Mark 14:1-26 Bible in Basic English

The Leaders Plot against Jesus

14 1  It was now two days before the feast of the Passover and the unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes made designs how they might take him by deceit and put him to death: 2  But they said, Not while the feast is going on, for fear there may be trouble among the people.

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

3  And while he was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, seated at table, there came a woman with a bottle of perfumed oil of great price; and when the bottle was broken she put the perfume on his head. 4  But some of them were angry among themselves, saying, For what purpose has this oil been wasted? 5  We might have got more than three hundred pence for it, and given the money to the poor. And they said things against her among themselves. 6  But Jesus said, Let her be; why are you troubling her? she has done a kind act to me. 7  The poor you have ever with you, and whenever you have the desire you may do them good: but me you have not for ever. 8  She has done what she was able: she has put oil on my body to make it ready for its last resting-place. 9  And truly I say to you, Wherever the good news goes out through all the earth, what this woman has done will be talked of in memory of her.

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

10  And Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went away to the chief priests, so that he might give him up to them. 11  And hearing what he said, they were glad, and gave him their word to make him a payment of money. And he took thought how he might best give him up to them.

Jesus Eats the Passover with His Disciples

12  And on the first day of unleavened bread, when the Passover lamb is put to death, his disciples said to him, Where are we to go and make ready for you to take the Passover meal? 13  And he sent two of his disciples, and said to them, Go into the town, and there will come to you a man with a vessel of water: go after him; 14  And wherever he goes in, say to the owner of the house, The Master says, Where is my guest-room, where I may take the Passover with my disciples? 15  And he will take you up himself to a great room with a table and seats: there make ready for us. 16  And the disciples went out and came into the town, and saw that it was as he had said: and they made ready the Passover. 17  And when it was evening he came with the twelve. 18  And while they were seated taking food, Jesus said, Truly I say to you, One of you will be false to me, one who is taking food with me. 19  They were sad, and said to him one by one, Is it I? 20  And he said to them, It is one of the twelve, one who is putting his bread with me into the same plate. 21  The Son of man goes, even as the Writings say of him: but cursed is that man through whom the Son of man is given up! It would have been well for that man if he had never been given birth. 22  And while they were taking food, he took bread, and after blessing it, he gave the broken bread to them, and said, Take it: this is my body. 23  And he took a cup, and when he had given praise, he gave it to them: and they all had a drink from it. 24  And he said to them, This is my blood of the testament, which is given for men. 25  Truly I say to you, I will take no more of the fruit of the vine till the day when I take it new in the kingdom of God.

Peter's Denial Foretold

26  And after a song of praise to God they went out to the Mountain of Olives.


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