimony against Jesus so that they might put him to death. 60But they did not find any. Even with many false witnesses coming forward, they did not find any. 61But eventually two false witnesses came forward and said, “He said, ‘I can demolish the sanctuary of God and build it within three days.’ ” 62And the high priest stood up and said to him, “Do you not give any answer? What is it that these men testify against you?” 63But Jesus remained silent. Then the high priest reacted and said to him, “I adjure you by the living God to tell us if you are the Christ, the son of God.” 64Jesus said to him, “It is as you have stated. But I say to you, in the future you will see the son of man sitting on the right hand of power and coming on the clouds of heaven.65Then the high priest tore his coat apart and said, “He has blasphemed. Why do we still need witnesses? Look, you have now heard his blasphemy. 66What do you think?” They answered and said, “He is liable to the death penalty.” 67Then they spat in his face and beat him, and some struck him on the face, 68and they said, “Prophesy to us, O Christ, who is it that struck you?” 69But Peter was sitting outside in the hall, and a certain maidservant came up to him and said, “You too were with Jesus of Galilee.” 70But he denied it in the presence of all of them and said, “I don't know what you are saying.” 71And when he had gone out to the gate, another maidservant saw him and said to those who were there, “This man was also with Jesus the Nazarene.” 72And again he denied it under an oath and said, “I do not know the man.” 73And after a short while, those who were standing around came forward and said to Peter, “Truly, you too are one of them. For even your dialect gives you away.” 74Then he began to curse and swear, saying, “I do not know the man.” And immediately the cock crowed. 75And Peter remembered the words of Jesus, who had said to him: “Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.

Reference(s) in Chapter 26: v.31 ↔ Zechariah 13:7 ● v.64 ↔ Psalm 110:1, Daniel 7:13.

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