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Matthew 26


The Plot to Kill Jesus

Matthew 26:1
  When Jesus had finished all these words, He said to His disciples,
Matthew 26:2
  "You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man is to be handed over for crucifixion."
Matthew 26:3
  Then the chief priests and the elders of the people were gathered together in the court of the high priest, named Caiaphas;
Matthew 26:4
  and they plotted together to seize Jesus by stealth and kill Him.
Matthew 26:5
  But they were saying, "Not during the festival, otherwise a riot might occur among the people."

The Precious Ointment

Matthew 26:6
  Now when Jesus was in Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper,
Matthew 26:7
  a woman came to Him with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at the table.
Matthew 26:8
  But the disciples were indignant when they saw this, and said, "Why this waste?
Matthew 26:9
  For this perfume might have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor."
Matthew 26:10
  But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why do you bother the woman? For she has done a good deed to Me.
Matthew 26:11
  For you always have the poor with you; but you do not always have Me.
Matthew 26:12
  For when she poured this perfume on My body, she did it to prepare Me for burial.
Matthew 26:13
  Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her."

Judas's Bargain

Matthew 26:14
  Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests
Matthew 26:15
  and said, "What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?" And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him.
Matthew 26:16
  From then on he began looking for a good opportunity to betray Jesus.
Matthew 26:17
  Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?"
Matthew 26:18
  And He said, "Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, 'The Teacher says, "My time is near; I am to keep the Passover at your house with My disciples."'"
Matthew 26:19
  The disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover.

The Last Passover

Matthew 26:20
  Now when evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the twelve disciples.
Matthew 26:21
  As they were eating, He said, "Truly I say to you that one of you will betray Me."
Matthew 26:22
  Being deeply grieved, they each one began to say to Him, "Surely not I, Lord?"
Matthew 26:23
  And He answered, "He who dipped his hand with Me in the bowl is the one who will betray Me.
Matthew 26:24
  The Son of Man is to go, 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."
Matthew 26:25
  And Judas, who was betraying Him, said, "Surely it is not I, Rabbi?" Jesus *said to him, "You have said it yourself."

The Lord's Supper Instituted

Matthew 26:26
  While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is My body."
Matthew 26:27
  And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you;
Matthew 26:28
  for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.
Matthew 26:29
  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."
Matthew 26:30
  After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Matthew 26:31
  Then Jesus *said to them, "You will all fall away because of Me this night, for it is written, 'I WILL STRIKE DOWN THE SHEPHERD, AND THE SHEEP OF THE FLOCK SHALL BE SCATTERED.'
Matthew 26:32
  But after I have been raised, I will go ahead of you to Galilee."
Matthew 26:33
  But Peter said to Him, " Even though all may fall away because of You, I will never fall away."
Matthew 26:34
  Jesus said to him, "Truly I say to you that this very night, before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times."
Matthew 26:35
  Peter *said to Him, "Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You." All the disciples said the same thing too.

The Garden of Gethsemane

Matthew 26:36
  Then Jesus *came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and *said to His disciples, "Sit here while I go over there and pray."
Matthew 26:37
  And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed.
Matthew 26:38
  Then He *said to them, "My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me."
Matthew 26:39
  And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will."
Matthew 26:40
  And He *came to the disciples and *found them sleeping, and *said to Peter, "So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour?
Matthew 26:41
  Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."
Matthew 26:42
  He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, "My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done."
Matthew 26:43
  Again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.
Matthew 26:44
  And He left them again, and went away and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more.
Matthew 26:45
  Then He *came to the 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.
Matthew 26:46
  up, let us be going; behold, the one who betrays Me is at hand!"

Jesus' Betrayal and Arrest

Matthew 26:47
  While He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, came up accompanied by a large crowd with swords and clubs, who came from the chief priests and elders of the people.
Matthew 26:48
  Now he who was betraying Him gave them a sign, saying, "Whomever I kiss, He is the one; seize Him."
Matthew 26:49
  Immediately Judas went to Jesus and said, "Hail, Rabbi!" and kissed Him.
Matthew 26:50
  And Jesus said to him, "Friend, do what you have come for." Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and seized Him.
Matthew 26:51
  And behold, one of those who were with Jesus reached and drew out his sword, and struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his ear.
Matthew 26:52
  Then Jesus *said to him, "Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.
Matthew 26:53
  Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels?
Matthew 26:54
  How then will the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way?"
Matthew 26:55
  At that time Jesus said to the crowds, "Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest Me as you would against a robber? Every day I used to sit in the temple teaching and you did not seize Me.
Matthew 26:56
  But all this has taken place to fulfill the Scriptures of the prophets." Then all the disciples left Him and fled.

Jesus before Caiaphas

Matthew 26:57
  Those who had seized Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together.
Matthew 26:58
  But Peter was following Him at a distance as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and entered in, and sat down with the officers to see the outcome.
Matthew 26:59
  Now the chief priests and the whole Council kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus, so that they might put Him to death.
Matthew 26:60
  They did not find any, even though many false witnesses came forward. But later on two came forward,
Matthew 26:61
  and said, "This man stated, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God and to rebuild it in three days.'"
Matthew 26:62
  The high priest stood up and said to Him, "Do You not answer? What is it that these men are testifying against You?"
Matthew 26:63
  But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest said to Him, "I adjure You by the living God, that You tell us whether You are the Christ, the Son of God."
Matthew 26:64
  Jesus *said to him, "You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you will see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN."
Matthew 26:65
  Then the high priest tore his robes and said, "He has blasphemed! What further need do we have of witnesses? Behold, you have now heard the blasphemy;
Matthew 26:66
  what do you think?" They answered, "He deserves death!"
Matthew 26:67
  Then they spat in His face and beat Him with their fists; and others slapped Him,
Matthew 26:68
  and said, "Prophesy to us, You Christ; who is the one who hit You?"

Peter's Denials

Matthew 26:69
  Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, and a servant-girl came to him and said, "You too were with Jesus the Galilean."
Matthew 26:70
  But he denied it before them all, saying, "I do not know what you are talking about."
Matthew 26:71
  When he had gone out to the gateway, another servant-girl saw him and *said to those who were there, "This man was with Jesus of Nazareth."
Matthew 26:72
  And again he denied it with an oath, "I do not know the man."
Matthew 26:73
  A little later the bystanders came up and said to Peter, "Surely you too are one of them; for even the way you talk gives you away."
Matthew 26:74
  Then he began to curse and swear, "I do not know the man!" And immediately a rooster crowed.
Matthew 26:75
  And Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said, "Before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." And he went out and wept bitterly.
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