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Matthew 26:36-46 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Prayer in the Garden

36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane,[a] and He told the disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 Taking along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is swallowed up in sorrow[b] —to the point of death.[c] Remain here and stay awake with Me.” 39 Going a little farther,[d] He fell facedown and prayed, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.”

40 Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping. He asked Peter, “So, couldn’t you[e] stay awake with Me one hour? 41 Stay awake and pray, so that you won’t enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42 Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, “My Father, if this[f] cannot pass[g] unless I drink it, Your will be done.” 43 And He came again and found them sleeping, because they could not keep their eyes open.[h]

44 After leaving them, He went away again and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more. 45 Then He came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting?[i] Look, the time is near. The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Get up; let’s go! See, My betrayer is near.”


  1. Matthew 26:36 A garden east of Jerusalem at the base of the Mount of Olives; Gethsemane = olive oil press
  2. Matthew 26:38 Or I am deeply grieved, or I am overwhelmed by sorrow; Ps 42:6,11; 43:5
  3. Matthew 26:38 Lit unto death
  4. Matthew 26:39 Other mss read Drawing nearer
  5. Matthew 26:40 = all 3 disciples because the verb in Gk is pl
  6. Matthew 26:42 Other mss add cup
  7. Matthew 26:42 Other mss add from Me
  8. Matthew 26:43 Lit because their eyes were weighed down
  9. Matthew 26:45 Or Sleep on now and take your rest.

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