Matthew 26:26-50 Revised Standard Version

26  Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is my body." 27  And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you; 28  for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29  I tell you I shall not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom."

Peter's Denial Foretold

30  And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

31  Then Jesus said to them, "You will all fall away because of me this night; for it is written, 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.' 32  But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee." 33  Peter declared to him, "Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away." 34  Jesus said to him, "Truly, I say to you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times." 35  Peter said to him, "Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you." And so said all the disciples.

Jesus Prays in Gethsemane

36  Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsem'ane, and he said to his disciples, "Sit here, while I go yonder and pray." 37  And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zeb'edee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38  Then he said to them, "My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me." 39  And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt." 40  And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, "So, could you not watch with me one hour? 41  Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." 42  Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, "My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, thy will be done." 43  And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44  So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words. 45  Then he came to the disciples and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46  Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand."

The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

47  While he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48  Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, "The one I shall kiss is the man; seize him." 49  And he came up to Jesus at once and said, "Hail, Master!" And he kissed him. 50  Jesus said to him, "Friend, why are you here?" Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him.

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