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Chapter 18

1When Jesus had said this, he went out with his disciples to the other side of the Ravine of the Cedars where there was a garden, and he went into it with his disciples. 2Judas who betrayed him also knew the place, for Jesus often met his disciples there. 3So Judas got out the garrison and some attendants from the high priests and Pharisees, and came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. 4Then Jesus, as he knew everything that was going to happen to him, came forward and said to them,

“Who is it you are looking for?”

5They answered,

“Jesus of Nazareth.”

He said to them,

“I am he.”

Judas who betrayed him was standing among them. 6When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. 7Then he asked them again,

“Who is it you are looking for?”

They said,

“Jesus of Nazareth.”

8Jesus answered,

“I have told you that I am he, so if you are looking for me, let these men go.” 9This was to fulfil the saying he had uttered, “I have not lost one of those whom you have given me.”

10Then Simon Peter, who had a sword with him, drew it and struck at the high priest’s slave and cut off his right ear. The slave’s name was Malchus. 11Then Jesus said to Peter,

“Put your sword back into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which the Father has offered me?”

12So the garrison and the colonel and the attendants of the Jews seized Jesus and bound him, 13and they took him first to Annas. For he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 14Now it was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it was for their interest that one man should die for the people.

15But Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. This other disciple was an acquaintance of the high priest, and he went on with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard, 16while Peter stood outside at the door. So this other disciple, the acquaintance of the high priest, went out and spoke to the woman at the door and brought Peter in. 17The maid at the door said to Peter,

“Are you also one of this man’s disciples?”

He said,

“No, I am not.”

18As it was cold the slaves and attendants had made a charcoal fire, and stood about it warming themselves. And Peter also was among them, standing and warming himself.

19Then the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. 20Jesus answered,

“I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in synagogues or in the Temple where all the Jews meet together, and I have said nothing in secret. 21Why do you question me? Ask those who have heard me what it was that I said to them. They will know what I have said.”

22When he said this, one of the attendants who stood near struck him and said,

“Is that the way you answer the high priest?”

23Jesus replied,

“If I have said anything wrong, testify to it; but if what I have said is true, why do you strike me?”

24So Annas sent him over still bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

25But Simon Peter still stood warming himself. So they said to him,

“Are you also one of his disciples?”

He denied it and said,

“No, I am not.”

26One of the high priest’s slaves, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, said,

“Did I not see you with him in the garden?”

27Peter again denied it, and at that moment a cock crowed.

28Then they took Jesus from Caiaphas to the governor’s house. It was early in the morning, and they would not go into the governor’s house themselves, to avoid being ceremonially defiled and to be able to eat the Passover supper. 29So Pilate came outside to them, and said,

“What charge do you make against this man?”

30They answered,

“If he were not a criminal, we would not have turned him over to you.”

31Pilate said to them,

“Take him yourselves, and try him by your law.”

The Jews said to him,

“We have no authority to put anyone to death.”

32This was to fulfil what Jesus said when he declared how he was to die.

33So Pilate went back into the governor’s house and called Jesus and said to him,

“Are you the king of the Jews?”

34Jesus answered,

“Did you think of that yourself, or has someone else said it to you about me?”

35Pilate answered,

“Do you take me for a Jew? Your own people and the high priests handed you over to me. What offense have you committed?”

36Jesus answered,

“My kingdom is not a kingdom of this world. If my kingdom were a kingdom of this world, my men would have fought to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom has no such origin.”

37Pilate said to him,

“Then you are a king?”

Jesus answered,

“As you say, I am a king. It was for this that I was born and for this that I came to the world, to give testimony for truth. Everyone who is on the side of truth listens to my voice.”

38Pilate said to him,

“What is truth!”

With these words he went outside again to the Jews, and said to them,

“I can find nothing to charge him with. 39But it is your custom to have me release one man for you at Passover time. Do you want me therefore to release the king of the Jews for you?”

40Then they shouted back,

“No! Not him, but Barabbas!”

Now Barabbas was a robber.

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