Matthew 26:1-25 New King James Version

The Leaders Plot against Jesus

26 Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, that He said to His disciples, 2  "You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified." 3  Then the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people assembled at the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, 4  and plotted to take Jesus by trickery and kill Him. 5  But they said, "Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people."

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

6  And when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, 7  a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table. 8  But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, "Why this waste? 9  For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor." 10  But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, "Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me. 11  For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always. 12  For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My burial. 13  Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her."

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

14  Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15  and said, "What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?" And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. 16  So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.

Jesus Eats the Passover with His Disciples

17  Now on the first day of the Feast of the Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, "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 at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with My disciples." ' " 19  So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover. 20  When evening had come, He sat down with the twelve. 21  Now as they were eating, He said, "Assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me." 22  And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and each of them began to say to Him, "Lord, is it I?" 23  He answered and said, "He who dipped his hand with Me in the dish will betray Me. 24  The Son of Man indeed goes 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  Then Judas, who was betraying Him, answered and said, "Rabbi, is it I?" He said to him, "You have said it."

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