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at night he went out of the city, and abode in the mount that is called, the mount of Olives.* 38 And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, to hear him.
NOW the feast of unleavened bread, which 2 is called the passover, was near. And the chief priests and scribes sought means to kill him for they feared the people.
Then Satan entered into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. 4 And he went his way, and consulted with the chief priests and officers, how he might betray 5 him unto them. And they were glad, and 6 covenanted to give him money. And he prom. ised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude.
Meantime was the day of unleavened bread, 8 when the passover must be killed. And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare 9 us the passover, that we may eat. And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we pre10 pare? ? And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, a man will meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him 11 into the house where he entereth. And ye shall say unto the good man of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guest
* Jesus did this for several days successively. †The passover was a great feast of the Jews, which al were required to attend.
chamber, where I shall eat the passover with 12 my disciples? And he shall shew you a large up13 per room furnished: there make ready. And they went and found as he said unto them: and 14 they made ready the passover. And when the
hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apos15 tles with him. And he said unto them, With desire I have desired* to cat this passover with 16 you before I suffer. For I say unto you, I
will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfill17 ed in the kingdom of God. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and 18 divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
20 remembrance of me.
And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: Likewise also the cup, this do in after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. 21 But behold, the hand of him that betrayeth 22 me is with me on the table. And truly the Son of man goeth as it was determined: but wo unto that man by whom he is betrayed. 23 And they began to inquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing.
And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be considered the great
* That is, I have very earnestly desired to eat, &c. †The meaning is, that he should not again partake of any thing before his erneifixion. Strictly speaking, the kingdom of God commenced after the resurrection of our Lord.
25 est. And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them; and they who have authority with them* are 26 called benefactors. Let it not be so with you: but he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger: and he that is chief, as one who 27 serveth. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat or he that serveth? Is not he who sit teth at meat? Yet I am among you as one who 28 serveth. Ye are they who have continued with 29 me in my temptations; and I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; 30 that ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.+
Then the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath been seeking you, that he may sift 32 you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art con33 verted, strengthen thy brethren. And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, 34 both into prison, and to death. And he said,
I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou 35 knowest me. And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. 36 Then said he unto them, But now he who hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he who hath no sword, let him sell
* That is, use their power arbitrarily and oppressively. † After the ascension of Christ, the apostles were divinely inspired, and constituted the spiritual teachers and judges of the Jews, as well as of other nations. By them the doctrines of the gospel were communicated to the world.
37 his garment, and buy one. For I For I say unto that this* which is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things con38 cerning me have an end. And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.
And he came out of the city, and went, as usual, to the mount of Olives; and his disci40 ples accompanied him. And when he was come to that place, he said unto them, Pray 41 that ye enter not into temptation. And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and 42 kneeled down, and prayed, saying, Father, if
thou art willing, remove this cup from me : nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done. 43 And there appeared an angel unto him from 44 heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony, he prayed more earnestly and his sweat was like great drops of blood falling down 45 to the ground. And when he rose up from prayer, and came to his disciples, he found 46 them sleeping for sorrow;† and said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, that ye be not overcome by temptation.
And while he was speaking, behold, a multitude, and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near to 48 Jesus, to kiss him. But Jesus said unto him, Judas, dost thou betray the Son of man with a
See Isaiah liii. 12.
†They were probably overcome with disappointment and grief, to see their Lord, who, they had supposed, would manifest his princely power, thus distressed.
49 kiss? When they who were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, 50 shall we smite with the sword? And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and And Jesus said, Let 51 cut off his right ear.* this suffice: And he touched his ear, and Then Jesus said unto the 52 healed him. chief priests and captains of the temple, and the elders, who came to him, Are ye come out as against a thief, with swords and clubs? 53 When I was daily with you in the temple, xe but this stretched forth no hands against me: is your hour, and the power of darkness. Then they seized him, and led him away, and brought him into the high priest's house. 55 And Peter followed afar off. And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were sat down together, Peter sat down among 56 them. But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and looking attentively at him, 57 said, This man was also with him. And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not. 58 And after a little while another saw him, and
said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, 59 Man, I am not. And about the space of one
hour after, another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this man also was with him: for he 60 is a Galilean. And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while And the Lord 61 he yet spake, the cock crew. turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter
This was said and done in a moment of great consternation; but without the approbation of Jesus.