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Luke 22:1-71

22  And the feast of the matzoth, known as the passover, was drawing near; 2  and the chief priests and the scribes were trying to find out how to take his life, for they were afraid of the people. 3  And Satan entered Judas known as the Iscariot, who was of the number of the Twelve, 4  and he went and talked with the chief priests and provosts about how to put him into their hands; 5  and they were glad and engaged to give him money. 6  And he pledged himself to it, and went to looking for a good opportunity for putting him into their hands without a crowd. 7  And Matzoth Day came, when the passover was to be sacrificed; 8  and he sent off Peter and John, telling them “Go and get the passover ready for us, so that we may eat it.” 9  And they said to him “Where will you have us get it ready?” 10  And he told them “Well, when you enter the city you will encounter a man carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house that he enters. 11  And you will say to the man of the house ‘The teacher says to you “Where is my room where I am to eat the passover with my disciples?”’ 12  and he will show you a large upper room, all spread; make our preparations there.” 13  And they went and found things as he had told them, and got ready the passover. 14  And when the hour came he came to the table, and the apostles with him. 15  And he said to them “I specially desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer; 16*  for I tell you, I shall eat it no more until it is fulfilled in the Reign of God.” 17  And upon receiving a cup he gave thanks over it and said “Take this and divide it among you; 18  for I tell you, from this time on I will not drink of the produce of the vine till the Reign of God comes.” 19*  And he took a cake of bread, and gave thanks and broke it and gave it to them, saying “This is my body. 20  —— 21  Yet here is my betrayer’s hand on the table with mine; 22  because the Son of Man goes in accordance with what is ordained, yet woe to that man through whom he is put under arrest!” 23  and they began to discuss between themselves which of them it might be that was to commit this deed. 24  And they also got into a wrangle as to which of them was regarded as the greatest; 25  but he said to them “The kings of the nations play the owner with them, and those who govern them are called Benefactors; 26  not so you, but let the greatest one among you take the position of a junior, and the leader that of a waiter on the rest. 27  For which is greater, the diner or the waiter? is not the diner? but I am in the position of waiter among you. 28  But you are the ones who have stayed by me in my temptations, 29  and I invest you, as my Father did me, with kingship, 30*  so as to have you eat and drink at my table in my Reign; and you shall sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 31  Simon, Simon, Satan has been demanding to have you and the others surrendered to him to sift like wheat, 32  but I have been praying for you that your faith may not give out; and do you, when once you have come back, brace up your brothers.” 33  And he said to him “Sir, with you I am ready to go either to prison or to death”; 34  but he said “I tell you, Peter, there will not a cock crow today till you have three times disavowed knowing me.” 35  And he said to them “When I sent you out without purse and wallet and shoes, did you run short of anything?” And they said “Nothing.” 36  And he said to them “But now let him who has a purse take it, and the same with a wallet, and let him who has none sell his cloak and buy a sword; 37  for I tell you that this that is written must come true for me, ‘and he was counted with lawbreakers’—for what is about me is coming true.” 38  And they said “Sir, here are two swords”; and he said to them “It is enough.” 39  And he came out and went, in accordance with his habit, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. 40*  And when he came to the place he said to them “Pray that you may not fall under temptation”; 41  and he moved about a stone’s throw away from them, and, going down on his knees, prayed 42  “Father, if you are willing, pass by me with this cup; yet not my will but yours be done.” 43*  [And there appeared to him an angel from heaven strengthening him. 44  And he fell into a quiver of excitement, and prayed more ardently; and his sweat became like gouts of blood running down to the ground.] 45  And, rising from his prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for grief, 46  and said to them “Why do you go to sleep? stand up and pray, that you may not fall under temptation.” 47*  While he was still speaking, in came a crowd, with the man who was known as Judas Iscarioth, one of the twelve, going in front of them; and he drew near to Jesus to kiss him. 48  But Jesus said to him “Judas, are you bringing the police on the Son of Man with a kiss?” 49  And his companions, seeing what was coming next, said “Sir, shall we take to the sword?” 50  and one or another of them struck at the high priest’s servant and took off his right ear. 51  But Jesus answered “Allow this much” and touched the ear and healed him. 52  And Jesus said to those chief priests and provosts of the temple-precinct and elders who had come to help take him “You come out as if it were against a robber, with swords and sticks; 53*  when I was with you in the temple-precinct day by day you did not lift your hands against me, but this is your moment, under the license of darkness.” 54  And they arrested him and led him off, and brought him to the high priest’s house. And Peter followed at a distance; 55  and when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat in the midst of them; 56  and a certain maid, seeing him sitting in the light, fixed her eyes on him and said “This one was with him too”; 57  but he denied it, saying “I do not know him, woman.” 58  And after a short time another servant saw him and said “You are one of them too”; but Peter said “Man, I am not.” 59  And when about one hour had elapsed someone else said positively “To a certainty this one was with him too—for he is a Galilean”; 60  but Peter said “Man, I do not know what you are talking about”; and immediately, while he was still speaking, a cock crowed, 61  and the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter was reminded of the Lord’s words, how he had said to him “Before a cock crows you will disown me three times”; 62  and he went outside and wept bitterly. 63  And the men who had him under arrest beat him for fun, 64  and would cover him up and put the question to him “Prophesy, who was it that hit you?” 65  and many other taunts they uttered against him. 66  And when day came the council of elders of the people assembled, both chief priests and scribes, and took him before their session, saying 67  “If you are the Messiah, tell us so”; but he told them “If I tell you you will not believe, 68  and if I ask you questions you will not answer; 69  but from this time on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” 70  And they all said “So you are the son of God?” And he said to them “As you say, I am.” 71  And they said “What further need have we of testimony? for we ourselves have heard from his own mouth.”


22:16 Var. I will not eat it until
22:19 Var. my body given for you: do this in commemoration of me”; (20) and in the same way the cup, after the meal, saying “This cup is the new covenant by my blood; it is what is poured out for you. (21) Yet
22:30 Or in my Reign and sit on thrones
22:40, 46 Lit. go in into temptation
22:43-44 The evidence seems to show that these words are not really part of the Gospel of Luke, but have been copied into many copies of Luke out of some very ancient record.
22:47 Var. omits Iscariot
22:53 Lit. your moment and the license of darkness Or your moment and your license of darkness