Judas’ Decision to Betray Jesus
1 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread,1 which is called the Passover, was approaching. 2 The2 chief priests and the experts in the law3 were trying to find some way4 to execute5 Jesus,6 for they were afraid of the people.7
3 Then8 Satan9 entered Judas, the one called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve.10 4 He went away and discussed with the chief priests and officers of the temple guard11 how he might12 betray Jesus,13 handing him over to them.14 5 They15 were delighted16 and arranged to give him money.17 6 So18 Judas19 agreed and began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus20 when no crowd was present.21
7 Then the day for the feast22 of Unleavened Bread came, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.23 8 Jesus24 sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover25 for us to eat.”26 9 They27 said to him, “Where do you want us to prepare28 it?” 10 He said to them, “Listen,29 when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water30 will meet you.31 Follow him into the house that he enters, 11 and tell the owner of the house,32 ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”’ 12 Then he will show you a large furnished room upstairs. Make preparations there.” 13 So33 they went and found things34 just as he had told them,35 and they prepared the Passover.
The Lord’s Supper
14 Now36 when the hour came, Jesus37 took his place at the table38 and the apostles joined39 him. 15 And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired40 to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again41 until it is fulfilled42 in the kingdom of God.”43 17 Then44 he took a cup,45 and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves. 18 For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit46 of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”47 19 Then48 he took bread, and after giving thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body49 which is given for you.50 Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 And in the same way he took51 the cup after they had eaten,52 saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant53 in my blood.
A Final Discourse
21 “But look, the hand of the one who betrays54 me is with me on the table.55 22 For the Son of Man is to go just as it has been determined,56 but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” 23 So57 they began to question one another as to which of them it could possibly be who would do this.
24 A dispute also started58 among them over which of them was to be regarded as the greatest.59 25 So60 Jesus61 said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’62 26 Not so with you;63 instead the one who is greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader64 like the one who serves.65 27 For who is greater, the one who is seated at the table,66 or the one who serves? Is it not67 the one who is seated at the table? But I am among you as one68 who serves.
28 “You are the ones who have remained69 with me in my trials. 29 Thus70 I grant71 to you a kingdom,72 just as my Father granted to me, 30 that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit73 on thrones judging74 the twelve tribes of Israel.
31 “Simon,75 Simon, pay attention!76 Satan has demanded to have you all,77 to sift you like wheat,78 32 but I have prayed for you, Simon,79 that your faith may not fail.80 When81 you have turned back,82 strengthen83 your brothers.” 33 But Peter84 said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death!”85 34 Jesus replied,86 “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow87 today until you have denied88 three times that you know me.”
35 Then89 Jesus90 said to them, “When I sent you out with no money bag,91 or traveler’s bag,92 or sandals, you didn’t lack93 anything, did you?” They replied,94 “Nothing.” 36 He said to them, “But now, the one who95 has a money bag must take it, and likewise a traveler’s bag96 too. And the one who has no sword must sell his cloak and buy one. 37 For I tell you that this scripture must be97 fulfilled in me, ‘And he was counted with the transgressors.’98 For what is written about me is being fulfilled.”99 38 So100 they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.”101 Then he told them, “It is enough.”102
On the Mount of Olives
39 Then103 Jesus104 went out and made his way,105 as he customarily did, to the Mount of Olives,106 and the disciples followed him. 40 When he came to the place,107 he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.”108 41 He went away from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, take109 this cup110 away from me. Yet not my will but yours111 be done.” 43 [Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 And in his anguish112 he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.]113 45 When114 he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping, exhausted115 from grief. 46 So116 he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you will not fall into temptation!”117
Betrayal and Arrest
47 While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd appeared,118 and the man named Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He walked up119 to Jesus to kiss him.120 48 But Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”121 49 When122 those who were around him saw what was about to happen, they said, “Lord, should123 we use our swords?”124 50 Then125 one of them126 struck the high priest’s slave,127 cutting off his right ear. 51 But Jesus said,128 “Enough of this!” And he touched the man’s129 ear and healed130 him. 52 Then131 Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard,132 and the elders who had come out to get him, “Have you come out with swords and clubs like you would against an outlaw?133 53 Day after day when I was with you in the temple courts,134 you did not arrest me.135 But this is your hour,136 and that of the power137 of darkness!”
Jesus’ Condemnation and Peter’s Denials
54 Then138 they arrested139 Jesus,140 led him away, and brought him into the high priest’s house.141 But Peter was following at a distance. 55 When they had made a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. 56 Then a slave girl,142 seeing him as he sat in the firelight, stared at him and said, “This man was with him too!” 57 But Peter143 denied it: “Woman,144 I don’t know145 him!” 58 Then146 a little later someone else147 saw him and said, “You are one of them too.” But Peter said, “Man,148 I am not!” 59 And after about an hour still another insisted,149 “Certainly this man was with him, because he too is a Galilean.”150 60 But Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” At that moment,151 while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed.152 61 Then153 the Lord turned and looked straight at Peter, and Peter remembered the word of the Lord,154 how he had said to him, “Before a rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” 62 And he went outside and wept bitterly.155
63 Now156 the men who were holding Jesus157 under guard began to mock him and beat him. 64 They158 blindfolded him and asked him repeatedly,159 “Prophesy! Who hit you?”160 65 They also said many other things against him, reviling161 him.
66 When day came, the council of the elders of the people gathered together, both the chief priests and the experts in the law.162 Then163 they led Jesus164 away to their council165 67 and said, “If166 you are the Christ,167 tell us.” But he said to them, “If168 I tell you, you will not169 believe, 68 and if170 I ask you, you will not171 answer. 69 But from now on172 the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand173 of the power174 of God.” 70 So175 they all said, “Are you the Son of God,176 then?” He answered177 them, “You say178 that I am.” 71 Then179 they said, “Why do we need further testimony? We have heard it ourselves180 from his own lips!”181