While [Jesus] was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the
one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached
Jesus to kiss him; 48
but Jesus said to him, “Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying
the Son of Man?” 49
When those who were around him saw what was coming, they asked, “Lord,
should we strike with the sword?”
Then one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his
right ear. 51
But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed
Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple police,
and the elders who had come for him, “Have you come out with swords and
clubs as if I were a bandit?
When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands
on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness!”
Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high
priest’s house. But Peter was following at a distance.
When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down
together, Peter sat among them.
Then a servant-girl, seeing him in the firelight, stared at him and
said, “This man also was with him.”
But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.”
A little later someone else, on seeing him, said, “You also are one of
them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not!”
Then about an hour later still another kept insisting, “Surely this man
also was with him; for he is a Galilean.”
But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about!” At that
moment, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed.
The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of
the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the cock crows today, you will
deny me three times.”
And he went out and wept bitterly.
Now the men who were holding Jesus began to mock him and beat him;
they also blindfolded him and kept asking him, “Prophesy! Who is it that
struck you?” 65
They kept heaping many other insults on him.
When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people, both chief
priests and scribes, gathered together, and they brought him to their
They said, “If you are the Messiah, tell us.” He replied, “If I tell
you, you will not believe;
and if I question you, you will not answer.
But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the
power of God.” 70
All of them asked, “Are you, then, the Son of God?” He said to them,
“You say that I am.”
71 Then they said,
“What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his
Then the assembly rose as a body and brought Jesus before Pilate.
They began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man perverting our
nation, forbidding us to pay taxes to the emperor, and saying that he
himself is the Messiah, a king.”
Then Pilate asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” He answered, “You
say so.” 4
Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no basis
for an accusation against this man.”
But they were insistent and said, “He stirs up the people by teaching
throughout all Judea, from Galilee where he began even to this place.”
When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean.
And when he learned that he was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him
off to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time.
When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had been wanting to see
him for a long time, because he had heard about him and was hoping to
see him perform some sign.
He questioned him at some length, but Jesus gave him no answer.
The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him.
Even Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him;
then he put an elegant robe on him, and sent him back to Pilate.
That same day Herod and Pilate became friends with each other; before
this they had been enemies.
Pilate then called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the
and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was perverting the
people; and here I have examined him in your presence and have not found
this man guilty of any of your charges against him.
Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us. Indeed, he has done
nothing to deserve death.
I will therefore have him flogged and release him.”
Then they all shouted out together, “Away with this fellow! Release
Barabbas for us!” 19
(This was a man who had been put in prison for an insurrection that had
taken place in the city, and for murder.)
Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again;
but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!”
A third time he said to them, “Why, what evil has he done? I have found
in him no ground for the sentence of death; I will therefore have him
flogged and then release him.”
But they kept urgently demanding with loud shouts that he should be
crucified; and their voices prevailed.
So Pilate gave his verdict that their demand should be granted.
He released the man they asked for, the one who had been put in prison
for insurrection and murder, and he handed Jesus over as they wished.
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