Watch and Pray - Matthew 26

And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all  these sayings, he said unto his disciples, Matthew 26:1  KJV

Matthew 26:2 Ye know  that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son  of man is betrayed to be crucified. 

Matthew 26:3 Then assembled  together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of  the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was  called Caiaphas, 

Matthew 26:4 And consulted that they might take  Jesus by subtilty, and kill him. 

Matthew 26:5 But they said, Not  on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.  

Matthew 26:6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of  Simon the leper, 

Matthew 26:7 There came unto him a woman  having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and  poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. 

Matthew 26:8 But when  his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what  purpose is this waste? 

Matthew 26:9 For this ointment might  have been sold for much, and given to the poor. 

Matthew 26:10  When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble  ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.  

Matthew 26:11 For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye  have not always. 

Matthew 26:12 For in that she hath poured this  ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. 

Matthew 26:13  Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be  preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this  woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.  

Matthew 26:14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot,  went unto the chief priests, 

Matthew 26:15 And said unto them,  What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And  they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.  

Matthew 26:16 And from that time he sought opportunity to betray  him.  

Matthew 26:17 Now the first day of the feast of unleavened  bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where  wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?  

Matthew 26:18 And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and  say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will  keep the passover at thy house with my disciples. 

Matthew 26:19  And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they  made ready the passover. 

Matthew 26:20 Now when the even was  come, he sat down with the twelve. 

Matthew 26:21 And as they did  eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall  betray me. 

Matthew 26:22 And they were exceeding sorrowful,  and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?  

Matthew 26:23 And he answered and said, He that dippeth his  hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. 

Matthew 26:24  The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto  that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been  good for that man if he had not been born. 

Matthew 26:25 Then  Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it  I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.   

Matthew 26:26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and  blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and  said, Take, eat; this is my body. 

Matthew 26:27 And he took the  cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink  ye all of it; 

Matthew 26:28 For this is my blood of the new  testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.  

Matthew 26:29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of  this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with  you in my Father’s kingdom. 

Matthew 26:30 And when they had  sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.  

Matthew 26:31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be  offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will  smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be  scattered abroad. 

Matthew 26:32 But after I am risen again, I will  go before you into Galilee. 

Matthew 26:33 Peter answered and said  unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of  thee, yet will I never be offended. 

Matthew 26:34 Jesus said unto  him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock  crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. 

Matthew 26:35 Peter said unto  him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee.  Likewise also said all the disciples.  

Matthew 26:36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called  Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while  I go and pray yonder. 

Matthew 26:37 And he took with him Peter  and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and  very heavy. 

Matthew 26:38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is  exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and  watch with me. 

Matthew 26:39 And he went a little farther, and fell  on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be  possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I  will, but as thou wilt. 

Matthew 26:40 And he cometh unto the  disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter,  What, could ye not watch with me one hour? 

Matthew 26:41  Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit  indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. 

Matthew 26:42 He went  away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my  Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I  drink it, thy will be done. 

Matthew 26:43 And he came and found  them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. 

Matthew 26:44 And  he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third  time, saying the same words. 

Matthew 26:45 Then cometh he to  his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take  your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man  is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 

Matthew 26:46 Rise, let us be  going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.  

Matthew 26:47 And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the  twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords  and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.  

Matthew 26:48 Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign,  saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him  fast. 

Matthew 26:49 And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said,  Hail, master; and kissed him. 

Matthew 26:50 And Jesus said unto  him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and  laid hands on Jesus, and took him. 

Matthew 26:51 And, behold,  one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand,  and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high  priest’s, and smote off his ear. 

Matthew 26:52 Then said Jesus unto  him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that  take the sword shall perish with the sword. 

Matthew 26:53  Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he  shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?   

Matthew 26:54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that  thus it must be? 

Matthew 26:55 In that same hour said Jesus to the  multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords  and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in  the temple, and ye laid no hold on me. 

Matthew 26:56 But all this  was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be  fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.  

Matthew 26:57 And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him  away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the  elders were assembled. 

Matthew 26:58 But Peter followed him afar  off unto the high priest’s palace, and went in, and sat with  the servants, to see the end. 

Matthew 26:59 Now the chief priests,  and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against  Jesus, to put him to death; 

Matthew 26:60 But found none: yea,  though many false witnesses came, yet found they none.  At the last came two false witnesses, 

Matthew 26:61 And said,  This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God,  and to build it in three days. 

Matthew 26:62 And the high priest  arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is  it which these witness against thee? 

Matthew 26:63 But Jesus held  his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I  adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou  be the Christ, the Son of God. 

Matthew 26:64 Jesus saith unto him,  Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall  ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power,  and coming in the clouds of heaven. 

Matthew 26:65 Then the high  priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy;  what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye  have heard his blasphemy. 

Matthew 26:66 What think ye? They  answered and said, He is guilty of death. 

Matthew 26:67 Then did  they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote  him with the palms of their hands, 

Matthew 26:68 Saying,  Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?  

Matthew 26:69 Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel  came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of  Galilee. 

Matthew 26:70 But he denied before them all, saying, I  know not what thou sayest. 

Matthew 26:71 And when he was gone  out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto  them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of  Nazareth. 

Matthew 26:72 And again he denied with an oath, I do  not know the man. 

Matthew 26:73 And after a while came unto  him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also  art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee. 

Matthew 26:74  Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not  the man. And immediately the cock crew. 

Matthew 26:75 And  Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him,  Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he  went out, and wept bitterly.  

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