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Matthew Chapter 26 Bible in Basic English

Matthew 26:1

And when Jesus had come to the end of all these words, he said to his disciples,

Matthew 26:2

After two days is the Passover, and the Son of man will be given up to the death of the cross.

Matthew 26:3

Then the chief priests and the rulers of the people came together in the house of the high priest, who was named Caiaphas.

Matthew 26:4

And they made designs together to take Jesus by some trick, and put him to death.

Matthew 26:5

But they said, Not while the feast is going on, for fear of trouble among the people.

Matthew 26:6

Now when Jesus was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,

Matthew 26:7

There came to him a woman having a bottle of perfume of great price, and she put the perfume on his head when he was seated at table.

Matthew 26:8

But when the disciples saw it they were angry, saying, To what purpose is this waste?

Matthew 26:9

For we might have got much money for this and given it to the poor.

Matthew 26:10

But Jesus, seeing it, said to them, Why are you troubling the woman? she has done a kind act to me.

Matthew 26:11

For the poor you have ever with you, but me you have not for ever.

Matthew 26:12

For in putting this perfume on my body, she did it to make me ready for my last resting-place.

Matthew 26:13

Truly I say to you, Wherever this good news goes out in all the world, what this woman has done will be talked of in memory of her.

Matthew 26:14

Then one of the twelve, who was named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said,

Matthew 26:15

What will you give me, if I give him up to you? And the price was fixed at thirty bits of silver.

Matthew 26:16

And from that time he was watching for a chance to give him into their hands.

Matthew 26:17

Now on the first day of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, Where are we to make ready for you to take the Passover meal?

Matthew 26:18

And he said to them, Go into the town to such a man, and say to him, The Master says, My time is near: I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.

Matthew 26:19

And the disciples did as Jesus had said to them; and they made ready the Passover.

Matthew 26:20

Now when evening was come, he was seated at table with the twelve disciples;

Matthew 26:21

And while they were taking food, he said, Truly I say to you that one of you will be false to me.

Matthew 26:22

And they were very said, and said to him, one by one, Is it I, Lord?

Matthew 26:23

And he made answer and said, He who puts his hand into the plate with me, the same will be false to me.

Matthew 26:24

The Son of man goes, even as the Writings say of him: but a curse is on that man through whom the Son of man is given up; it would have been well for that man if he had never come into the world.

Matthew 26:25

And Judas, who was false to him, made answer and said, Is it I, Master? He says to him, Yes.

Matthew 26:26

And when they were taking food, Jesus took bread and, after blessing it, he gave the broken bread to the disciples and said, Take it; this is my body.

Matthew 26:27

And he took a cup and, having given praise, he gave it to them, saying,

Matthew 26:28

Take of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the testament, which is given for men for the forgiveness of sins.

Matthew 26:29

But I say to you that from now I will not take of this fruit of the vine, till that day when I take it new with you in my Father's kingdom.

Matthew 26:30

And after a song of praise to God, they went out to the Mountain of Olives.

Matthew 26:31

Then said Jesus to them, All of you will be turned away from me this night: for it is said in the Writings, I will put to death the keeper of the sheep, and the sheep of the flock will be put to flight.

Matthew 26:32

But after I am come back from the dead, I will go before you into Galilee.

Matthew 26:33

But Peter made answer and said to him, Though all may be turned away from you, I will never be turned away.

Matthew 26:34

Jesus said to him, Truly I say to you that this night, before the hour of the cock's cry, you will say three times that you have no knowledge of me.

Matthew 26:35

Peter says to him, Even if I am put to death with you, I will not be false to you. So said all the disciples.

Matthew 26:36

Then comes Jesus with them to a place named Gethsemane, and says to his disciples, Be seated here, while I go over there for prayer.

Matthew 26:37

And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and became sad and very troubled.

Matthew 26:38

Then says he to them, My soul is very sad, even to death: keep watch with me here.

Matthew 26:39

And he went forward a little, and falling down on his face in prayer, he said, O my Father, if it is possible, let this cup go from me; but let not my pleasure, but yours be done.

Matthew 26:40

And he comes to the disciples, and sees that they are sleeping, and says to Peter, What, were you not able to keep watch with me one hour?

Matthew 26:41

Keep watch with prayer, so that you may not be put to the test: the spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is feeble.

Matthew 26:42

Again, a second time he went away, and said in prayer, O my Father, if this may not go from me without my taking it, let your pleasure be done.

Matthew 26:43

And he came again and saw them sleeping, for their eyes were tired.

Matthew 26:44

And he went away from them again, and a third time said the same prayer.

Matthew 26:45

Then he comes to the disciples; and says to them, Go on sleeping now, and take your rest: for the hour is come, and the Son of man is given into the hands of evil men.

Matthew 26:46

Up, let us be going: see, he who gives me up is near.

Matthew 26:47

And while he was still talking, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a band armed with swords and sticks, from the chief priests and those in authority over the people.

Matthew 26:48

Now the false one had given them a sign saying, The one to whom I give a kiss, that is he: take him.

Matthew 26:49

And straight away he came to Jesus and said, Master! and gave him a kiss.

Matthew 26:50

And Jesus said to him, Friend, do that for which you have come. Then they came and put hands on Jesus, and took him.

Matthew 26:51

And one of those who were with Jesus put out his hand, and took out his sword and gave the servant of the high priest a blow, cutting off his ear.

Matthew 26:52

Then says Jesus to him, Put up your sword again into its place: for all those who take the sword will come to death by the sword.

Matthew 26:53

Does it not seem possible to you that if I make request to my Father he will even now send me an army of angels?

Matthew 26:54

But how then would the Writings come true, which say that so it has to be?

Matthew 26:55

In that hour Jesus said to the people, Have you come out as against a thief with swords and sticks to take me? I was teaching every day in the Temple and you took me not.

Matthew 26:56

But all this has taken place so that the writings of the prophets might come true. Then all his disciples went from him in flight.

Matthew 26:57

And those who had made Jesus prisoner took him away to the house of Caiaphas, the high priest, where the scribes and those in authority over the people had come together.

Matthew 26:58

But Peter went after him at a distance, to the house of the high priest, and went in and took his seat with the servants, to see the end.

Matthew 26:59

Now the chief priests and all the Sanhedrin were looking for false witness against Jesus, so that they might put him to death;

Matthew 26:60

And they were not able to get it, though a number of false witnesses came.

Matthew 26:61

But later there came two who said, This man said, I am able to give the Temple of God to destruction, and to put it up again in three days.

Matthew 26:62

And the high priest got up and said to him, Have you no answer? what is it which these say against you?

Matthew 26:63

But Jesus said not a word. And the high priest said to him, I put you on oath, by the living God, that you will say to us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.

Matthew 26:64

Jesus says to him, You say so: but I say to you, From now you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.

Matthew 26:65

Then the high priest, violently parting his robes, said, He has said evil against God: what more need have we of witnesses? for now his words against God have come to your ears:

Matthew 26:66

What is your opinion? They made answer and said, It is right for him to be put to death.

Matthew 26:67

Then they put shame on him, and were cruel to him: and some gave him blows, saying,

Matthew 26:68

Be a prophet, O Christ, and say who gave you a blow!

Matthew 26:69

Now Peter was seated in the open square outside the house: and a servant-girl came to him, saying, You were with Jesus the Galilaean.

Matthew 26:70

But he said before them all that it was false, saying, I have no knowledge of what you say.

Matthew 26:71

And when he had gone out into the doorway, another saw him and says to those who were there, This man was with Jesus the Nazarene.

Matthew 26:72

And again he said with an oath, I have no knowledge of the man.

Matthew 26:73

And after a little time those who were near came and said to Peter, Truly you are one of them; because your talk is witness against you.

Matthew 26:74

Then with curses and oaths he said, I have no knowledge of the man. And straight away there came the cry of a cock.

Matthew 26:75

And the word of Jesus came back to Peter, when he said, Before the hour of the cock's cry, you will say three times that you have no knowledge of me. And he went out, weeping bitterly.