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of sins. And I say unto you, I shall not drink henceforth of this produce of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.” And when they had recited a hymn", they went out to the mount of Olives.

Then saith Jesus unto them, “All ye will offend because of me on this night: for it is written, ‘I will smite the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered abroad.” But, after I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee.” Then Peter answered and said unto him, “Though all others shall offend because of thee, I will never offend.” Jesus said unto him, “Verily I say unto thee, that on this night, before the cock crowt, thou wilt deny me thrice.” Peter saith unto him, “Though I must even die with thee, I will no wise deny thee.” In like manner said all the disciples also.

Then cometh Jesus with them to a place called Gethsemané, and saith to the disciples, “Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.” And he took with him Peter, and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful, and full of anguish. Then saith Jesus; unto them, “My soul is very sorrowful, unto death: remain here, and watch with me.” And he went forward a little, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass away from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” And he cometh to the disciples, and findeth them sleeping; and saith to Peter, “So then, were ye not able to watch with me one hour * Watch ye, and pray; that ye enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” He went away again a second time, and prayed, saying, “O my Father, if this [cup] cannot pass away [from me, I except $ I drink it, thy will be done.” And he came and findeth them sleeping again: for their eyes were heavy. And he left them, and went away again, and prayed a

* when they had used an hymn, N.

+ i. e. probably, “before the trumpet sounds for the third watch.” See Luke 3.xii. 34, note. 1. Then saith he unto them, R.T. § but I must, N.

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third time, saying the same words. Then he cometh to
his disciples, and saith unto them, “Sleep on now, and
take your rest”. Behold, the hour draweth near; and
the Son of man is delivered up into the hands of sinners.
Rise, let us go: behold, he draweth near who delivereth
me up.”
And while he was yet speaking, behold, Judas, one
of the Twelve, came, and with him a great multitude
with swords and clubs from the chief-priests, and elders
of the people. Now he who delivered Jesus up had
given them a sign, saying, “Whomsoever I shall kiss,
that is he apprehend him.” And immediately he came
near to Jesus, and said, “Hail, Rabbi + ;” and kissed
him. And Jesus said unto him, “Friend, wherefore
comest thou?” Then they came near, and laid hands on
Jesus, and apprehended him.
And, behold, one of those who were with Jesus stretch-
ed out his hand, and drew his sword, and smote a servant
of the high-priest's, and cut off his ear. Then saith Jesus
unto him, “Put up thy sword again into its place: for
all those who take the sword perish by the sword. Thinkest
thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he will
send me more than twelve legions of angels? How then
can the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be *
At that time Jesus said to the multitudes, “Are ye
come out as against a robber with swords and clubs to
take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple,
and ye did not lay hold on me. But all this is done, so
that the writings of the prophets are fulfilled.”
Then all the disciples left him and fled. And those
that had apprehended Jesus led him away to the palace of
Caiaphas the high-priest ; where the scribes and the elders
assembled. But Peter followed him at a distance to the

* Are ye still asleep, and giving yourselves to rest? behold! the moment is come, W. + Master; N.

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palace of the high-priest; and entered in and sat with the officers, to see the end. Now the chief-priests, [and the elders, and the whole council, sought false witness against Jesus, that they might put him to death; but found it not, though many false witnesses came near *. And at last two false witnesses came near, and said, “This man said, ‘ I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.” And the high-priest rose up, and said unto him, “Answerest thou nothing P what is it which these witness against thee " But Jesus kept silence. And the high-priest spake again and said unto him, “I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us, whether thou be the Christ, the son of God.” Jesus saith unto him, “Thou hast said truly: moreover I say unto you, Hereafter ye will see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming on the clouds of heavcn.” Then the high-priest rent his garments, saying, “He hath spoken blasphemy: what further need have we of witnesses 2 see, now ye have heard his blasphemy. What think ye ** And they answered and said, “He is guilty of death.” Then they spat in his face, and struck him with the fist+, and others beat him with the palms of their hands, saying, “Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that struck thee P” Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a maidservant came near to him, saying, “Thou also wast with Jesus the Galilean.” But he denied it before them all, saying, “I know not what thou sayest.” And when he had gone out into the porch, another maid-servant saw him, and saith to those who were there, “This man also was with Jesus of Nazareth.” And he denied it again with an oath, saying, “I know not the man.” And after a little time those who stood by came near, and said to Peter, “Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech

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* yet found they mone, R. T. + Newcome's margin. buffeted him, N.

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discovereth thee.” Then he began to curse himself, and to swear, saying, “I know not the man.” And immediately the cock crew. And Peter remembered the words of Jesus, who had said unto him, “Before the cock crow, thou wilt thrice deny me.” And he went out, and wept bitterly.

Ch. xxvii. Now when morning was come, all the chief.

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priests and the elders of the people took counsel against” Jesus, to put him to death. And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him up to Pontius Pilate the governor. Then Judas, who had delivered him up, when he saw that Jesus was condemned, repented, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief-priests and the elders, saying, “I have sinned, in that I have delivered up 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 withdrew, and went and hanged himself. And the chief-priests took the pieces of silver, and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury; because it is the price of blood.” And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field hath been called The field of blood, unto this day. (Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by the prophet [Jeremiaht], saying, “And I took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him who was valued, whom they of the sons of Israel valued; and gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord commandeth me.”) And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, “Art thou the King of the Jews?”

* about, N.

+ The quotation is from Zech. xi. 12, 13. The word Jeremiah was probably inserted in the text through the mistake of some early transcriber. Matthew often omits £he name of the prophet whose words he quotes.—Bp. Pearce,

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And Jesus said unto him, “Thou sayest truly.” And when he was accused by the chief-priests and the elders, he answered nothing. Then Pilate saith unto him, “Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee ?” But Jesus answered him to no one matter; so that the governor wondered greatly. Now at that feast the governor was accustomed to release unto the multitude one prisoner, whom they would. And they had then a noted prisoner, called Barabbas". When therefore they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, “Whom will ye that I release unto you; Barabbas +, or Jesus that is called Christ?” (For he knew that through envy they had delivered him up ; and while he was sitting on the judgement-seat, his wife had sent unto him, saying, “Have thou nothing to do with that righteous man : for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.”) But the chief-priests and the elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. Then the governor spake and said unto them, “Which of the two will ye that I release unto you ?” And they said, “ Barabbas.” Pilate saith unto them, “What then shall I do to Jesus, that is called Christ?” They all say [unto him], “Let him, be crucified.” And the governor said, “Why, what evil hath he done P” But they cried out exceedingly, saying, “Let him be crucified.” Now when Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a disturbance was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this righteous man: see ye to it.” And all the people

* Some very ancient authorities, cited by Origen, read “Jesus the son of Abbas,” which Michaelis says is undoubtedly the original reading. See Griesbach and Marsh's Mich. v. i. p. 316, 516. The word “Jesus” was omitted in later copies in honour te the name.

+ Or, Jesus the son of Abbas. See the preceding note.

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