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went up to him, and said, “ Hail, Master,” and kissed him. Jesus said to him, “ Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss ?” When they that were about him saw what would follow, they said to him, “ Lord, shall we smite with the sword ?” And Peter, without waiting for Jesus' answer, drew his sword, and smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus. Then said Jesus to Peter, “Put up thy sword into the sheath : the cup which my Father giveth me, shall I not drink it ?” And he touched his ear, and healed it. And when the disciples of Jesus saw that he offered no resistance, they all forsook him and fled. And there was a young man, probably the evangelist Mark, who followed Jesus, who was clothed with a linen garment over his naked body, and the officers laid hold of him. But he left the linen garment, and fled from them naked. a

Jesus was then led to the high priest ; and the whole Council was assembled together. But Peter, who remembered his promise not to forsake his master, followed him, at a distance, to the high priest's palace. And he went in and sat with the servants, and warmed himself at a fire of coals, waiting to see how it would end. Then came one of the maids of the high priest; and after looking narrowly at Peter, she said to him, “ Thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth.” But he denied, saying, “ I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest.” And he went out into the outer court; and the cock crew. But Peter


not to have noticed it. And the maid saw him again,

a Mark xiv. 43-52.

and began to say to those that stood by,

" This is one of them.” And he denied it again. And a little while after, those that stood by said to Peter, “Surely thou art one of them ; for thou art a Galilean, and thy speech agreeth thereto.” But he began to curse and to swear, saying, “ I know not this man of whom ye speak.” And the cock crew the second time. Then Jesus turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus had said unto him. And he went out, and wept bitterly.



34. In the mean time Jesus was standing before the high priest Caiaphas. He asked him of his disciples, and of his doctrine. Jesus answered him, “I spake openly to the world; 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 witness of the vil : but if well, why smitest thou

me ?

And the chief priests and all the council and the elders sought witnesses against Jesus, to put him to death ; but found none. Many indeed gave

O Mark xiv. 66—72; Luke xxii. 54--62.

false testimony against him ; but their testimony did not agree together. Then the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, “ Answerest thou nothing ? what is it which these witness against thee?” But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, “ Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed ?” And Jesus said, “I am : and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, “What need we any further witnesses ? Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye?” And they all condemned him to be guilty of death. And the men that held Jesus mocked him, and smote him. And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, “ Prophesy unto us, who is he that smote thee?” a

Then early in the morning the chief priests and elders of the people held a council against Jesus, to put him to death. And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate.

When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that he was condemned to death, he repented of what he had done, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “ I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.” And they said, “ What is that to us? see thou to that.” And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, “ It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the

* Matt. xxvi, 57–68; Mark xiv. 60-65.


price of blood.” And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in.

Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood. b


35. And Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him, saying, “ Art thou the King of the Jews ?” Jesus answered, “ My kingdom is not of this world : if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews : but now is my kingdom not from hence.” Pilate therefore said unto him, “ Art thou a king then?” Jesus answered, “ Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” Pilate saith unto him, " What is truth ?”

b Matt. xxvii. 1--8.

And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, “ I find in him no fault at all.” And they were the more fierce, saying, “ He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this place.” When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilean. And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time.

And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad : for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him: and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him. Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing. And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him. And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate. And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together : for before they were at enmity between themselves.

Now at that feast it was the custom of the governor to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would. And they had then a notable prisoner, a murderer, called Barabbas. And Pilate

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