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268 The Agony of Christ in Gethsemane. here, and watch with me. And he went a little farther, and was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and fell on his face on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, Abba, Father, if it be possible, and all things are possible unto thee, take away this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch ye, rise and pray, that ye enter not into temptation : the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. And when he returned, he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy,) neither wist they what to answer him. And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening bim. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and bis sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he rose up from prayer, and was come the third time to his disciples, he found them

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sleeping for sorrow, and said unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinRise up, let us go; lo, he that be

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Christ is Betrayed. AND Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples.

And immediately while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, the scribes and the elders of the people, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, with lanterns and torches and weapons. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground. Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus answered, I have told you that I am

Matt. xxvi. 36-46. Mark xiv. 32–42. Luke xxii. 40–46. John xviii. 1.

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he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way: that the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none. Now he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, hold him fast, and lead him away safely. And he went before them, and forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master, master; and kissed him. And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss ? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him. When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword ? And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus, Simon Peter, having a sword, stretched out his hand, and drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right

The servant's name was Malchus. And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him. Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up again thy sword into the sheath : for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that

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Christ is brought before Caiaphas. 271 thus it must be? the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it? In that same hour said Jesus unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, and to the multitudes which were come to him, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? When I was daily with you in the temple teaching, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness. But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled. And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him: and he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked 6. Christ is brought before Annas and Caiaphas.

Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him, and led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year. Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people. And Annas sent him bound unto Caiaphas the high priest : and with 272 Christ is brought before Caiaphas. him were assembled all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes.

6 Matt, xxvi. 47–56. Mark xiv. 43-52. Luke xxii. 47-53. John xviii, 2-11.

And Simon Peter followed Jesus afar off unto the high priest's palace, and so did another disciple: that disciple was known unto the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest. But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter. And the servants and officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals in the midst of the hall, for it was cold: and when they were set down together, and warmed themselves, Peter sat down among them, to see the end, and warmed himself at the fire.

The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine.

Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing. Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said. And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so? Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear

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