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JOHN 18:1-25

1. When Jesus had spoken these words, He went forth with His disciples over the ravine of the Kidron, where there was a garden, in which He entered with His disciples. 2. Now Judas also, who was betraying Him, knew the place, for Jesus had often met there with His disciples. 3. Judas then, having received the Roman cohort and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4. So Jesus, knowing all the things that were coming upon Him, went forth and said to them, ``Whom do you seek?" 5. They answered Him, ``Jesus the Nazarene." He said to them, ``I am He. " And Judas also, who was betraying Him, was standing with them. 6. So when He said to them, ``I am He, " they drew back and fell to the ground. 7. Therefore He again asked them, ``Whom do you seek?" And they said, ``Jesus the Nazarene." 8. Jesus answered, ``I told you that I am He; so if you seek Me, let these go their way," 9. to fulfill the word which He spoke, ``Of those whom You have given Me I lost not one." 10. Simon Peter then, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's slave, and cut off his right ear; and the slave's name was Malchus. 11. So Jesus said to Peter, ``Put the sword into the sheath; the cup which the Father has given Me, shall I not drink it?" 12. So the Roman cohort and the commander and the officers of the Jews, arrested Jesus and bound Him, 13. and led Him to Annas first; for he was father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 14. Now Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was expedient for one man to die on behalf of the people. 15. Simon Peter was following Jesus, and so was another disciple. Now that disciple was known to the high priest, and entered with Jesus into the court of the high priest, 16. but Peter was standing at the door outside. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the doorkeeper, and brought Peter in. 17. Then the slave-girl who kept the door said to Peter, ``You are not also one of this man's disciples, are you?" He said, ``I am not." 18. Now the slaves and the officers were standing there, having made a charcoal fire, for it was cold and they were warming themselves; and Peter was also with them, standing and warming himself. 19. The high priest then questioned Jesus about His disciples, and about His teaching. 20. Jesus answered him, ``I have spoken openly to the world; I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together; and I spoke nothing in secret. 21. ``Why do you question Me? Question those who have heard what I spoke to them; they know what I said." 22. When He had said this, one of the officers standing nearby struck Jesus, saying, ``Is that the way You answer the high priest?" 23. Jesus answered him, ``If I have spoken wrongly, testify of the wrong; but if rightly, why do you strike Me?" 24. So Annas sent Him bound to Caiaphas the high priest. 25. Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, ``You are not also one of His disciples, are you?" He denied it, and said, ``I am not." 26. One of the slaves of the high priest, being a relative of the one whose ear Peter cut off, said, ``Did I not see you in the garden with Him?" 27. Peter then denied it again, and immediately a rooster crowed. 28. Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas into the Praetorium, and it was early; and they themselves did not enter into the Praetorium so that they would not be defiled, but might eat the Passover. 29. Therefore Pilate went out to them and said, ``What accusation do you bring against this Man?" 30. They answered and said to him, ``If this Man were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him to you." 31. So Pilate said to them, ``Take Him yourselves, and judge Him according to your law." The Jews said to him, ``We are not permitted to put anyone to death," 32. to fulfill the word of Jesus which He spoke, signifying by what kind of death He was about to die. 33. Therefore Pilate entered again into the Praetorium, and summoned Jesus and said to Him, ``Are You the King of the Jews?" 34. Jesus answered, ``Are you saying this on your own initiative, or did others tell you about Me?" 35. Pilate answered, ``I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests delivered You to me; what have You done?" 36. Jesus answered, ``My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm." 37. Therefore Pilate said to Him, ``So You are a king?" Jesus answered, ``You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice." 38. Pilate said to Him, ``What is truth?" And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews and said to them, ``I find no guilt in Him. 39. ``But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover; do you wish then that I release for you the King of the Jews?" 40. So they cried out again, saying, ``Not this Man, but Barabbas." Now Barabbas was a robber.

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JOHN 19:1-40

1. Pilate then took Jesus and scourged Him. 2. And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and put a purple robe on Him; 3. and they began to come up to Him and say, ``Hail, King of the Jews!" and to give Him slaps in the face. 4. Pilate came out again and said to them, ``Behold, I am bringing Him out to you so that you may know that I find no guilt in Him." 5. Jesus then came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, ``Behold, the Man!" 6. So when the chief priests and the officers saw Him, they cried out saying, ``Crucify, crucify!" Pilate said to them, ``Take Him yourselves and crucify Him, for I find no guilt in Him." 7. The Jews answered him, ``We have a law, and by that law He ought to die because He made Himself out to be the Son of God." 8. Therefore when Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid; 9. and he entered into the Praetorium again and said to Jesus, ``Where are You from?" But Jesus gave him no answer. 10. So Pilate said to Him, ``You do not speak to me? Do You not know that I have authority to release You, and I have authority to crucify You?" 11. Jesus answered, ``You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above; for this reason he who delivered Me to you has the greater sin." 12. As a result of this Pilate made efforts to release Him, but the Jews cried out saying, ``If you release this Man, you are no friend of Caesar; everyone who makes himself out to be a king opposes Caesar." 13. Therefore when Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out, and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Pavement, but in Hebrew, Gabbatha. 14. Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover; it was about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, ``Behold, your King!" 15. So they cried out, ``Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him!" Pilate said to them, ``Shall I crucify your King?" The chief priests answered, ``We have no king but Caesar." 16. So he then handed Him over to them to be crucified. 17. They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. 18. There they crucified Him, and with Him two other men, one on either side, and Jesus in between. 19. Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It was written, ``JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS." 20. Therefore many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Latin and in Greek. 21. So the chief priests of the Jews were saying to Pilate, ``Do not write, `The King of the Jews'; but that He said, `I am King of the Jews.'" 22. Pilate answered, ``What I have written I have written." 23. Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece. 24. So they said to one another, ``Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, to decide whose it shall be"; this was to fulfill the Scripture: ``THEY DIVIDED MY OUTER GARMENTS AMONG THEM, AND FOR MY CLOTHING THEY CAST LOTS." 25. Therefore the soldiers did these things. But standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother, and His mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26. When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, ``Woman, behold, your son!" 27. Then He said to the disciple, ``Behold, your mother!" From that hour the disciple took her into his own household. 28. After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, ``I am thirsty." 29. A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth. 30. Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ``It is finished!" And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. 31. Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32. So the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who was crucified with Him; 33. but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. 34. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. 35. And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe. 36. For these things came to pass to fulfill the Scripture, ``NOT A BONE OF HIM SHALL BE BROKEN." 37. And again another Scripture says, ``THEY SHALL LOOK ON HIM WHOM THEY PIERCE." 38. After these things Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but a secret one for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate granted permission. So he came and took away His body. 39. Nicodemus, who had first come to Him by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds weight. 40. So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen wrappings with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. 41. Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 42. Therefore because of the Jewish day of preparation, since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

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JOHN 20:1-18

1. Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, while it was still dark, and saw the stone already taken away from the tomb. 2. So she ran and came to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ``They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him." 3. So Peter and the other disciple went forth, and they were going to the tomb. 4. The two were running together; and the other disciple ran ahead faster than Peter and came to the tomb first; 5. and stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings lying there; but he did not go in. 6. And so Simon Peter also came, following him, and entered the tomb; and he saw the linen wrappings lying there, 7. and the face-cloth which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself. 8. So the other disciple who had first come to the tomb then also entered, and he saw and believed. 9. For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. 10. So the disciples went away again to their own homes. 11. But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; 12. and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying. 13. And they said to her, ``Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, ``Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him." 14. When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15. Jesus said to her, ``Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?" Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, ``Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away." 16. Jesus said to her, ``Mary!" She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, ``Rabboni!" (which means, Teacher). 17. Jesus said to her, ``Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, `I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.'" 18. Mary Magdalene came, announcing to the disciples, ``I have seen the Lord," and that He had said these things to her.

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MAR

MATTHEW 21:1-11

1. When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2. saying to them, ``Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me. 3. ``If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, `The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them." 4. This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 5. ``SAY TO THE DAUGHTER OF ZION, `BEHOLD YOUR KING IS COMING TO YOU, GENTLE, AND MOUNTED ON A DONKEY, EVEN ON A COLT, THE FOAL OF A BEAST OF BURDEN.'" 6. The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them, 7. and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats. 8. Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. 9. The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, ``Hosanna to the Son of David; BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Hosanna in the highest!" 10. When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, ``Who is this?" 11. And the crowds were saying, ``This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee."

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23

MAR

JOHN 8:48-58

48. The Jews answered and said to Him, ``Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?" 49. Jesus answered, ``I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. 50. ``But I do not seek My glory; there is One who seeks and judges. 51. ``Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he will never see death." 52. The Jews said to Him, ``Now we know that You have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets also; and You say, `If anyone keeps My word, he will never taste of death.' 53. ``Surely You are not greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets died too; whom do You make Yourself out to be? " 54. Jesus answered, ``If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, `He is our God'; 55. and you have not come to know Him, but I know Him; and if I say that I do not know Him, I will be a liar like you, but I do know Him and keep His word. 56. ``Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad." 57. So the Jews said to Him, ``You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?" 58. Jesus said to them, ``Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am."

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16

MAR

JOHN 8:31-47

31. So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, ``If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32. and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." 33. They answered Him, ``We are Abraham's descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, `You will become free'?" 34. Jesus answered them, ``Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. 35. ``The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. 36. ``So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. 37. ``I know that you are Abraham's descendants; yet you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. 38. ``I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your father." 39. They answered and said to Him, ``Abraham is our father." Jesus said to them, ``If you are Abraham's children, do the deeds of Abraham. 40. ``But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do. 41. ``You are doing the deeds of your father." They said to Him, ``We were not born of fornication; we have one Father: God." 42. Jesus said to them, ``If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me. 43. ``Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. 44. ``You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45. ``But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. 46. ``Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? 47. ``He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God."

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9

MAR

JOHN 8:21-30

21. Then He said again to them, ``I go away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come." 22. So the Jews were saying, ``Surely He will not kill Himself, will He, since He says, `Where I am going, you cannot come'?" 23. And He was saying to them, ``You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. 24. ``Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins." 25. So they were saying to Him, ``Who are You?" Jesus said to them, ``What have I been saying to you from the beginning? 26. ``I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and the things which I heard from Him, these I speak to the world." 27. They did not realize that He had been speaking to them about the Father. 28. So Jesus said, ``When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me. 29. ``And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him." 30. As He spoke these things, many came to believe in Him.

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MAR

JOHN 8:12-20

12. Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, ``I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life." 13. So the Pharisees said to Him, ``You are testifying about Yourself; Your testimony is not true." 14. Jesus answered and said to them, ``Even if I testify about Myself, My testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15. ``You judge according to the flesh; I am not judging anyone. 16. ``But even if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone in it, but I and the Father who sent Me. 17. ``Even in your law it has been written that the testimony of two men is true. 18. ``I am He who testifies about Myself, and the Father who sent Me testifies about Me." 19. So they were saying to Him, ``Where is Your Father?" Jesus answered, ``You know neither Me nor My Father; if you knew Me, you would know My Father also." 20. These words He spoke in the treasury, as He taught in the temple; and no one seized Him, because His hour had not yet come.

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24

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LUKE 4:14-21

14. And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district. 15. And He began teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all. 16. And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read. 17. And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written, 18. ``THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, 19. TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD." 20. And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21. And He began to say to them, ``Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."

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