New Amharic Standard Version

ማቴዎስ 26:1-75

አይሁድ በኢየሱስ ላይ መዶለታቸው

26፥2-5 ተጓ ምብ – ማር 14፥1፡2፤ ሉቃ 22፥1፡2

1ኢየሱስ እነዚህን ነገሮች ተናግሮ ከጨረሰ በኋላ፣ ደቀ መዛሙርቱን፣ 2“ከሁለት ቀን በኋላ ፋሲካ እንደሚሆን ታውቃላችሁ፤ የሰው ልጅም ሊሰቀል አልፎ ይሰጣል” አላቸው።

3ከዚህ በኋላ የካህናት አለቆችና የሕዝብ ሽማግሌዎች ቀያፋ በተባለ ሊቀ ካህን ግቢ ውስጥ ተሰብስበው፤ 4በረቀቀ መንገድ ኢየሱስን ለማስያዝና ለማስገደል ተማከሩ። 5ነገር ግን፣ “በሕዝቡ መካከል ረብሻ እንዳይነሣ በበዓል ቀን አይሁን” በማለት ተስማሙ።

ኢየሱስን ሽቶ የቀባችው ሴት

26፥6-13 ተጓ ምብ – ማር 14፥3-9

26፥6-13 ተጓ ምብ – ሉቃ 7፥37፡38፤ ዮሐ 12፥1-8

6ኢየሱስ በቢታንያ በለምጻሙ በስምዖን ቤት ሳለ፣ 7አንዲት ሴት ዋጋው እጅግ ውድ የሆነ አንድ ብልቃጥ የአልባስጥሮስ ሽቶ ይዛ ወደ እርሱ ቀረበች፤ በማእድ ላይ ተቀምጦ ሳለም በራሱ ላይ አፈሰሰችው።

8ደቀ መዛሙርቱ ይህንን በተመለከቱ ጊዜ ተቈጥተው እንዲህ አሉ፤ “ይህ ሁሉ ብክነት ለምንድ ነው? 9ሽቶው በብዙ ዋጋ ተሽጦ ገንዘቡን ለድኾች መስጠት ሲቻል!”

10ኢየሱስ ይህን ዐውቆ እንዲህ አላቸው፤ “ይህችን ሴት ለምን ታስቸግሯታላችሁ? መልካም ነገር አድርጋልኛለች፤ 11ድኾች ምንጊዜም ከእናንተ ጋር ናቸው፤ እኔ ግን ሁል ጊዜ ከእናንተ ጋር አልሆንም። 12ሽቶውን በሰውነቴ ላይ በማፍሰሷ፣ እኔን ለቀብር ለማዘጋጀት ነው፤ 13እውነት እላችኋለሁ፤ ይህ ወንጌል በሚሰበክበት በዓለም ዙሪያ ሁሉ፣ በየትኛውም ስፍራ እርሷ ያደረገችው በመታሰቢያነት ይነገርላታል።”

ይሁዳ ኢየሱስን አሳልፎ ለመስጠት ተስማማ

26፥14-16 ተጓ ምብ – ማር 14፥10፡11፤ ሉቃ 22፥3-6

14ከዚህ በኋላ ከዐሥራ ሁለቱ አንዱ የነበረውና የአስቆሮቱ ይሁዳ የተባለው ወደ ካህናት አለቆች ሄዶ፣ 15“እርሱን አሳልፌ ብሰጣችሁ እናንተስ ምን ትሰጡኛላችሁ?” አላቸው። እነርሱም ሠላሳ ጥሬ ብር ቈጥረው ሰጡት። 16ከዚያን ጊዜ ጀምሮ ይሁዳ፣ ኢየሱስን አሳልፎ የሚሰጥበትን አመቺ ጊዜ ይፈልግ ነበር።

የጌታ ራት

26፥17-19 ተጓ ምብ – ማር 14፥12-16፤ ሉቃ 22፥7-13

26፥20-24 ተጓ ምብ – ማር 14፥17-21

26፥26-29 ተጓ ምብ – ማር 14፥22-25፤ ሉቃ 22፥17-20፤ 1ቆሮ 11፥23-25

17በቂጣ በዓል የመጀመሪያ ቀን ደቀ መዛሙርቱ ወደ ኢየሱስ ቀርበው፣ “ፋሲካን እንድትበላ የት እንድናዘጋጅልህ ትፈልጋለህ?” አሉት።

18እርሱም፣ “ወደ ከተማ ሄዳችሁ እገሌ የተባለውን ሰው፣ ‘መምህር ጊዜዬ ተቃርቦአልና ከደቀ መዛሙርቴ ጋር ፋሲካን በቤትህ አከብራለሁ ብሏል’ በሉት” አላቸው። 19ደቀ መዛሙርቱም ኢየሱስ ባዘዛቸው መሠረት የፋሲካን ራት አዘጋጁ።

20በመሸም ጊዜ ኢየሱስ ከዐሥራ ሁለቱ ጋር በማእድ ተቀመጠ፤ 21በመብላት ላይ ሳሉም፣ “እውነት እላችኋለሁ፣ ከእናንተ አንዱ አሳልፎ ይሰጠኛል” አላቸው።

22እነርሱም እጅግ አዝነው፣ ተራ በተራ፣ “ጌታ ሆይ፤ እኔ እሆን ይሆን?” አሉት።

23እርሱም መልሶ እንዲህ አላቸው፤ “አሳልፎ የሚሰጠኝ ከእኔ ጋር እጁን ከወጭቱ ውስጥ ያጠለቀው ነው፤ 24የሰው ልጅ ስለ እርሱ እንደ ተጻፈው ይሄዳል፤ ነገር ግን የሰውን ልጅ አሳልፎ ለሚሰጠው ለዚያ ሰው ወዮለት፤ ለዚያ ሰው ሳይወለድ ቢቀር ይሻለው ነበር።”

25አሳልፎ የሚሰጠው ይሁዳም፣ “መምህር ሆይ፣ እኔ እሆንን?” አለው።

እርሱም፣ “አንተ አልህ”26፥25 “ወይም አንተ ራስህ ተናገርህ” አለው።

26እየበሉ ሳሉ፣ ኢየሱስ እንጀራን አንሥቶ ባረከ፤ ቈርሶም ለደቀ መዛሙርቱ በመስጠት፣ “እንካችሁ ብሉ፤ ይህ ሥጋዬ ነው” አላቸው።

27ከዚያም ጽዋውን አንሥቶ አመሰገነ፤ ለደቀ መዛሙርቱም በመስጠት እንዲህ አላቸው፤ “ሁላችሁም ከዚህ ጠጡ፤ 28ስለ ብዙዎች የኀጢአት ይቅርታ የሚፈስ የአዲስ ኪዳን ደሜ ይህ ነው። 29እላችኋለሁ፤ በአባቴ መንግሥት ከእናንተ ጋር በአዲስ መልክ እስከምጠጣበት እስከዚያ ቀን ድረስ፣ ከእንግዲህ ከዚህ የወይን ፍሬ አልጠጣም።”

30መዝሙር ከዘመሩ በኋላ ወደ ደብረ ዘይት ተራራ ወጡ።

የጴጥሮስ ክህደት አስቀድሞ መነገሩ

26፥31-35 ተጓ ምብ – ማር 14፥27-31፤ ሉቃ 23፥31-34

31ቀጥሎም ኢየሱስ እንዲህ አላቸው፤ “ሁላችሁም በዚህች ሌሊት በእኔ ተሰናክላችሁ ትሄዳላችሁ፤ እንዲህ ተብሎ ተጽፎአልና፤

“ ‘እረኛውን እመታለሁ፤

የመንጋውም በጎች ይበተናሉ።’

32ነገር ግን ከተነሣሁ በኋላ ቀድሜአችሁ ወደ ገሊላ እሄዳለሁ።”

33ጴጥሮስም መልሶ፣ “ሌሎች በሙሉ ባንተ ምክንያት ቢሰናከሉ እንኳ እኔ በፍጹም አልሰናከልም!” አለው።

34ኢየሱስም፣ “እውነት እልሃለሁ፤ በዛሬዋ ሌሊት ዶሮ ከመጮኹ በፊት ሦስት ጊዜ ትክደኛለህ” አለው።

35ጴጥሮስ ግን “ከአንተ ጋር መሞት ቢያስፈልግ እንኳ ከቶ አልክድህም!” አለው። ሌሎቹም ደቀ መዛሙርት በሙሉ እንደዚሁ አሉ።

የኢየሱስ ጸሎት በጌቴሴማኒ

26፥36-46 ተጓ ምብ – ማር 14፥32-42፤ ሉቃ 22፥40-46

36ከዚህ በኋላ ኢየሱስ ከደቀ መዛሙርቱ ጋር ጌቴሴማኒ ወደሚባል ስፍራ ሄደ፤ እነርሱንም፣ “ወደዚያ ሄጄ በምጸልይበት ጊዜ እናንተ እዚህ ተቀመጡ” አላቸው። 37ከእርሱም ጋር ጴጥሮስንና ሁለቱን የዘብዴዎስ ልጆች ይዞ ሄዶ ይተክዝና ይጨነቅ ጀመር፤ 38ከዚያም፣ “ነፍሴ እስከ ሞት ድረስ እጅግ አዝናለች፤ ከእኔ ጋር በመትጋት እዚሁ ቈዩ” አላቸው።

39ጥቂት ዕልፍ ብሎ በግንባሩ በመደፋት፣ “አባቴ ሆይ፤ ቢቻል ይህ ጽዋ ከእኔ ይለፍ፤ ነገር ግን እኔ እንደምፈልገው ሳይሆን አንተ እንደምትፈልገው ይሁን” ብሎ ጸለየ።

40ከዚያም ተመልሶ ወደ ደቀ መዛሙርቱ ሲመጣ፣ ተኝተው አገኛቸው፤ ጴጥሮስንም እንዲህ አለው፤ “እንግዲህ፤ ከእኔ ጋር ለአንድ ሰዓት እንኳ መትጋት አቃታችሁን? 41ወደ ፈተና እንዳትገቡ ትጕና ጸልዩ፤ መንፈስ ዝግጁ ነው፤ ሥጋ ግን ደካማ ነው።”

42እንደ ገና ለሁለተኛ ጊዜ ሄዶ፣ “አባት ሆይ፤ ይህ ሳልጠጣው የማያልፍ ጽዋ ከሆነ፣ ፈቃድህ ይፈጸም” ብሎ ጸለየ።

43እንደ ገናም በመጣ ጊዜ ዐይኖቻቸው በእንቅልፍ ከብደው ስለ ነበር ተኝተው አገኛቸው። 44ትቶአቸውም እንደ ገና በመሄድ ለሦስተኛ ጊዜ ቀደም ብሎ የጸለየውን ጸሎት ደገመ።

45ከዚያም ወደ ደቀ መዛሙርቱ ተመልሶ እንዲህ አላቸው፤ “አሁንም ዐርፋችሁ ተኝታችኋል? እነሆ፣ ሰዓቱ ቀርቦአል፤ የሰው ልጅ በኀጢአተኞች እጅ ዐልፎ ይሰጣል፤ 46ተነሡ እንሂድ፤ አሳልፎ የሚሰጠኝም እየመጣ ነው።”

የኢየሱስ መያዝ

26፥47-56 ተጓ ምብ – ማር 14፥43-50፤ ሉቃ 22፥47-53

47በመናገር ላይ እያለ፣ ከዐሥራ ሁለቱ አንዱ ይሁዳ መጣ፤ ከካህናት አለቆችና ከሕዝቡ ሽማግሌዎች ዘንድ የተላኩ ሰይፍና ዱላ የያዙ ብዙ ሰዎችም አብረውት ነበሩ። 48ይሁዳም፣ “እኔ የምስመው እርሱ ነው፤ ያዙት” ብሎ ምልክት ሰጥቶአቸው ስለ ነበር፣ 49በቀጥታ ወደ ኢየሱስ ሄዶ፣ “መምህር ሆይ፤ ሰላም ለአንተ ይሁን” በማለት ሳመው።

50ኢየሱስም፣ “ወዳጄ ሆይ፤ የመጣህበትን ፈጽም”26፥50 ወይም “ወዳጄ ሆይ፤ ለምን መጣህ?” አለው።

በዚህ ጊዜ ሰዎቹ ቀርበው ኢየሱስን ያዙት፤ አሰሩትም። 51ከኢየሱስ ጋር ከነበሩት አንዱ እጁን ዘርግቶ ሰይፉን መዘዘና የሊቀ ካህናቱን አገልጋይ መትቶ ጆሮውን ቈረጠው።

52ኢየሱስም እንዲህ አለው፤ “በል ሰይፍህን ወደ ሰገባው መልስ፤ ሰይፍን የሚመዝዙ ሁሉ በሰይፍ ይጠፋሉ። 53ካስፈለገ አባቴን ብለምነው ከዐሥራ ሁለት ክፍለ ሰራዊት የሚበልጡ መላእክት የማይሰድልኝ ይመስልሃል? 54ይህ ቢሆን ደግሞ ቅዱሳት መጻሕፍት ይሆናል ያሉት ነገር እንዴት ይፈጸማል?”

55በዚያን ጊዜ ኢየሱስ ሕዝቡን እንዲህ አላቸው፤ “ወንበዴ እንደሚይዝ ሰው ሰይፍና ዱላ ይዛችሁ ልትይዙኝ መጣችሁ? በየዕለቱ በቤተ መቅደስ ተቀምጬ ሳስተምር አልያዛችሁኝም ነበር፤ 56ነገር ግን ይህ ሁሉ የሆነው ነቢያት በቅዱሳት መጻሕፍት የተናገሩት ይፈጸም ዘንድ ነው።” በዚያን ጊዜ ደቀ መዛሙርቱ ሁሉ ጥለውት ሸሹ።

ኢየሱስ በአይሁድ ሸንጎ ፊት

26፥57-68 ተጓ ምብ – ማር 14፥53-65፤ ዮሐ 18፥12፡13፡19-24

57በዚህ ጊዜ ኢየሱስን የያዙት ሰዎች፣ የኦሪት የሕግ መምህራንና የሕዝብ ሽማግሌዎች ተሰብስበው ወደነበሩበት፣ ወደ ሊቀ ካህናቱ ወደ ቀያፋ ወሰዱት። 58ነገር ግን ጴጥሮስ ከርቀት ሆኖ እስከ ሊቀ ካህናቱ ቅጥር ግቢ ይከተለው ነበር፤ ወደ ውስጥ ገብቶም የሁኔታውን መጨረሻ ለማየት ከጠባቂዎች ጋር ተቀመጠ።

59በዚህ ጊዜ የካህናት አለቆችና የአይሁድ ሸንጎ በሙሉ ኢየሱስን ለማስገደል የሐሰት ማስረጃ ይፈልጉ ነበር፤ 60ብዙ የሐሰት ምስክሮች ቢቀርቡም በቂ ማስረጃ አላገኙም፤ በኋላ ግን ሁለት ሰዎች ቀርበው፣ 61“ይህ ሰው፣ ‘የእግዚአብሔርን ቤተ መቅደስ አፍርሼ፣ በሦስት ቀን ውስጥ መልሼ ልሠራው እችላለሁ’ ብሎአል” በማለት ተናገሩ። 62በዚህ ጊዜ ሊቀ ካህናቱ ተነሥቶ በመቆም፣ “እነዚህ ሰዎች ለሚመሰክሩብህ ሁሉ ምንም መልስ አትሰጥምን?” አለው። 63ኢየሱስ ግን ዝም አለ።

ሊቀ ካህናቱም፣ “በሕያው እግዚአብሔር አምልሃለሁ፤ አንተ ክርስቶስ26፥63 ወይም “መሲሑ”፤ እንደዚሁም ቍ 68 የእግዚአብሔር ልጅ እንደሆንህ ንገረን” አለው።

64ኢየሱስም፣ “አንተው ራስህ ብለኸዋል፤ ነገር ግን ለሁላችሁም ልንገራችሁ፤ ወደ ፊት የሰው ልጅ በኀያሉ ቀኝ ተቀምጦ በሰማይ ደመና ሲመጣ ታዩታላችሁ” አለው።

65በዚህ ጊዜ ሊቀ ካህናቱ ልብሱን ቀዶ፣ “በእግዚአብሔር ላይ የስድብ ቃል ተናግሮአል፤ ከዚህ ሌላ ምን ምስክርነት ያስፈልገናል? በእግዚአብሔር ላይ የስድብ ቃል መናገሩን እናንተው ራሳችሁ ሰምታችኋአል፤ 66ምን ይመስላችኋል?” አላቸው።

እነርሱም፣ “ሞት ይገባዋል!” ብለው መለሱ።

67በዚህ ጊዜ ፊቱ ላይ እየተፉ በጡጫ መቱት፤ ሌሎቹም በጥፊ እየመቱት፣ 68“ክርስቶስ ሆይ፤ ማነው የመታህ? እስቲ ትንቢት ንገረን!” አሉት።

ጴጥሮስ ኢየሱስን ካደ

26፥69-75 ተጓ ምብ – ማር 14፥66-72፤ ሉቃ 22፥55-62፤ ዮሐ 18፥16-18፡25-27

69ከዚህ በኋላ ጴጥሮስ በሊቀ ካህናቱ ግቢ ውስጥ ተቀምጦ ሳለ አንዲት የቤት ሠራተኛ ወደ እርሱ ቀርባ፣ “አንተም ከገሊላው ኢየሱስ ጋር ነበርህ” አለችው።

70እርሱ ግን፣ “ምን እንደምትናገሪ አላውቅም” በማለት በሁላቸውም ፊት ካደ።

71ከግቢው መውጫ ወደ ሆነው በር ሲያመራ ሌላዋ ሠራተኛ ተመልክታው፣ በዚያ ለነበሩት ሰዎች፣ “ይህ ሰው ከናዝሬቱ ኢየሱስ ጋር ነበር” አለች።

72እርሱም በመሐላ ቃል፣ “ሰውየውን አላውቀውም!” ሲል ዳግመኛ ካደ።

73ከጥቂት ጊዜ በኋላ፣ በዚያ ቆመው የነበሩት ሰዎች ቀርበው ጴጥሮስን፣ “አነጋገርህ ስለሚያጋልጥህ፣ በርግጥ አንተም ከእነርሱ አንዱ ነህ!” አሉት።

74እርሱም እየማለና እየተገዘተ፣ “እኔ ሰውየውን አላውቀውም!” አላቸው።

ወዲያውም ዶሮ ጮኸ። 75በዚህ ጊዜ ጴጥሮስ፣ “ዶሮ ሳይጮህ ሦስት ጊዜ ትክደኛለህ” ብሎ ኢየሱስ የተናገረው ቃል ትዝ አለው፤ ጴጥሮስም ወደ ውጭ ወጥቶ መራራ ልቅሶ አለቀሰ።

New International Version - UK

Matthew 26:1-75

The plot against Jesus

1When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, 2‘As you know, the Passover is two days away – and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.’

3Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, 4and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. 5‘But not during the festival,’ they said, ‘or there may be a riot among the people.’

Jesus anointed at Bethany

6While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, 7a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.

8When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. ‘Why this waste?’ they asked. 9‘This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.’

10Aware of this, Jesus said to them, ‘Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11The poor you will always have with you,26:11 See Deut. 15:11. but you will not always have me. 12When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.’

Judas agrees to betray Jesus

14Then one of the Twelve – the one called Judas Iscariot – went to the chief priests 15and asked, ‘What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?’ So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. 16From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

The Last Supper

17On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?’

18He replied, ‘Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, “The Teacher says: my appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.” ’ 19So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.

20When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. 21And while they were eating, he said, ‘Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.’

22They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, ‘Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?’

23Jesus replied, ‘The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 24The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.’

25Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, ‘Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?’

Jesus answered, ‘You have said so.’

26While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’

27Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you. 28This is my blood of the26:28 Some manuscripts the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.’

30When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Jesus predicts Peter’s denial

31Then Jesus told them, ‘This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written:

‘ “I will strike the shepherd,

and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.”26:31 Zech. 13:7

32But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.’

33Peter replied, ‘Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.’

34‘Truly I tell you,’ Jesus answered, ‘this very night, before the cock crows, you will disown me three times.’

35But Peter declared, ‘Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.’ And all the other disciples said the same.

Gethsemane

36Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’ 37He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38Then he said to them, ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.’

39Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.’

40Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. ‘Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?’ he asked Peter. 41‘Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.’

42He went away a second time and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.’

43When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

45Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, ‘Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!’

Jesus arrested

47While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: ‘The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.’ 49Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, ‘Greetings, Rabbi!’ and kissed him.

50Jesus replied, ‘Do what you came for, friend.’26:50 Or ‘Why have you come, friend?’

Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. 51With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.

52‘Put your sword back in its place,’ Jesus said to him, ‘for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?’

55In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, ‘Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.’ Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.

Jesus before the Sanhedrin

57Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. 58But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome.

59The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 60But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward.

Finally two came forward 61and declared, ‘This fellow said, “I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.” ’

62Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, ‘Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?’ 63But Jesus remained silent.

The high priest said to him, ‘I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.’

64‘You have said so,’ Jesus replied. ‘But I say to all of you: from now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.’26:64 See Psalm 110:1; Daniel 7:13.

65Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, ‘He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. 66What do you think?’

‘He is worthy of death,’ they answered.

67Then they spat in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him 68and said, ‘Prophesy to us, Messiah. Who hit you?’

Peter disowns Jesus

69Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant-girl came to him. ‘You also were with Jesus of Galilee,’ she said.

70But he denied it before them all. ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about,’ he said.

71Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant-girl saw him and said to the people there, ‘This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.’

72He denied it again, with an oath: ‘I don’t know the man!’

73After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, ‘Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.’

74Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, ‘I don’t know the man!’

Immediately a cock crowed. 75Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: ‘Before the cock crows, you will disown me three times.’ And he went outside and wept bitterly.