Gospel of John, chapter 18
Betrayal and Arrest in Gethsemane - Before the High Priest - Peter Denies Jesus - Jesus Questioned by the High Priest - Peter Denies Twice More - In Pilate’s Court - Taking the Place of Barabbas
The Gospel of John, chapter 18 These (words) having spoken Jesus he went out with his disciples beyond the brook of Kidron, where there was a garden, into which they entered he and his disciples. Now Judas also knew -the one who betrayed him- the place, for they often met Jesus there also with his disciples. Therefore Judas having received the detachment of troops and from the chief priests and (from) the Pharisees attendants came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Jesus therefore knowing all things that would come upon him, went forward and said to them; Whom are you seeking? They answered him; Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus said to them; I am he. And also stood Judas -who gave him up- with them. Now when he said to them I am he, they drew backward and fell to the ground. Again therefore he asked them; Whom are you seeking? And they said; Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus answered; I have told you that I am he. Therefore if you seek me, let these to go; -that might be fulfilled the saying which he spoke, that (from) those you gave me, I have not lost of them none. Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and struck the high priest’s servant and cut his off the right ear; Now was the name of the servant Malchus. Jesus said then to Peter; put the sword into the sheath; the cup which the Father has given me, should I not drink it? Then the detachment of troops and the captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound him, and they led him away to Annas first; for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. Now it was Caiaphas who advised the Jews that it was bexpedient that one man should perish for the people. Now Simon Peter followed Jesus and (so did) the other disciple. For that disciple was known to the high priest, and entered together with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest; but Peter stood at the door outside. He went out therefore the disciple the other one, who was known to the high priest, and spoke to her the doorkeeper, and brought Peter in. Says then the servant girl the doorkeeper to Peter; Are you not also one of the disciples of this man? Said he; I am not. Now they stood there the servants and the officers who had made a coal fire, for it was cold, and they warmed themselves; Now Peter stood with them and warmed himself. Then the high priest asked Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching. Jesus answered him; I spoke openly to the world; I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where always the Jews meet, and in secret I have said nothing. Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard what I said to them; Indeed they know what I said. And when He had said these things one of the officers who stood by slapped Jesus saying; like that do you answer the high priest? Jesus answered him; If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil; but if well, why do you strike me? Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest. Now Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. Therefore they said to him; Are you not also one of his disciples? He denied it and said; I am not. Said one of the servants of the high priest, a relative of him whose Peter cut off the ear; did I not see you in the garden with him? Then again Peter denied, and immediately a rooster crowed. Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the praetorium; and it was (early) morning; but they themselves did not enter in the praetorium, lest they should be defiled, but that they might eat the passover. Pilate then went out to them and said; What accusation do you bring against this man? They answered and said to him; If he were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered him up to you. Then Pilate said to them; You take him and according to your law judge him. They said to him therefore the Jews; it is not lawful for us to kill anyone; that the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled which he spoke signifying by what death he would die. Then he entered into the praetorium again Pilate and called Jesus and said to him; Are you the king of the Jews? Jesus answered him; for yourself are you saying this or did others tell you (this) concerning me? Pilate answered; am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you to me; what have you done? Jesus answered; my kingdom is not of this world; if of this world it were my kingdom, then my servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now my kingdom is not from here. Therefore Pilate said to him; are you a king then? Jesus answered; You say that a king I am. For this cause I was born and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice. Pilate said to him; What is truth? and this having said he went out again to the Jews and said to them; I find no fault in him; but there is a custom with you that I should release someone to you at the passover; do you want me then to release to you the King of the Jews? Then they cried again all saying; not this Man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a criminal.