Matthew 26:26-50 World English Bible

26  As they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks for [1] it, and broke it. He gave to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27  He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave to them, saying, “All of you drink it, 28  for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the remission of sins. 29  But I tell you that I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on, until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s Kingdom.”

Peter's Denial Foretold

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

31  Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of me tonight, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ [2] 32  But after I am raised up, I will go before you into Galilee.” 33  But Peter answered him, “Even if all will be made to stumble because of you, I will never be made to stumble.” 34  Jesus said to him, “Most certainly I tell you that tonight, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” 35  Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you.” All of the disciples also said likewise.

Jesus Prays in Gethsemane

36  Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go there and pray.” 37  He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and severely troubled. 38  Then he said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here, and watch with me.” 39  He went forward a little, fell on his face, and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from me; nevertheless, not what I desire, but what you desire.” 40  He came to the disciples, and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What, couldn’t you watch with me for one hour? 41  Watch and pray, that you don’t enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42  Again, a second time he went away, and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cup can’t pass away from me unless I drink it, your desire be done.” 43  He came again and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44  He left them again, went away, and prayed a third time, saying the same words. 45  Then he came to his disciples, and said to them, “Sleep on now, and take your rest. Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46  Arise, let’s be going. Behold, he who betrays me is at hand.”

The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

47  While he was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and clubs, from the chief priest and elders of the people. 48  Now he who betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, “Whoever I kiss, he is the one. Seize him.” 49  Immediately he came to Jesus, and said, “Hail, Rabbi!” and kissed him. 50  Jesus said to him, “Friend, why are you here?” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.


[1] 26:26 TR reads “blessed” instead of “gave thanks for”

[2] 26:31 Zechariah 13:7

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