1When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it.
2Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. 3So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.
4Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”
5“Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied.
“I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) 6When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.
7Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?”
“Jesus of Nazareth,” they said.
8Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. If you are looking for me, then let these men go.” 9This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: “I have not lost one of those you gave me.”18:9 John 6:39
10Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.)
11Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”
12Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus. They bound him 13and brought him first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. 14Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jewish leaders that it would be good if one man died for the people.
Peter’s First Denial
15Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard, 16but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the servant girl on duty there and brought Peter in.
17“You aren’t one of this man’s disciples too, are you?” she asked Peter.
He replied, “I am not.”
18It was cold, and the servants and officials stood around a fire they had made to keep warm. Peter also was standing with them, warming himself.
The High Priest Questions Jesus
19Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching.
20“I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus replied. “I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. 21Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said.”
22When Jesus said this, one of the officials nearby slapped him in the face. “Is this the way you answer the high priest?” he demanded.
23“If I said something wrong,” Jesus replied, “testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?” 24Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.
Peter’s Second and Third Denials
25Meanwhile, Simon Peter was still standing there warming himself. So they asked him, “You aren’t one of his disciples too, are you?”
He denied it, saying, “I am not.”
26One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, “Didn’t I see you with him in the garden?” 27Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.
Jesus Before Pilate
28Then the Jewish leaders took Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness they did not enter the palace, because they wanted to be able to eat the Passover. 29So Pilate came out to them and asked, “What charges are you bringing against this man?”
30“If he were not a criminal,” they replied, “we would not have handed him over to you.”
31Pilate said, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.”
“But we have no right to execute anyone,” they objected. 32This took place to fulfill what Jesus had said about the kind of death he was going to die.
33Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
34“Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”
35“Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”
36Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”
37“You are a king, then!” said Pilate.
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
38“What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. 39But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?”
40They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising.
1Yesu atamaliza kupemphera, Iye anachoka ndi ophunzira ake ndi kuwoloka chigwa cha Kidroni. Kumbali inayo kunali munda wa Olivi, ndipo Iye ndi ophunzira ake analowamo.
2Tsopano Yudasi, amene anamupereka amadziwa malowo chifukwa Yesu ankakumana ndi ophunzira ake kumeneko. 3Choncho Yudasi anabwera ku munda, akutsogolera gulu la asilikali ndi akuluakulu ena ochokera kwa akulu a ansembe ndi Afarisi. Iwo anali atanyamula miyuni, nyale ndi zida.
4Yesu, podziwa zonse zimene zimati zichitike kwa Iye, anatuluka ndi kuwafunsa kuti, “Kodi mukufuna ndani?”
5Iwo anayankha kuti, “Yesu wa ku Nazareti.”
Yesu anati, “Ndine.” (Ndipo Yudasi womuperekayo anali atayima nawo pamenepo). 6Pamene Yesu anati, “Ndine,” iwo anabwerera mʼmbuyo ndi kugwa pansi.
7Iye anawafunsanso kuti, “Kodi mukumufuna ndani?”
Ndipo iwo anati, “Yesu wa ku Nazareti.”
8Yesu anayankha kuti, “Ine ndakuwuzani kuti Ndine. Ngati inu mukufuna Ine, asiyeni anthu awa apite.” 9Izi zinachitika kuti mawu amene Iye anayankhula akwaniritsidwe: “Ine sindinataye ndi mmodzi yemwe mwa iwo amene mwandipatsa.”
10Kenaka Simoni amene anali ndi lupanga analitulutsa ndi kutema nalo wantchito wa wamkulu wa ansembe, nadula khutu lake la kudzanja lamanja. (Dzina la wantchitoyo ndi Makusi).
11Yesu analamula Petro kuti, “Bwezera lupanga mʼchimake! Kodi Ine ndisamwere chikho chimene Atate andipatsa?”
Amutengera Yesu kwa Anasi
12Kenaka gulu la asilikali ndi olamulira wawo ndi akuluakulu a Ayuda anamugwira Yesu. Iwo anamumanga. 13Poyamba anapita naye kwa Anasi amene anali mkamwini wa Kayafa, mkulu wa ansembe chaka chimenecho. 14Kayafa anali amene analangiza Ayuda kuti kukanakhala kwabwino ngati munthu mmodzi akanafera anthu.
Petro Akana Yesu Koyamba
15Simoni Petro ndi ophunzira wina ankamutsatira Yesu chifukwa ophunzira uyu amadziwika kwa mkulu wa ansembe. Iye analowa ndi Yesu mʼbwalo la mkulu wa ansembe 16koma Petro anadikira kunja pa khomo. Ophunzira winayo amene amadziwika kwa mkulu wa ansembe, anatuluka ndi kuyankhula ndi mtsikana amene anali mlonda wa pa khomo ndi kumulowetsa Petro.
17Mtsikanayo anafunsa Petro kuti, “Kodi iwe sindiwe mmodzi wa ophunzira a Munthu uyu?”
Iye anayankha kuti, “Ayi, sindine.”
18Popeza kunkazizira, anyamata antchito ndi akuluakulu ena anasonkha moto wamakala namawotha atayimirira mozungulira. Petro nayenso anayimirira pamodzi ndi iwo namawotha nawo motowo.
Mkulu wa Ansembe Amufunsa Yesu
19Pa nthawi imeneyi, mkulu wa ansembe anamufunsa Yesu za ophunzira ake ndi chiphunzitso chake.
20Yesu anayankha kuti, “Ine ndinayankhula poyera ku dziko lapansi. Nthawi zonse ndimaphunzitsa mʼsunagoge kapena mʼNyumba ya Mulungu kumene Ayuda onse amasonkhana pamodzi. Ine sindimanena kanthu mseri. 21Nʼchifukwa chiyani mukundifunsa Ine? Afunseni amene amamva. Zoonadi akudziwa zimene Ine ndinanena.”
22Yesu atanena izi, mmodzi wa akuluakulu amene anali pafupi anamumenya kumaso. Iye anafunsa kuti, “Mayankhidwe awa ndi woti ndi kuyankha mkulu wa ansembe?”
23Yesu anayankha kuti, “Ngati Ine ndanena kanthu kolakwika, chitirani umboni chimene ndalakwa. Koma ngati ndanena zoona, nʼchifukwa chiyani mwandimenya?” 24Kenaka Anasi anamutumiza Iye, ali womangidwabe, kwa Kayafa, mkulu wa ansembe.
Petro Akana Yesu Kachiwiri ndi Kachitatu
25Pamene Simoni Petro anali chiyimirire kuwotha moto, anafunsidwa kuti, “Kodi iwe si mmodzi wa ophunzira ake?”
Iye anayankha kuti, “Ayi, sindine.”
26Mmodzi wa antchito a mkulu wa ansembe, mʼbale wa munthu amene anadulidwa khutu ndi Petro anamutsutsa iye kuti, “Kodi sindinakuone iwe pamodzi ndi Iye mʼmunda muja?” 27Petro anakananso, ndipo pa nthawi yomweyo tambala analira.
Yesu ku Bwalo la Pilato
28Kenaka Ayuda anamutenga Yesu kuchoka kwa Kayafa ndi kupita ku nyumba yaufumu ya bwanamkubwa wa Chiroma. Tsopano kunali mmamawa, ndipo polewa kudetsedwa monga mwa mwambo Ayuda sanalowe mʼnyumba yaufumuyo; iwo anafuna kuti adye Paska. 29Choncho Pilato anatuluka napita kwa iwo ndipo anati, “Kodi ndi milandu yanji imene mukumuzenga munthu uyu?”
30Iwo anayankha kuti, “Ngati Iye akanakhala kuti si wolakwa, ife sitikanamupereka kwa inu.”
31Pilato anati, “Mutengeni inu eni ake ndi kumuweruza Iye monga mwa malamulo anu.”
Ayuda anatsutsa nati, “Koma tilibe ulamuliro wakupha aliyense.” 32Izi zinachitika kuti mawu a Yesu amene anayankhula kusonyeza mtundu wa imfa imene Iye anati adzafe nayo akwaniritsidwe.
33Kenaka Pilato anapita mʼkati mwa nyumba yaufumu nayitanitsa Yesu, ndipo anamufunsa kuti, “Kodi iwe ndi mfumu ya Ayuda?”
34Yesu anafunsa kuti, “Kodi amenewo ndi maganizo anu wokha? Kapena kuti ena anakuwuzani za Ine?”
35Pilato anayankha kuti, “Kodi iwe ukuganiza kuti ine ndine Myuda? Ndi anthu ako ndi akulu a ansembe ako amene akupereka iwe kwa ine. Kodi walakwanji?”
36Yesu anati, “Ufumu wanga si wa dziko lapansi lino. Ukanakhala wa pansi pano, antchito anga akanachita nkhondo kulepheretsa Ayuda kundigwira. Koma tsopano ufumu wanga ndi wochokera kumalo ena.”
37Pilato anati, “Kani ndiwe mfumu!”
Yesu anayankha kuti, “Inu mwalondola ponena kuti, Ine ndine mfumu. Kunena zoona, Ine ndinabadwa chifukwa cha chimenechi, ndipo nʼchifukwa chake ndinabwera mʼdziko lapansi, kudzachitira umboni choonadi. Aliyense amene ali mbali yachoonadi amamvera mawu anga.”
38Pilato anafunsa kuti, “Kodi choonadi nʼchiyani?” Ndi mawu awa iye anapitanso kwa Ayuda ndipo anati, “Ine sindikupeza mlandu mwa Iye. 39Koma ndi mwambo wanu kuti pa nthawi ya Paska, ine ndikumasulireni wamʼndende mmodzi. Kodi mufuna ndikumasulireni ‘Mfumu ya Ayuda?’ ”
40Iwo anafuwula nati, “Ameneyu ayi! Mutipatse ife Baraba!” Barabayo anali wachifwamba.