Matthew 26:47–27:31

47 aAnd while he yet spake, lo, bJudas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and cstaves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48 Now he that betrayed him dgave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. 49 And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, emaster; and fkissed him. 50 And Jesus said unto him, gFriend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him. 51 And, behold, hone of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew ihis sword, and struck ja servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear. 52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for kall they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. 53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me lmore than twelve mlegions of angels? 54 But how then shall nthe scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be? 55 In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a othief with swords and cstaves for to take me? I psat daily with you qteaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me. 56 But all this was done, that the nscriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then rall the disciples rrforsook him, and fled.

57 sAnd they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to tCaiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. 58 But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest’s tpalace, and went in, and sat with the uservants, to see the end. 59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all xthe council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death; 60 But found none: yea, though many yfalse witnesses came, yet zfound they none. At the last came atwo false witnesses, 61 And said, This fellow said, bI am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it cin three days. 62 And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? 63 But dJesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, eI adjure thee by fthe living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, gthe Son of God. 64 Jesus saith unto him, hThou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, iHereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting kon the right hand of kkpower, and coming in the clouds of heaven. 65 Then the high priest lrent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. 66 What think ye? They answered and said, He is mguilty nof death. 67 Then did they ospit in his face, and pbuffeted him; and qothers rsmote him with ||the palms of their hands, 68 Saying, sProphesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?

69 tNow Peter sat without in the upalace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of vGalilee. 70 But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest. 71 And when he was gone out into wthe porch, xanother maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of vNazareth. 72 And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man. 73 And yafter a while came unto him zthey that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for athy speech bbewrayeth thee. 74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew. 75 And Peter cremembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, dBefore the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

27 aWhen the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people btook counsel against Jesus to put him to death: And when they had bound him, cthey led him away, and ddelivered him to ePontius Pilate fthe governor.

gThen Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, hrepented himself, and brought again gthe thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the iinnocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and khanged himself. And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the ltreasury, because it is the price of blood. And they btook counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field was called, mThe field of blood, mmunto this day. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by nJeremy the prophet, saying, oAnd they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, ||whom they of the children of Israel did value; 10 And gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord pappointed me.

11 And Jesus stood before the governor: qand the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, rThou sayest. 12 And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, she answered nothing. 13 Then said Pilate unto him, tHearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? 14 And he answered him sto never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.

15 uNow at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people xa prisoner, whom they would. 16 And they had then a ynotable prisoner, called Barabbas. 17 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ? 18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him. 19 When he was set down on zthe judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, aHave thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day bin a dream because of him. 20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude cthat they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. 21 The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas. 22 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. 23 And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified. 24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather da tumult was made, he etook water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am finnocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. 25 Then answered all the people, and said, gHis blood be on us, and on our children. 26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had hscourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

27 Then ithe soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the ||common hall, and kgathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. 28 And they stripped him, and put on him la scarlet robe. 29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they llbowed the knee before him, and mmocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! 30 And they nspit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. 31 And after that they had mmocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and oled him away to crucify him.

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