Matthew 26:1-25 English Standard Version

The Leaders Plot against Jesus

26 When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples, 2   "You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified." 3  Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, 4  and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. 5  But they said, "Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people."

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

6  Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,[1] 7  a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table. 8  And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, "Why this waste? 9  For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor." 10  But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me. 11  For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. 12  In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial. 13  Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her."

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

14  Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15  and said, "What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?" And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16  And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.

Jesus Eats the Passover with His Disciples

17  Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?" 18  He said, "Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, 'The Teacher says, My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.'" 19  And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover. 20  When it was evening, he reclined at table with the twelve.[2] 21  And as they were eating, he said, "Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me." 22  And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, "Is it I, Lord?" 23  He answered, "He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me. 24  The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born." 25  Judas, who would betray him, answered, "Is it I, Rabbi?" He said to him, "You have said so."

Footnotes

[1] 26:6 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13

[2] 26:20 Some manuscripts add disciples

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