John 18:1-18 Bible in Basic English

The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

18 1  When Jesus had said these words he went out with his disciples over the stream Kedron to a garden, into which he went with his disciples. 2  And Judas, who was false to him, had knowledge of the place because Jesus went there frequently with his disciples. 3  So Judas, getting a band of armed men and police from the chief priests and Pharisees, went there with lights and with arms. 4  Then Jesus, having knowledge of everything which was coming on him, went forward and said to them, Who are you looking for? 5  Their answer was, Jesus the Nazarene. Jesus said, I am he. And Judas, who was false to him, was there at their side. 6  And when he said to them, I am he, they went back, falling to the earth. 7  So again he put the question to them, Who are you looking for? And they said, Jesus the Nazarene. 8  Jesus made answer, I have said that I am he; if you are looking for me, let these men go away. 9  (He said this so that his words might come true, I have kept safe all those whom you gave to me.) 10  Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, took it out and gave the high priest's servant a blow, cutting off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus. 11  Then Jesus said to Peter, Put back your sword: am I not to take the cup which my Father has given to me?

Jesus Brought before the High Priest

12  Then the band and the chief captain and the police took Jesus and put cords round him.

13  They took him first to Annas, because Annas was the father-in-law of Caiaphas who was the high priest that year. 14  It was Caiaphas who had said to the Jews that it was in their interest for one man to be put to death for the people.

Peter in the High Priest's Court

15  And Simon Peter went after Jesus with another disciple. Now that disciple was a friend of the high priest and he went in with Jesus into the house of the high priest; 16  But Peter was kept outside at the door. Then this other disciple, who was a friend of the high priest, came out and had a word with the girl who kept the door, and took Peter in. 17  Then the girl who was the door-keeper said to Peter, Are you not one of this man's disciples? In answer he said, I am not. 18  Now the servants and the police had made a fire of coals because it was cold; they were warming themselves in front of it and Peter was there with them, warming himself.


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