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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
MATTHEW

CHAPTER 26

F. The Completion of Rejection
26:1--27:66

1. The Fourth Unveiling of the Crucifixion
26:1-2


1 And when Jesus finished all these words, He said to His disciples,

2 You know that after two days the 1aPassover takes place, and the Son of Man is being bdelivered up to be crucified.


2. Plotted Against by Religion
26:3-5


3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people were agathered together in the courtyard of the high priest, who was called bCaiaphas,

4 And they took acounsel together to bseize Jesus by craftiness and ckill Him.

5 But they said, 1Not at the feast, lest there be an auproar among the people.


3. Loved by the Beloved Disciples
26:6-13


6 aNow when Jesus was in bBethany, in the house of Simon the 1leper,

7 A woman came to Him, having an alabaster flask of ointment of great value, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at table.

8 But when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, Why this 1waste?

9 For this could have been sold for much and given to the apoor.

10 But Jesus, knowing it, said to them, Why do you trouble the woman? She has done a noble deed to Me.

11 For the apoor you have with you always, 1but you do bnot always have Me.

12 For in pouring out this ointment on My body, she has done it 1for My aburial.

13 Truly I say to you, Wherever 1this agospel is proclaimed in the whole world, 2what this woman has done shall also be told as a bmemorial of her.


4. Betrayed by the False Disciple
26:14-16


14 1aAt that time one of the twelve, the one called bJudas Iscariot, went to the chief priests

15 And said, What are you willing to give me, and I will deliver Him to you? And they weighed out to him 1athirty pieces of silver.

16 And from then on he sought opportunity to adeliver Him up.


5. Keeping the Last Passover
26:17-25


17 aNow on the first day of the 1bFeast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus, saying, Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the passover?

18 And He said, Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, The aTeacher says, My btime is near. I am keeping the passover at your house with My disciples.

19 And the disciples did as Jesus directed them, and they prepared the passover.

20 aAnd when evening fell, He reclined at table with the twelve.

21 And as they were eating, He said, Truly I say to you that aone of you will betray Me.

22 And being greatly grieved, each one of them began to say to Him, I am not the one, am I, Lord?

23 And He answered and said, The one who dips his hand with Me in the dish, this one will betray Me.

24 The Son of Man is going away, even as it is awritten concerning Him, but woe to that man through whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.

25 And Judas, who was betraying Him, answered and said, I am not the one, am I, aRabbi? He said to him, 1bYou have said it yourself.


6. Establishing the King's Feast
26:26-30


26 aAnd as they were 1eating, Jesus took 2bread and bblessed it, and He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said, Take, eat; this is My 2body.

27 And He took a 1acup and gave bthanks, and He gave it to them, saying, Drink of it, all of you,

28 For this is My 1ablood of the 2bcovenant, which is being poured out for cmany for dforgiveness of sins.

29 But I say to you, I shall by no means drink of this 1product of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in the 2akingdom of My Father.

30 aAnd after 1singing a hymn, they went out to the bMount of Olives.


7. Warning the Disciples
26:31-35


31 Then Jesus said to them, You will all be stumbled because of Me this night, for it is written, "I will asmite the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be bscattered.''

32 But after I have been raised, I will go before you into aGalilee.

33 Then Peter answered and said to Him, If all will be stumbled because of You, I will never be stumbled.

34 Jesus said to him, Truly I say to you that in this night, before a arooster crows, you will deny Me three times.

35 Peter said to Him, Even if I must adie with You, I will by no means deny You. And all the disciples said likewise.


8. Pressed in Gethsemane
26:36-46


36 aThen Jesus came with them to a bplace called 1Gethsemane, and He said to the disciples, Sit here while I go over there and pray.

37 And taking Peter and the two asons of Zebedee aside, He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed.

38 Then He said to them, My asoul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch with Me.

39 And going forward a little, He fell on His face and aprayed, saying, My Father, if it is possible, let this 1bcup pass from Me; yet not as I cwill, but as You will.

40 And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And He said to Peter, So were you not able to watch with Me for one hour?

41 aWatch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The 1spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.

42 Again, going away a second time, He prayed, saying, My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your awill be done.

43 And coming again, He found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.

44 And leaving them, He went away again and prayed a athird time, saying the same word again.

45 Then He came to the disciples and said to them, Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the ahour has drawn near, and the Son of Man is being delivered up into the hands of sinners.

46 Arise, let us be going. Behold, the one who is betraying Me has drawn near.


9. Arrested by Religion
26:47-56


47 aAnd while He was still speaking, behold, bJudas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and elders of the people.

48 Now the one who was betraying Him had given them a sign, saying, Whomever I kiss, He is the one; seize Him.

49 And immediately he came to Jesus and said, 1Rejoice, aRabbi, and bkissed Him affectionately.

50 But Jesus said to him, aFriend, 1bwhat are you here for? Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and seized Him.

51 And behold, 1one of those with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his asword, and struck the slave of the high priest and took off his bear.

52 Then Jesus said to him, Return your sword to its place, for all those who take up the asword will perish by the sword.

53 Or do you think that I cannot 1beseech My Father, and He will 1provide Me at once with more than twelve 1legions of aangels?

54 How then shall the aScriptures be fulfilled which say that it must happen 1this way?

55 In that hour Jesus said to the crowds, Have you come out as against a robber with swords and clubs to arrest Me? Day after day I sat in the temple ateaching, and you did not seize Me.

56 But all this has happened in order that the writings of the prophets may be fulfilled. Then all the disciples left Him and afled.


10. Judged by the Sanhedrin
26:57-68


57 aAnd those who seized Jesus led Him away to bCaiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered.

58 And Peter afollowed Him at a distance to the courtyard of the high priest; and entering within, he sat with the attendants to see the end.

59 Now the chief priests and the whole aSanhedrin were seeking bfalse testimony against Jesus so that they might put Him to death,

60 And they did not find it, though many false witnesses came forward. But later atwo came

61 And said, This man said, 1I am able to adestroy the temple of God and build it up in three days.

62 And the high priest stood up and said to Him, Do You answer 1anothing? What is it that these testify bagainst You?

63 But Jesus remained 1asilent. bAnd the high priest said to Him, I charge You to cswear by the living God to tell us 2dif You are the eChrist, the Son of God.

64 Jesus said to him, aYou have said rightly. Nevertheless I say to you, From now on you will see the 1bSon of Man csitting at the right hand of Power and dcoming on the eclouds of heaven.

65 Then the high priest atore his garments, saying, He has bblasphemed! What further need do we have of witnesses? Behold, now you have heard the blasphemy.

66 What do you think? And they answered and said, He is worthy of adeath.

67 Then they aspat in His face and beat Him with their fists, and others bslapped Him,

68 Saying, 1Prophesy to us, Christ! aWho is the one who hit You?


11. Denied by Peter
26:69-75

69 aNow Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, and a 1servant girl came to him and said, You also were with Jesus the Galilean.

70 But he denied it before all, saying, I do not know what you are talking about!

71 And after he had gone out to the porch, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, This man was with Jesus the aNazarene.

72 And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man!

73 And after a little while 1those who were standing there came to Peter and said, Surely you also are one of them, for your aspeech also makes it clear that you are.

74 Then he began to 1curse and to swear: I do not know the man! And immediately a rooster crowed.

75 And Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said, Before a arooster crows, you will deny Me three times. And he went out and wept bitterly.