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Matthew 26:1-5 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Plot to Kill Jesus

26 When Jesus had finished saying all this, He told His disciples, “You know[a] that the Passover takes place after two days, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”

Then the chief priests[b] and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, and they conspired to arrest Jesus in a treacherous way and kill Him. “Not during the festival,” they said, “so there won’t be rioting among the people.”


  1. Matthew 26:2 Or Know (as a command)
  2. Matthew 26:3 Other mss add and the scribes

Matthew 26:14-30 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

14 Then one of the Twelve—the man called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand Him over to you?” So they weighed out 30 pieces of silver for him. 16 And from that time he started looking for a good opportunity to betray Him.

Betrayal at the Passover

17 On the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do You want us to prepare the Passover so You may eat it?”

18 “Go into the city to a certain man,” He said, “and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My time is near; I am celebrating the Passover at your place[a] with My disciples.’” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover. 20 When evening came, He was reclining at the table with the Twelve. 21 While they were eating, He said, “I assure you: One of you will betray Me.”

22 Deeply distressed, each one began to say to Him, “Surely not I, Lord?”

23 He replied, “The one who dipped his hand with Me in the bowl—he will betray Me. 24 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”

25 Then Judas, His betrayer, replied, “Surely not I, Rabbi?”

“You have said it,” He told him.

The First Lord’s Supper

26 As they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take and eat it; this is My body.” 27 Then He took a cup, and after giving thanks, He gave it to them and said, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My blood that establishes the covenant;[b] it is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 But I tell you, from this moment I will not drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it in a new way[c] in My Father’s kingdom with you.” 30 After singing psalms,[d] they went out to the Mount of Olives.


  1. Matthew 26:18 Lit Passover with you
  2. Matthew 26:28 Other mss read new covenant
  3. Matthew 26:29 Or drink new wine; lit drink it new
  4. Matthew 26:30 Pss 113–118 were sung during and after the Passover meal.

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