Modern Literal Version
[Matthew 26]

     {Mar 14:1-2 & Mat 26:1-5 & Luk 22:1-2 mountain Olives, Bethany, Jerusalem, Tues Evening, Wed. for the Jews.}

     26:1 And it happened, when Jesus had completed all these words, he said to his disciples, 26:2YouĎknow that after two days the Passover happens and the Son of Man is given up, *that* he might be crucified.

     26:3 Then the high-priests and the scribes and the elders of the people were gathered together to the courtyard of the high-priest, who was called* Caiaphas; 26:4 and they counseled together in order that they might take-hold of Jesus with treachery, and might kill him. 26:5 But they were saying, Not at the feast, in order that an uproar among the people might not happen.

     {Mar 14:3-9 & Mat 26:6-13.}

     26:6 Now when* Jesus happened to be in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, 26:7 a woman came to him, having an alabaster flask of precious perfume, and she poured it upon his head when he was reclining at the table. 26:8 But when* his disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, To whatpurpose is this waste? 26:9 For* this perfume was able to be sold* for much and given to the poor.

     26:10 But Jesus knowing it, said to them, Why are youĎ harassing the woman? For* she has worked a good work *for me. 26:11For* youĎ always have the poor with youĎ, but youĎ do not always have me.26:12For* in that she put this perfume upon my body, she did it*that* she might bury me. 26:13Assuredly I am saying to youĎ, Wherever this good-news is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of *for a memorial of her.

     {Mar 14:10-11 & Mat 26:14-16 & Luk 22:3-6 & Joh 12:2-8.}

     26:14 Then one of the twelve, who was called* Judas Iscariot, traveled to the high-priests 26:15 and said, What are youĎ willing to give me and I will be giving him to youĎ? Now they weighed out thirtypieces of silver for him. 26:16 And he was seeking an opportunity from then onward in order that he might give him to them.

     {Mar 14:12-17 & Mat 26:17-20 & Luk 22:7-18, 22:24-30 Bethany to Jerusalem Thur. Evening.}

     26:17 Now on the first day of unleavened bread, the disciples came to Jesus, saying to him, Where do you wish that we prepare for you to eat the Passover?

     26:18 Now he said, GoĎ into the city to a certain-person, and sayĎ to him, The Teacher says, My time is near. I will make* the Passover with you at your house with my disciples. 26:19And the disciples did as Jesus commanded them, and they prepared the Passover.

     {Mar 14:18-21, 14:27-31 & Mat 26:21-25, 26:31-35 & Luk 22:21-23, 22:31-38 & Joh 13:21-38.}

     26:20 Now when* it became evening, he was reclining at the table with the twelve.

     26:21 And while eating with them, he said, Assuredly I am saying to youĎ, that one out of you will be giving me up.

     26:22 And they were extremely sorrowful, and each of them began to say to him, It is not me Lord, is it?

     26:23 But he answered and said, He who dipped his hand with me in the dish, this one will be giving me up to the Jews. 26:24The Son of Man indeed is going, just-as it has been written concerning him, but woe to that man through whom the Son of Man is given up! It was {i.e. would be} good for him if that man had notbeen born.{Psa 22:1-31?}

     26:25Now Judas, (who is giving him up to the Jews), answered and said, It is not me, is it Rabbi?

     He says to him, You have said so.

     {Mar 14:22-25 & Mat 26:26-29 & Luk 22:19-20, 1Co 11:23-26.}

     26:26 Now while eating, Jesus, having taken the bread, and having given-thanks, broke it, and was giving it to the disciples and said, TakeĎ, eatĎ; this is my body.26:27 And having taken the cup and given-thanks, he gave it to them, saying, DrinkĎ from it, all of youĎ; 26:28for* this is my blood of the new covenant*, which is poured out on behalf of many into the forgiveness of sins.26:29But I am saying to youĎ, I may never* drink from this fruit of the vine from now on, until that day whenever I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.

     {Mar 14:26, 14:32-42 & Mat 26:30, 26:36-46 & Luk 22:39-46 & Joh 18:1 Garden between Stream of Kidron and Mountain of Olives, Late Thur. night.}

     26:30 And having sung a hymn, they went out to the Mountain of Olives.

     {See Mat 26:31-35 above.}

     26:31 Then Jesus says to them, All of youĎ will be offended at me this night; for* it has been written, I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.{Zec 13:7}26:32But after I arise, I will be preceding youĎ into Galilee.

     26:33 But Peter answered and said to him, If all will be offended at you; but I will never* be offended.

     26:34 Jesus said to him, Assuredly I am saying to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will be denying me three-times.

     26:35 Peter says to him, Even if it is essential for me to die together with you, I may never* deny you. And all the disciples said likewise.

     {See Mat 26:30 above.}

     26:36 Then Jesus comes to a parcel of ground with them, called* Gethsemane, and says to his disciples, SitĎover there, until I go over there* and might pray.26:37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee and began to be sorrowful and disheartened. 26:38 Then he says to them, My soul is very sorrowful until death. RemainĎ here and watchĎ with me.

     26:39 And when* he went a little more, he fell upon his face and prayed, saying, My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from me; however, not as I will, but as you will.

     26:40 And he comes to the disciples and finds them sleeping and says to Peter, What, were youĎ not strong-enough to watch with me one hour? 26:41WatchĎ and prayĎ, in order that youĎ may not enter into temptation. The spirit is indeed eager, but the flesh is weak.

     26:42 Having gone away again a second-time, he prayed, saying, My Father, if this cup is not able to pass from me, if I do not drink itС let your will happen.

     26:43 And he came again and finds them sleeping, for* their eyes were heavy. 26:44 And he left them again and went away and prayed a third-time, saying again the same words.

     26:45 Then he comes to his disciples and says to them, Furthermore, are youĎ sleeping and resting yourselves? Behold, the hour has drawn near, and the Son of Man is given up into the hands of sinners. 26:46 AriseĎ, we should be going. Behold, he who is giving me up to the Jews has drawn near.

     {Mar 14:43-52 & Mat 26:47-56 & Luk 22:47-53 & Joh 18:2-11 Gethsemane, Fri. a few hours before dawn.}

     26:47 And while still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, came and with him a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the high-priest and elders of the people. 26:48 Now he who is giving him up, gave them a sign, saying, Whomever I kiss; he is the one; take-holdĎ of him. 26:49 And immediately he came to Jesus and said, Hail, Rabbi. And he kissed him.

     26:50 But Jesus said to him, Comrade, to what purpose are you here? Then they came and put hands upon Jesus and took-hold of him. 26:51 And behold, one of those who was with Jesus stretched out his hand and pulled his sword, and struck the bondservant of the high-priest, and took off his ear.

     26:52 Then Jesus says to him, Return your sword into its place; for* all those who take up the sword will be perishing with* the sword.26:53Or do you think that I am not able now to plead with my Father and he will not stand beside me with more than twelve legions of messengers? 26:54 Therefore how might the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it is essential to happen as thus?

     26:55 Jesus said to the crowds in that hour, Why have youĎ come out with swords and clubs, like against a robber, to take me? I was sitting daily with youĎ in the temple, teaching, and youĎ did not take-hold of me.26:56 But this whole thing has happened, in order that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples left him and fled.

     {Mar 14:53 & Mat 26:57 & Luk 22:54a & Joh 18:24 Palace of Caiaphas, before dawn.}

     26:57 Now those who had taken-hold of Jesus led him away to the house of Caiaphas the high-priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together.

     {Mar 14:54 & Mat 26:58 & Luk 22:54b-62 & Joh 18:15-18 Courtyard of High Priest's residence, Fri. around dawn.}

     26:58 But Peter was following him from afar to the courtyard of the high-priest, and entered inside, and was sitting with the attendants, to see the end.

     {Mar 14:55-65 & Mat 26:59-68 & Luk 22:63-65.}

     26:59 Now the high-priests and the elders and the whole council were seeking false testimony against Jesus, how they might slay him; 26:60 and they did not find any, even though many false witnesses came. Still, they did not find any. 26:61 But later, two false witnesses came and were saying, This one said, I am able to tear-down the temple of God and to build it again in three days.

     26:62 And the high-priest, having stood up, said to him, Are you answering nothing? What are these witnesses testifying against you? 26:63 But Jesus was silent. And the high-priest answered and said to him, I implore you by the living God, in order that you should tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God?

     26:64 Jesus said to him, You have said so. However I am saying to youĎ, From now on, youĎ will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming upon the clouds of heaven.

     26:65 Then the high-priest ripped his garments, saying, He has blasphemed. Why do we still have need of witnesses? Behold, now youĎ have heard his blasphemy. 26:66 What are youĎ thinking?

     They answered and said, He is liable for death. 26:67 Then they spat at his face and battered him, and some slapped him, 26:68 saying, Prophesy to us, you Christ. Who is he who struck you?

     {Mar 14:66-72 & Mat 26:69-75 & Luk 22:55-62 & Joh 18:25-27.}

     26:69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, and a maidservant came to him, saying, You were also with Jesus the Galilean.

     26:70 But he denied it before them all, saying, I do not know what you are saying.

     26:71 Now having gone out into the gate area, another one saw him, and says to those who were there, This one was also with Jesus the Nazarene.

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

     26:73 Now after a little while, those who are standing by, came near and said to Peter, You truly also are one out of them; for* even your speech makes* it evident.

     26:74 Then he began to curse and to swear, I do not know the man. Now immediately, the rooster crowed. 26:75 And Peter was reminded of the declaration which Jesus had said to him, Before the rooster crows, you will be denying me three-times. And having gone outside, he wept bitterly.

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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