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John 18

1 When Jesus had said these things, he went forth with his disciples over
the brook Cedron, where there was a garden, into which he entered with his

2 And Judas also, who betrayed him, knew the place; because Jesus had
often resorted thither together with his disciples. 

3 Judas therefore having received a band of soldiers and servants from the
chief priests and the Pharisees, cometh thither
with lanterns and torches and weapons. 

4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went
forth, and said to them: Whom seek ye? 

5 They answered him: Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith to them: I am he. And
Judas also, who betrayed him, stood with

6 As soon therefore as he had said to them: I am he; they went backward,
and fell to the ground. 

7 Again therefore he asked them: Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of

8 Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he. If therefore you seek me,
let these go their way. 

9 That the word might be fulfilled which he said: Of them whom thou hast
given me, I have not lost any one. 

10 Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it, and struck the servant of
the high priest, and cut off his right ear. And the name of the servant
was Malchus. 

11 Jesus therefore said to Peter: Put up thy sword into the scabbard. The
chalice which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it? 

12 Then the band and the tribune, and the servants of the Jews, took
Jesus, and bound him: 

13 And they led him away to Annas first, for he was father in law to
Caiphas, who was the high priest of that year. 

14 Now Caiphas was he who had given the counsel to the Jews: That it was
expedient that one man should die for the

15 And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. And that
disciple was known to the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the
court of the high priest. 

16 But Peter stood at the door without. The other disciple therefore, who
was known to the high priest, went out, and spoke to the portress, and
brought in Peter. 

17 The maid therefore that was portress, saith to Peter: Art not thou also
one of this man's disciples? He saith: I am not. 

18 Now the servants and ministers stood at a fire of coals, because it was
cold, and warmed themselves. And with them was Peter also, standing, and
warming himself. 

19 The high priest therefore asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his

20 Jesus answered him: I have spoken openly to the world: I have always
taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither all the Jews resort;
and in secret I have spoken nothing. 

21 Why asketh thou me? ask them who have heard what I have spoken unto
them: behold they know what things I have said. 

22 And when he had said these things, one of the servants standing by,
gave Jesus a blow, saying: Answerest thou the high priest so? 

23 Jesus answered him: If I have spoken evil, give testimony of the evil;
but if well, why strikest thou me? 

24 And Annas sent him bound to Caiphas the high priest. 

25 And Simon Peter was standing, and warming himself. They said therefore
to him: Art not thou also one of his
disciples? He denied it, and said: I am not. 

26 One of the servants of the high priest (a kinsman to him whose ear
Peter cut off) saith to him: Did I not see thee in the
garden with him? 

27 Again therefore Peter denied; and immediately the cock crew. 

28 Then they led Jesus from Caiphas to the governor's hall. And it was
morning; and they went not into the hall, that they
might not be defiled, but that they might eat the pasch. 

29 Pilate therefore went out to them, and said: What accusation bring you
against this man? 

30 They answered, and said to him: If he were not a malefactor, we would
not have delivered him up to thee. 

31 Pilate therefore said to them: Take him you, and judge him according to
your law. The Jews therefore said to him: It is
not lawful for us to put any man to death; 

32 That the word of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he said, signifying
what death he should die. 

33 Pilate therefore went into the hall again, and called Jesus, and said
to him: Art thou the king of the Jews? 

34 Jesus answered: Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or have others told
it thee of me? 

35 Pilate answered: Am I a Jew? Thy own nation, and the chief priests,
have delivered thee up to me: what hast thou

36 Jesus answered: My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of
this world, my servants would certainly
strive that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now my kingdom is
not from hence. 

37 Pilate therefore said to him: Art thou a king then? Jesus answered:
Thou sayest that I am a king. For this was I born,
and for this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the
truth. Every one that is of the truth, heareth my

38 Pilate saith to him: What is truth? And when he said this, he went out
again to the Jews, and saith to them: I find no cause in him. 

39 But you have a custom that I should release one unto you at the pasch:
will you, therefore, that I release unto you the king of the Jews? 

40 Then cried they all again, saying: Not this man, but Barabbas. Now
Barabbas was a robber. 

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