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Chapter 22

1The festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was approaching. 2And the high priests and the scribes were casting about for a way to put him to death, for they were afraid of the people.

3But Satan entered into Judas, who was called Iscariot, a member of the Twelve. 4And he went off and discussed with the high priests and captains of the Temple how he could betray him to them. 5And they were delighted and agreed to pay him for it. 6And he accepted their offer, and watched for an opportunity to betray him to them without a disturbance.

7When the day of Unleavened Bread came, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed, 8Jesus sent Peter and John, saying to them,

“Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.”

9They said to him,

“Where do you want us to prepare it?”

10He said to them,

“Just after you enter the city, you will meet a man carrying a pitcher of water. Follow him to the house to which he goes, 11and say to the man of the house, ‘Our Master says to you, “Where is the room where I can eat the Passover supper with my disciples?” ’ 12And he will show you a large room upstairs with the necessary furniture. Make your preparations there.”

13So they went and found everything just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover supper.

14When the time came, he took his place at the table, with the apostles about him. 15And he said to them,

“I have greatly desired to eat this Passover supper with you before I suffer. 16For I tell you, I will never eat one again until it reaches its fulfilment in the Kingdom of God.”

17And when he was handed a cup, he thanked God, and then said,

“Take this and share it among you, for I tell you, 18I will not drink the product of the vine again until the Kingdom of God comes.”

19And he took a loaf of bread and thanked God, and broke it in pieces, and gave it to them, saying,

“This is my body. 21Yet look! The hand of the man who is betraying me is beside me on the table! 22For the Son of Man is going his way, as it has been decreed, but alas for the man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed!”

23And they began to discuss with one another which of them it was who was going to do this. 24A dispute also arose among them, as to which one of them ought to be considered the greatest. 25But he said to them,

“The kings of the heathen lord it over them, and their authorities are given the title of Benefactor. 26But you are not to do so, but whoever is greatest among you must be like the youngest, and the leader like a servant. 27For which is greater, the man at the table, or the servant who waits on him? Is not the man at the table? Yet I am like a servant among you. 28But it is you who have stood by me in my trials. 29So just as my Father has conferred a kingdom on me 30I confer on you the right to eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and to sit on thrones and judge the twelve tribes of Israel! 31O Simon, Simon! Satan has obtained permission to sift all of you like wheat, 32but I have prayed that your own faith may not fail. And afterward you yourself must turn and strengthen your brothers.”

33Peter said to him,

“Master, I am ready to go to prison and to death with you!”

34But he said,

“I tell you, Peter, the cock will not crow today before you deny three times that you know me!”

35And he said to them,

“When I sent you out without any purse or bag or shoes, was there anything you needed?”

They said,

“No, nothing.”

36He said to them,

“But now, if a man has a purse let him take it, and a bag too. And a man who has no sword must sell his coat and buy one. 37For I tell you that this saying of Scripture must find its fulfilment in me: ‘He was rated an outlaw.’ Yes, that saying about me is to be fulfilled!”

38But they said,

“See, Master, here are two swords!”

And he said to them,

“Enough of this!”

39And he went out of the city and up on the Mount of Olives as he was accustomed to do, with his disciples following him. 40And when he reached the spot, he said to them,

“Pray that you may not be subjected to trial.”

41And he withdrew about a stone’s throw from them, and kneeling down he prayed 42and said,

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me. But not my will but yours be done!”

45When he got up from his prayer, he went to the disciples and found them asleep from sorrow. 46And he said to them,

“Why are you asleep? Get up, and pray that you may not be subjected to trial!”

47While he was still speaking, a crowd of people came up, with the man called Judas, one of the Twelve, at their head, and he stepped up to Jesus to kiss him. 48Jesus said to him,

“Would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”

49Those who were about him saw what was coming and said,

“Master, shall we use our swords?”

50And one of them did strike at the high priest’s slave and cut his right ear off. 51But Jesus answered,

“Let me do this much!”

And he touched his ear and healed him. 52And Jesus said to the high priests, captains of the Temple, and elders who had come to take him,

“Have you come out with swords and clubs as though I were a robber? 53When I was among you day after day in the Temple you never laid a hand on me! But you choose this hour, and the cover of darkness!”

54Then they arrested him and led him away and took him to the house of the high priest. And Peter followed at a distance. 55And they kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat about it, and Peter sat down among them. 56A maid saw him sitting by the fire and looked at him and said,

“This man was with him too.”

57But he denied it, and said,

“I do not know him.”

58Shortly after, a man saw him and said,

“You are one of them too!”

But Peter said,

“I am not!”

59About an hour later, another man insisted,

“This man was certainly with him too, for he is a Galilean!”

60But Peter said,

“I do not know what you mean.”

And immediately, just as he spoke, a cock crowed. 61And the Master turned and looked at Peter, and Peter remembered the words the Master had said to him—“Before the cock crows today, you will disown me three times.” 62And he went outside and wept bitterly.

63The men who had Jesus in custody flogged him and made sport of him, 64and they blindfolded him, and asked him,

“Show that you are a prophet! Who was it that struck you?” 65And they said many other abusive things to him.

66As soon as it was day, the elders of the people and the high priests and scribes assembled, and brought him before their council, and said to him,

67“If you are the Christ, tell us so.”

But he said to them,

“If I tell you, you will not believe me, 68and if I ask you a question, you will not answer me. 69But from this time on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of God Almighty!”

70And they all said,

“Are you the Son of God then?”

And he said to them,

“I am, as you say!”

71Then they said,

“What do we want of testimony now? We have heard it ourselves from his own mouth!”

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