(Matthew 21:1-27:66)

21 And when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, Go to the village which is opposite you, and immediately you will find an ass tied and a colt with her; untie them and lead them to me. 3 And if any one shall say anything to you, say, Their Lord has need of them; and immediately he will send them. 4 Now this has come to pass in order that the word might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying,

5 Speak to the daughter of Zion,
Behold, your king comes to you,
Meek, and riding upon an ass,
And upon a colt, the foal of a beast of burden. ¹

¹ Zechariah 9:9.

6 And the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them, 7 and brought the ass and the colt, and laid their garments on them; and He sat upon them. 8 And a very great crowd spread their garments on the road; but others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 And the multitudes going before Him, and those following Him, kept crying out, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is the one coming in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. 10 And when He entered into Jerusalem, all the city was shaken, saying, Who is this? 11 And the multitudes kept saying, This is the prophet, Jesus, who is of Nazareth of Galilee.

12 And Jesus entered into the temple and cast out all those that sold and bought in the temple, and the tables of the money-changers He turned over, and the seats of those that sold the doves; 13 and He said to them, It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of thieves. 14 And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. 15 When the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things which He did, and the young children shouting in the temple and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David, they became indignant; 16 and said to Him, Dost Thou hear what these are saying? And Jesus said to them, Yes, but did you never read that out of the mouth of babes and sucklings Thou hast ordained praise? ² 17 And leaving them, He went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.

² Psalm 8:2.

18 In the morning as He was entering into the city, He became hungry. 19 And when He saw a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it, except leaves only; and He said to it, Nevermore shall there be fruit from you. And immediately the fig tree was withered. 20 When the disciples saw
it, they marveled, saying, How quickly the fig tree has withered away. 21 Replying, Jesus said to them, In solemn truth I am telling you, If you have faith and do not doubt, not only that which was done to the fig tree will you do, but you will also say to this mountain, Be taken up and cast into the sea, and it shall be done; 22 and all things whatsoever you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.

23 After He had entered into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to Him as He was teaching, saying, By what authority art Thou doing these things? And who gave Thee this authority? 24 But Jesus, replying, said to them, I also shall ask you one question, which if you tell me, I also shall tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 25 The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven or from men? But they kept reasoning within themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven, He will say to us, Why, therefore, did you not believe him? 26 And if we shall say, From men, we are afraid of the multitude, for all hold John as a prophet. 27 Replying to Jesus, they said, We do not know. And He said to them, I shall not tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 28 What do you think? A man had two sons. Going to the first, he said, Son, go work today in the vineyard. 29 In reply he said, Yes, sir I
go; but he did not go. 30 Going to the second one, he said likewise. But replying, he said, I will not; but later, having remorse, he went. 31 Which of the two did the will of the father? They answered, The latter. Jesus said to them, In solemn truth I am telling you that the taxcollectors and the harlots are preceding you into the kingdom of God. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the taxcollectors and the harlots believed him; and you, when you saw, neither repented later to believe him.

33 Hear another parable. There was a man, a householder, who planted a vineyard and placed a hedge round about it, and hewed out a wine vat in it, and built a watchtower, and turned it over to workmen, and went abroad. 34 When the season of fruits drew near, he sent his servants to the workmen to receive his fruits. 35 And the workmen seized his servants—one they beat, another they killed, and another they stoned. 36 Again he sent other servants more numerous than the first, and they did to them likewise. 37 Later he sent to them his son, saying, They will respect my son. 38 But the workmen, when they saw the son, said within themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him and take his inheritance; 39 and, seizing him, they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. 40 When, therefore, the master of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those workmen? 41 They say to Him, he will ruthlessly destroy those evil men, and he will turn over the vineyard to other workmen, who will deliver to him the fruits in their season. 42 Jesus said to them, Did you never read in the Scriptures,

The stone which the builders rejected,
The same has become the head of the corner;
This is from the Lord,
And it is a marvel in our eyes? ³

³ Psalm 118:22,23.

43 On account of this, I am telling you that the kingdom of God will be taken from you and will be given to a nation yielding its fruits. 44 And the one falling upon this stone will be broken to pieces; but, upon whomsoever it falls, it will grind him to powder. 45 And when the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they knew that He was speaking concerning them; 46 and they kept seeking to seize Him, but they were afraid of the multitudes, since they held Him as a prophet.

22 And replying, Jesus again spoke to them in parables, saying, 2 The kingdom of heaven is like to a king who made marriage festivities for his son. 3 And he sent his servants to call those who had been invited to the festivities, but they did not want to come. 4 Again he sent other servants, saying, Tell those who have been invited, Behold, my dinner is prepared, my oxen and grain-fed cattle have been slaughtered, and all things are ready; come to the marriage festivities. 5 But they, not being interested, went away: one to his own field, another to his store; 6 but the rest seized his servants, and mistreated them, and killed them. 7 And the king became indignant, and sent his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, The marriage feast is ready, but those who have been invited were not worthy. 9 Go, therefore, to the parting of the ways, and as many as you find, call to the marriage festivities. 10 And those servants went out into the roads and gathered together all whom they found, both evil and good, and the place of the wedding feast was filled with those who were reclining. 11 And the king entered to see those who were reclining and saw there a man not clothed with a wedding garment; 12 and he said to him, Friend, how did you come here, not having a wedding garment? But he was silent. 13 Then the king said to his servants, Bind his feet and hands, and cast him into the outer darkness; there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth. 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

15 Then the Pharisees went out and took counsel in order that they might ensnare Him with a word. 16 And they sent their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Teacher, we know that Thou art true and that Thou teachest the way of God in truth and dost not care for the person of anyone, for Thou dost not regard the person of man. 17 Tell us, therefore, what do you think? Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar or not? 18 But Jesus, knowing their evil
design, said, Why are you trying to tempt me, you hypocrites? 19 Show me a coin of tribute money. And they brought to Him a denarius. 20 And He said to them, Whose image and inscription is this? 21 They said, Caesar's. Then He said to them, Give, therefore, to Caesar the things of Caesar; and the things of God, to God. 22 When they heard this, they marveled and, leaving Him, went away.

23 On that day the Sadducees, who say that there is no resurrection, came to Him; and they asked Him, 24 saying, Teacher, Moses said, If anyone die, not having children, his brother shall marry his wife and shall raise up seed to his brother.4 25 Now there were with us seven brothers; and the first married and died; but, having no seed, he left his wife to his brother; 26 likewise also the second, and the third—unto the seventh. 27 Last of all, the woman died. 28 In the resurrection, therefore, of which of the seven will she be the wife, for all had her? 29 Replying, Jesus said to them, You go astray, since you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels in heaven. 31 Concerning the resurrection of the dead, did you never read the word spoken to you by God, saying, 32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. 33 When the multitudes heard this, they were amazed at His teaching.

4 Deuteronomy 25:5.

34 When the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they were gathered together in one place. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, trying Him, asked, 36 Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 And He said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul and all your mind.5 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 A second like it is, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.6 40 On these two commandments the entire law and the prophets hang.

5 Deuteronomy 6:5.
6 Leviticus 19:18.

41 When the Pharisees were come together, Jesus asked them, 42 saying, What do you think concerning the Messiah? Whose Son is He? They said unto Him,
The Son of David. 43 He said to them, How, therefore, does David in the Spirit call Him Lord, saying,

44 The Lord Said to my Lord,
Remain seated at My right hand,
Until I make Thy enemies the footstool of Thy feet? 7

7 Psalm 110:1.

45 If, therefore, David calls Him Lord, how is He His Son? 46 And no one was able to reply one word to Him; neither did anyone attempt from that day to ask Him any more questions.

23 Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, 2 saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat. 3 All things, therefore, whatsoever they say to you, do and observe; but do not act according to their works; for they say, but they do not. 4 They bind heavy burdens and lay them upon the shoulders of men, but they are not willing to move these with their finger. 5 All their works they do in order to be seen by men; for they enlarge their phylacteries; and they make large the border of their garments, 6 and they love the first places in the banquets, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 and the salutations in the market places, and to be called by men, Rabbi. 8 But you must not be called Rabbi, for one is your teacher, and all of you are brethren. 9 Call no man your father upon the earth, for one is your Father, even He who is in heaven. 10 Be not called masters, because one is your master, even the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.

13 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you are locking the kingdom of heaven in the presence of men; for you are not entering; neither do you allow them to enter who are entering.

15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you encompass the sea and the desert to make one proselyte; and, whenever one becomes such, you make him a son of Gehenna by twofold.

16 Woe unto you, blind guides, who say, Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing, but whoever swears by the gold of the temple is obligated. 17 Morons and blind, for which is greater, the gold or the temple which sanctifies the gold? 18 And whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing, but whoever swears by the gift which is upon the altar is obligated. 19 Blind ones, for which is greater, the gift or the altar which sanctifies the gift? 20 Therefore the one swearing by the altar swears by it and by all that is upon it, 21 and the one who swears by the temple swears by it and by Him who dwells therein; 22 and the one who swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by Him who sits upon it.

23 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you tithe mint, and anise, and cummin, and you pass by the weightier things of the law—
even justice, and mercy, and faith; but these things you ought to have done and not to have left the other undone. 24 Blind guides, who strain out gnats, but swallow camels!

25 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you clean the outside of the cup and of the plate, but within they are full of extortion and graft. 26 0 blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup in order that the outside also may be clean.

27 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you are like whited sepulchres, which on the outside appear beautiful, but within are full of bones of dead men, and of all uncleanness. 28 Likewise you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

29 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you build the tombs of the prophets, and adorn the sepulchres of the righteous, 30 and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers in the blood of the prophets. 31 So you witness to yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 And you have filled up the measure of your fathers. 33 Snakes, generation of vipers! How will you escape from the condemnation of Gehenna? 34 Therefore, lo, I shall send to you prophets, and wise men, and scribes;
some of them you will kill and crucify; and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, 35 in order that there may come upon you all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of Abel the righteous to the blood of Zachariah, the son of Barachiah, whom you slew between the temple and the altar. 36 In solemn truth I am telling you, all these things will come upon this generation.

37 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that kills the prophets and stones them that are sent to her, how often I willed to gather together your children, as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, but you willed not. 38 Behold, your house is left to you desolate. 39 For I am telling you that by no means will you see me from now on until you say, Blessed is the one coming in the name of the Lord.8

8 Psalm 118:26.

24 When Jesus had come out from the temple, He went on His way, and His disciples came to show Him the buildings of the temple. 2 And replying, He said to them, Do you not see all these things? In solemn truth I tell you that stone will not remain upon stone that will not be thrown down.

3 When He was sitting upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, Tell us, when will these things be? And what
will be the sign of Thy coming and of the consummation of the age? 4 And replying, Jesus said to them, See that no one lead you astray. 5 For many will come in my name, saying, I am the Messiah, and will lead many astray. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you be not troubled, for it is necessary that these things be, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in different places; 8 but all these things are the first birth pain. 9 Then they will deliver you to tribulation and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations on account of My name. 10 And then many will be caused to stumble, and will deliver up one another, and will hate one another; 11 and many false prophets will arise and will lead many astray; 12 and, on account of the increase of lawlessness, the love of the many shall become cold. 13 But the one enduring to the end, this one will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world for a testimony to all the nations, and then will the end come.

15 When, therefore, you see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of through Daniel the Prophet, standing in the holy place, let the one reading understand; 16 then those who are in Judea, let them flee to the mountains; 17 the one who is on the housetop, let him not come down to take the things out of the house; 18 and the one who is in the field, let him not return to take his cloak. 19 Woe to those who are expectant mothers and to those who are nursing children in those days! 20 But pray that your flight may not be during the winter nor on a sabbath; 21 for there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the foundation of the world until now, nor ever will be. 22 And except those days had been shortened, no flesh would be saved; but, on account of the elect, those days will be shortened. 23 Then if anyone says to you, Behold, here is the Messiah, or, here, do not believe. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will arise, and they will give great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25 Behold, I have told you in advance. 26 If, therefore, they say to you, Behold, he is in the desert, do not go out; Behold, in the inner chambers, do not believe. 27 For just as the lightning comes out of the east and flashes to the west, thus will the coming of the Son of man be. 28 Wherever the carcass is, there will be gathered the vultures.

29 But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give her light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 And then will appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then will all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming upon the clouds of heaven with power and great glory, 31 and He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from the extremities of the heavens unto their extremities.

32 But from the fig tree learn her parable. Whenever her branch has become tender and it puts forth its leaves, know that the summer is near. 33 Thus, also, you, whenever you see all these things, know that He is near,
even at the doors. 34 In solemn truth I am telling you that this generation will not pass away until all these things are accomplished. 35 The heaven and the earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. 36 But concerning that day and hour, no one knows, not even the angels of the heavens, nor the Son—except the Father only. 37 For as were the days of Noah, thus will be the coming of the Son of man. 38 For as they were in those days which were before the flood, eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered into the ark, 39 and they knew not until the flood came and took them all away, thus will the coming of the Son of man be. 40 Then will be two men in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at a mill: one will be taken, and one will be left. 42 Watch, therefore, because you do not know on what day your Lord comes. 43 But know this, that, if the householder had known in what watch the thief was coming, he would have watched and would not have suffered his house to be broken in. 44 Wherefore you also be ready, because, in an hour when you think not, the Son of man comes.

45 Who, therefore, is the faithful and wise servant whom the lord will set over his household to give to them their food in due time? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his lord, coming, will find thus acting. 47 In solemn truth I tell you that he will place him over all his goods. 48 But if that evil servant says in his heart, My master delays, 49 and begins to smite his fellow servants, and eats and drinks with the drunken, 50 the lord of that servant will come in a day when he does not expect and in an hour when he knows not, 51 and he will cut him asunder, and he will give him his portion with the hypocrites. There will be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.

25 Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who, taking their own lamps, went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were foolish; and five, wise. 3 For the foolish ones, taking their lamps, did not take oil with them. 4 But the wise took oil in vessels with their lamps. 5 Since the bridegroom tarried, all began nodding and kept on sleeping. 6 In the middle of the night, the cry was made, Behold, the bridegroom! Go out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish said to the wise, Give us of your oil, because our lamps are going out. 9 Then the wise ones replied, saying, No, by no means, lest there not be enough for us and for you. Go rather to those selling, and buy for yourselves. 10 While they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those being ready entered with him into the marriage festivities, and the door was locked. 11 Later the rest of the virgins came, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 And replying, he said, In solemn truth I am telling you, I do not know you. 13 Watch, therefore, because you do not know the day nor the hour.

14 For
it is just as a man who, going abroad, called his own servants and delivered to them his goods. 15 To one he gave five talents; to another two; and to another, one—to each according to his own ability—and he went abroad. 16 Immediately he who received the five talents went and traded with them and gained five others. 17 Likewise the one receiving the two gained two others. 18 But he who received one went away, and dug in the earth, and hid the silver of his master. 19 And after much time the lord of those servants came and had a reckoning with them. 20 And the one receiving five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, you delivered to me five talents; behold, I have gained five other talents. 21 And his Lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I shall place you over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord. 22 Then came the one receiving two talents and said, Lord, you delivered to me two talents; behold, I have gained two other talents. 23 Then his Lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I shall appoint you over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord. 24 Then came the one who had received only one talent and said, Lord, I knew that you are an austere man, reaping where you have not sowed, and gathering whence you have not scattered; 25 and, since I was afraid, I went and hid your talent in the earth. Behold, you have your own. 26 Then his lord, replying, said to him, Evil and wicked servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed and gather whence I have not scattered. 27 Did it not behoove you to put my money to the bankers that, upon coming, I might have mine own with interest? 28 Take, therefore, from him the one talent, and give to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone having there will be given, and he will have in abundance, but the one who does not have, even what he has shall be taken from him. 30 The unprofitable servant, cast into the outer darkness. There shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.

31 When the Son of man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit upon the throne of His glory; 32 and there will be gathered before Him all the nations; and He will separate them from one another, just as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; 33 and He will place the sheep on His right
hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you took Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; sick, and you visited Me; and I was in prison, and you came to me. 37 Then the righteous will reply to Him, saying, Lord, when did we see Thee hungry and feed Thee? or thirsty, and give Thee, something to drink? 38 When did we see Thee a stranger, and take Thee in? or naked, and clothe Thee? 39 When did we see Thee sick or in prison and come to Thee? 40 And replying, the King will say to them, In solemn truth I tell you, inasmuch as you did it to one of these of My brethren, the least ones, you did it to Me. 41 Then He will also say to those on the left hand, Depart from Me, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry, and you did not give Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you did not give Me something to drink; 43 I was a stranger, and you did not take Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick and in prison, and you did not visit Me. 44 Then they will reply, saying, Lord, when did we see Thee hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to Thee? 45 Then He will reply to them, saying, In solemn truth I am telling you, Inasmuch as you did not do it to one of these, the least, you did not do it to Me. 46 And they will go away into everlasting punishment; but the righteous, into everlasting life.

26 And it came to pass, when Jesus had completed all these words, He said to His disciples, 2 You know that after two days the passover comes, and the Son of man is delivered up to be crucified.

3 Then were gathered the chief priests and the elders of the people into the court of the high priest, who was named Caiaphas. 4 And they were taking counsel that they might take Jesus by strategy and kill Him; 5 but they were saying, Not during the feast, in order that there might not be a riot among the people.

6 When Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, 7 a woman came to Him having an alabaster cruse of precious ointment and poured it upon His head while He was reclining. 8 The disciples, seeing this, became indignant, saying, For what purpose was this loss? 9 For this could have been sold for much and given to the poor. 10 Since Jesus knew it, He said to them, Why trouble the woman? She has wrought a good work upon Me, 11 for you have the poor with you always, but you do not have Me always, 12 for in pouring this ointment upon My body, she did it to prepare Me for burial. 13 In solemn truth I tell you, Wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what she has done will be spoken of for a memorial of her.

14 Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, 15 What are you willing to give me, and I will deliver Him to you? And they gave to him thirty pieces of silver. 16 And from then he kept seeking an opportune time that he might deliver Him.

17 On the first
day of the feast of unleavened bread, the disciples came to Jesus, saying, Where dost Thou wish that we prepare for Thee to eat the passover? 18 And He said, Go into the city to a certain one and say to him, The Teacher says, My time is near; with you I shall observe the Passover with My disciples. 19 And the disciples did as Jesus commanded them, and they made the passover ready.

20 When it was evening, He reclined with the twelve
disciples. 21 And while they were eating, He said, In solemn truth I am telling you, one of you will betray Me. 22 And being exceedingly sorrowful, they began to say to Him, one by one, It is not I; is it, Lord? 23 And replying, He said, The one dipping his hand with Me in the dish, this one will betray Me. 24 The Son of man goes, just as it has been written concerning Him, but woe to that man through whom the Son of man is betrayed; good were it for that man if he had never been born. 25 Judas, who betrayed him, replying, said, It is not I, Rabbi; is it? He said to him, You said it.

26 After they had eaten, Jesus took a loaf, blessed, broke, and gave it to the disciples, saying, Take, eat, this is My body. 27 And taking the cup and giving thanks, He gave it to them, saying, All of you drink of it, 28 for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many unto remission of sins. 29 And I am telling you, I shall not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it with you in the kingdom of My Father.

30 And after they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 31 Then Jesus said to them, All of you will be offended in Me on this night, for it is written, I shall smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered;9 32 but, after I am raised, I shall go before you into Galilee. 33 Peter, replying, said to Him, Though all will be caused to stumble in Thee, yet never will I be caused to stumble. 34 To Him Jesus said, In solemn truth I am telling you that on this night, before the cock crows three times, you will deny Me. 35 Then Peter said to Him, If it behooves me to die with Thee, under no condition will I deny Thee. Likewise said all the disciples.

9 Zechariah 13:7.

36 Then Jesus came with them into a place called Gethsemane, and He said to the disciples, Sit here until, going there, I shall pray. 37 And taking Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, He began to be sorrowful and to be depressed. 38 Then He said to them, My soul is very sorrowful, even to death, but stay here, and watch with Me. 39 And going forward a little, He fell upon His face and prayed, saying, My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou
wilt. 40 And He came to the disciples, and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, Thus were you not able to watch with Me for one hour? 41 Watch and pray, in order that you enter not into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. 42 Again the second time He went forward and prayed, saying, My Father, if it is not possible that this pass away from Me except I drink the same, let Thy will be done. 43 And coming again He found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy with sleep. 44 And leaving them again. He went and prayed the third time, saying the same words again. 45 Then He came to the disciples and said to them, Sleep on now, and take your rest. Behold, the hour has arrived, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Arise; let us go. Behold, the one who is betraying Me is near at hand.

47 While He was yet speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great company with short swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48 And he who betrayed Him gave them a sign, saying, Whom I shall kiss, this is He; take Him. 49 And immediately, coming forward to Jesus, he said, Hail, Rabbi, and affectionately10 kissed Him. 50 And Jesus said to him, Friend, do what you are here to do. Then coming up to Him, they laid their hands upon Jesus and took Him. 51 And, behold, one of them with Jesus, stretching forth his hand, drew his sword out and smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. 52 Then Jesus said, Return your sword into its place, for all who take the sword will perish with the sword. 53 Or do you think that I am not able to call upon My Father, and He will dispatch to Me now more than twelve legions of angels? 54 How then are the Scriptures to be fulfilled which say that this must come to pass? 55 In that hour Jesus said to the multitudes, Have you come as against a thief to take Me with swords and staves? Daily I was sitting in the temple teaching, but you did not seize Me. 56 All of this has come to pass in order that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples left Him and fled.

10 Outwardly Judas kissed Jesus affectionately, but in reality hypocritically.

57 When they had taken Jesus, they led Him to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together. 58 And Peter followed Him from a distance into the court of the high priest; and, entering within, he sat down with the attendants to see the end. 59 And the chief priests and the entire Sanhedrin kept seeking false testimony against Jesus in order that they might kill Him, 60 but they found none, although many false witnesses came. Finally two came forward 61 and said, This one said, I am able to destroy the temple of God and within three days to build it. 62 Then the high priest arose and said to Him, Art Thou answering nothing? What do these testify against Thee? 63 But Jesus remained silent, and the high priest said to Him, I charge Thee under oath, by the living God, that Thou tell us if Thou art the Messiah, the Son of God. 64 Jesus said to him, You said it [Yes].11 Nevertheless I am telling you that from now on you will see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven. 65 Then the high priest tore his garments, saying, He has blasphemed. What further need have we of witnesses? Behold, you now have heard the blasphemy. 66 What do you think? And they replied and said, He deserves death. 67 Then they spit in His face and struck Him; and others slapped Him, 68 saying, Prophesy to us, Messiah: who is the one striking Thee?

11 The Greek idiom you said is equal to an affirmation, yes.

69 And Peter sat without in the court, and a certain maiden came to him, saying, And you were with Jesus the Galilean. 70 But he denied in the presence of all, saying, I do not know what you are saying. 71 And when he had gone out into the porch, another maid saw him and said to those that were there, This one was with Jesus the Nazarene. 72 And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man. 73 After a little time those who were standing
around came and said to Peter, Truly you are also one of them, for your speech makes you known. 74 Then he began to curse and to swear, saying, I do not know the man, and immediately the cock crew. 75 Then Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said, Before a cock crows, you will deny me three times, and he went out and wept bitterly.

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