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16 pointed him thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought for a convenient opportunity to deliver Jesus up.
Now on the first day of the feast of unleavened bread, the disciples came to Jesus, saying [unto him], " Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee, to eat the passover ?" 18 And he said, "Go into the city to such a man, and say
unto him, 'The Master saith, My time is near; I will 19 keep the passover at thine house with my disciples.' And the disciples did as Jesus had commanded them : and they made ready the passover.
Now when evening was come, he placed himself at 21 table with the Twelve. And as they were eating, he
said, "Verily I say unto you, that one of you will de22 liver me up." And they were very sorrowful; and began
every one of them to say unto him, "Master, is it I ?" 23 And he answered and said, "He who dippeth his hand 24 with me in the dish, even he will deliver me up. The Son of man goeth* indeed, as it is written of him : but alas for that man by whom the Son of man is delivered up! good were it for that man if he had not been born †." 25 Upon this Judas, who delivered him up, said, "Master, is it I?" Jesus saith unto him, "Thou hast said truly."
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and 27 said, "Take, eat; this is my body." And he took the
cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, 28" Drink ye, all, out of it: for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for manytt for the remission
dieth. A known euphemism, N.
† Or, “It would have been good for him (the traitor), if that man (the Son of man) had never been born." t drink ye all of it, N.
†† shed for many: that is, all. See Newcome, Pearce, Comp. ch. xx. 28. For the remission of sins: that is, for the confirmation of a covenant, by which gentiles as well as Jews will be made a holy people. The gentiles, being in an uncovenanted state, were regarded by the Jews as unholy, and are called sinners. See Gal. ii. 15. When, by faith in Christ. they entered into the christian covenant, they became holy; and their sins are said to be forgiven. Thus the blood of Christ is said to have been shed for the remission of sins. These words in the institution of the eucharist are only to be found in Matthew, who wrote for the Jewish believers, and would be understood by them. See Bishop Pearce, and Taylor's Key to the Romans.
29 of sins. And I say unto you, I shall not drink henceforth of this produce of the vine, until that day when I drink it 30 new with you in my Father's kingdom." And when they had recited a hymn*, they went out to the mount of Olives.
Then saith Jesus unto them, "All ye will offend because of me on this night: for it is written, 'I will smite the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered 32 abroad.' But, after I am risen, I will go before you in33 to Galilee." Then Peter answered and said unto him,
"Though all others shall offend because of thee, I will 34 never offend." Jesus said unto him, " Verily I say unto
thee, that on this night, before the cock crow, thou wilt 35 deny me thrice." Peter saith unto him, "Though I must even die with thee, I will no wise deny thee." In like manner said all the disciples also.
Then cometh Jesus with them to a place called Gethsemané, and saith to the disciples, "Sit ye here, while I 37 go and pray yonder." And he took with him Peter, and
the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful, and 38 full of anguish. Then saith Jesus unto them, "My
soul is very sorrowful, unto death: remain here, and 39 watch with me." And he went forward a little, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, "O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass away from me : nevertheless 40 not as I will, but as Thou wilt." And he cometh to the disciples, and findeth them sleeping; and saith to Peter, "So then, were ye not able to watch with me one hour? 41 Watch ye, and pray; that ye enter not into temptation. 42 The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." He went away again a second time, and prayed, saying, “O my Father, if this [cup] cannot pass away [from me,] 43 except†t I drink it, thy will be done." And he came and findeth them sleeping again: for their eyes were heavy. 44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed a
* when they had used an hymn, N.
ti. e. probably, "before the trumpet sounds for the third watch."
See Luke xxii.
+ but I must, N.
45 third time, saying the same words. Then he cometh to his disciples, and saith unto them, "Sleep on now, and take your rest*. Behold, the hour draweth near; and the Son of man is delivered up into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us go: behold, he draweth near who delivereth me up."
And while he was yet speaking, behold, Judas, one of the Twelve, came; and with him a great multitude with swords and clubs, from the chief-priests and elders 48 of the people. Now he who delivered Jesus up had given them a sign, saying, "Whomsoever I shall kiss, 49 that is he apprehend him." And immediately he came
near to Jesus, and said, "Hail, Rabbi†;" and kissed 50 him. And Jesus said unto him, "Friend, wherefore comest thou?" Then they came near, and laid hands on Jesus, and apprehended him.
And, behold, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and smote a servant 52 of the high-priest's, and cut off his ear. Then saith Jesus
unto him, "Put up thy sword again into its place: for 53 all those who take the sword perish by the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he will 54 send me more than twelve legions of angels? How then can the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?"
At 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,
But all this is done, so
56 and ye did not lay hold on me.
that the writings of the prophets are fulfilled."
Then all the disciples left him and fled. And those that had apprehended Jesus, led him away to the palace of Caiaphas the high-priest; where the scribes and the elders 58 assembled. But Peter followed him at a distance to the
• Are ye still asleep, and giving yourselves to rest? behold! the moment is come, W. † Master; N.
palace of the high-priest; and entered in and sat with the 59 officers, to see the end. Now the chief-priests, [and the elders,] and the whole council, sought false witness 60 against Jesus, that they might put him to death; but found it not, though many false witnesses came near*. 61 And at last two false witnesses came near, and said, "This
man said, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God, and 62 to build it in three days.'" And the high-priest rose up,
and said unto him, "Answerest thou nothing? what is 63 it which these witness against thee?" But Jesus kept
silence. And the high-priest spake again and said unto him, "I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell 64 us, whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God." Jesus saith unto him, "Thou hast said truly: moreover I say unto you, Hereafter ye will see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming on the clouds of 65 heaven." Then the high-priest rent his garments, saying, "He hath spoken blasphemy: what further need have we of witnesses? see, now ye have heard his blasphemy. 66 What think ye?" And they answered and said, "He is 67 guilty of death." Then they spat in his face, and struck him with the fist †, and others beat him with the palms of 68 their hands; saying, "Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that struck thee?"
Now Peter sat without in the palace and a maidservant came near to him, saying, “Thou also wast with 70 Jesus the Galilean." But he denied it before them all, 71 saying, "I know not what thou sayest." And when he
had gone out into the porch, another maid-servant saw him, and saith to those who were there, "This man also 72 was with Jesus of Nazareth." And he denied it again 73 with an oath, saying, "I know not the man." And after
a little time those who stood by came near, and said to Peter, "Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech
yet found they none, R. T.
+ Newcome's margin. buffeted him, N.
74 discovereth thee." Then he began to curse himself, and
CH. XXVII. Now when morning was come, all the chief-
Then Judas, who had delivered him up, when he saw that Jesus was condemned, repented, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief-priests and the el"I have sinned, in that I have delivered up 4 ders, saying, innocent blood." And they said, "What is that to us? 5 see thou to that." And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and withdrew, and went and hang6 ed himself. And the chief-priests took the pieces of sil
ver, and said, "It is not lawful to put them into the
7 treasury; because it is the price of blood." And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, Wherefore that field hath been 8 to bury strangers in. 9 called The field of blood, unto this day. (Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by the prophet [Jeremiaht], saying, " And I took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him who was valued, whom they of the sons 10 of Israel valued; and gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord commandeth me.")
And Jesus stood before the governor : and the governor asked him, saying, "Art thou the King of the Jews?"
• about, N.
+ The quotation is from Zech. xi. 12, 13. The word Jeremiah was probably inserted in the text through the mistake of some early transcriber. Matthew often omits the name of the prophet whose words he quotes.....Bp. Pearce.