Matthew 26:1-25 Bible in Basic English

The Leaders Plot against Jesus

26 1  And when Jesus had come to the end of all these words, he said to his disciples, 2  After two days is the Passover, and the Son of man will be given up to the death of the cross. 3  Then the chief priests and the rulers of the people came together in the house of the high priest, who was named Caiaphas. 4  And they made designs together to take Jesus by some trick, and put him to death. 5  But they said, Not while the feast is going on, for fear of trouble among the people.

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

6  Now when Jesus was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, 7  There came to him a woman having a bottle of perfume of great price, and she put the perfume on his head when he was seated at table. 8  But when the disciples saw it they were angry, saying, To what purpose is this waste? 9  For we might have got much money for this and given it to the poor. 10  But Jesus, seeing it, said to them, Why are you troubling the woman? she has done a kind act to me. 11  For the poor you have ever with you, but me you have not for ever. 12  For in putting this perfume on my body, she did it to make me ready for my last resting-place. 13  Truly I say to you, Wherever this good news goes out in all the world, what this woman has done will be talked of in memory of her.

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

14  Then one of the twelve, who was named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, 15  What will you give me, if I give him up to you? And the price was fixed at thirty bits of silver. 16  And from that time he was watching for a chance to give him into their hands.

Jesus Eats the Passover with His Disciples

17  Now on the first day of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, Where are we to make ready for you to take the Passover meal? 18  And he said to them, Go into the town to such a man, and say to him, The Master says, My time is near: I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples. 19  And the disciples did as Jesus had said to them; and they made ready the Passover. 20  Now when evening was come, he was seated at table with the twelve disciples; 21  And while they were taking food, he said, Truly I say to you that one of you will be false to me. 22  And they were very said, and said to him, one by one, Is it I, Lord? 23  And he made answer and said, He who puts his hand into the plate with me, the same will be false to me. 24  The Son of man goes, even as the Writings say of him: but a curse is on that man through whom the Son of man is given up; it would have been well for that man if he had never come into the world. 25  And Judas, who was false to him, made answer and said, Is it I, Master? He says to him, Yes.

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