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Mark 14:32-42 The Message (MSG)


32-34 They came to an area called Gethsemane. Jesus told his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” He took Peter, James, and John with him. He plunged into a sinkhole of dreadful agony. He told them, “I feel bad enough right now to die. Stay here and keep vigil with me.”

35-36 Going a little ahead, he fell to the ground and prayed for a way out: “Papa, Father, you can—can’t you?—get me out of this. Take this cup away from me. But please, not what I want—what do you want?”

37-38 He came back and found them sound asleep. He said to Peter, “Simon, you went to sleep on me? Can’t you stick it out with me a single hour? Stay alert, be in prayer, so you don’t enter the danger zone without even knowing it. Don’t be naive. Part of you is eager, ready for anything in God; but another part is as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire.”

39-40 He then went back and prayed the same prayer. Returning, he again found them sound asleep. They simply couldn’t keep their eyes open, and they didn’t have a plausible excuse.

41-42 He came back a third time and said, “Are you going to sleep all night? No—you’ve slept long enough. Time’s up. The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up. Let’s get going. My betrayer has arrived.”

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Mark 14:32-42 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Jesus Prays in Gethsemane

32 Then Jesus led his disciples to an orchard called “The Oil Press.”[a] He told them, “Sit here while I pray awhile.” 33 He took Peter, Jacob, and John with him.[b] An intense feeling of great horror plunged his soul into deep sorrow and agony. 34 And he said to them, “My heart is overwhelmed with anguish and crushed with grief.[c] It feels as though I’m dying. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

35 He walked a short distance away, and being overcome with grief, he threw himself facedown on the ground. He prayed that if it were possible, he would not have to experience this hour of suffering. 36 He prayed, “Abba, my Father, all things are possible for you. Please—don’t allow me to drink this cup of suffering![d] Yet what I want is not important, for I only desire to fulfill your plan for me.”

37 Then he came back to his three disciples and found them all sound asleep. He awakened Peter and said to him, “Simon, are you asleep? Do you lack the strength to stay awake with me for even just an hour? 38 Keep alert and pray that you’ll be spared from this time of testing. For your spirit is eager enough, but your humanity is feeble.”[e]

39 Then he left them a second time and went to pray the same thing. 40 Afterward, he came back to the disciples and found them sound asleep, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open and they didn’t know what to say to him.

41 After praying for the third time, he returned to his disciples and awoke them again, saying, “Do you plan on sleeping and resting indefinitely? That’s enough sleep! The end has come and the hour has arrived[f] for the Son of Man to be handed over to the authority of sinful men. 42 Get up and let’s go. Don’t you see? My betrayer draws near.”


  1. Mark 14:32 Or “Gethsemane,” the Aramaic word for (olive) “oil press.” This was located on the lower slope of the Mount of Olives near the brook Kidron. King David left Jerusalem weeping as he crossed the Kidron Valley and went up the Mount of Olives (2 Sam. 15:23). Now the Son of David comes into that valley with great sorrow on his way into Jerusalem to be crucified. Kidron comes from the Hebrew verb qadar, which means “to grow dark” or “to mourn.”
  2. Mark 14:33 Peter, Jacob (James), and John were the three disciples who were witnesses of Christ’s glory when he was transfigured before their eyes. On the eve of his crucifixion, Jesus longed to have his three closest disciples nearby.
  3. Mark 14:34 The Greek words used here in vv. 33–34 are unusual. The terms are extraordinarily emotional and expressive, describing the deepest feelings a person could experience.
  4. Mark 14:36 The cup becomes a metaphor of the great suffering that Jesus had to endure that night in the garden. However, Jesus was not asking the Father for a way around the cross. Rather, he was asking God to keep him alive through this night of suffering so that he could carry the cross and take away our sins. According to the prophecies of the Old Testament, Jesus was to be pierced on a cross. We learn from Heb. 5:7 that Jesus’ prayer was answered that night as the cup was indeed taken from him. An angel of God came to strengthen him and deliver him from premature death (Matt. 26:39). The “cup” he was asking God to let pass from him was the cup of premature death that Satan was trying to make him drink in the garden, not the death he would experience the next day on the cross. He had already sweat drops of blood (Luke 22:44), but the prophecies had to be fulfilled of being pierced on a cross for our transgressions. God answered his cry and he lived through the agony of Gethsemane so that he could be our sacrifice for sin on Calvary. Jesus did not waver in the garden. We have a brave Savior.
  5. Mark 14:38 The Aramaic is “the flesh is failing.”
  6. Mark 14:41 Or “It is received in full; the hour has come.” Although this clause is not found in the most reliable Greek texts, it is included in the Aramaic and a few Greek manuscripts (Codex D).
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Mark 14:32-42 Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)

Jesus Waits And Prays In The Garden of Gethsemane

32 And they come to a place of which the name is Gethsemane. And He says to His disciples, “Sit here while[a] I pray”. 33 And He takes along Peter and James and John with Him. And He began to be alarmed[b] and distressed. 34 And He says to them, “My soul is deeply-grieved, to the point of death. Stay here and keep-watching”. 35 And having gone ahead a little, He was falling on the ground, and praying that if it is possible, the hour might pass from Him. 36 And He was saying, “Abba[c]! Father! All things are possible for You. Remove this cup from Me. But not what I want[d], but what You want ”. 37 And He comes and finds them sleeping. And He says to Peter, “Simon, are you sleeping? Were you[e] not strong-enough[f] to keep watch for one hour? 38 Keep watching, and be praying that[g] you may not come into temptation[h]. The spirit is willing[i], but the flesh is weak”. 39 And having gone away again, He prayed, having spoken the same thing[j]. 40 And again having come, He found them sleeping. For their eyes were being very-weighed-down. And they did not know what they should answer Him. 41 And He comes the third-time, and says to them, “Are you sleeping[k] and resting from now on? It is enough. The hour came. Behold— the Son of Man is being handed-over into the hands of the sinners. 42 Arise, let us be going. Behold— the one handing Me over has drawn-near”.


  1. Mark 14:32 Or, until.
  2. Mark 14:33 Or, anxious, troubled.
  3. Mark 14:36 This is a transliterated Aramaic word whose meaning Mark gives next.
  4. Mark 14:36 Or, wish, will.
  5. Mark 14:37 This word is singular.
  6. Mark 14:37 Or, able.
  7. Mark 14:38 Keep watching, and be praying that. Or, Keep watching and praying, in order that.
  8. Mark 14:38 That is, the temptation to deny Jesus as He predicted; or, to sleep.
  9. Mark 14:38 See Mt 26:41.
  10. Mark 14:39 Or, statement, word of prayer. That is, the same request.
  11. Mark 14:41 On this response, see Mt 26:45.
Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)

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