Luke 22 Bible in Basic English

The Plot against Jesus

22 1 Now the feast of unleavened bread was near, which is called the Passover. 2 And the chief priests and the scribes were looking for a chance to put him to death, but they went in fear of the people. 3 And Satan came into Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve. 4 And he went away and had a discussion with the chief priests and the rulers, about how he might give him up to them. 5 And they were glad, and undertook to give him money. 6 And he made an agreement with them to give him up to them, if he got a chance, when the people were not present.

Jesus Eats the Passover with His Disciples

7 And the day of unleavened bread came, when the Passover lamb is put to death. 8 And Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, Go and make the Passover ready for us, so that we may take it. 9 And they said to him, Where are we to get it ready? 10 And he said to them, When you go into the town you will see a man coming to you with a vessel of water; go after him into the house into which he goes. 11 And say to the master of the house, The Master says, Where is the guest-room, where I may take the Passover with my disciples? 12 And he will take you up to a great room with a table and seats: there make ready. 13 And they went, and it was as he had said: and they made the Passover ready. 14 And when the time had come, he took his seat, and the Apostles with him. 15 And he said, I have had a great desire to keep this Passover with you before I come to my death; 16 For I say to you, I will not take it till it is made complete in the kingdom of God. 17 And he took a cup and, having given praise, he said, Make division of this among yourselves; 18 For I say to you, I will not take of the fruit of the vine till the kingdom of God has come. 19 And he took bread and, having given praise, he gave it to them when it had been broken, saying, This is my body, which is given for you: do this in memory of me. 20 And in the same way, after the meal, he took the cup, saying, This cup is the new testament, made with my blood which is given for you.

21 But the hand of him who is false to me is with me at the table. 22 For it will be done to the Son of man after the purpose of God, but unhappy is that man by whom he is given up. 23 And they were wondering among themselves which of them it was who would do this thing.

The Dispute about Greatness

24 And there was an argument among them about which of them was the greatest. 25 And he said, The kings of the Gentiles are lords over them, and those who have authority are given names of honour. 26 But let it not be so with you; but he who is greater, let him become like the younger; and he who is chief, like a servant. 27 For which is greater, the guest who is seated at a meal or the servant who is waiting on him? is it not the guest? but I am among you as a servant. 28 But you are those who have kept with me through my troubles; 29 And I will give you a kingdom as my Father has given one to me, 30 So that you may take food and drink at my table in my kingdom, and be seated like kings, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Peter's Denial Foretold

31 Simon, Simon, Satan has made a request to have you, so that he may put you to the test as grain is tested: 32 But I have made prayer for you, that your faith may not go from you: and when you are turned again, make your brothers strong. 33 And he said to him, Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death. 34 And he said, I say to you, Peter, before the cock's second cry today, you will say three times that you have no knowledge of me.

Purse, Scrip, and Sword

35 And he said to them, When I sent you out without money or bag or shoes, were you in need of anything? And they said, Nothing. 36 And he said to them, But now, he who has a money-bag, or a bag for food, let him take it: and he who has not, let him give his coat for money and get a sword. 37 For I say to you that these words will be put into effect in me, And he was numbered among the evil-doers: for what has been said in the Writings about me has an end. 38 And they said, Lord, here are two swords. And he said, It is enough.

Jesus Prays in the Garden

39 And he came out, and went, as his way was, to the Mountain of Olives, and the disciples went with him. 40 And when he came to the place, he said to them, Make a prayer that you may not be put to the test. 41 And he went a little distance away from them and, falling on his knees in prayer, he said, 42 Father, if it is your pleasure, take this cup from me: but still, let your pleasure, not mine, be done. 43 And an angel from heaven came to him, to give him strength. 44 And being in great trouble of soul, the force of his prayer became stronger, and great drops, like blood, came from him, falling to the earth. 45 And, getting up from prayer, he came to the disciples, and saw that they were sleeping for sorrow. 46 And he said, Why are you sleeping? Get up, and give yourselves to prayer, so that you may not be put to the test.

The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

47 And while he was saying these words, there came a band of people, and Judas, one of the twelve, was in front of them, and he came near to Jesus to give him a kiss. 48 But Jesus said to him, Judas, will you be false to the Son of man with a kiss? 49 And when those who were with him saw what was coming, they said, Lord, may we not make use of our swords? 50 And one of them gave a blow to the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. 51 But Jesus, answering, said, Put up with this, at least. And touching his ear, he made it well. 52 And Jesus said to the chief priests and the captains of the Temple and the rulers, who had come against him, Have you come out as against a thief, with swords and sticks? 53 When I was in the Temple with you every day, your hands were not stretched out against me: but this is your hour, and the authority of the dark power.

Peter Denies Jesus

54 And they made him a prisoner and took him away to the house of the high priest. But Peter went after them at a distance. 55 And a fire was lighted in the middle of the open square, and they were seated together, and Peter was among them. 56 And a certain woman-servant, seeing him in the light of the fire, and looking at him with attention, said, This man was with him. 57 But he said, Woman, it is not true; I have no knowledge of him. 58 And after a little time, another saw him and said, You are one of them; and he said, Man, I am not. 59 And after about an hour, another man said, with decision, Certainly this man was with him, for he is a Galilaean. 60 And Peter said, Man, I have no knowledge of these things of which you are talking. And straight away, while he was saying these words, there came the cry of a cock. 61 And the Lord, turning, gave Peter a look. And the words of the Lord came to Peter's mind, how he had said, This night, before the hour of the cock's cry, you will be false to me three times. 62 And he went out, weeping bitterly.

Jesus Mocked and Beaten

63 And the men in whose hands Jesus was, made sport of him and gave him blows. 64 And, covering his eyes, they said to him, Are you prophet enough to say who gave you that blow? 65 And they said a number of other evil things against him.

Jesus before the Council

66 And when it was day, the rulers of the people came together, with the chief priests and the scribes, and they took him before their Sanhedrin, saying, 67 If you are the Christ, say so. But he said, If I say so you will not have belief; 68 And if I put a question to you, you will not give an answer. 69 But in the future the Son of man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God. 70 And they all said, Are you then the Son of God? and he said, You say that I am. 71 And they said, What more need have we of witness? we have the very words of his mouth.

John 13 Bible in Basic English

Jesus Washes His Disciples' Feet

13 1 Now before the feast of the Passover, it was clear to Jesus that the time had come for him to go away from this world to the Father. Having once had love for those in the world who were his, his love for them went on to the end. 2 So while a meal was going on, the Evil One having now put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to be false to him, 3 Jesus, being conscious that the Father had put everything into his hands, and that he came from God and was going to God, 4 Got up from table, put off his robe and took a cloth and put it round him. 5 Then he put water into a basin and was washing the feet of the disciples and drying them with the cloth which was round him. 6 So he came to Simon Peter. Peter said, Lord, are my feet to be washed by you? 7 And Jesus, answering, said to him, What I do is not clear to you now, but it will be clear to you in time to come. 8 Peter said, I will never let my feet be washed by you, never. Jesus said in answer, If I do not make you clean you have no part with me. 9 Simon Peter said to him, Lord, not my feet only, but my hands and my head. 10 Jesus said to him, He who is bathed has need only to have his feet washed and then he is clean all over: and you, my disciples, are clean, but not all of you. 11 (He had knowledge who was false to him; that is why he said, You are not all clean.) 12 Then, after washing their feet and putting on his robe again, he took his seat and said to them, Do you see what I have done to you? 13 You give me the name of Master and Lord: and you are right; that is what I am. 14 If then I, the Lord and the Master, have made your feet clean, it is right for you to make one another's feet clean. 15 I have given you an example, so that you may do what I have done to you. 16 Truly I say to you, A servant is not greater than his lord; and he who is sent is not greater than the one who sent him. 17 If these things are clear to you, happy are you if you do them.

18 I am not talking of you all: I have knowledge of my true disciples, but things are as they are, so that the Writings may come true, The foot of him who takes bread with me is lifted up against me. 19 From this time forward, I give you knowledge of things before they come about, so that when they come about you may have belief that I am he. 20 Truly I say to you, He who takes to his heart anyone whom I send, takes me to his heart; and he who so takes me, takes him who sent me.

Jesus Foretells His Betrayal

21 When Jesus had said this he was troubled in spirit, and gave witness, saying, Truly I say to you, that one of you will be false to me. 22 Then the eyes of the disciples were turned on one another, in doubt as to whom he had in mind. 23 There was at table one of his disciples, the one dear to Jesus, resting his head on Jesus' breast. 24 Making a sign to him, Simon Peter said, Who is it he is talking about? 25 He, then, resting his head on Jesus' breast, said to him, Lord, who is it? 26 This was the answer Jesus gave: It is the one to whom I will give this bit of bread after I have put it in the vessel. Then he took the bit of bread, put it into the vessel, and gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 And when Judas took the bread Satan went into him. Then Jesus said to him, Do quickly what you have to do. 28 Now it was not clear to anyone at table why he said this to him. 29 Some were of the opinion that because Judas kept the money-bag Jesus said to him, Get the things we have need of for the feast; or, that he was to give something to the poor. 30 So Judas, having taken the bit of bread, straight away went out: and it was night.

The New Commandment

31 Then when he had gone out, Jesus said, Now is glory given to the Son of man, and God is given glory in him. 32 If God is given glory in him, God will give him glory in himself, and will give him glory even now. 33 My dear children, I am only to be with you a little longer. Then you will be looking for me: and as I said to the Jews, so now I say to you, Where I am going you may not come. 34 I give you a new law: Have love one for another; even as I have had love for you, so are you to have love one for another. 35 By this it will be clear to all men that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.

Peter's Denial Foretold

36 Simon Peter said to him, Lord, where are you going? Jesus said in answer, Where I am going you may not come with me now, but you will come later. 37 Peter said to him, Why may I not come with you even now? I will give up my life for you. 38 Jesus said in answer, Will you give up your life for me? Truly I say to you, Before the cry of the cock you will have said three times that you are not my disciple.

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