Matthew 26:1-25 New American Standard Bible

The Leaders Plot against Jesus

26 1  When Jesus had finished all these words , He said to His disciples , 2  " You know that after two days the Passover is coming , and the Son of Man is to be handed over for crucifixion ." 3  Then the chief priests and the elders of the people were gathered together in the court of the high priest , named Caiaphas ; 4  and they plotted together to seize Jesus by stealth and kill Him. 5  But they were saying , "Not during the festival , otherwise e a riot might occur among the people ."

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

6  Now when Jesus was in Bethany , at the home of Simon the leper , 7  a woman came to Him with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume , and she poured it on His head as He reclined at the table. 8  But the disciples were indignant when they saw this, and said , "Why e this waste ? 9  "For this perfume might have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor ." 10  But Jesus , aware of this, said to them, "Why do you bother e the woman ? For she has done a good deed to Me. 11  "For you always have the poor with you; but you do not always have Me. 12  "For when she poured this perfume on My body , she did it to prepare Me for burial . 13  "Truly I say to you, wherever e this gospel is preached in the whole world , what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her."

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

14  Then one of the twelve , named Judas Iscariot , went to the chief priests 15  and said , "What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?" And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him. 16  From then on he began looking for a good opportunity to betray Jesus.

Jesus Eats the Passover with His Disciples

17  Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus and asked , "Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover ?" 18  And He said , "Go into the city to a certain man , and say to him, 'The Teacher says , " My time is near ; I am to keep the Passover at your house with My disciples ."' " 19  The disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover . 20  Now when evening came , Jesus was reclining at the table with the twelve disciples . 21  As they were eating , He said , " Truly I say to you that one of you will betray Me." 22  Being deeply grieved , they each one began to say to Him, "Surely not I, Lord ?" 23  And He answered , " He who dipped his hand with Me in the bowl is the one who will betray Me. 24  "The Son of Man is to go , just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed ! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born ." 25  And Judas , who was betraying Him, said , "Surely it is not I, Rabbi ?" Jesus said to him, " You have said it yourself ."

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