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Matthew 26 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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The Plot to Kill Jesus

(Mar 14:1, 2; Luk 22:1, 2; Jhn 11:45–53 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:1 - When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:2 - “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:3 - Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:4 - and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:5 - But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.”

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

(Mar 14:3–9; Jhn 12:1–8 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:6 - Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:7 - a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:8 - And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste?
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:9 - For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:10 - But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:11 - For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:12 - In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:13 - Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”

Judas to Betray Jesus

(Mar 14:10, 11; Luk 22:3–6 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:14 - Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:15 - and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:16 - And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.

The Passover with the Disciples

(Mar 14:12–21; Luk 22:7–13 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:17 - Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:18 - 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.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:19 - And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:20 - When it was evening, he reclined at table with the twelve.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:21 - And as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:22 - And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:23 - He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:24 - The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:25 - Judas, who would betray him, answered, “Is it I, Rabbi?” He said to him, “You have said so.”

Institution of the Lord’s Supper

(Mar 14:22–26; Luk 22:14–23; 1Co 11:23–26 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:26 - Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:27 - And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:28 - for this is my blood of the[fn] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:29 - I tell 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.”

Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:30 - And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
(Mar 14:27–31; Luk 22:31–34; Jhn 13:36–38 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:31 - Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:32 - But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:33 - Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:34 - Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:35 - Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same.

Jesus Prays in Gethsemane

(Mar 14:32–42; Luk 22:39–46 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:36 - Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:37 - And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:38 - Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch[fn] with me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:39 - And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:40 - And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour?
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:41 - Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:42 - Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:43 - And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:44 - So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:45 - Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on.[fn] See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:46 - Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”

Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

(Mar 14:43–52; Luk 22:47–53; Jhn 18:1–11 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:47 - While he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:48 - Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:49 - And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” And he kissed him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:50 - Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you came to do.”[fn] Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:51 - And behold, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword and struck the servant[fn] of the high priest and cut off his ear.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:52 - Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:53 - Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:54 - But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:55 - At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:56 - But all this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled.

Jesus Before Caiaphas and the Council

(Mar 14:53–65; Luk 22:66–71; Jhn 18:12–14, 19–24 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:57 - Then those who had seized Jesus led him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:58 - And Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and going inside he sat with the guards to see the end.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:59 - Now the chief priests and the whole council[fn] were seeking false testimony against Jesus that they might put him to death,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:60 - but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:61 - and said, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to rebuild it in three days.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:62 - And the high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:63 - But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:64 - Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:65 - Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has uttered blasphemy. What further witnesses do we need? You have now heard his blasphemy.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:66 - What is your judgment?” They answered, “He deserves death.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:67 - Then they spit in his face and struck him. And some slapped him,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:68 - saying, “Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who is it that struck you?”

Peter Denies Jesus

(Mar 14:66–72; Luk 22:54–62; Jhn 18:15–18, 25–27 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:69 - Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came up to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:70 - But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you mean.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:71 - And when he went out to the entrance, another servant girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:72 - And again he denied it with an oath: “I do not know the man.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:73 - After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Certainly you too are one of them, for your accent betrays you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:74 - Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know the man.” And immediately the rooster crowed.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:75 - And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.
ESV Footnotes
Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
Some manuscripts add disciples
Some manuscripts insert new
Or keep awake; also verses 40, 41
Or Are you still sleeping and taking your rest?
Or Friend, why are you here?
Or bondservant
Greek Sanhedrin
Or Have you no answer to what these men testify against you?

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