Death Plot and Anointing

14 (A)Now (B)the Passover and Unleavened Bread were two days away; and the chief priests and the scribes (C)were seeking how to seize Him by stealth and kill Him; for they were saying, “Not during the festival, otherwise there might be a riot of the people.”

(D)While He was in (E)Bethany at the home of Simon the leper, and reclining at the table, there came a woman with an alabaster vial of very (F)costly perfume of pure [a]nard; and she broke the vial and poured it over His head. But some were indignantly remarking to one another, “Why has this perfume been wasted? For this perfume might have been sold for over three hundred [b]denarii, and the money given to the poor.” And they were scolding her. But Jesus said, “Let her alone; why do you bother her? She has done a good deed to Me. For you always have (G)the poor with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them; but you do not always have Me. She has done what she could; (H)she has anointed My body beforehand for the burial. Truly I say to you, (I)wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her.”

10 (J)Then Judas Iscariot, (K)who was one of the twelve, went off to the chief priests in order to [c]betray Him to them. 11 They were glad when they heard this, and promised to give him money. And he began seeking how to betray Him at an opportune time.

The Last Passover

12 (L)On the first day of (M)Unleavened Bread, when [d]the Passover lamb was being (N)sacrificed, His disciples *said to Him, “Where do You want us to go and prepare for You to eat the Passover?” 13 And He *sent two of His disciples and *said to them, “Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him; 14 and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is My (O)guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”’ 15 And he himself will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; prepare for us there.” 16 The disciples went out and came to the city, and found it just as He had told them; and they prepared the Passover.

17 (P)When it was evening He *came with the twelve. 18 As they were reclining at the table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly I say to you that one of you will [e]betray Me—[f]one who is eating with Me.” 19 They began to be grieved and to say to Him one by one, “Surely not I?” 20 And He said to them, It is one of the twelve, [g]one who dips with Me in the bowl. 21 For the Son of Man is to go just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man [h]by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good [i]for that man if he had not been born.”

The Lord’s Supper

22 (Q)While they were eating, He took some bread, and [j]after a (R)blessing He broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is My body.” 23 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 And He said to them, “This is My (S)blood of the (T)covenant, which is poured out for many. 25 Truly I say to you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

26 (U)After singing a hymn, they went out to (V)the Mount of Olives.

27 (W)And Jesus *said to them, “You will all [k]fall away, because it is written, ‘(X)I will strike down the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.’ 28 But after I have been raised, (Y)I will go ahead of you to Galilee.” 29 But Peter said to Him, “Even though all may [l]fall away, yet I will not.” 30 And Jesus *said to him, “Truly I say to you, that [m](Z)this very night, before (AA)a rooster crows twice, you yourself will deny Me three times.” 31 But Peter kept saying insistently, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” And they all were saying the same thing also.

Jesus in Gethsemane

32 (AB)They *came to a place named Gethsemane; and He *said to His disciples, “Sit here until I have prayed.” 33 And He *took with Him Peter and [n]James and John, and began to be very (AC)distressed and troubled. 34 And He *said to them, (AD)My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch.” 35 And He went a little beyond them, and fell to the ground and began to pray that if it were possible, (AE)the hour might [o]pass Him by. 36 And He was saying, (AF)Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; (AG)yet not what I will, but what You will.” 37 And He *came and *found them sleeping, and *said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour? 38 (AH)Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 39 Again He went away and prayed, saying the same [p]words. 40 And again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to answer Him. 41 And He *came the third time, and *said to them, [q]Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough; (AI)the hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being [r]betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Get up, let us be going; behold, the one who betrays Me is at hand!”

Betrayal and Arrest

43 (AJ)Immediately while He was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, *came up [s]accompanied by a crowd with swords and clubs, who were from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. 44 Now he who was betraying Him had given them a signal, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the one; seize Him and lead Him away [t]under guard.” 45 After coming, Judas immediately went to Him, saying, “(AK)Rabbi!” and kissed Him. 46 They laid hands on Him and seized Him. 47 But one of those who stood by drew his sword, and struck the slave of the high priest and [u]cut off his ear. 48 And Jesus said to them, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest Me, as you would against a robber? 49 Every day I was with you (AL)in the temple teaching, and you did not seize Me; but this has taken place to fulfill the Scriptures.” 50 And they all left Him and fled.

51 A young man was following Him, wearing nothing but a linen sheet over his naked body; and they *seized him. 52 But he [v]pulled free of the linen sheet and escaped naked.

Jesus before His Accusers

53 (AM)They led Jesus away to the high priest; and all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes *gathered together. 54 Peter had followed Him at a distance, (AN)right into (AO)the courtyard of the high priest; and he was sitting with the [w]officers and (AP)warming himself at the [x]fire. 55 Now the chief priests and the whole [y](AQ)Council kept trying to obtain testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, and they were not finding any. 56 For many were giving false testimony against Him, but their testimony was not consistent. 57 Some stood up and began to give false testimony against Him, saying, 58 “We heard Him say, ‘(AR)I will destroy this [z]temple made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands.’” 59 Not even in this respect was their testimony consistent. 60 The high priest stood up and came forward and questioned Jesus, saying, “Do You not answer? [aa]What is it that these men are testifying against You?” 61 (AS)But He kept silent and did not answer. (AT)Again the high priest was questioning Him, and [ab]saying to Him, “Are You [ac]the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” 62 And Jesus said, “I am; and you shall see (AU)the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and (AV)coming with the clouds of heaven.” 63 (AW)Tearing his clothes, the high priest *said, “What further need do we have of witnesses? 64 You have heard the (AX)blasphemy; how does it seem to you?” And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death. 65 Some began to (AY)spit at Him, and [ad](AZ)to blindfold Him, and to beat Him with their fists, and to say to Him, “(BA)Prophesy!” And the officers [ae]received Him with [af]slaps in the face.

Peter’s Denials

66 (BB)As Peter was below in (BC)the courtyard, one of the servant-girls of the high priest *came, 67 and seeing Peter (BD)warming himself, she looked at him and *said, “You also were with Jesus the (BE)Nazarene.” 68 But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are talking about.” And he (BF)went out onto the [ag]porch.[ah] 69 The servant-girl saw him, and began once more to say to the bystanders, “This is one of them!” 70 But again (BG)he denied it. And after a little while the bystanders were again saying to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, (BH)for you are a Galilean too.” 71 But he began to [ai]curse and swear, “I do not know this man you are talking about!” 72 Immediately a rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had made the remark to him, “Before (BI)a rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” [aj]And he began to weep.

Jesus before Pilate

15 (BJ)Early in the morning the chief priests with the elders and scribes and the whole [ak](BK)Council, immediately held a consultation; and binding Jesus, they led Him away and delivered Him to Pilate. (BL)Pilate questioned Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” And He *answered him, It is as you say.” The chief priests began to accuse Him [al]harshly. Then Pilate questioned Him again, saying, “Do You not answer? See how many charges they bring against You!” But Jesus (BM)made no further answer; so Pilate was amazed.

(BN)Now at the feast he used to release for them any one prisoner whom they requested. The man named Barabbas had been imprisoned with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the insurrection. The crowd went up and began asking him to do as he had been accustomed to do for them. Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” 10 For he was aware that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy. 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd (BO)to ask him to release Barabbas for them instead. 12 Answering again, Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?” 13 They shouted [am]back, “Crucify Him!” 14 But Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify Him!” 15 Wishing to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them, and after having Jesus (BP)scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified.

Jesus Is Mocked

16 (BQ)The soldiers took Him away into (BR)the [an]palace (that is, the Praetorium), and they *called together the whole Roman [ao](BS)cohort. 17 They *dressed Him up in purple, and after twisting a crown of thorns, they put it on Him; 18 and they began to acclaim Him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19 They kept beating His head with a [ap]reed, and spitting on Him, and kneeling and bowing before Him. 20 After they had mocked Him, they took the purple robe off Him and put His own garments on Him. And they *led Him out to crucify Him.

21 (BT)They *pressed into service a passer-by coming from the country, Simon of Cyrene (the father of Alexander and (BU)Rufus), to bear His cross.

The Crucifixion

22 (BV)Then they *brought Him to the place (BW)Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull. 23 They tried to give Him (BX)wine mixed with myrrh; but He did not take it. 24 And they *crucified Him, and *(BY)divided up His garments among themselves, casting [aq]lots for them to decide [ar]what each man should take. 25 It was the [as](BZ)third hour [at]when they crucified Him. 26 The inscription of the charge against Him [au]read, “(CA)THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

27 They *crucified two robbers with Him, one on His right and one on His left. 28 [[av]And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And He was numbered with transgressors.”] 29 Those passing by were [aw]hurling abuse at Him, (CB)wagging their heads, and saying, “Ha! You who are going to (CC)destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, 30 save Yourself, and come down from the cross!” 31 In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes, were mocking Him among themselves and saying, “(CD)He saved others; [ax]He cannot save Himself. 32 Let this Christ, (CE)the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, so that we may see and believe!” (CF)Those who were crucified with Him were also insulting Him.

33 (CG)When the [ay](CH)sixth hour came, darkness [az]fell over the whole land until the [ba](CI)ninth hour. 34 At the (CJ)ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, (CK)Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” 35 When some of the bystanders heard it, they began saying, “Behold, He is calling for Elijah.” 36 Someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed, and gave Him a drink, saying, “[bb]Let us see whether Elijah will come to take Him down.” 37 (CL)And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed His last. 38 (CM)And the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 (CN)When the centurion, who was standing [bc]right in front of Him, saw [bd]the way He breathed His last, he said, “Truly this man was [be]the Son of God!”

40 (CO)There were also some women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of [bf]James (CP)the [bg]Less and Joses, and (CQ)Salome. 41 When He was in Galilee, they used to follow Him and [bh](CR)minister to Him; and there were many other women who came up with Him to Jerusalem.

Jesus Is Buried

42 (CS)When evening had already come, because it was (CT)the preparation day, that is, the day before the Sabbath, 43 Joseph of Arimathea came, a (CU)prominent member of the Council, who himself was (CV)waiting for the kingdom of God; and he (CW)gathered up courage and went in before Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. 44 Pilate wondered if He was dead by this time, and summoning the centurion, he questioned him as to whether He was already dead. 45 And ascertaining this from (CX)the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph. 46 Joseph bought a linen cloth, took Him down, wrapped Him in the linen cloth and laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. 47 (CY)Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses were looking on to see where He was laid.


  1. Mark 14:3 An aromatic oil extracted from an East Indian plant
  2. Mark 14:5 The denarius was equivalent to a day’s wages
  3. Mark 14:10 Or hand Him over
  4. Mark 14:12 Lit they were sacrificing
  5. Mark 14:18 Or deliver Me over
  6. Mark 14:18 Or the one
  7. Mark 14:20 Or the one
  8. Mark 14:21 Or through
  9. Mark 14:21 Lit for him if that man had not been born
  10. Mark 14:22 Lit having blessed
  11. Mark 14:27 Or stumble
  12. Mark 14:29 Or stumble
  13. Mark 14:30 Lit today, on this night
  14. Mark 14:33 Or Jacob
  15. Mark 14:35 Lit pass from Him
  16. Mark 14:39 Lit word
  17. Mark 14:41 Or Keep on sleeping therefore
  18. Mark 14:41 Or delivered
  19. Mark 14:43 Lit and with him
  20. Mark 14:44 Lit safely
  21. Mark 14:47 Lit took off
  22. Mark 14:52 Lit left behind
  23. Mark 14:54 Or servants
  24. Mark 14:54 Lit light
  25. Mark 14:55 Or Sanhedrin
  26. Mark 14:58 Or sanctuary
  27. Mark 14:60 Or what do these testify?
  28. Mark 14:61 Lit says
  29. Mark 14:61 I.e. the Messiah
  30. Mark 14:65 Or cover over His face
  31. Mark 14:65 Or treated
  32. Mark 14:65 Or blows with rods
  33. Mark 14:68 Or forecourt, gateway
  34. Mark 14:68 Later mss add and a rooster crowed
  35. Mark 14:71 Or put himself under a curse
  36. Mark 14:72 Or Thinking of this, he began weeping or Rushing out, he began weeping
  37. Mark 15:1 Or Sanhedrin
  38. Mark 15:3 Or of many things
  39. Mark 15:13 Or again
  40. Mark 15:16 Or court
  41. Mark 15:16 Or battalion
  42. Mark 15:19 Or staff (made of a reed)
  43. Mark 15:24 Lit a lot upon
  44. Mark 15:24 Lit who should take what
  45. Mark 15:25 I.e. 9 a.m.
  46. Mark 15:25 Lit and
  47. Mark 15:26 Lit had been inscribed
  48. Mark 15:28 Early mss do not contain this v
  49. Mark 15:29 Or blaspheming
  50. Mark 15:31 Or can He not save Himself?
  51. Mark 15:33 I.e. noon
  52. Mark 15:33 Or occurred
  53. Mark 15:33 I.e. 3 p.m.
  54. Mark 15:36 Lit Permit that we see; or Hold off, let us see
  55. Mark 15:39 Or opposite Him
  56. Mark 15:39 Lit that He thus
  57. Mark 15:39 Or a son of God or son of a god
  58. Mark 15:40 Or Jacob
  59. Mark 15:40 Lit little (either in stature or age)
  60. Mark 15:41 Or wait on