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has desired you, to sift you as the wheat. But I 32 have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not; and thou, when thou hast turned, strengthen thy brethren.

And he said to him: Lord, I am ready to go with 33 thee, both to prison and to death. And he said: 34 I say to thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, till thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.

And he said to them: When I sent you without 35 purse, and bag, and sandals, lacked ye anything? And they said, Nothing. Therefore said he to 36 them: but now, he that has a purse let him take it, and likewise a bag; and he that has none, let him sell his garment and buy a sword. For I say to you, 37 that yet this which is written must be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among transgressors; for the things concerning me have an end.

And they said: Lord, behold, here are two swords. 38 And he said to them, It is enough!

And going out, he went as he was wont to the 39 mount of the Olives; and his disciples also followed him. And when he was at the place, he said to 40 them: Pray that ye enter not into temptation. And 41 he withdrew from them about a stone's throw; and kneeling down, he prayed, saying: Father, if thou 42 art willing to remove this cup from me! Yet, not my will but thine be done.

And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, 43

V. 37. or, are having an end

44 strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became as it were great drops of blood falling down to the 45 ground. And rising up from prayer, and coming to the disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow. 46 And he said to them: Why sleep ye? Arise and pray, that ye enter not into temptation.


While he was yet speaking, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss 48 him. But Jesus said to him: Judas, betrayest thou 49 the Son of man with a kiss? And they who were

about him, seeing what would follow, said to him: 50 Lord, shall we smite with the sword? And a certain one of them smote the servant of the high 51 priest, and took off his right ear. And Jesus an


swered and said, Suffer thus far.
his ear, and healed him.

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And Jesus said to the chief priests and captains of the temple and elders, who were come to him: Have ye come out as against a robber, with 53 swords and staves? When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched not forth your hands against me. But this is your hour and the power


of darkness.

And they took him, and led him away, and brought him into the house of the high priest. And Peter followed afar off.

55 And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of

the court, and had sat down together, Peter sat down among them. And a certain maid seeing 56 him as he sat by the fire, and looking intently upon him, said: This man also was with him.

And he 57 denied him, saying: Woman, I know him not.

And after a little while another seeing him said: 58 Thou also art of them. And Peter said: Man, I am not.

And about the space of one hour after, another 59 confidently affirmed, saying: Of a truth this one also was with him; for he is a Galilean. And 60 Peter said: Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he was yet speaking, the 'cock crowed.

And the Lord turning looked upon Peter. And 61 Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he said to him: Before the cock crow this day, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out, and 62 wept bitterly.

And the men that held Jesus mocked him, beat- 63 ing him; and having blindfolded him they asked him, 64 saying: Prophesy, who is it that smote thee? And 65 many other things said they, reviling him.

And when it was day, the elders of the people, 66 and the chief priests and scribes, came together; and they brought him up into their council, saying: If 67 thou art the Christ, tell us. And he said to them:

V. 66. Gr. the eldership of the people

68 If I tell you, ye will not believe. And if I ask, ye 69 will not answer. But henceforth shall the Son of

man sit on the right hand of the power of God. 70 And they all said: Art thou then the Son of God? 71 And he said to them, Ye say it; for I am. And they said, Why need we any further witness. For we ourselves have heard it from his own mouth.


XXIII. AND the whole multitude of them arose, 2 and led him unto Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying: We found this man perverting our nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Cæsar, 3 saying that he himself is Christ, a king. And

Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answering said to him, Thou say4 est it. And Pilate said to the chief priests and the 5 multitudes, I find no fault in this man. And they were the more violent, saying: He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee, unto this place.


When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked if the man 7 is a Galilean. And learning that he belonged to Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him up to Herod, who also was himself in Jerusalem at that time.


And Herod, when he saw Jesus, rejoiced greatly; for he had desired for a long time to see him, because he had heard concerning him; and he hoped 9 to see some sign wrought by him. tioned him in many words; but he

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nothing. And the chief priests and scribes stood, 10 vehemently accusing him. And Herod with his 11 men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arraying him in a gorgeous robe sent him back to Pilate. And Pilate and Herod on that day became 12 friends with each other; for before they were at enmity between themselves.

And Pilate, having called together the chief 13 priests and the rulers and the people, said to them : 14 Ye brought to me this man, as one perverting the people; and, behold, I, having examined him before you, found no fault in this man, touching those things whereof ye accuse him. No, nor yet 15 Herod; for I sent you up to him; and behold, nothing worthy of death has been done by him. I 16 will therefore chastise, and release him. And they 18 cried out all at once, saying: Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas! (Who for a certain se- 19 dition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison).

Again, therefore, Pilate spake to them, desiring 20 to release Jesus. But they cried, saying: Crucify, 21 crucify him. And a third time he said to them, 22 What evil then has this man done? I have found no cause of death in him. I will therefore chastise, and release him. And they were urgent with loud 23 voices, requiring that he should be crucified. And

V. 17 is omitted in all the oldest and best copies.

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