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John 18:1-40

18  With that Jesus went out, with his disciples, across Kidron Arroyo, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples went into. 2  But Judas too, who was the agent in his arrest, knew about the place, because Jesus had often met with his disciples there. 3  So Judas got the cohort and some officers from the chief priests and from the Pharisees, and came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4  So Jesus, knowing everything that was coming upon him, went out and said to them “Whom are you looking for?” 5  They answered “Jesus the Nazarene.” He said to them “I am the one.” And Judas too, the agent for the arrest, was standing with them. 6  So when he said to them “I am the one” they went backward and fell to the ground. 7  So he put the question to them again “Whom are you looking for?” and they said “Jesus the Nazarene.” 8  Jesus answered “I told you I am the one; so if you are looking for me, let these go off”— 9  so that the words he had said, “of those whom you had given to me I did not lose any,” should be fulfilled. 10  So Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and hit the high priest’s slave and cut off his right ear. And the slave’s name was Malchus. 11  So Jesus said to Peter “Put the sword in its sheath; when the Father has given me a cup am I not to drink it?” 12  So the cohort and the military tribune and the Jews’ officers arrested Jesus and bound him, 13  and took him first to Hannas; for he was father-in-law to Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 14  And Caiaphas was the one that had advised the Jews that it was “best to have one man die for the people.” 15  And Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. And that disciple was acquainted with the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard, 16  but Peter stood at the door outside. So the other disciple, the one that was acquainted with the high priest, went out and spoke to the doorwoman and brought Peter in. 17  So the girl that was doorwoman said to Peter “Are you one of this man’s disciples too?” He said “I am not.” 18  And the servants and the officers, having made a charcoal fire because it was cold, were standing and warming themselves; and Peter too was with them, standing and warming himself. 19  So the high priest asked Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching. 20  Jesus answered “I have spoken my words publicly to the world; I have always taught in synagogue and in the temple-precinct, where all the Jews come together, and have not spoken any word under cover. 21*  Why do you ask me? ask those who have heard me what words I spoke to them; there they are, they know the things I said.” 22  But when he said this, one of the officers, who was standing by, gave Jesus a slap and said “Do you answer the high priest like that?” 23  Jesus answered him “If I spoke amiss, bring the charge of misspeaking; if rightly, what are you beating me for?” 24  —So Hannas sent him, bound, to Caiaphas the high priest. 25  But Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him “Are you one of his disciples too?” He denied it and said “I am not.” 26  One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the one whose ear Peter had cut off, said “Didn’t I see you in the garden with him?” 27  So Peter denied again—and at once a cock crowed. 28  So they took Jesus from Caiaphas to the praetorium. It was early in the morning; and they did not go in into the praetorium, that they might not be polluted but might eat the passover. 29  So Pilate came outside to them and said “What charges do you bring against this man?” 30*  They replied “If the man had not committed a crime we should not have handed him over to you.” 31  So Pilate said to them “Take him yourselves, and pass judgment on him under your law.” The Jews said to him “We are not permitted to put anybody to death”— 32  so that Jesus’s words which he had spoken, indicating what death he was to die, should be fulfilled. 33  So Pilate went in again into the praetorium and called Jesus and said to him “You are the King of the Jews?” 34  Jesus answered “Are you saying this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” 35  Pilate answered “Am I a Jew? Your nation and the chief priests handed you over to me; what had you done?” 36  Jesus answered “My kingship does not belong to this world. If my kingship belonged to this world my subordinates would be making a fight to keep me from falling into the hands of the Jews; but in fact my kingship is not in this sphere.” 37  So Pilate said to him “Then you are a king?” Jesus answered “As you say; I am a king. I was born for this and have come into the world for this, that I might testify to the truth; everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” 38  Pilate said to him “What is truth?” And with this he went out to the Jews again and said to them “I do not find any case against him. 39  But you have a custom that I should release one man for you at the passover; so do you want me to release the King of the Jews for you?” 40  So they went to shouting again, saying “Not this man but Bar-Abbas.” And Bar-Abbas was a robber.

Footnotes

18:21 Lit. ask those who have heard what I spoke to them
18:30 Var. were not committing a crime Var. were not a malefactor