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Mark 14:1-72

14  And after two days it would be passover and matzoth-time; and the chief priests and scribes were trying to find a way to seize him by trickery and kill him; 2  for they said “Not during the feast, for fear there should be a disturbance among the people.” 3*  And while he was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, while he was at the table a woman came with an alabaster vial of expensive perfume, nard in pistachio oil. She crushed the vial and poured it over his head. 4*  But there were some who took offense and said to each other “To what purpose has this waste of the perfume been made? 5  for this perfume might have been sold for above three hundred denarii and given to the poor”; and they spoke sternly to her. 6  But Jesus said “Let her be; why are you worrying her? she has done a good deed by me. 7  For you always have the poor with you, and can do good to them when you choose, but me you do not always have. 8  She did what she had the power to; she scented my body beforehand for burial; 9  and I tell you verily, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she did will also be spoken of for a memorial of her.” 10  And Judas Iscarioth, the Judas Iscarioth who was one of the Twelve, went off to the chief priests to put him into their hands; 11  and they were glad to hear his proposition, and promised to give him money, and he went to looking for a way to deliver him to them under favorable circumstances. 12  And on the first day of matzoth-time, when they killed the sheep for the passover, his disciples said to him “Where will you have us go and make the preparations for you to eat the passover?” 13*  And he sent two of his disciples and said to them “Go into the city, and you will meet with a man carrying a pitcher of water; follow him, 14  and where he goes in say to the man of the house ‘The teacher says “Where is my room where I am to eat the passover with my disciples?”’ 15*  and he will show you a large upper room, ready spread; make our preparations there.” 16  And the disciples went out and came into the city and found what he told them they would, and got ready the passover; 17  and when evening came he came with the Twelve. 18*  And while they were at the table eating, Jesus said “I tell you verily that one of you will have me arrested, he who is eating with me.” 19  They began to be pained and to say to him one by one “Am I the one?” 20*  and he said to them “One of the Twelve, one who dips into the dish with me— 21  because the Son of Man goes as is written of him, but woe to that man through whom the Son of Man is put under arrest; it would have been well for that man if he had not been born.” 22  And while they were eating he took a cake of bread, and pronounced the blessing and broke it and gave it to them, and said “Take this: this is my body.” 23  And he took a cup, and gave thanks over it and gave it to them, and they all drank from it; 24  and he said to them “This is my covenant blood poured out for many. 25  I tell you verily I will drink of this produce of the vine no more till that day when I drink it new in the Reign of God.” 26  And they sang the hymns and went out to the Mount of Olives. 27  And Jesus said to them “You will all be staggered, because it is written ‘I will strike down the shepherd, and the sheep will scatter’; 28  but after my rising I will go ahead of you to Galilee.” 29  But Peter said to him “Even if everybody will be staggered, yet I will not.” 30  And Jesus said to him “I tell you verily that you today, this night before a cock has crowed twice, will disown me three times.” 31  But he talked and talked, “If I have to die with you I will not disown you”; and so said all of them. 32  And they came to an enclosure of which the name was Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples “Sit here while I pray.” 33  And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be dismayed and uneasy, 34  and said to them “My soul is sad, deathly sad; stay here, and keep awake.” 35  And he went a little further, and threw himself down on the earth, and prayed that if it was possible the moment might pass away from him, 36  and said “Abba, Father, everything is possible to you: pass by me with this cup. But not what I will, but what you.” 37  And he came and found them asleep, and said to Peter “Simon, are you asleep? were you not able to keep awake one moment? 38*  Keep awake and pray, that you may not fall under temptation: the spirit is enthusiastic but the flesh is weak.” 39  And he went away again and prayed, saying the same thing; 40  and again he came and found them asleep, for their eyes were weighed down; and they did not know what answer to make to him. 41  And he came the third time and said to them “Well, then, sleep and rest; that will do; the moment has come; lo, the Son of Man is given up into the hands of the sinners— 42  rise, let us be going; here is the one who gives me up to them, coming right on.” 43  And at once, while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived, and with him a crowd with swords and sticks from the chief priests and the elders and the scribes. 44  And the one who was giving him up had given them a cue, telling them “Whichever I kiss is he; take him and get him safely away.” 45  And when he came, at once he went up to him and said “Rabbi,” and went to kissing him; 46  and they put their hands on him and took him. 47  But someone of those who were present drew his sword and struck the high priest’s servant and took off his ear. 48  And Jesus answered them “You come out as if it were against a robber, with swords and sticks, to arrest me; 49  I had been among you in the temple-precinct day by day teaching, and you did not take me. But it is in order that the scriptures may be fulfilled.” 50  And everybody left him and ran. 51  And a young man went along with him, who had a linen wrapper on his naked body; 52  and they seized him, but he ran away naked, leaving the wrapper. 53*  And they took Jesus to the high priest’s house; and all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together. 54  And Peter had followed him at a distance clear into the high priest’s courtyard, and was sitting with the officers and warming himself in the light. 55  And the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for testimony against Jesus for putting him to death, and did not find any; 56  for a great many were testifying against him falsely, and the testimonies did not tally. 57  And some stood up and testified falsely against him 58  “We heard him say ‘I will tear down this temple made by hands and in three days build another not made by hands’”; 59  and even so their testimony did not tally. 60*  And the high priest stood forward and put the question to Jesus “Do you not make any answer? what is it that these are testifying against you?” 61  but he was silent and did not make any answer. Again the high priest put to him the question “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed?” 62  And Jesus said “I am, and you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power and coming with the clouds of the heavens.” 63  And the high priest, tearing his tunics, said “What further need have we of witnesses? 64  you heard the blasphemy, what is your opinion?” And they all found him guilty and punishable with death. 65  And some began to spit on him and to cover up his face and strike him with their fists and say to him “Prophesy!” and the officers received him with slaps. 66  And while Peter was below in the courtyard one of the high priest’s maids came, 67  and, seeing Peter warming himself, looked at him and said “You were with the Nazarene too, that Jesus.” 68  But he denied it, saying “I do not know and have not the least idea what you are talking of.” And he went out into the entry of the courtyard, 69  and the maid saw him and began to say again to the bystanders “That is one of them,” 70  and he denied it again. And after a little the bystanders said to Peter again “You positively are one of them—for you are a Galilean.” 71  And he began to curse and swear “I do not know this man that you are talking of.” 72  And at once a cock crowed, for the second time. And Peter recalled the matter, how Jesus had said to him “Before a cock has crowed twice you will disown me three times”; and he broke out weeping.

Footnotes

14:3 (in pistachio oil) Unc.
14:4 Or to themselves
14:13 Or a person carrying
14:15 Read with emphasis on he
14:18 Var. arrested, who are eating
14:20 Var. the one dish
14:38 Lit. go in into temptation
14:53 Var. together with him
14:60 Var. answer? because these testify against you. Or answer because these testify against you?