Matthew 26 ©

1 Christ again foretells His death. 3 About which the rulers of the Jews take counsel. 6 Is anointed by a woman at Bethany. 10 Whose deed He defends and commends. 14 Judas sells Christ. 17 Christ causes the Passover to be prepared, and eats the same with His disciples, and foretells the treason of Judas. 26 Afterwards institutes His Supper. 31 Foretells His disciples of their scattering, and Peter of his fall. 36 Enters upon His passion in a garden with great anguish, and earnest prayer, admonishing His disciples, who slept, to watch and pray. 47 Is betrayed by Judas with a kiss, and apprehended by the Jews. 51 Reproves Peter for cutting off the ear of the High Priest’s servant. 57 Is brought to Caiaphas before the council. 59 Accused by false witnesses. 63 Acknowledges that He is the Christ. 65 Is therefore condemned as a blasphemer, and reproachfully mishandled. 69 Peter denies Christ. 75 Comes to acknowledge and lament his fall.


AND it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all 1these sayings, he said unto his disciples,


Yea know that after two days is the feast of the 2passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.


Thenb assembled together 3the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, 4unto the palace of the high priest, who was called 5Caiaphas,


And consulted that they might take Jesus 6by subtilty,c and kill him.


But they said, 7Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.


¶Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon 8the leper,


Thered came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of 9very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.


But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?


For this ointment might have been sold for 10much, and given to the poor.


When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought 11a good work upon me.


Fore ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have 12not always.


For in that she hath 13poured this ointment on my body, she did it 14for my burial.


Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.


¶Thenf one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,


And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will 15deliver him unto you? And they 16covenanted with him for thirtyg pieces of 17silver.


And from that time he sought 18opportunity to betray him.


¶Nowh the 19first day of theifeast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?


And he said, Go into the city to 20such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.


And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready 21the passover.


Nowj22when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.


And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that onek of you shall betray me.


And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?


And he answered and said, 23He thatl dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.


The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but 24woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.


Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, 25Thou hast said.


¶Andm26as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and 27blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; 28this is 29my body.


And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave 30it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;


For this is 31my bloodn of the new testament, which is 32shed for many for the remissiono of sins.


But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until 33that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.


Andp when they had sung 34an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.


Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because 35of me this night: for it is written, Iq will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.


Butr after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.


Peter answered and said unto him, Thoughs all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.


Jesus said unto him, Verilyt I say unto thee, That this night, 36before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.


Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.


¶Thenu cometh Jesus with them unto 37a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.


And he took with him Peter and the 38two sons of Zebedee, and began to be 39sorrowful and very heavy.


Thenv saith he unto them, My soul is 40exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.


And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, Ow my Father, if it be possible, let 41this cupx42pass from me: neverthelessy not 43as I will, but as thou wilt.


And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, 44What, could ye not watch with me one hour?


Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: thez45spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.


He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.


And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were 46heavy.


And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.


Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, 47Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.


Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.


¶Andaa while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him 48a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.


Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.


And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissedab him.


And Jesus said unto him, 49Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.


And, behold, 50one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and 51smote off his ear.


Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: forac all they that 52take the sword shall perish 53with the sword.


Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presentlyad give me more than twelve 54legions of angels?


But how then shall the scripturesae be fulfilled, that thus it must be?


In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a 55thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me.


But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Thenaf all the disciples forsook him, and fled.


¶Andag they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away 56to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.


But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest’s 57palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.


Nowah the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;


But 58found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,


And said, 59This fellow said, Iai am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.


Andaj the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?


Butak Jesus 60held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.


Jesus saith unto him, 61Thou hast said: neverthelessal I say unto you, Hereafter 62shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.


Then the high priest 63rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.


What think ye? They answered and said, Heam is guiltyan of death.


Thenao did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; andap others 64smote him with the palms of their hands,


Saying, Prophesyaq unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?


¶Nowar Peter sat 65without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus 66of Galilee.


But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.


And when he was gone out into 67the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.


And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.


And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech 68bewrayethas thee.


Then began he to 69curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.


And Peter 70remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Beforeat the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.