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Mark 14 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:1 - It was now two days before Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread. The leading priests and the teachers of religious law were still looking for an opportunity to capture Jesus secretly and kill him.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:2 - “But not during the Passover celebration,” they agreed, “or the people may riot.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:3 - Meanwhile, Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had previously had leprosy. While he was eating,[fn] a woman came in with a beautiful alabaster jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard. She broke open the jar and poured the perfume over his head.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:4 - Some of those at the table were indignant. “Why waste such expensive perfume?” they asked.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:5 - “It could have been sold for a year’s wages[fn] and the money given to the poor!” So they scolded her harshly.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:6 - But Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. Why criticize her for doing such a good thing to me?

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:7 - You will always have the poor among you, and you can help them whenever you want to. But you will not always have me.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:8 - She has done what she could and has anointed my body for burial ahead of time.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:9 - I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be remembered and discussed.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:10 - Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests to arrange to betray Jesus to them.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:11 - They were delighted when they heard why he had come, and they promised to give him money. So he began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:12 - On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go to prepare the Passover meal for you?”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:13 - So Jesus sent two of them into Jerusalem with these instructions: “As you go into the city, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:14 - At the house he enters, say to the owner, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?’

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:15 - He will take you upstairs to a large room that is already set up. That is where you should prepare our meal.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:16 - So the two disciples went into the city and found everything just as Jesus had said, and they prepared the Passover meal there.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:17 - In the evening Jesus arrived with the twelve disciples.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:18 - As they were at the table[fn] eating, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, one of you eating with me here will betray me.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:19 - Greatly distressed, each one asked in turn, “Am I the one?”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:20 - He replied, “It is one of you twelve who is eating from this bowl with me.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:21 - For the Son of Man[fn] must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago. But how terrible it will be for the one who betrays him. It would be far better for that man if he had never been born!”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:22 - As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take it, for this is my body.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:23 - And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them, and they all drank from it.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:24 - And he said to them, “This is my blood, which confirms the covenant[fn] between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice for many.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:25 - I tell you the truth, I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new in the Kingdom of God.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:26 - Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:27 - On the way, Jesus told them, “All of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say,
‘God will strike[fn] the Shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered.’

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:28 - But after I am raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:29 - Peter said to him, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I never will.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:30 - Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny three times that you even know me.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:31 - “No!” Peter declared emphatically. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the others vowed the same.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:32 - They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:33 - He took Peter, James, and John with him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:34 - He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:35 - He went on a little farther and fell to the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:36 - “Abba, Father,”[fn] he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:37 - Then he returned and found the disciples asleep. He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour?

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:38 - Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:39 - Then Jesus left them again and prayed the same prayer as before.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:40 - When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open. And they didn’t know what to say.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:41 - When he returned to them the third time, he said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But no—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:42 - Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:43 - And immediately, even as Jesus said this, Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived with a crowd of men armed with swords and clubs. They had been sent by the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:44 - The traitor, Judas, had given them a prearranged signal: “You will know which one to arrest when I greet him with a kiss. Then you can take him away under guard.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:45 - As soon as they arrived, Judas walked up to Jesus. “Rabbi!” he exclaimed, and gave him the kiss.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:46 - Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:47 - But one of the men with Jesus pulled out his sword and struck the high priest’s slave, slashing off his ear.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:48 - Jesus asked them, “Am I some dangerous revolutionary, that you come with swords and clubs to arrest me?

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:49 - Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there among you teaching every day. But these things are happening to fulfill what the Scriptures say about me.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:50 - Then all his disciples deserted him and ran away.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:51 - One young man following behind was clothed only in a long linen shirt. When the mob tried to grab him,

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:52 - he slipped out of his shirt and ran away naked.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:53 - They took Jesus to the high priest’s home where the leading priests, the elders, and the teachers of religious law had gathered.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:54 - Meanwhile, Peter followed him at a distance and went right into the high priest’s courtyard. There he sat with the guards, warming himself by the fire.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:55 - Inside, the leading priests and the entire high council[fn] were trying to find evidence against Jesus, so they could put him to death. But they couldn’t find any.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:56 - Many false witnesses spoke against him, but they contradicted each other.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:57 - Finally, some men stood up and gave this false testimony:

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:58 - “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this Temple made with human hands, and in three days I will build another, made without human hands.’”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:59 - But even then they didn’t get their stories straight!

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:60 - Then the high priest stood up before the others and asked Jesus, “Well, aren’t you going to answer these charges? What do you have to say for yourself?”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:61 - But Jesus was silent and made no reply. Then the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:62 - Jesus said, “I AM.[fn] And you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand[fn] and coming on the clouds of heaven.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:63 - Then the high priest tore his clothing to show his horror and said, “Why do we need other witnesses?

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:64 - You have all heard his blasphemy. What is your verdict?” “Guilty!” they all cried. “He deserves to die!”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:65 - Then some of them began to spit at him, and they blindfolded him and beat him with their fists. “Prophesy to us,” they jeered. And the guards slapped him as they took him away.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:66 - Meanwhile, Peter was in the courtyard below. One of the servant girls who worked for the high priest came by

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:67 - and noticed Peter warming himself at the fire. She looked at him closely and said, “You were one of those with Jesus of Nazareth.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:68 - But Peter denied it. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said, and he went out into the entryway. Just then, a rooster crowed.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:69 - When the servant girl saw him standing there, she began telling the others, “This man is definitely one of them!”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:70 - But Peter denied it again. A little later some of the other bystanders confronted Peter and said, “You must be one of them, because you are a Galilean.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:71 - Peter swore, “A curse on me if I’m lying—I don’t know this man you’re talking about!”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:72 - And immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And he broke down and wept.
NLT Footnotes
Or reclining.
Greek for 300 denarii. A denarius was equivalent to a laborer’s full day’s wage.
Greek the Twelve.
Or As they reclined.
“Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself.
Some manuscripts read the new covenant.
Greek I will strike. Zech 13:7.
Abba is an Aramaic term for “father.”
Greek the Sanhedrin.
Or The ‘I AM’ is here; or I am the LORD. See Exod 3:14.
Greek at the right hand of the power. See Ps 110:1.
See Dan 7:13.
Or Jesus the Nazarene.
Some manuscripts do not include Just then, a rooster crowed.

NLT

Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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