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22. Then they were exceeding sorrowful, and be. gan every one of them to say to him, Lord, is it I? 23. Then he answered, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, shall betray me. 24. The Son of man goeth, as it is written of him: but wo to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It had been better for that man not to be born.
25. Then Judas, who betrayed him, said, Master, is it I? He replied to him, Thou hast said it.
26. Now as they were eating the passover, Je. sus took bread and blessed it (or gave thanks, MSS.) and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, saying, Take, eat; this bread broken represents my body broken. 27. Then he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it: 28, For this is (a figure of) my blood, ratifying the New Covenant, being shed for many for the remission of sins. 29. But I tell you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, (I will not taste the joys represented by it), until that day when I will receive them anew with you (after my resurrection and my ascension) in my Father's kingdom.
30. And having sung an hymn, they went out to the mount of Olives.
31. Then Jesus saith to them, Ye shall all be of fended because of me this night; for it is written, I will smite the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered, (Zech. xiii. 7.) 32. But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.
33. Peter replied to him, though all men should be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. 34. Jesus said to him, Verily I tell thee, that this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. 35. Peter replied to him, though I should die with thee, yet I will not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.
36. Then Jesus went with them to a place called Cethsemane, and saith to them, sit ye here
while I go and pray yonder. 37. He took with him Peter and Zebedee's two sons, and began to be sorrowful, and full of anguish. 38. He then saith to them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
face, and prayed, saying, () my Father, if it be possible, let this cup (of sorrow and suffering) pass from me. Nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.
40. Then coming to the disciples, and finding them asleep, he saith to Peter, What! could ye not watch with me one hour? 41. Watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
42. He went away a second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass from me, but I must drink it, thy will be done. 43. Then he came, and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.
44. But he left them, and went away, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
45. Then he comes to the disciples, and saith to them, Do ye now sleep and take your rest; be. hold the hour is near, the Son of man is betrayed in. to the hands of sinners; 46. Rise, let us go: be. hold, he is at hand that betrays me.
47. And while he was speaking, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came with a great multitude with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people.
48. Now the traitor gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; hold him fast. 49. And immediately he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, Master! and kissed him.
50. Then Jesus said to him, Friend, wherefore comest thou? Then they came and apprehended Jesus.
51. And behold, one of those with Jesus drew
his sword, and smiting a servant of the high priest's, cut off his ear. 52. Then said Jesus to him, Put thy sword into its place, for all that take the sword should perish with the sword (Rev. xiii. 10.) 53. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he would presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? 54. But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be? (Isai. liii. 10.)
55. In that time Jesus said to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye seized me not.
56. But all this was done that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled (Lam. iv. 20.) Then all the disciples forsook him and fled.
57. | And they that seized Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high-priest, where the scribes and the elders assembled.
58. But Peter followed him at a distance, to the high priest's palace, and going in, sat with the ser. vants to see the end.
59. Now the chief priests and elders, with all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death; 60. But found none: yea, tho' many false witnesses came, yet they found none (that agreed.) 61. At last came two false witnes. ses, and declared he said, I am able to destroy the teinple of God, and to build it in three days.
62. Then the high priest arose, and said to him, Answerest thou nothing to what these witness against thee? 63. But Jesus was silent; then the high-priest said to him, I adjure thee by the living God, to tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.
64. Jesus saith to him, Thou hast said it: moreover I tell you, Hereafter ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven,
65. Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? lo, now ye have heard his blasphemy. 66. What think ye? They answered, He is guilty of death.
67. Then they spit in his face, and struck him with the fist; and others beat him, 68. Saying, (after he was blindfolded) Prophesy to us, thou Christ; Who smote thee? (Isai. 1. 6.)
69. * Now Peter sat without in the palace; and a damsel came to him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. 70. But he denied betore them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.
71. And having gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said to the people there, This man was also with Jesus of Nazareth. 72. And he denied again with an oath, I know not the man.
73. And after a while they that stood by came and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech discovers thee. 74. Then he began to curse and swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew. 75. Then Peter remembered the words of Jesus, who said to him, Before the cock crow thou shalt deny me thrice. So he went out and wept bitterly.
CHAP. XXVII. CHRIST IS DELIVERED TO PILATE. In the morning all the chief priests and elders of the people consulted against Jesus to put him to death. 2. And having bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
3. Then Judas the traitor seeing him condemn. ed, repented, and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4. Saying, I have sinned, in betraying the innocent blood. But they said, What is that to us? See thou to that.
5. Then he cast down the pieces of silver in the
temple, and went away, and was stifled with grief.
6. Now the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. 7. So they consulted, and bought with them the potters' field to bury strangers in. 8. Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, to this day.
9. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, And I took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom the Israelites valued, 10. And gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me.
11. Now Jesus stood before the governor, who asked him, Art thou the King of the Jews? he re, plied to him, Thou sayest so. 12. But being accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.
13. Then Pilate said to him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? 14. But he answered him not to any one word, so that the governor greatly wondered.
15. Now, at the feast, the governor was ac. customed to release to the people any prisoner they desired. 16. They had then a noted prisoner call. ed Barabbas. 17. Therefore, being assembled, Pilate said to them, Whom shall I release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus, who is called Christ? 18. For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
19. When sitting on the judgment-seat, his wife sent to him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with this righteous man; for I suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.
20. But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude to ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
21. The governor replied to them, Which of the two will ye that I release to you? They said Barabbas. 22. Pilate saith to them, What shall I do then with Jesus, who is called Christ? They all said to bim, Let him be crucified. 23. But the governor
ediate said to them: who is called elivered him. his