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hand. I keep thc passover at your house with my disciples."
The disciples did as Jesus directed them and got the passover ready. Now when evening had come,
at table with the twelve disciples, and while they were eating, he said :
“To tell you the truth, One of you will betray me."
They were very sorry, and began to say to each other :
“Surely it is not I, Lord ?”
"He who dipped his hand with me in the dish,” he answered," he shall betray me. The Son of man is going just as it is written about him. But woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It would be good for that man if he had not been born."
Surely it is not I, Rabbi ?” Judas his betrayer answered.
66 You have said.”
Now while they were eating Jesus took a loaf of bread, blessed God, broke, gave to the disciples and said:
“Take, eat, this is my body."
And he took a cup, gave thanks, gave to them, and said :
“All of you drink it. For this is my blood of
the covenant which is shed for many for remission of sins. But I tell you, I will never drink of this fruit of the vine hereafter, till that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's Kingdom.”
When they had sung a hymn they went out to the mount of Olives.
Then Jesus said to them:
“All of you will be offended in me this night. For it is written :
I will smite the shepherd
And the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. But after I have been raised up I shall go before you into Galilee.”
"If all shall be offended in you, " Peter answered him, “I shall never be offended.”
“To tell you the truth,” Jesus said to him, “this night before the cock crows you will deny me three times.”
Even if I must die with you I shall not deny you."
All the disciples said the same.
Then Jesus comes with them to an enclosed piece of ground called Gathsemane and says to the disciples :
“ Sit here while I go over there and pray."
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and began to be grieved and to be in great distress. Then he said to them :
“My soul is very much grieved even to death. Stay here and watch with me.
And he went forward a little and fell on his face and prayed, and said:
“My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me.
Yet not as I desire but as thou dost." He comes to the disciples and finds them sleeping, and says to Peter :
“What! could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you do not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak.”
He went away again a second time and prayed :
“My father, if this cannot pass away except I drink it, thy will be done.”
He again came and found them sleeping. For their eyes were heavy. And he left them again and went away and prayed a third time, and said again the same words. Then he came to the disciples and said to them : Sleep on now and take your rest.
See, the hour is at hand and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. Look, my betrayer is at hand.”
And while he was still talking, Judas one of the twelve came and with him a great crowd with
swords and clubs from the chief priests and elders of the people.
Now his betrayer gave them a sign and said :
“Whomever I shall kiss, that is he. Secure him.” He at once came to Jesus and said :
Hail, Rabbi,” and eagerly kissed him. “ Friend,” Jesus said to him, “ do that for which you are here."
Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and secured him. And one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand, drew his sword, and struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his ear.
"Put up your sword into its place,” Jesus then said to him. “ For every one who takes the sword will perish with the sword.
Or do you think I cannot call my Father and he will send me at once more than twelve legions of angels? How then should the scriptures be fulfilled that thus it must be ?” In that hour Jesus said to the crowds : Have
you come out as against a robber with swords and clubs to take me? I sat daily in the temple teaching, and you did not secure me. But all this has happened that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled."
Then all his disciples left him and fled.
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Now those who had secured Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together.
But Peter followed him at a distance to the court of the high priest, and went inside, and was sitting with the officers to see the end.
Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking false witness against Jesus to put him to death. And they found none, though many
false witnesses came. But afterwards two false witnesses came, and said :
“This man said, I can destroy the temple of God and build it in three days.”
“Do you make no answer,” the high priest stood up and said to him, “what is it these are witnessing against you?"
But Jesus kept still.
“On your oath, and before the Living God,” the high priest said to him, “ tell us if you are the Christ the Son of God."
“ It is as you say. Yet I tell you, hereafter you will see
The Son of man sitting on the right of power,
And coming on the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest tore his clothes, and said:
“He has blasphemed. What further need