Matthew 26:26-50 Bible in Basic English

26  And when they were taking food, Jesus took bread and, after blessing it, he gave the broken bread to the disciples and said, Take it; this is my body. 27  And he took a cup and, having given praise, he gave it to them, saying, 28  Take of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the testament, which is given for men for the forgiveness of sins. 29  But I say to you that from now I will not take of this fruit of the vine, till that day when I take it new with you in my Father's kingdom.

Peter's Denial Foretold

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

31  Then said Jesus to them, All of you will be turned away from me this night: for it is said in the Writings, I will put to death the keeper of the sheep, and the sheep of the flock will be put to flight. 32  But after I am come back from the dead, I will go before you into Galilee. 33  But Peter made answer and said to him, Though all may be turned away from you, I will never be turned away. 34  Jesus said to him, Truly I say to you that this night, before the hour of the cock's cry, you will say three times that you have no knowledge of me. 35  Peter says to him, Even if I am put to death with you, I will not be false to you. So said all the disciples.

Jesus Prays in Gethsemane

36  Then comes Jesus with them to a place named Gethsemane, and says to his disciples, Be seated here, while I go over there for prayer. 37  And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and became sad and very troubled. 38  Then says he to them, My soul is very sad, even to death: keep watch with me here. 39  And he went forward a little, and falling down on his face in prayer, he said, O my Father, if it is possible, let this cup go from me; but let not my pleasure, but yours be done. 40  And he comes to the disciples, and sees that they are sleeping, and says to Peter, What, were you not able to keep watch with me one hour? 41  Keep watch with prayer, so that you may not be put to the test: the spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is feeble. 42  Again, a second time he went away, and said in prayer, O my Father, if this may not go from me without my taking it, let your pleasure be done. 43  And he came again and saw them sleeping, for their eyes were tired. 44  And he went away from them again, and a third time said the same prayer. 45  Then he comes to the disciples; and says to them, Go on sleeping now, and take your rest: for the hour is come, and the Son of man is given into the hands of evil men. 46  Up, let us be going: see, he who gives me up is near.

The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

47  And while he was still talking, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a band armed with swords and sticks, from the chief priests and those in authority over the people. 48  Now the false one had given them a sign saying, The one to whom I give a kiss, that is he: take him. 49  And straight away he came to Jesus and said, Master! and gave him a kiss. 50  And Jesus said to him, Friend, do that for which you have come. Then they came and put hands on Jesus, and took him.

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