14Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests15and said, “What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?” And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him.16From then on he began looking for a good opportunity to betray Jesus.
17Now 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?”18And 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.”’”19The disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover.
The Last Passover
20Now when evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the twelve disciples.21As they were eating, He said, “Truly I say to you that one of you will betray Me.”22Being deeply grieved, they each one began to say to Him, “Surely not I, Lord?”23And He answered, “He who dipped his hand with Me in the bowl is the one who will betray Me.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.”25And 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
26While 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.”27And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you;28for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.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.”
30After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
31Then 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 THEFLOCK SHALL BESCATTERED.’32“But after I have been raised, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.”33But Peter said to Him, “Even though all may fall away because of You, I will never fall away.”34Jesus said to him, “Truly I say to you that this very night, before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.”35Peter *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
36Then Jesus *came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and *said to His disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”37And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed.38Then He *said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me.”
39And 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.”40And 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?41“Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
42He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.”43Again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.44And He left them again, and went away and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more.45Then 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.46“Get up, let us be going; behold, the one who betrays Me is at hand!”
Jesus’ Betrayal and Arrest
47While 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.48Now he who was betraying Him gave them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the one; seize Him.”49Immediately Judas went to Jesus and said, “Hail, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.50And Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you have come for.” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and seized Him.
51And 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.52Then Jesus *said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.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?54“How then will the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way?”
55At 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.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
57Those who had seized Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together.58But 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.
59Now the chief priests and the whole Council kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus, so that they might put Him to death.60They did not find any, even though many false witnesses came forward. But later on two came forward,61and said, “This man stated, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and to rebuild it in three days.’”62The high priest stood up and said to Him, “Do You not answer? What is it that these men are testifying against You?”63But 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.”64Jesus *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.”
65Then 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;66what do you think?” They answered, “He deserves death!”
67Then they spat in His face and beat Him with their fists; and others slapped Him,68and said, “Prophesy to us, You Christ; who is the one who hit You?”
69Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, and a servant-girl came to him and said, “You too were with Jesus the Galilean.”70But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you are talking about.”71When 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.”72And again he denied it with an oath, “I do not know the man.”73A 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.”74Then he began to curse and swear, “I do not know the man!” And immediately a rooster crowed.75And 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.
1Now when morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people conferred together against Jesus to put Him to death;2and they bound Him, and led Him away and delivered Him to Pilate the governor.
3Then when Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,4saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” But they said, “What is that to us? See to that yourself!”5And he threw the pieces of silver into the temple sanctuary and departed; and he went away and hanged himself.6The chief priests took the pieces of silver and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the temple treasury, since it is the price of blood.”7And they conferred together and with the money bought the Potter’s Field as a burial place for strangers.8For this reason that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day.9Then that which was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “ANDTHEY TOOK THE THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER, THE PRICE OF THE ONE WHOSE PRICE HAD BEEN SET by the sons of Israel;10ANDTHEY GAVE THEM FOR THE POTTER’S FIELD, AS THE LORD DIRECTED ME.”
Jesus before Pilate
11Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor questioned Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” And Jesus said to him, “It is as you say.”12And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He did not answer.13Then Pilate *said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?”14And He did not answer him with regard to even a single charge, so the governor was quite amazed.
15Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the people any one prisoner whom they wanted.16At that time they were holding a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas.17So when the people gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?”18For he knew that because of envy they had handed Him over.
19While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent him a message, saying, “Have nothing to do with that righteous Man; for last night I suffered greatly in a dream because of Him.”20But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to put Jesus to death.21But the governor said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.”22Pilate *said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all *said, “Crucify Him!”23And he said, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they kept shouting all the more, saying, “Crucify Him!”
24When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather that a riot was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this Man’s blood; see to that yourselves.”25And all the people said, “His blood shall be on us and on our children!”26Then he released Barabbas for them; but after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified.
Jesus Is Mocked
27Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole Roman cohort around Him.28They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him.29And after twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand; and they knelt down before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”30They spat on Him, and took the reed and began to beat Him on the head.31After they had mocked Him, they took the scarlet robe off Him and put His own garments back on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him.
32As they were coming out, they found a man of Cyrene named Simon, whom they pressed into service to bear His cross.
33And when they came to a place called Golgotha, which means Place of a Skull,34they gave Him wine to drink mixed with gall; and after tasting it, He was unwilling to drink.
35And when they had crucified Him, they divided up His garments among themselves by casting lots.36And sitting down, they began to keep watch over Him there.37And above His head they put up the charge against Him which read, “THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”
38At that time two robbers *were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left.39And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads40and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”41In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking Him and saying,42“He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him.43“HE TRUSTS IN GOD; LET GOD RESCUEHim now, IF HEDELIGHTS IN HIM; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”44The robbers who had been crucified with Him were also insulting Him with the same words.
45Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour.46About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” that is, “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?”47And some of those who were standing there, when they heard it, began saying, “This man is calling for Elijah.”48Immediately one of them ran, and taking a sponge, he filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and gave Him a drink.49But the rest of them said, “Let us see whether Elijah will come to save Him.”50And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.51And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split.52The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;53and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many.54Now the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”
55Many women were there looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee while ministering to Him.56Among them was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.
Jesus Is Buried
57When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus.58This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him.59And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,60and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and went away.61And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the grave.
62Now on the next day, the day after the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together with Pilate,63and said, “Sir, we remember that when He was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I am to rise again.’64“Therefore, give orders for the grave to be made secure until the third day, otherwise His disciples may come and steal Him away and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last deception will be worse than the first.”65Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go, make it as secure as you know how.”66And they went and made the grave secure, and along with the guard they set a seal on the stone.