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XIV.  Two days after, was the passover, and the feast of unleavened bread; and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death.

2For they said: Not at the feast, lest there shall be a tumult of the people.

3And he being in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of pure spikenard, very precious; and she broke the box, and poured it on his head.

4And there were some that were much displeased among themselves, and said: Why was this waste of the ointment made?

5For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denáries, and given to the poor. And they murmured at her.

6And Jesus said: Let her alone; why do ye trouble her? She wrought a good work on me.

7For the poor ye have always with you, and when ye will ye can do good to them; but me ye have not always.

8She did what she could; she beforehand anointed my body for the preparation for burial.

9Verily I say to you, wherever the good news shall be preached in the whole world, this also that she did shall be told for a memorial of her.

10And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests, to deliver him up to them.

11And they, when they heard it, were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently deliver him up.

12And on the first day of the feast of unleavened bread, when they killed the passover, his disciples say to him: Where wilt thou that we go and prepare, that thou mayest eat the passover?

13And he sends forth two of his disciples, and says to them: Go into the city, and there will meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water; follow him.

14And where he shall go in, say to the master of the house: The Teacher says, Where is the guest-chamber, in which I may eat the passover with my disciples?

15And he will show you a large upper room furnished, ready; there prepare for us.

16And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he said to them; and they made ready the passover.

17And at evening he comes with the twelve.

18And as they were reclining at table, and eating, Jesus said: Verily I say to you, that one of you will betray me, one that eats with me!

19And they began to be sorrowful, and to say to him one by one: Is it I? And another said: Is it I?

20And he answering said to them: It is one of the twelve, one that dips with me into the dish.

21The Son of man indeed goes, as it is written of him; but woe to that man through whom the Son of man is betrayed! It were good for him if that man had not been born.

22And as they were eating, Jesus, taking a loaf, blessed, and broke, and gave it to them, and said: Take it; this is my body.

23And taking the cup, he gave thanks, and gave it to them; and they all drank of it.

24And he said to them: This is my blood of the covenant, which is shed for many.

25Verily I say to you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.

26And having sung, they went out into the mount of the Olives.

27And Jesus says to them: All ye will be offended; because it is written: I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.

28But after I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee.

29And Peter said to him: Though all shall be offended, yet will not I.

30And Jesus says to him: Verily I say to thee, that thou this day, in this night, before a cock crows twice, wilt thrice deny me.

31But he said the more vehemently: If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee. Likewise also said they all.

32And they come to a place which was named Gethsemane. And he says to his disciples: Sit ye here, while I shall pray.

33And he takes with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be troubled.

34And he says to them: My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, unto death; tarry here, and watch.

35And going forward a little, he fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.

36And he said: Abba, Father, all things are possible to thee; take away this cup from me; but not what I will, but what thou wilt.

37And he comes, and finds them sleeping. And he says to Peter: Simon, sleepest thou? Couldest thou not watch one hour?

38Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

39And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words.

40And returning, he found them again sleeping, for their eyes were heavy; and they knew not what to answer him.

41And he comes the third time, and says to them: Do ye sleep the remaining time, and take your rest? It is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

42Rise, let us go; behold, he that betrays me is at hand.

43And immediately, while he was yet speaking, comes Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.

44And his betrayer had given them a signal, saying: Whom I shall kiss, that is he; lay hold of him, and lead him away securely.

45And coming, he goes straightway to him, and says: Master, Master; and kissed him.

46And they laid their hands on him, and held him fast.

47And one of those standing by drew his sword, and smote the servant of the high priest, and took off his ear.

48And Jesus answering said to them: Came ye out, as against a robber, with swords and staves to take me?

49I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye did not lay hold of me; but that the Scriptures might be fulfilled!

50And all forsook him, and fled.

51And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men lay hold of him.

52And leaving behind the linen cloth, he fled from them naked.

53And they led Jesus away to the high priest; and with him assembled all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes.

54And Peter followed him afar off, even into the court of the high priest, and was sitting with the officers, and warming himself at the fire.

55And the chief priests and all the council sought for testimony against Jesus, in order to put him to death; and they found none.

56For many bore false witness against him; but their testimonies agreed not together.

57And certain ones rose up, and bore false witness against him, saying:

58We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands.

59And not even so did their testimony agree.

60And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying: Answerest thou nothing? What do these witness against thee?

61But he was silent, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said to him: Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?

62And Jesus said: I am; and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.

63And the high priest, rending his clothes, says: What further need have we of witnesses?

64Ye heard the blasphemy. What think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death.

65And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face and buffet him, and say to him: Prophesy. And the officers, with blows, took him in charge.

66And Peter being below in the court, there comes one of the maid-servants of the high priest;

67and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and said: Thou also wast with Jesus the Nazarene.

68But he denied, saying: I do not know, nor do I understand what thou sayest. And he went out into the fore-court; and a cock crowed.

69And the maid-servant, seeing him, began again to say to those standing by: This is one of them.

70And he again denied it.
And a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter: Surely thou art one of them; for thou art a Galilæan.

71But he began to invoke curses, and to swear: I do not know this man of whom ye speak.

72And a cock crowed a second time. And Peter remembered the word, how Jesus said to him: Before a cock crows twice, thou wilt thrice deny me. And as he thought thereon, he wept.