Matthew 26:1-25 World English Bible

The Leaders Plot against Jesus

26 1  It happened, when Jesus had finished all these words, that 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, the scribes, and the elders of the people were gathered together in the court of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas. 4  They took counsel together that they might take Jesus by deceit, and kill him. 5  But they said, “Not during the feast, lest a riot occur among the people.”

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

6  Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, 7  a woman came to him having an alabaster jar of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he sat at the table. 8  But when his disciples saw this, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? 9  For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.” 10  However, knowing this, Jesus said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? Because she has done a good work for me. 11  For you always have the poor with you; but you don’t always have me. 12  For in pouring this ointment on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13  Most certainly I tell you, wherever this Good News is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of as a memorial of her.”

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

14  Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests, 15  and said, “What are you willing to give me, that I should deliver him to you?” They weighed out for him thirty pieces of silver. 16  From that time he sought 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 to him, “Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 18  He said, “Go into the city to a certain person, and tell him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.”’” 19  The disciples did as Jesus commanded them, and they prepared the Passover. 20  Now when evening had come, he was reclining at the table with the twelve disciples. 21  As they were eating, he said, “Most certainly I tell you that one of you will betray me.” 22  They were exceedingly sorrowful, and each began to ask him, “It isn’t me, is it, Lord?” 23  He answered, “He who dipped his hand with me in the dish, the same will betray me. 24  The Son of Man goes, even as it is written of him, but woe to that man through whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would be better for that man if he had not been born.” 25  Judas, who betrayed him, answered, “It isn’t me, is it, Rabbi?”

He said to him, “You said it.”


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