1It was two days before the Passover and the feast of Unleavened Bread, and the chief priests and thescribes were looking for a way to arrest Jesus by some trick and have him put to death. 2For they said, 'It must not be during the festivities, or there wil be a disturbance among the people.' 3He was at Bethany in the house of Simon, a man who had suffered from a virulent skin-disease; hewas at table when a woman came in with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment, pure nard. She broke the jarand poured the ointment on his head. 4Some who were there said to one another indignantly, 'Why this waste of ointment? 5Ointment like this could have been sold for over three hundred denari and the money given to thepoor'; and they were angry with her. 6But Jesus said, 'Leave her alone. Why are you upsetting her? What she has done for me is a goodwork. 7You have the poor with you always, and you can be kind to them whenever you wish, but you wil notalways have me. 8She has done what she could: she has anointed my body beforehand for its burial. 9In truth I tel you, wherever throughout al the world the gospel is proclaimed, what she has done wilbe told as well, in remembrance of her.' 10Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, approached the chief priests with an offer to hand Jesus over tothem. 11They were delighted to hear it, and promised to give him money; and he began to look for a way ofbetraying him when the opportunity should occur. 12On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb was sacrificed, his disciples said tohim, 'Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?' 13So he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 'Go into the city and you will meet a man carrying apitcher of water. Fol ow him, 14and say to the owner of the house which he enters, "The Master says: Where is the room for me toeat the Passover with my disciples?" 15He wil show you a large upper room furnished with couches, al prepared. Make the preparations forus there.' 16The disciples set out and went to the city and found everything as he had told them, and preparedthe Passover. 17When evening came he arrived with the Twelve. 18And while they were at table eating, Jesus said, 'In truth I tell you, one of you is about to betray me,one of you eating with me.' 19They were distressed and said to him, one after another, 'Not me, surely?' 20He said to them, 'It is one of the Twelve, one who is dipping into the same dish with me. 21Yes, the Son of man is going to his fate, as the scriptures say he will, but alas for that man by whomthe Son of man is betrayed! Better for that man if he had never been born.' 22And as they were eating he took bread, and when he had said the blessing he broke it and gave it tothem. 'Take it,' he said, 'this is my body.' 23Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he handed it to them, and al drank from it, 24and he said to them, 'This is my blood, the blood of the covenant, poured out for many. 25In truth I tel you, I shal never drink wine any more until the day I drink the new wine in the kingdomof God.' 26After the psalms had been sung they left for the Mount of Olives. 27And Jesus said to them, 'You wil all fal away, for the scripture says: I shal strike the shepherd andthe sheep wil be scattered; 28however, after my resurrection I shall go before you into Galilee.' 29Peter said, 'Even if all fal away, I wil not.' 30And Jesus said to him, 'In truth I tel you, this day, this very night, before the cock crows twice, youwil have disowned me three times.' 31But he repeated stil more earnestly, 'If I have to die with you, I wil never disown you.' And they allsaid the same. 32They came to a plot of land cal ed Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, 'Stay here while I pray.' 33Then he took Peter and James and John with him. 34And he began to feel terror and anguish. And he said to them, 'My soul is sorrowful to the point ofdeath. Wait here, and stay awake.' 35And going on a little further he threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, thishour might pass him by. 36'Abba, Father!' he said, 'For you everything is possible. Take this cup away from me. But let it be asyou, not I, would have it.' 37He came back and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, 'Simon, are you asleep? Had you notthe strength to stay awake one hour? 38Stay awake and pray not to be put to the test. The spirit is wil ing enough, but human nature is weak.' 39Again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. 40And once more he came back and found them sleeping, their eyes were so heavy; and they couldfind no answer for him. 41He came back a third time and said to them, 'You can sleep on now and have your rest. It is al over.The hour has come. Now the Son of man is to be betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42Get up! Let us go! My betrayer is not far away.' 43And at once, while he was stil speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, came up and with him a numberof men armed with swords and clubs, sent by the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. 44Now the traitor had arranged a signal with them saying, 'The one I kiss, he is the man. Arrest him,and see he is well guarded when you lead him away.' 45So when the traitor came, he went up to Jesus at once and said, 'Rabbi!' and kissed him. 46The others seized him and arrested him. 47Then one of the bystanders drew his sword and struck out at the high priest's servant and cut off hisear. 48Then Jesus spoke. 'Am I a bandit,' he said, 'that you had to set out to capture me with swords andclubs? 49I was among you teaching in the Temple day after day and you never laid a hand on me. But this isto fulfil the scriptures.' 50And they al deserted him and ran away. 51A young man fol owed with nothing on but a linen cloth. They caught hold of him, 52but he left the cloth in their hands and ran away naked. 53They led Jesus off to the high priest; and all the chief priests and the elders and the scribesassembled there. 54Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the high priest's palace, and was sitting with theattendants warming himself at the fire. 55The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus in order to havehim executed. But they could not find any. 56Several, indeed, brought false witness against him, but their evidence was conflicting. 57Some stood up and submitted this false evidence against him, 58'We heard him say, "I am going to destroy this Temple made by human hands, and in three daysbuild another, not made by human hands." ' 59But even on this point their evidence was conflicting. 60The high priest then rose before the whole assembly and put this question to Jesus, 'Have you noanswer to that? What is this evidence these men are bringing against you?' 61But he was silent and made no answer at all. The high priest put a second question to him saying,'Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?' 62'I am,' said Jesus, 'and you wil see the Son of man seated at the right hand of the Power and comingwith the clouds of heaven.' 63The high priest tore his robes and said, 'What need of witnesses have we now? 64You heard the blasphemy. What is your finding?' Their verdict was unanimous: he deserved to die. 65Some of them started spitting at his face, hitting him and saying, 'Play the prophet!' And theattendants struck him too. 66While Peter was down below in the courtyard, one of the high priest's servant-girls came up. 67She saw Peter warming himself there, looked closely at him and said, 'You too were with Jesus, theman from Nazareth.' 68But he denied it. 'I do not know, I do not understand what you are talking about,' he said. And hewent out into the forecourt, and a cock crowed. 69The servant-girl saw him and again started tel ing the bystanders, 'This man is one of them.' 70But again he denied it. A little later the bystanders themselves said to Peter, 'You are certainly one ofthem! Why, you are a Galilean.' 71But he started cursing and swearing, 'I do not know the man you speak of.' 72And at once the cock crowed for the second time, and Peter recalled what Jesus had said to him,'Before the cock crows twice, you will have disowned me three times.' And he burst into tears.
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