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The Plot to Kill Jesus

26 When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples,(A) “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”(B)

Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the courtyard of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,(C) and they conspired to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him.(D) But they said, “Not during the festival, or there may be a riot among the people.”(E)

The Anointing at Bethany

Now while Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,[a](F) a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment, and she poured it on his head as he sat at the table. But when the disciples saw it, they were angry and said, “Why this waste? For this ointment could have been sold for a large sum and the money given to the poor.” 10 But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? She has performed a good service for me. 11 For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.(G) 12 By pouring this ointment on my body she has prepared me for burial.(H) 13 Truly I tell you, wherever this good news[b] is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.”

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

14 Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What will you give me if I betray him to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver.(I) 16 And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.

The Passover with the Disciples

17 On the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 18 He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is near; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’ ”(J) 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover meal.(K)

20 When it was evening, he took his place with the twelve disciples,[c] 21 and while they were eating he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.” 22 And they became greatly distressed and began to say to him one after another, “Surely not I, Lord?” 23 He answered, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me.(L) 24 The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.” 25 Judas, who betrayed him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?” He replied, “You have said so.”

The Institution of the Lord’s Supper

26 While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it[d] he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.”(M) 27 Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the[e] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.(N) 29 I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”(O)

30 When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.(P)

Peter’s Denial Foretold

31 Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away[f] because of me this night, for it is written,

‘I will strike the shepherd,
    and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’(Q)

32 “But after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.”(R) 33 Peter said to him, “Even if all fall away[g] because of you, I will never fall away.”[h] 34 Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.”(S) 35 Peter said to him, “Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And so said all the disciples.(T)

Jesus Prays in Gethsemane

36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee and began to be grieved and agitated.(U) 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.”(V) 39 And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me, yet not what I want but what you want.”(W) 40 Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “So, could you not stay awake with me one hour?(X) 41 Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial;[i] the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”(Y) 42 Again he went away for the second time and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.”(Z) 43 Again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words. 45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Now the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.(AA) 46 Get up, let us be going. Look, my betrayer is at hand.”

The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; with him was a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49 At once he came up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.(AB) 50 Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you are here to do.”[j] Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and arrested him.(AC) 51 Suddenly one of those with Jesus put his hand on his sword, drew it, and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. 52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place, for all who take the sword will die by the sword.(AD) 53 Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?(AE) 54 But how then would the scriptures be fulfilled, which say it must happen in this way?”(AF) 55 At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a rebel? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56 But all this has taken place, so that the scriptures of the prophets may be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.(AG)

Jesus before the High Priest

57 Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered. 58 But Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and going inside he sat with the guards in order to see how this would end.(AH) 59 Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they might put him to death, 60 but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward(AI) 61 and said, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.’ ”(AJ) 62 The high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer? What is it that they testify against you?” 63 But Jesus was silent. Then the high priest said to him, “I put you under oath before the living God, tell us if you are the Messiah,[k] the Son of God.”(AK) 64 Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you,

From now on you will see the Son of Man
    seated at the right hand of Power
    and coming on the clouds of heaven.”(AL)

65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? You have now heard his blasphemy.(AM) 66 What do you think?” They answered, “He deserves death.”(AN) 67 Then they spat in his face and struck him, and some slapped him,(AO) 68 saying, “Prophesy to us, you Messiah![l] Who is it that struck you?”

Peter’s Denial of Jesus

69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A female servant came to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” 70 But he denied it before all of them, saying, “I do not know what you are talking about.” 71 When he went out to the porch, another female servant saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus the Nazarene.”[m] 72 Again he denied it with an oath, “I do not know the man.” 73 After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Certainly you are also one of them, for your accent betrays you.” 74 Then he began to curse, and he swore an oath, “I do not know the man!” At that moment the cock crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said: “Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.(AP)

Jesus Brought before Pilate

27 When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people conferred together against Jesus in order to bring about his death. They bound him, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate the governor.(AQ)

The Suicide of Judas

When Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus[n] was condemned, he repented and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders.(AR) He said, “I have sinned by betraying innocent[o] blood.” But they said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.”(AS) Throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself.(AT) But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since they are blood money.” After conferring together, they used them to buy the potter’s field as a place to bury foreigners. For this reason that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day.(AU) Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah,[p] “And they took[q] the thirty pieces of silver, the price of the one on whom a price had been set,[r] on whom some of the people of Israel had set a price,(AV) 10 and they gave[s] them for the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”

Pilate Questions Jesus

11 Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus said, “You say so.” 12 But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he did not answer.(AW) 13 Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many accusations they make against you?”(AX) 14 But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.(AY)

Barabbas or Jesus?

15 Now at the festival the governor was accustomed to release a prisoner for the crowd, anyone whom they wanted. 16 At that time they had a notorious prisoner called Jesus[t] Barabbas. 17 So after they had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you, Jesus[u] Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Messiah?”[v] 18 For he realized that it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over. 19 While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for today I have suffered a great deal because of a dream about him.”(AZ) 20 Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed.(BA) 21 The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” 22 Pilate said to them, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?”[w] All of them said, “Let him be crucified!” 23 Then he asked, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!”

Pilate Hands Jesus Over to Be Crucified

24 So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood;[x] see to it yourselves.”(BB) 25 Then the people as a whole answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!”(BC) 26 So he released Barabbas for them, and after flogging Jesus he handed him over to be crucified.(BD)

The Soldiers Mock Jesus

27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters,[y] and they gathered the whole cohort around him.(BE) 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and after twisting some thorns into a crown they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”(BF) 30 They spat on him and took the reed and struck him on the head.(BG) 31 After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.(BH)

The Crucifixion of Jesus

32 As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they compelled this man to carry his cross.(BI) 33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), 34 they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it.(BJ) 35 And when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among themselves by casting lots;[z](BK) 36 then they sat down there and kept watch over him.(BL) 37 Over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.”

38 Then two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left.(BM) 39 Those who passed by derided[aa] him, shaking their heads(BN) 40 and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”(BO) 41 In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking him, saying, 42 “He saved others; he cannot save himself.[ab] He is the King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him.(BP) 43 He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he wants to, for he said, ‘I am God’s Son.’ ”(BQ) 44 The rebels who were crucified with him also taunted him in the same way.

The Death of Jesus

45 From noon on, darkness came over the whole land[ac] until three in the afternoon.(BR) 46 And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”(BS) 47 When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “This man is calling for Elijah.” 48 At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink.(BT) 49 But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.”[ad] 50 Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last.[ae] 51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split.(BU) 52 The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. 53 After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many. 54 Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”[af](BV)

55 Many women were also there, looking on from a distance; they had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him.(BW) 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph,[ag] and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.(BX)

The Burial of Jesus

57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph, who also was himself a disciple of Jesus.(BY) 58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth 60 and laid it in his new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away.(BZ) 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.

The Guard at the Tomb

62 The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63 and said, “Sir, we remember what that impostor said while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise again.’(CA) 64 Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day; otherwise, his disciples may go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead,’ and the last deception would be worse than the first.” 65 Pilate said to them, “You have a guard[ah] of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can.”[ai](CB) 66 So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.(CC)

The Resurrection of Jesus

28 After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.(CD) And suddenly there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.(CE) His appearance was like lightning and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.(CF) He is not here, for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he[aj] lay.(CG) Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead,[ak] and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.”(CH) So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him.(CI) 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers and sisters to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”(CJ)

The Report of the Guard

11 While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests everything that had happened.(CK) 12 After the priests[al] had assembled with the elders, they devised a plan to give a large sum of money to the soldiers, 13 telling them, “You must say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 If this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.”(CL) 15 So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story is still told among the Judeans to this day.

The Commissioning of the Disciples

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.(CM) 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him, but they doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.(CN) 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit(CO) 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”[am]


  1. 26.6 Or the skin-diseased
  2. 26.13 Or gospel
  3. 26.20 Other ancient authorities lack disciples
  4. 26.26 Other ancient authorities read after giving thanks
  5. 26.28 Other ancient authorities add new
  6. 26.31 Or stumble
  7. 26.33 Or stumble
  8. 26.33 Or stumble
  9. 26.41 Or into testing
  10. 26.50 Or Why are you here?
  11. 26.63 Or Christ
  12. 26.68 Or Christ
  13. 26.71 Gk Nazorean
  14. 27.3 Gk he
  15. 27.4 Other ancient authorities read righteous
  16. 27.9 Other ancient authorities read Zechariah or Isaiah
  17. 27.9 Or I took
  18. 27.9 Or the price of the precious One
  19. 27.10 Other ancient authorities read I gave
  20. 27.16 Other ancient authorities lack Jesus
  21. 27.17 Other ancient authorities lack Jesus
  22. 27.17 Or the Christ
  23. 27.22 Or the Christ
  24. 27.24 Other ancient authorities read this righteous blood or this righteous man’s blood
  25. 27.27 Gk the praetorium
  26. 27.35 Other ancient authorities add in order that what had been spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled, “They divided my clothes among themselves, and for my clothing they cast lots.”
  27. 27.39 Or blasphemed
  28. 27.42 Or is he unable to save himself?
  29. 27.45 Or earth
  30. 27.49 Other ancient authorities add And another took a spear and pierced his side, and out came water and blood
  31. 27.50 Or gave up his spirit
  32. 27.54 Or a son of God
  33. 27.56 Some ancient authorities read Joses
  34. 27.65 Or Take a guard
  35. 27.65 Gk you know how
  36. 28.6 Other ancient authorities read the Lord
  37. 28.7 Other ancient authorities lack from the dead
  38. 28.12 Gk they
  39. 28.20 Other ancient authorities add Amen