Bible: Matthew 26:30-75

26:30 After 1  singing a hymn, 2  they went out to the Mount of Olives.

The Prediction of Peter’s Denial

26:31 Then Jesus said to them, “This night you will all fall away because of me, for it is written:

I will strike the shepherd,

and the sheep of the flock will be scattered. 3 

26:32 But after I am raised, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” 26:33 Peter 4  said to him, “If they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away! 26:34 Jesus said to him, “I tell you the truth, 5  on this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” 26:35 Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will never deny you.” And all the disciples said the same thing.

Gethsemane

26:36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 26:37 He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and became anguished and distressed. 26:38 Then he said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, even to the point of death. Remain here and stay awake with me.” 26:39 Going a little farther, he threw himself down with his face to the ground and prayed, 6 My Father, if possible, 7  let this cup 8  pass from me! Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 26:40 Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. He 9  said to Peter, “So, couldn’t you stay awake with me for one hour? 26:41 Stay awake and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 26:42 He went away a second time and prayed, 10 My Father, if this cup 11  cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will must be done.” 26:43 He came again and found them sleeping; they could not keep their eyes open. 12  26:44 So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same thing once more. 26:45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is approaching, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 26:46 Get up, let us go. Look! My betrayer 13  is approaching!

Betrayal and Arrest

26:47 While he was still speaking, Judas, 14  one of the twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent by the chief priests and elders of the people. 26:48 (Now the betrayer 15  had given them a sign, saying, “The one I kiss is the man. 16  Arrest him!”) 17  26:49 Immediately 18  he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi,” and kissed him. 19  26:50 Jesus 20  said to him, “Friend, do what you are here to do.” Then they came and took hold 21  of Jesus and arrested him. 26:51 But 22  one of those with Jesus grabbed 23  his sword, drew it out, and struck the high priest’s slave, 24  cutting off his ear. 26:52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back in its place! 25  For all who take hold of the sword will die by the sword. 26:53 Or do you think that I cannot call on my Father, and that he would send me more than twelve legions 26  of angels right now? 26:54 How then would the scriptures that say it must happen this way be fulfilled? 26:55 At that moment Jesus said to the crowd, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me like you would an outlaw? 27  Day after day I sat teaching in the temple courts, yet 28  you did not arrest me. 26:56 But this has happened so that 29  the scriptures of the prophets would be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled.

Condemned by the Sanhedrin

26:57 Now the ones who had arrested Jesus led him to Caiaphas, the high priest, in whose house 30  the experts in the law 31  and the elders had gathered. 26:58 But Peter was following him from a distance, all the way to the high priest’s courtyard. After 32  going in, he sat with the guards 33  to see the outcome. 26:59 The 34  chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were trying to find false testimony against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 26:60 But they did not find anything, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally 35  two came forward 26:61 and declared, “This man 36  said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’ 26:62 So 37  the high priest stood up and said to him, “Have you no answer? What is this that they are testifying against you? 26:63 But Jesus was silent. The 38  high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, 39  the Son of God.” 26:64 Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand 40  of the Power 41  and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 42  26:65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and declared, 43 He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? Now 44  you have heard the blasphemy! 26:66 What is your verdict?” 45  They 46  answered, “He is guilty and deserves 47  death.” 26:67 Then they spat in his face and struck him with their fists. And some slapped him, 26:68 saying, “Prophesy for us, you Christ! 48  Who hit you? 49 

Peter’s Denials

26:69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A 50  slave girl 51  came to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” 26:70 But he denied it in front of them all: 52  “I don’t know what you’re talking about! 26:71 When 53  he went out to the gateway, another slave girl 54  saw him and said to the people there, “This man was with Jesus the Nazarene.” 26:72 He denied it again with an oath, “I do not know the man! 26:73 After 55  a little while, those standing there came up to Peter and said, “You really are one of them too – even your accent 56  gives you away!” 26:74 At that he began to curse, and he swore with an oath, “I do not know the man!” At that moment a rooster crowed. 57  26:75 Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly. 58 

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