1After he had said al this, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron valley where there was agarden into which he went with his disciples. 2Judas the traitor knew the place also, since Jesus had often met his disciples there, 3so Judas brought the cohort to this place together with guards sent by the chief priests and thePharisees, al with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4Knowing everything that was to happen to him, Jesus came forward and said, 'Who are you lookingfor?' 5They answered, 'Jesus the Nazarene.' He said, 'I am he.' Now Judas the traitor was standing amongthem. 6When Jesus said to them, 'I am he,' they moved back and fell on the ground. 7He asked them a second time, 'Who are you looking for?' They said, 'Jesus the Nazarene.' 8Jesus replied, 'I have told you that I am he. If I am the one you are looking for, let these others go.' 9This was to fulfil the words he had spoken, 'Not one of those you gave me have I lost.' 10Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant, cutting off his right ear.The servant's name was Malchus. 11Jesus said to Peter, 'Put your sword back in its scabbard; am I not to drink the cup that the Fatherhas given me?' 12The cohort and its tribune and the Jewish guards seized Jesus and bound him. 13They took him first to Annas, because Annas was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priestthat year. 14It was Caiaphas who had counsel ed the Jews, 'It is better for one man to die for the people.' 15Simon Peter, with another disciple, fol owed Jesus. This disciple, who was known to the high priest,went with Jesus into the high priest's palace, 16but Peter stayed outside the door. So the other disciple, the one known to the high priest, went out,spoke to the door-keeper and brought Peter in. 17The girl on duty at the door said to Peter, 'Aren't you another of that man's disciples?' He answered, 'Iam not.' 18Now it was cold, and the servants and guards had lit a charcoal fire and were standing there warming themselves; so Peter stood there too, warming himself with the others. 19The high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. 20Jesus answered, 'I have spoken openly for al the world to hear; I have always taught in thesynagogue and in the Temple where al the Jews meet together; I have said nothing in secret. 21Why ask me? Ask my hearers what I taught; they know what I said.' 22At these words, one of the guards standing by gave Jesus a slap in the face, saying, 'Is that the wayyou answer the high priest?' 23Jesus replied, 'If there is some offence in what I said, point it out; but if not, why do you strike me?' 24Then Annas sent him, bound, to Caiaphas the high priest. 25As Simon Peter stood there warming himself, someone said to him, 'Aren't you another of hisdisciples?' He denied it saying, 'I am not.' 26One of the high priest's servants, a relation of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, said, 'Didn't I seeyou in the garden with him?' 27Again Peter denied it; and at once a cock crowed. 28They then led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the Praetorium. It was now morning. They did notgo into the Praetorium themselves to avoid becoming defiled and unable to eat the Passover. 29So Pilate came outside to them and said, 'What charge do you bring against this man?' They replied, 30'If he were not a criminal, we should not have handed him over to you.' 31Pilate said, 'Take him yourselves, and try him by your own Law.' The Jews answered, 'We are notal owed to put anyone to death.' 32This was to fulfil the words Jesus had spoken indicating the way he was going to die. 33So Pilate went back into the Praetorium and cal ed Jesus to him and asked him, 'Are you the king ofthe Jews?' 34Jesus replied, 'Do you ask this of your own accord, or have others said it to you about me?' 35Pilate answered, 'Am I a Jew? It is your own people and the chief priests who have handed you overto me: what have you done?' 36Jesus replied, 'Mine is not a kingdom of this world; if my kingdom were of this world, my men wouldhave fought to prevent my being surrendered to the Jews. As it is, my kingdom does not belong here.' 37Pilate said, 'So, then you are a king?' Jesus answered, 'It is you who say that I am a king. I was bornfor this, I came into the world for this, to bear witness to the truth; and al who are on the side of truth listen to myvoice.' 38'Truth?' said Pilate. 'What is that?' And so saying he went out again to the Jews and said, 'I find nocase against him. 39But according to a custom of yours I should release one prisoner at the Passover; would you like me,then, to release for you the king of the Jews?' 40At this they shouted, 'Not this man,' they said, 'but Barabbas.' Barabbas was a bandit.
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