1. Then after two days, it was the Passover celebration of Unleavened Bread, and the chief high priests and scribes sought to seize him through treachery and kill him.
2. And they said, "Not during the holidays, lest there be a riot among the people."
3. And while he was in Bethany, in Simon's house for lepers, as they were dining, a woman came who carried a ceramic vessel of Nardine incense, top quality and very expensive, and she opened it and poured its contents on the head of Eashoa.
4. However, there were some individuals from the disciples, who had reservations inside themselves and said, "Why was this incense wasted?
5. "For we could have sold it for more than three hundred dinars and given it to the poor." And they reproached her.
6. Eashoa said, however, "Let her be, why are you attacking her? She did a beautiful service for me.
7. "For in every season, you have the poor among you, and whenever you wish, you can do something nice for them; however, you do not have me every season with you.
8. "What she had for this [service,] she did, and she, as though before my burial, [anointed] my body with incense.
9. "And, amen, I am telling you, that wherever this faith* of mine is preached, in all the universe, and this too, what she did, will be spoken of in memorial."
10. Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief high priests, so as to betray Eashoa.
11. When they heard it, they were delighted and they promised to give him money. And he sought an opportunity to deliver him.
12. And on the first day of Unleavened Bread,* in which the Jews offer the Passover [sacrifice,] his disciples said to him, "Where do you wish to go sit and eat the Passover [meal]?"
13. And he sent two of his disciples, and he said to them, "Go to the city and, behold, a man will accost you, who carries a water jug, follow him.
14. "And wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, our Maryah said, 'Where is the inn, where he is to eat the Passover with his disciples?'
15. "And, behold, he will show you an upper chamber that is furnished and prepared, there you will provide for us."
16. And his disciples went out and came to the city and found where he told them, and they set up the Passover.
17. And when evening came,* he came with his Twelve.
18. And as they ate*, Eashoa said, "Amen, I am telling you, that one of you who eats with me, he will betray me."
19. They then began to feel depressed, and said to him one by one, "Why, is it I?"
20. He said to them, however, "One of the Twelve, whose finger dips in the bowl.*
21. And the Son goes where it is written he will.* Woe, however, to the man by whose hand the Son of Man is delivered*. That man was better off if he was not born."
22. And as they ate, Eashoa consecrated the bread and blessed it, and he broke it, and gave them, and said to them, "Be nourished, this is my body."
23. And he consecrated the cup and declared the covenant, and blessed it and gave it to them, and they all drank of it.
24. And he said to them, "This is my blood of the New Covenant,* that will be shed for the Redemption of many.
25. "Amen, I am telling you, that I will not drink again from the vine's fruit*, until that day in which we drink anew in the Kingdom of Allaha."
26. And they glorified, and went out to the Mount of Olives.
27. And Eashoa said to them, "You will all denounce* me tonight, for it is written,
'Strike the shepherd, and his rams will scatter.'
28. "Except, when I rise, I will be before you in Galilee."
29. Peter said to him, "They may* all denounce you, except not I."
30. Eashoa said to him, "Amen, I am telling you, there will come a time,* in this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny* me three times*." 31. However, he said further, that, "Even if I have to die with you, I will not deny you, my Maryah." And likewise all the disciples said.
32. And they came to the place that is called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, "Sit here while I pray."
33. And he took along Keepa [Peter,] James and John, and he began to feel sad* and depressed.
34. And he said to them, "My soul is saddened unto death. Strengthen me thus and keep watch."
35. And he went a distance,* and fell to the ground, and he prayed that if it were possible* for the hour to pass.*
36. And he said, "Father, O, my Father,* everything is possible for you,* pass this cup from me, except not according to my wish, except yours."
37. And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Keepa [Peter,] "Simon, are you sleeping? You could not keep watch for one hour?
38. "Keep watch and pray, so as not to be tested. The Spirit is willing and gracious, except the flesh* is failing*."
39. And he went again and prayed, and he expressed that manifestation.
40. And he returned again and found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy, and they did not know what to tell him.
41. And he came the third time* and said to them, "Sleep henceforth and be restfull. The end has arrived and the hour has come, and, behold, the Son of Man will be betrayed by the hand of sinners.
42. "Rise, let us go, behold, the one who betrays me is approaching."
43. And while he spoke, there came Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, and many people, with swords and clubs, from the chief high priests and scribes and priests.
44. And the betrayor gave signals to [point out] the one he would betray, and he said, "The one that I kiss, it is him, seize him alertly and take him away."
45. And at his appointed time,* he approached and said to him, "Rabbi, Rabbi," and he kissed him.
46. They then threw hands on him and seized him.
47. One of those standing there, broke out the sword and struck the servant of the chief high priest and took off his ear.
48. However, Eashoa replied and said to them, "Like against a criminal you came out against me, with swords and clubs, to seize me?
49. "Every day I was with you, as I taught in the temple and you did not arrest me, except it is so as Scriptures may be confirmed that this is happening."
50. Then his disciples left him and ran.
51. And there was a young man who followed him, and he was barely attired, and they seized him.
52. He left his only outfit* and ran naked.
53. And they took Eashoa to Caiaphas, chief of high priests, and there gathered with him all the chief high priests, and the scribes and priests.
54. Simon, however, followed him at a distance, until [he was] inside the courtyard of the chief priests, and he sat with the clerics* and warmed himself before the fire.*
55. Then the chief high priests and their entire council, sought testimony to condemn Eashoa to death and they could not find it.
56. For while many testified against him, their testimony was not convincing.*
57. However, there rose against him persons, bribed witnesses, and said,
58. "We heard him say, that I will unravel this temple that is built by hands and in three days I will build another that is not made with hands."
59. And neither did this testimony hold up.*
60. And the chief of the high priests stood up in the center and asked Eashoa and said, "You do not return an explanation? Why are they testifying against you?"
61. However, Eashoa remained silent and replied nothing. And the chief of the high priests asked him again, "Are you that Messiah, the Hallowed Son?"
62. Then Eashoa said to him, "I am, and you will see the Son of Man sitting from the right of the Power, and coming over the clouds of heaven."
63. The chief of the high priests then tore his garment, and said, "As of now what do we need witnesses for?
64. "Behold, you have heard the blasphemy from his mouth. Did you not see it?"* They then all judged him deserving of death.*
65. And people began spitting in his face and slapping him,* and pummeled him [with blows,] and said, "Prophesy." And the attendants punched him in the sides.
66. And while Simon was below in the courtyard, one of the young girls of one of the chief high priests came,
67. Saw him warming himself and stared at him, and said to him, "And you too were with Eashoa the Nazarene."
68. He swore and said, "I do not know what you are talking about," and went toward the entryway, and the rooster crowed.
69. And the young girl saw him again, and she began telling those who stood by, "He was also with them."
70. Again he swore, and a little later, again those that stood by said to Keepa [Peter,] "Truly, you are one of them, for you are also Galilean, and your speech is the same.*
71. And he began to curse and swear, "I do not know this man that you talk about."
72. And in that hour,* the rooster crowed two times*, and Simon remembered the manifestation that Eashoa foretold, that before the rooster crows twice, you will blaspheme against me three times, and he began weeping.
Return to index page
*14:9 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Hope in me," or "Testament."
*14:10.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Judas, however, Iscariot."
*14:12 "The Passover."
*14:17 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "And as it was evening."
*14:18 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Dined and chewed."
*14:20 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Whose finger squashes*." [*Figure of speech: the process of hand-dipping bread in stew, soaking and scooping it up into one's mouth.]
*14:21.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Where it is written over him."
*14:21.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Betrayed."
*14:22 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Satiate, this becomes my flesh."
*14:24 Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "New Testament."
*14:25 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Birth."
*14:27 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Reproach," or "disdain."
*14:29 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "If."
*14:30.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "A day will come."
*14:30.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Curse."
*14:30.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Seasons."
*14:33 Lit. Ar. figure of speech: "Turn to wine," or "bitter."
*14:35.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "And he neared a little."
*14:35.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Could."
*14:35.3 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "The hour to pass by."
*14:36.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Abba Avvi."
*14:36.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "You can everything."
*14:38.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Body."
*14:38.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Ill," or "sad."
*14:41 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Seasons."
*14:45 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "After his hour."
*14:52 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "He, however, left his outfit..."
*14:54.2 Lit. Ar. id.: One rung below priests, or deacons.
*14:54 According to my analysis, outside of the religious establishment of the time, not a single member of the Jewish nation was involved in the trial of Eashoa.
*14:56 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Did not lay out, their testimony." Did not pan out.
*14:59 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Lay out."
*14:64.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "What did you see?" Or: "Did you not witnesses it?"
*14:64.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Responsible to death."
*14:65 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Hitting his faces."
*14:70 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Dialect resembles."
*14:72.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression retained: "At that moment."
*14:72.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Seasons."