THE BETRAYAL OF THE
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it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, that He
said to His disciples, 'You know that after two days is the Passover,
and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.' Then the
chief priests, [NU omits: the scribes],
and the elders of the people assembled at the palace of the high
priest, who was called Caiaphas, and plotted to take Jesus by trickery
and kill Him. But they said, 'Not during the feast, lest there be an
uproar among the people."
when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, a woman came
to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she
poured it on His head as He sat at the table. But when His disciples
saw it, they were indignant, saying, 'Why this waste? For this fragrant
oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor.' But when
Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, 'Why do you trouble the woman?
For she has done a good work for Me. For you have the poor with you
always, but Me you do not have always. For in pouring this fragrant oil
on My body, she did it for My burial. Assuredly, I say to you, wherever
this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done
will also be told as a memorial to her.'"
one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and
said, 'What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?' And
they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. So from that time he
sought opportunity to betray Him."
on the first day of the Feast of the Unleavened Bread the disciples
came to Jesus, saying to Him, 'Where do You want us to prepare for You
to eat the Passover?' And He said, 'Go into the city to a certain man,
and say to him, "The Teacher says, 'My time is at hand; I will keep the
Passover at your house with My disciples."' So the disciples did as
Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover."
evening had come, He sat down with the twelve. Now as they were eating,
He said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.' And they
were exceedingly sorrowful, and each of them began to say to Him,
'Lord, is it I?' He answered and said, 'He who dipped his hand with Me
in the dish will betray Me. The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is
written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed!
It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.' Then
Judas, who was betraying Him, answered and said, 'Rabbi, is it I?' He
said to him, 'You have said it.'"
as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave
it to the disciples and said, 'Take, eat; this is My body.' Then He
took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, 'Drink from
it, all of you. For this is My blood of the [NU omits: new] covenant,
which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say to you, I
will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day
when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom.' And when they had
sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives."
"Then Jesus said to them, 'All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written:
"I will strike the Shepherd,
And the sheep of the flock will be scattered."
after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.' Peter
answered and said to Him, 'Even if all are made to stumble because of
You, I will never be made to stumble.' Jesus said to him, 'Assuredly, I
say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me
three times.' Peter said to Him, 'Even if I have to die with You, I
will not deny You!' And so said all the disciples."
Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the
disciples, 'Sit here while I go and pray over there.' And He took
with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be
sorrowful and deeply distressed. Then He said to them, 'My soul is
exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.' He
went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, 'O My
Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not
as I will, but as You will.' Then He came to the disciples and found
them sleeping, and said to Peter, 'What! Could you not watch with Me
one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit
indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.' Again, a second time, He
went away and prayed, saying, 'O My Father, if this cup cannot pass
away from Me unless [NU reads: if this may not pass away unless] I
drink it, Your will be done.' And He came and found them asleep again,
for their eyes were heavy. So He left them, went away again, and prayed
the third time, saying the same words. Then He came to His disciples
and said to them, 'Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour
is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of
sinners. Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand.'"
while He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, with a
great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and
elders of the people. Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying,
'Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.' Immediately he went up to
Jesus and said, 'Greetings, Rabbi!' and kissed Him. But Jesus said to
him, 'Friend, why have you come?' Then they came and laid hands on
Jesus and took Him. And suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus
stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the
high priest, and cut off his ear. But Jesus said to him, 'Put your
sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the
sword. Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will
provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? How then could the
Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?'"
that hour Jesus said to the multitudes, 'Have you come out, as against
a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me? I sat daily with you,
teaching in the temple, and you did not seize Me. But all this was done
that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.' Then all the
disciples forsook Him and fled."
those who had laid hold of Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas the high
priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. But Peter
followed Him at a distance to the high priest's courtyard. And he went
in and sat with the servants to see the end. Now the chief priests, [NU omits: the elders], and all the council sought false testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, but found none [NU adjusts: , even] though many false witnesses came forward, [NU omits: they found none]. But at last two [NU omits: false witnesses] came
forward and said, 'This fellow said, "I am able to destroy the temple
of God and to build it in three days."' And the high priest arose and
said to Him, 'Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify
against You?' But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and
said to Him, 'I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You
are the Christ, the Son of God!' Jesus said to him, 'It is as you said.
Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man
sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of
heaven.' Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, 'He has spoken
blasphemy! What further need do we have of witnesses? Look, now you
have heard His blasphemy! What do you think?' They answered and
said, 'He is deserving of death.' Then they spat in His face and beat
Him; and others struck Him with the palms of their hands, saying,
'Prophesy to us, Christ! Who is the one who struck You?'"
Peter sat outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came to him,
saying, 'You also were with Jesus of Galilee.' But he denied it before
them all, saying, 'I do not know what you are saying.' And when he had
gone out to the gateway, another girl saw him and said to those who
were there, 'This fellow also was with Jesus of Nazareth.' But again he
denied with an oath, 'I do not know the Man!' And a little later those
who stood by came up and said to Peter, 'Surely you also are one of
them, for your speech betrays you.' Then he began to curse and swear,
saying, 'I do not know the Man!' Immediately a rooster crowed. And
Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, 'Before the
rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.' So he went out and wept
Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas
Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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