John 18:1-18 Revised Standard Version

The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

18 1  When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples across the Kidron valley, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. 2  Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place; for Jesus often met there with his disciples. 3  So Judas, procuring a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4  Then Jesus, knowing all that was to befall him, came forward and said to them, "Whom do you seek?" 5  They answered him, "Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus said to them, "I am he." Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. 6  When he said to them, "I am he," they drew back and fell to the ground. 7  Again he asked them, "Whom do you seek?" And they said, "Jesus of Nazareth." 8  Jesus answered, "I told you that I am he; so, if you seek me, let these men go." 9  This was to fulfil the word which he had spoken, "Of those whom thou gavest me I lost not one." 10  Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's slave and cut off his right ear. The slave's name was Malchus. 11  Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup which the Father has given me?"

Jesus Brought before the High Priest

12  So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews seized Jesus and bound him.

13  First they led him to Annas; for he was the father-in-law of Ca'iaphas, who was high priest that year. 14  It was Ca'iaphas who had given counsel to the Jews that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.

Peter in the High Priest's Court

15  Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. As this disciple was known to the high priest, he entered the court of the high priest along with Jesus, 16  while Peter stood outside at the door. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the maid who kept the door, and brought Peter in. 17  The maid who kept the door said to Peter, "Are not you also one of this man's disciples?" He said, "I am not." 18  Now the servants and officers had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold, and they were standing and warming themselves; Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself.

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