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The Plot to kill Yehoshua
(Mark 14:1,2; Luke 22:1,2; Yochanan 11:45-53)
26:1 Now it came to pass, when Yehoshua (יהושע) had finished all these sayings, that He said to His talmidim,
26:2 "You know that after two days is the Pesach, and BEN haADAM will be delivered up to be impaled."
26:3 Then the Rashei (Chief) HaKohenim, sofrim, and Zekenim (elders) of the people assembled at the palace of Kohen ha gadol, who was called Kayafah,
26:4 and plotted to take Yehoshua (יהושע) by trickery and kill Him.
26:5 But they said, "Not during the Chag (feast), lest there be an uproar among the people."
The Anointing at Beit Anyah
26:6 And when Yehoshua (יהושע) was in Beit Anyah (ar. house of dates) at the house of Shim'on the man who had tzara'at (leper),
26:7 A woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly shemen (oilment), and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table.
26:8 But when His talmidim saw it, they were indignant, saying, "Why this waste?
26:9 For this shemen (oilment) might have been sold for much and given to the poor."
26:10 But when Yehoshua (יהושע) was aware of it, He said to them, "Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me.
26:11 For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always.
26:12 For in pouring this shemen (oilment) on My body, she did it for My burial.
26:13 Truly I say to you:
Wherever this good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a zikkaron (זכּרון ) to her."
Yehudah K'riot agrees to betray Yehoshua
(Mark 14:10, 11; Luke 22:3-6)
26:14 Then one of the twelve, called Yehudah K'riot, went to the Rashei (Chief) haKohenim
26:15 and said, "What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?" And they counted out to him sheloshim shiklei kesef (thirty pieces of silver).
26:16 So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.
celebrated haPesach His Talmidim
(Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:7-13)
26:17 Now on the first day of the Chag Matzot lechem the talmidim came to Yehoshua (יהושע), saying to Him,
"Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Pesach?"
26:18 And He said, "Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, 'The Teacher says, "My time is at hand; I will keep the Pesach at your house with My talmidim." ' "
26:19 So the talmidim did as Yehoshua (יהושע) had directed them; and they prepared the Pesach.
26:20 When evening had come, He sat down with the twelve.
26:21 And as they did eat, He said:
"Truly I say to you:
one of you will betray Me."
26:22 And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and each of them began to say to Him, "Adonay, is it I?"
26:23 He answered and said, "He who dipped his hand with Me in the dish will betray Me.
26:24 BEN haADAM indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom BEN ha ADAM is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born."
Yehudah, who was betraying Him, answered and said,
Yehoshua Institutes Adonay's meal
26:26 And as they were eating, Yehoshua (יהושע) took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the talmidim and said, "Take, eat; this is My body."
26:27 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you.
26:28 For this is My blood of the Brit Hadashah (new covenant), which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
26:29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom."
26:30 And when they had sung the Hallel, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Yehoshua predicts Kefa's Denial
26:31 Then Yehoshua (יהושע) said to them, "All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for as it is written: 'I will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.' Zec 13:7
26:32 But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galil."
26:33 Kefa answered and said to Him, "Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble."
26:34 Yehoshua (יהושע) said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times."
26:35 Kefa said to Him, "Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!" And so said all the talmidim.
The Prayer in the Garden
26:36 Then Yehoshua (יהושע) came with them to a place called Gat-shemenim, and said to the talmidim, "Sit here while I go and pray over there."
26:37 And He took with Him Kefa and the two banim Zavdai, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed.
26:38 Then He said to them, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me."
26:39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, "O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will."
26:40 Then He came to the talmidim and found them sleeping, and said to Kefa, "What! Could you not watch with Me one hour?
26:41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
26:42 Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, "O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done."
26:43 And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.
26:44 So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
26:45 Then He came to His talmidim and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand, and BEN haADAM is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.
26:46 Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand."
Betrayal and Arrest in Gat Shemenim
26:47 And while He was still speaking, behold, Yehudah, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the Rashei (Chief) haKohenim and Ziknei haAm .
26:48 Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, "Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him."
26:49 Immediately he went up to Yehoshua (יהושע) and said, "Shalom, Rebbe!" and kissed Him.
26:50 But Yehoshua (יהושע) said to him, "Friend, why have you come?" Then they came and laid hands on Yehoshua (יהושע) and took Him.
26:51 And suddenly, one of those who were with Yehoshua (יהושע) stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of Kohen hagadol, and cut off his ear.
26:52 But Yehoshua (יהושע) said to him, "Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.
26:53 Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of malakhim?
26:54 How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?"
26:55 In that hour Yehoshua (יהושע) said to the multitudes, "Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me? I sat daily with you, teaching in the temple, and you did not seize Me.
26:56 But all this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled." Then all the talmidim forsook Him and fled.
Yehoshua faces the Sanhedrin
26:57 And those who had laid hold of Yehoshua (יהושע) led Him away to Kayafah Kohen hagadol, where sofrim and Zekenim (elders) were assembled.
26:58 But Kefa followed Him at a distance to Kohen ha gadol's courtyard. And he went in and sat with the servants to see the end.
26:59 Now the Rashei (Chief) haKohenim, Zekenim (elders), and all the council sought false testimony against Yehoshua (יהושע) to put Him to death,
26:60 but found none. Even though many false witnesses came forward, they found none. But at last two false witnesses came forward
26:61 and said, "This fellow said, 'I am able to destroy the temple of Elohim and to build it in three days.' "
26:62 And Kohen hagadol arose and said to Him, "Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?"
26:63 But Yehoshua (יהושע) kept silent. And Kohen ha gadol answered and said to Him, "I put You under oath by the living Elohim: Tell us if You are the Mashiach, Ben Elohim!"
26:64 Yehoshua (יהושע) said to him, "It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see BEN haADAM sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven."
26:65 Then Kohen hagadol rent his clothes, saying,
"He has spoken blasphemy!
What further need do we have of witnesses?
Look, now you have heard His blasphemy!
26:66 What do you think?" They answered and said, "He is deserving of death."
26:67 Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and others struck Him with the palms of their hands,
26:68 saying, "Prophesy to us, Mashiach! Who is the one who struck You?"
Kefa denies Yehoshua n wept bitterly
26:69 Now Kefa sat outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came to him, saying, "You also were with Yehoshua (יהושע) of Galil."
26:70 But he denied it before them all, saying, "I do not know what you are saying."
26:71 And when he had gone out to the gateway, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, "This fellow also was with Yehoshua (יהושע) of Natzeret!"
26:72 But again he denied with an oath, "I do not know the Man!"
26:73 And a little later those who stood by came up and said to Kefa, "Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you."
26:74 Then he began to curse and swear, saying, "I do not know the Man!" Immediately a rooster crowed.
26:75 And Kefa remembered the word of Yehoshua (יהושע) who had said to him, "Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." So he went out and wept bitterly.
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Kaiafas was the surname of Yosef, a son-in-law of Annas (compare Yochanan 18:13)
The way to get to Gat-Šhemânim
Kefa denied Mashiach before:
(1) a young woman "I don't know what you're talking about!" (Matityahu 26:69-70; Markos 14:66-68);
(2) another girl (Matityahu 26:71-72; Markos 14:69-70);
(3) the crowd that stood by (Matityahu 26:73-74; Markos 14:70-71);
(4) a man (Loukas 22:58);
(5) another man (Loukas 22:59-60);
(6) a servant of the Kohan hagadol (Yochanan 18:26-27).