Mattithyahu 26

1  And it came to be, when יהושע ended all these words, He said to His talmidim,

2  "You know that after two days the Pesaḥ takes place, and the Bĕn of Aḏam is to be delivered up to be impaled."

3  Then the chief kohenim, and the scribes, and the elders of the people came together at the court of the kohen ha'gadol, who was called Qayapha,

4  and plotted to seize יהושע by trickery and kill.

5  But they said, "Not at the Festival lest there be an uproar among the people."

6  And when יהושע was in Bĕyth Anyah at the house of Shimʽon the leper,

7  a woman came to Him, having an alabaster flask of costly perfume, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table.

8  And when His talmidim saw it, they were much displeased saying, "To what purpose is this waste?

9  "For this perfume could have been sold for much and given to the poor."

10  However, when יהושע noticed it, He said to them, "Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work toward Me.

11  "For you always have the poor with you, but Me you do not have always.

12  "For in pouring this perfume on My body, she did it for My burial.

13  "Truly, I say to you, wherever this Good News is proclaimed in all the world, what this woman has done shall be spoken of also, to her remembrance."

14  Then one of the twelve, called Yahuḏah from Qeriyoth, went to the chief kohenim,

15  and said, "What would you give me to deliver Him to you?" And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.

16  And from then on he was seeking an occasion to deliver Him up.

17  And on the first of Matstsoth the talmidim came to יהושע, saying to Him, "Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Pesaḥ?"

18  And He said, "Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, "My time is near. I am to observe the Pesaḥ at your house with My talmidim." ' "

19  And the talmidim did as יהושע had ordered them, and prepared the Pesaḥ.

20  And when evening came, He sat down with the twelve.

21  And while they were eating, He said, "Truly, I say to you, one of you shall deliver Me up."

22  And they were deeply grieved, and began to say to Him, each of them, "Master, is it I?"

23  And He answering, said, "He who has dipped his hand with Me in the dish, he shall deliver Me up.

24  "Indeed, the Bĕn of Aḏam goes as it has been written concerning Him, but woe to that man by whom the Bĕn of Aḏam is delivered up! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born."

25  And Yahuḏah - he who delivered Him up - answering, said, "Rabbi, is it I?" He said to him, "You have said it."

26  And as they were eating, יהושע took bread, and having baraḵ, broke and gave it to the talmidim and said, "Take, eat, this is My body."

27  And taking the cup, and giving thanks, He gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you.

28  "For this is My blood, that of the Renewed Covenant, which is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.

29  "But I say to you, I shall certainly not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on till that day when I drink it anew with you in the reign of My Father."

30  And having sung a song, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

31  Then יהושע said to them, "All of you shall stumble in Me this night, for it has been written, ‘I shall strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered.'

32  "But after I have been raised, I shall go before you into Galil."

33  And Kĕpha answering, said to Him, "Even if all stumble in You, I shall never stumble."

34  יהושע said to him, "Truly, I say to you that this night, before the cock crows, you shall deny Me three times."

35  Kĕpha said to Him, "Even if I have to die with You, I shall not deny You!" All the talmidim said the same too.

36  Then יהושע came with them to a place called Gath Shemen, and said to the talmidim, "Sit here while I go over there and pray."

37  And He took with Him Kĕpha and the two sons of Zaḇdai, and He began to be grieved and deeply distressed.

38  Then He said to them, "My being is exceedingly grieved, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me."

39  And going forward a little, He fell on His face, and prayed, saying, "O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I desire, but as You."

40  And He came to the talmidim and found them asleep, and said to Kĕpha, "So, were you not able to watch with Me one hour?

41  "Watch and pray, lest you enter into trial. The spirit indeed is eager, but the flesh is weak."

42  Again He went away, a second time, and prayed, saying, "O My Father, if it is impossible for this to pass unless I drink it, let Your desire be done."

43  And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.

44  And He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.

45  Then He came to His talmidim and said to them, "Still sleeping and taking rest? See, the hour has come near, and the Bĕn of Aḏam is delivered up into the hands of sinners.

46  "Rise, let us go. See, he who delivers Me up has come near."

47  And while He was still speaking, see, Yahuḏah, one of the twelve, with a large crowd with swords and clubs, came from the chief kohenim and elders of the people.

48  And he who was delivering Him up gave them a sign, saying, "Whomever I kiss, it is He, seize Him."

49  And going straight up to יהושע he said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed Him.

50  And יהושע said to him, "Friend, why have you come?" Then they came and laid hands on יהושע and seized Him.

51  And look, one of those with יהושע put out his hand and drew his sword, and striking the servant of the kohen ha'gadol he cut off his ear.

52  Then יהושע said to him, "Return your sword to its place, for all who take the sword shall die by the sword.

53  "Or do you think that I am not able to pray to My Father now, and He shall provide Me with more than twelve legions of messengers?

54  "How then would the Scriptures be filled that it has to be this way?"

55  In that hour יהושע said to the crowds, "Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to arrest Me? Daily I sat with you, teaching in the Miqdash, and you did not seize Me.

56  "But all this came to be, so that the Scriptures of the Nebi'im might be filled." Then all the talmidim left Him and fled.

57  And those who had seized יהושע led Him away to Qayapha the kohen ha'gadol, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together.

58  But Kĕpha followed Him at a distance to the courtyard of the kohen ha'gadol, and he went in and sat with the servants to see the end.

59  And the chief kohenim, and the elders, and all the council were seeking false witness against יהושע to put Him to death,

60  but found none. Although many false witnesses came forward, they found none. But at last two false witnesses came forward,

61  and said, "This one said, ‘I am able to destroy the Mishkan of Elohim and to build it in three days.' "

62  And the kohen ha'gadol stood up and said to Him, "Have You no answer to make? What do these witness against You?"

63  But יהושע remained silent. So the kohen ha'gadol said to Him, "I put You to oath, by the living Elohim that You say to us if You are ha'Mashiaḥ, the Bĕn of יהוה."

64  יהושע said to him, "You have said it. Besides I say to you, from now you shall see the Bĕn of Aḏam sitting at the right hand of the Almighty, and coming on the clouds of the shamayim."

65  Then the kohen ha'gadol tore his garments, saying, "He has blasphemed! Why do we need any more witnesses? See, now you have heard His blasphemy!

66  "What do you think?" And they answering, said, "He is liable to death."

67  Then they spat in His face and beat Him, and others slapped Him,

68  saying, "Naḇa to us, Mashiaḥ! Who is the one who struck You?"

69  And Kĕpha sat outside in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him, saying, "And you were with יהושע of Galil."

70  But he denied it before them all, saying, "I do not know what you say."

71  And as he was going out into the porch, another girl saw him and said to those there, "And this one was with יהושע of Natsareth."

72  But again he denied with an oath, "I do not know the Man!"

73  And after a while those who stood by came to him and said to Kĕpha, "Truly you are one of them too, for even your speech gives you away."

74  Then he began to curse and to swear, saying, "I do not know the Man!" And immediately a cock crowed.

75  And Kĕpha remembered the word of יהושע who had said to him, "Before a cock crows, you shall deny Me three times." And going out, he wept bitterly.