The Gospel According to Matthew Chapter 26:1-75
Matthew 26:1 When Jesus finished all these words, he said to his disciples,
Matthew 26:2 "You know that in two days' time it will be Passover, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified."
Matthew 26:3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,
Matthew 26:4 and they consulted together to arrest Jesus by treachery and put him to death.
Matthew 26:5 But they said, "Not during the festival, that there may not be a riot among the people."
Matthew 26:6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,
Matthew 26:7 a woman came up to him with an alabaster jar of costly perfumed oil, and poured it on his head while he was reclining at table.
Matthew 26:8 When the disciples saw this, they were indignant and said, "Why this waste?
Matthew 26:9 It could have been sold for much, and the money given to the poor."
Matthew 26:10 Since Jesus knew this, he said to them, "Why do you make trouble for the woman? She has done a good thing for me.
Matthew 26:11 The poor you will always have with you; but you will not always have me.
Matthew 26:12 In pouring this perfumed oil upon my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.
Matthew 26:13 Amen, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be spoken of, in memory of her."
Matthew 26:14 Then one of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscar iot, 7 went to the chief priests
Matthew 26:15 and said, "What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?" They paid him thirty pieces of silver,
Matthew 26:16 and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.
Matthew 26:17 On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples approached Jesus and said, "Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?"
Matthew 26:18 He said, "Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, 'The teacher says, "My appointed time draws near; in your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples."'"
Matthew 26:19 The disciples then did as Jesus had ordered, and prepared the Passover.
Matthew 26:20 When it was evening, he reclined at table with the Twelve.
Matthew 26:21 And while they were eating, he said, "Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me."
Matthew 26:22 Deeply distressed at this, they began to say to him one after another, "Surely it is not I, Lord?"
Matthew 26:23 He said in reply, "He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me is the one who will betray me.
Matthew 26:24 The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had never been born."
Matthew 26:25 Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply, "Surely it is not I, Rabbi?" He answered, "You have said so."
Matthew 26:26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, "Take and eat; this is my body."
Matthew 26:27 Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you,
Matthew 26:28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.
Matthew 26:29 I tell you, from now on I shall not drink this fruit of the vine until the day when I drink it with you new in the kingdom of my Father."
Matthew 26:30 Then, after singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Matthew 26:31 Then Jesus said to them, "This night all of you will have your faith in me shaken, for it is written: 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be dispersed';
Matthew 26:32 but after I have been raised up, I shall go before you to Galilee."
Matthew 26:33 Peter said to him in reply, "Though all may have their faith in you shaken, mine will never be."
Matthew 26:34 Jesus said to him, "Amen, I say to you, this very night before the cock crows, you will deny me three times."
Matthew 26:35 Peter said to him, "Even though I should have to die with you, I will not deny you." And all the disciples spoke likewise.
Matthew 26:37 He took along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to feel sorrow and distress.
Matthew 26:38 Then he said to them, "My soul is sorrowful even to death. Remain here and keep watch with me."
Matthew 26:39 He advanced a little and fell prostrate in prayer, 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 When he returned to his disciples he found them asleep. He said to Peter, "So you could not keep watch with me for one hour?
Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."
Matthew 26:42 Withdrawing a second time, he prayed again, "My Father, if it is not possible that this cup pass without my drinking it, your will be done!"
Matthew 26:43 Then he returned once more and found them asleep, for they could not keep their eyes open.
Matthew 26:44 He left them and withdrew again and prayed a third time, saying the same thing again.
Matthew 26:45 Then he returned to his disciples and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Behold, the hour is at hand when the Son of Man is to be handed over to sinners.
Matthew 26:46 Get up, let us go. Look, my betrayer is at hand."
Matthew 26:47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived, accompanied by a large crowd, with swords and clubs, who had come from the chief priests and the elders of the people.
Matthew 26:48 His betrayer had arranged a sign with them, saying, "The man I shall kiss is the one; arrest him."
Matthew 26:49 Immediately he went over to Jesus and said, "Hail, Rabbi!" and he kissed him.
Matthew 26:51 And behold, one of those who accompanied Jesus put his hand to his sword, drew it, and struck the high priest's servant, cutting off his ear.
Matthew 26:52 Then Jesus said to him, "Put your sword back into its sheath, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.
Matthew 26:53 Do you think that I cannot call upon my Father and he will not provide me at this moment with more than twelve legions of angels?
Matthew 26:54 But then how would the scriptures be fulfilled which say that it must come to pass in this way?"
Matthew 26:55 At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, "Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to seize me? Day after day I sat teaching in the temple area, yet you did not arrest me.
Matthew 26:56 But all this has come to pass that the writings of the prophets may be fulfilled." Then all the disciples left him and fled.
Matthew 26:57 Those who had arrested Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.
Matthew 26:58 Peter was following him at a distance as far as the high priest's courtyard, and going inside he sat down with the servants to see the outcome.
Matthew 26:59 The chief priests and the entire Sanhedrin kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus in order to put him to death,
Matthew 26:60 but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally two came forward
Matthew 26:61 who stated, "This man said, 'I can destroy the temple of God and within three days rebuild it.'"
Matthew 26:62 The high priest rose and addressed him, "Have you no answer? What are these men testifying against you?"
Matthew 26:63 But Jesus was silent. Then the high priest said to him, "I order you to tell us under oath before the living God whether you are the Messiah, the Son of God."
Matthew 26:64 Jesus said to him in reply, "You have said so. But I tell you: From now on you will see 'the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the 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 have we of witnesses? You have now heard the blasphemy;
Matthew 26:66 what is your opinion?" They said in reply, "He deserves to die!"
Matthew 26:67 Then they spat in his face and struck him, while some slapped him,
Matthew 26:68 saying, "Prophesy for us, Messiah: who is it that struck you?"
Matthew 26:69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. One of the maids came over to him and said, "You too were with Jesus the Galilean."
Matthew 26:70 But he denied it in front of everyone, saying, "I do not know what you are talking about!"
Matthew 26:71 As he went out to the gate, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, "This man was with Jesus the Nazorean."
Matthew 26:72 Again he denied it with an oath, "I do not know the man!"
Matthew 26:73 A little later the bystanders came over and said to Peter, "Surely you too are one of them; even your speech gives you away."
Matthew 26:74 At that he began to curse and to swear, "I do not know the man." And immediately a cock crowed.
Matthew 26:75 Then Peter remembered the word that Jesus had spoken: "Before the cock crows you will deny me three times." He went out and began to weep bitterly.