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Matthew 26 Worldwide English (New Testament) (WE)

26 When Jesus had finished telling all these things, he talked to his disciples.

He said, `You know that after two days it will be time for the Passover Feast. The Son of Man will be given over to his enemies to be nailed to a cross.'

Then at that time the chief priests and the leaders of the people met together in the house of the high priest. His name was Caiaphas.

They planned how to catch Jesus by some trick and have him killed.

But they said, `Let us not do it on the day of the feast. We do not want the people to start fighting about it.'

When Jesus was in the town of Bethany, he was in the house of Simon, a man who had leprosy, a bad skin disease.

While Jesus sat at the table, a woman came to him. She had a bottle of oil. It smelled very nice and cost much money. She put the oil on Jesus' head.

When the disciples saw this, they were angry. They said, `Why was the oil wasted like that?

The oil might have been sold for much money. Then the money could have been given to poor people.'

10 When Jesus heard it, he said to them, `Why do you trouble the woman? She has done a good thing to me.

11 You will always have poor people with you. But I will not always be with you.

12 She has put oil on my body to make me ready to be buried.

13 I tell you the truth. Any place in the whole world where people tell the good news, people will also tell what she has done. People will remember her because of it.'

14 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the chief priests.

15 He said, `What will you give me if I help you catch Jesus?' They gave him thirty pieces of silver money.

16 And from then on, Judas watched for a good way to help them catch Jesus. Supper

17 It was the first day of the feast with bread that has no yeast in it. The disciples came to Jesus and asked, `Where do you want us to make ready for you to eat the Passover Feast?'

18 He said, `Go into the city to a certain man. Say to him, "The Teacher says, `My time is near. I will come to your house with my disciples to eat the Passover Feast.' " '

19 The disciples did what Jesus told them. They made the Passover food ready.

20 When evening came, Jesus sat down to eat with the twelve disciples.

21 As they were eating, Jesus said, `I tell you the truth. One of you will give me over to people who hate me.'

22 They were very sad and troubled. One after the other they began to say to him, `Lord, is it I?'

23 Jesus answered them, `The man who is putting his hand in the dish with me is the one who will give me over.

24 The Son of Man will go away just as the holy writings tell about him. But the man who gives him over will have trouble. It would have been better for that man if he had not been born!'

25 Judas was the one who would give Jesus over to the people who hated him. He said, `Master, is it I?' Jesus said, `Yes, it is.'

26 As they were eating, Jesus took some bread. He thanked God for it and broke it. He gave it to the disciples and said, `Take this bread and eat it. It is my body.'

27 He also took a cup. He thanked God for it. Then he gave it to the disciples and said, `All of you drink from this.

28 This is my blood. My blood is the blood of the new agreement. It is given so that many people will be forgiven for the wrong things they did.

29 I tell you this. I will not drink any of the juice of the fruit of the vine again, until I drink some of it new with you in my Father's kingdom.'

30 They sang a song and then went out to the hill called the Mount of Olives.

31 Then Jesus said to them, `All of you will leave me this night. The holy writings say, "I will kill the one who takes care of the sheep. And the sheep will run away."

32 But after I am raised from death, I will go to Galilee to meet you.'

33 Peter said, `Even if all the others leave you, I will never leave you.'

34 Jesus said, `I tell you the truth. This night, before the cock calls, you will say three times that you do not know me.'

35 Peter said, `Even if I must die with you, I will never say I do not know you!' All the disciples said the same thing.

36 Then Jesus came to a place called Gethsemane. He said to his disciples, `Sit down here. I will go over there and talk with God.'

37 He took Peter and Zebedee's two sons with him. Jesus began to be sad and troubled.

38 He said to them, `My heart is very sad. I am almost dying! Stay here and watch with me.'

39 Jesus went on a little further. He bowed down with his face to the ground. He talked to God and said, `My Father, if it can be, let this cup of trouble pass by me. But do not do what I want. May what you want be done.'

40 Jesus went back to the disciples and found them sleeping. He said to Peter, `What? Could you not watch with me for one hour?

41 Watch and talk with God, so that you will not do wrong. A person's heart can want to do it, but his body is weak.'

42 Jesus went away again. He talked to God and said, `My Father, if you do not want this cup to pass by me, but you want me to drink it, I will do what you want.'

43 Jesus went back again and found the disciples sleeping. They could not keep their eyes open.

44 He left them and went away again. He talked with God the third time and said the same words.

45 Then he went back to his disciples and said to them, `Are you still sleeping and resting? The time has come now. The Son of Man is given over to bad people.

46 Get up. Let us go. Look, here comes the one who will give me over to people who hate me!'

47 As Jesus was saying this, Judas came. He was one of the twelve disciples. Many people came with him. They had long knives or swords and big sticks. The chief priests and the leaders of the people had sent them.

48 The man who was going to help them catch Jesus had told them that he would give them a sign. He said, `The man that I kiss is the one. Catch him and hold him.'

49 Right then he went to Jesus and said, `Greetings, Master!' And he kissed him.

50 Jesus said to him, `Friend, why have you come?' Then the men came and caught Jesus and held him.

51 One of the men who was with Jesus took his sword in his hand. He hit the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear.

52 Then Jesus said to him, `Put your sword back in its place. All people who fight with a sword will be killed by a sword.

53 Do you think that I cannot talk to my Father, and he would send me right now more than twelve armies of angels?

54 But then, how would God's word come true? The holy writings say that this is the way it must be.'

55 At that same time Jesus said to the people, `Have you come to take me with swords and sticks as you would a man who steals? Every day I sat with you in the temple and taught. But you did not try to catch me then.

56 All this happened so that what the prophets said in the holy writings would come true.' Then all the disciples left Jesus and ran away.

57 The men who caught Jesus took him to Caiaphas, the high priest. The scribes and the leaders had met at his house.

58 Peter followed Jesus a long way behind. He went as far as the yard of the high priest's house. He sat down with the people who worked for the high priest. He wanted to see how this would end.

59 The chief priests and all the judges of the court tried to find men to say Jesus had done something wrong so they could kill him.

60 But they found nothing. Many people came and said things that were not true. At last two men came.

61 They said, `This man said, "I can break down God's temple and build it again in three days." '

62 The high priest stood up. He said to Jesus, `Have you no answer? What do you have to say about this? They have said something against you.'

63 But Jesus said nothing at all. Then the high priest said to him, `I ask you in the name of the living God. Tell us. Are you the Christ, the Son of God?'

64 Jesus answered him, `Yes, I am. Also I tell you that after this you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the One who has all power. You will see him coming on the clouds in the sky!'

65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, `What he has said is wrong! We do not need any more proof against him. You have heard the wrong thing he said.

66 What do you think?' They said, `He should be killed.'

67 Then they spat on Jesus' face and hit him. Others slapped him with their hands.

68 They said, `Christ, tell us, if you know who hit you!'

69 Peter sat out in the yard. A servant girl came to him and said, `You were also with Jesus of Galilee.'

70 But Peter said in front of them all, `I do not know what you are talking about.'

71 Peter went out to the gate. There, another servant-girl saw him. She said to the others around there, `This man was also with Jesus of Nazareth.'

72 Peter said some bad words and then said, `I do not know the man.'

73 A little later, those standing around came to Peter and said, `Surely you are one of them also. We know it by the way you talk.'

74 Then Peter began to say even more bad words. He said, `I do not know the man!' Right then, a cock called.

75 Then Peter remembered that Jesus had said, `Before the cock calls, you will say three times that you do not know me.' Then Peter went out and cried very much.

Matthew 26 New International Version (NIV)

The Plot Against Jesus

26 When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, “As you know, the Passover is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”

Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. “But not during the festival,” they said, “or there may be a riot among the people.”

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.

When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”

10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 The poor you will always have with you,[a] but you will not always have me. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

14 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

The Last Supper

17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”

18 He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.

20 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. 21 And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.”

22 They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?”

23 Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 24 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”

25 Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?”

Jesus answered, “You have said so.”

26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”

27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the[b] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

30 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

31 Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written:

“‘I will strike the shepherd,
    and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’[c]

32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”

33 Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.”

34 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”

35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same.


36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

Jesus Arrested

47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.

50 Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.”[d]

Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. 51 With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.

52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”

55 In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56 But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.

Jesus Before the Sanhedrin

57 Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. 58 But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome.

59 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 60 But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward.

Finally two came forward 61 and declared, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’”

62 Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 63 But Jesus remained silent.

The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”

64 “You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”[e]

65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. 66 What do you think?”

“He is worthy of death,” they answered.

67 Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him 68 and said, “Prophesy to us, Messiah. Who hit you?”

Peter Disowns Jesus

69 Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said.

70 But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.

71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.”

72 He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!”

73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.”

74 Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!”

Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.


  1. Matthew 26:11 See Deut. 15:11.
  2. Matthew 26:28 Some manuscripts the new
  3. Matthew 26:31 Zech. 13:7
  4. Matthew 26:50 Or “Why have you come, friend?”
  5. Matthew 26:64 See Psalm 110:1; Daniel 7:13.
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