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XIV. AFTER two days was the passover, and 1 the feast of unleavened bread; and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death. For they said: Not at 2 the feast, lest there shall be a tumult of the people.


And he being in Bethany, in the house of Simon 3 the leper, as he was reclining at table, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of pure spikenard, very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head. And there were some that were displeased among themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made? For 5 this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denáries, and given to the poor. And they murmured at her. And Jesus said: Let her 6 alone; why do ye trouble her? She has wrought a good work on me. For the poor ye have always 7 with you, and when ye will ye can do good to them; but me ye have not always. She has done what 8 she could; she has beforehand anointed my body. for the preparation for burial. Verily I say to you, 9 wherever the good news shall be preached in the whole world, this also that she has done shall be told for a memorial of her.

And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to 10 the chief priests, to deliver him up to them. And 11 when they heard it they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently deliver him up.


And on the first day of the feast of unleavened bread, when they killed the passover, his disciples

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say to him: Where wilt thou that we go and pre13 pare, that thou mayest eat the passover? And he

sends forth two of his disciples, and says to them : Go into the city, and there will meet you a man 14 bearing a pitcher of water; follow him. And where he shall go in, say to the master of the house: The Teacher says, Where is the guestchamber, in which 15 I may eat the passover with my disciples? And he

will shew you a large upper room furnished, ready; 16 there prepare for us. And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he said to them; and they made ready the passover.


And at evening he comes with the twelve. And 18 as they were reclining at table, and eating, Jesus

said: Verily I say to you, that one of you 19 will betray me, one that eateth with me! And

they began to be sorrowful, and to say to him one by one, Is it I? And another said, Is it I? 20 And he answered and said to them: It is one of the 21 twelve, one that dips with me into the dish. The


Son of man indeed goes, as it is written of him; but woe to that man through whom the Son of man is betrayed! It were good for him if that man had not been born.

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake, and gave to them, and said : 23 Take ye; this is my body. And he took the cup,

and gave thanks, and gave it to them; and they all drank of it. And he said to them: This is my 24 blood of the covenant, which is shed for many. 25 Verily I say to you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.

And having sung, they went out into the mount of 26 the Olives. And Jesus says to them: All ye will 27 be offended; because it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered. But 28 after I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee.

And Peter said to him: Though all shall be 29 offended, yet will not I. And Jesus says to him: 30 Verily I say to thee, that thou this day, in this night, before the cock crow twice, wilt thrice deny me. 31 But he said the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee. Likewise also said they all.

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And they come to a place which was named 32 Gethsemane. And he says to his disciples: Sit ye here, while I shall pray. And he takes with him 33 Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be troubled. And he says to them: 34 My soul is exceedingly sorrowful unto death; tarrý here, and watch. And going forward a little, he 35 fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, 36 Abba, Father, all things are possible to thee; take

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away this cup from me; but not what I will, but what thou wilt.

And he comes, and finds them sleeping. And he says to Peter: Simon, sleepest thou? Couldest thou 38 not watch one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

39 And again he went away and prayed, saying the 40 same words. And returning, he found them again sleeping, for their eyes were heavy; and they knew not what to answer him.


And he comes the third time, and says to them: Sleep on now, and take your rest. It is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is be 42 trayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us go; behold, he that betrays me is at hand.

43 And immediately, while he was yet speaking, comes Judas one of the twelve, and with him a multitude with swords and staves, from the chief 44 priests and the scribes and the elders. Now his betrayer had given them a signal, saying: Whomsoever I shall kiss, that is he; lay hold of him, and lead him 45 away securely. And coming, he goes straightway to him, and says: Master, Master; and kissed him.


And they laid their hands on him, and held him 47 fast. And one of those standing by drew his sword, and smote the servant of the high priest, and took

V. 41. or, Sleep ye the remaining time, and take your rest?

off his ear.

And Jesus answering said to them: 48 Have ye come out, as against a robber, with swords and staves to take me? I was daily with you in the 49 temple teaching, and ye did not lay hold of me; but that the Scriptures might be fulfilled! And all for- 50 sook him, and fled.

And there followed him a certain young man, 51 having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men lay hold of him. And leaving be- 52 hind the linen cloth, he fled from them naked.

And they led Jesus away to the high priest; and 53 with him assembled all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes. And Peter followed him 54 afar off, even into the court of the high priest, and was sitting with the officers, and warming himself at the fire.

And the chief priests and all the council sought 55 for testimony against Jesus, in order to put him to death; and they found none. For many bare false 56 witness against him; but their testimonies agreed not together. And certain ones rose up, and bare false 57 witness against him, saying: We heard him say, I 58 will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands. And not even so did their testimony agree. 59

And the high priest stood up in the midst, and 60 asked Jesus, saying: Answerest thou nothing? What do these witness against thee? But he was 61 silent, and answered nothing. Again the high priest

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