Contention over Mary’s anointing of Yeshua – Judas betrays Yeshua – Preparations
for the Last Supper – Betrayer: “Lord, is it I?” – The bread and wine – The washing
of feet – Yeshua foretells his death – Promise of the Holy Spirit – The commandment
to love – Yeshua foretells the three denials of Cephas
1 Then came Yeshua unto Bethany, and the disciples prepared for the Lord a supper,
and Martha served.
2 And Mary took a pound of ointment precious and costly, made from the oil of frankincense
and myrrh, and began to anoint the head of the Master; and the sweet odor of it filled
the whole house.
3 But when certain of the disciples saw this, they were filled with indignation
and they spoke against her, saying: “To what purpose is this waste made?
4 For this ointment might have been sold for much gain, and the money given to the
5 And Judas of Kerioth, having been given charge over the purse, leaned near unto
the Lord and spoke, saying: “True, Lord, this ointment could have been sold for three
hundred pence, and given to the poor.”
6 But the Lord answered all of them, saying: “Leave this my Beloved alone, for she
has done unto me a good work; for against the day of my burying has she kept this.
7 Whosoever has ears to hear, let them hear and understand; for the poor you have
with you always, but me you have not always.
8 I tell you truly that wheresoever the word of my gospel shall go forth into the
world, there shall be spoken of this woman also of her love for me; and this shall
be as a memorial unto her.”
9 Now when it was evening, Judas went forth unto Caiaphas to betray the Lord; for
he believed that if the Lord should be taken by force, then would he surely proclaim
himself the son of David:
10 To take unto himself the throne of power whereby he might establish Israel in
11 And when it was agreed, Caiaphas gave unto Judas thirty pieces of silver; but
Judas would not take it unto himself, saying: “Will you think that I betray the Master
for money’s sake?”
12 But Caiaphas answering deceitfully, spoke unto him, saying: “Not so Judas, for
this I give you as a gift to the poor.”
13 So Judas took the thirty pieces of silver and returned unto the Lord, and when
the Master beheld Judas drawing near, he spoke, saying: “Behold, the Son of Man is
betrayed into the hands of sinners.”
14 And all which heard were filled with trouble, for they knew not what the saying
meant. And Mary, being overcome with sorrow, wept many tears.
15 Now on the second day before the Passover, Cephas came unto the Lord, and with
him the apostles also, and he spoke, saying: “Good Master, the morrow of the Passover
is near; where then would you have us to prepare the Passover meal?”
16 The Lord answered them, saying: “Go into Jerusalem, unto Uzziah’s well and there
will you see a man carrying upon his head a water pot; and when you have found him
follow him unto his house.
17 And when he would enter in, speak unto him, saying: ‘The Master has said: Where
is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples; for, behold, my
time is at hand.’”
18 So Cephas, taking James and John with him, went into the city and did all which
the Master had appointed him to do; and they did make ready the Passover for the
19 And when it was evening, the Lord gathered in the upper room of the house, the
apostles and disciples; and as they ate, the Lord spoke unto them, saying:
20 “I tell you truly, that there is one among you which has already set forth his
hand to betray me.”
21 And all which were in the room, when they heard this, were filled with exceeding
sorrow; and they began to say unto him: “Lord, Lord, is it I?”
22 And he answered them which were near, saying: “He it is that dips his bread
with me in the dish; the same shall betray me.”
23 And the Lord, taking a piece of bread, dipped it into the dish, and while he
dipped, Judas reached forth to dip also, saying: “Lord, is it I?”
24 The Lord answered him, saying: “You have rightly said. Whatsoever, therefore,
you have set your hand to do, that do quickly.”
25 So Judas, rising from his place, went out from the Lord, and they which were
in the room wondered because of it; and in the night did Judas go unto Caiaphas.
26 Then Yeshua, knowing that his hour was come when he must depart out of this world
to go unto the Father; having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them
unto the very end.
27 And knowing also that the Father had placed in him all authority, and that he
was come from God, and should again go unto him;
28 He arose from the table, and standing before the whole house, he took bread and
blessed it and broke it in pieces to give unto the disciples; and knowing that all
eyes were upon him, he spoke, saying:
29 “Eagerly have I desired to eat with you the Passover meal. For I tell you truly,
that I shall not eat again the bread of this life until the kingdom of God descend
upon you. Take, therefore, of this bread and eat of it.”
30 And taking up the cup of wine he raised it before them to bless, and the Lord
spoke again unto them, saying:
31 “Take of this and drink of it among yourselves; for I tell you truly that I will
not drink again of the fruit of the vine, till the kingdom of God come within you.
32 For as oft as you eat of this bread and drink of this cup, do so in remembrance
of me; that you may receive unto your soul a fullness of life and joy forever.”
33 Now when the Lord had said these things, he laid aside his garments; and taking
a towel, he covered his nakedness.
34 And after he had poured water into a basin, he began to wash the apostle’s feet,
and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
35 But when he was come unto Cephas, he rebuked the Lord, saying: “Lord, will you
wash my feet like a servant?”
36 Yeshua answered him, saying: “What I do now you know not of, but hereafter you
shall know full well.”
37 Cephas answered him, saying: “Lord, you shall never wash my feet!” The Lord
answered him, saying: “Cephas, if I wash not your feet, then you will have no part
38 When Cephas heard this he repented, saying: “Then, Lord, wash not my feet only,
but my hands and my head.”
39 Then did the Lord answer him, saying: “He that is washed already has no need
but to wash his feet, and is clean every whit.”
40 Now when the Lord had washed the feet of the apostles, he came unto the seven
women whom Miriam his mother had chosen and anointed to minister unto him, and he
likewise washed their feet also.
41 And when he was completed, then did he command that the apostles and the women
should also wash the feet of all the others which were gathered in the room unto
42 And when they were completed, the Lord spoke unto them, saying: “Know you what
I have done for your sake? You call me Master and Lord: and you say well, for so
43 If I then being both Lord and Master unto you have washed your feet, then ought
you also to wash one another’s feet.
44 For I have given you an example that you should do as I have done unto you; by
this shall all men know that you are my disciples.
45 Truly I say unto you that the servant is not greater than his Lord; neither is
he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
46 If you know these things to do them, then shall you dwell joyfully in the bosom
of your Lord, having fulfilled all righteousness.
47 I know whom I have chosen; yet have I told you also that there is one among you
which has lifted up his hand against me.
48 And many which are among you shall be offended this night because of me, and
others shall tremble and flee away because of fear.
49 For it is written: Against the shepherd shall the wicked strike, against my Anointed
shall the ungodly rage, and the sheep of his flock shall be scattered abroad.
50 But now is the Son of Man glorified; and God is glorified also. And if the Father
and the Son be glorified, then shall you also be glorified in me.
51 I tell you truly that whosoever shall receive unto themselves the one which is
come from me, the same shall receive me also; and whosoever receives me, the same
has received unto his soul already the one that sent me.
52 Little children, yet a little while am I with you. And you shall seek me but
will not find me; for the place unto which I go, you cannot come.
53 Do not fear little flock, for I will not leave you comfortless, for I will come
unto you: for wheresoever two or more are gathered together in my name, there am
I in the midst of them.
54 And I will pray unto the Father, and he shall send unto you the Comforter, that
the Spirit might abide with you forever.
55 I have yet many things to say unto you, but you cannot bear them now. But when
the Comforter is come, even the Spirit of Truth, she will guide you in all things.
56 For the Spirit shall speak not of itself, but whatsoever she shall hear from
above, even that will she speak unto you; and she will show you all things which
are to come.
57 A new commandment will I give unto you which is preferred above all others; that
you love one another even as I have loved you; by this shall all men know that you
are my disciples, if you have love one for another.
58 Whosoever hears this commandment to keep it, he it is that loves me; and he that
loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him and will manifest myself
59 So spoke Yeshua the Beloved, and one of the disciples asked him, saying: “Lord,
how will you manifest yourself unto us, and not unto the world?”
60 And the Lord answered him, saying: “If any man love me, he will keep my words;
and my Father will love him for righteousness sake, and we will come unto him, and
make our abode with him.
61 But they which love me not keep not my sayings: and the love of the Father is
far from them, neither will we come forth unto them.
62 These things have I spoke unto you while I am yet with you. If, therefore, you
would love me, then keep my commandments.”
63 And Cephas, being overwrought because of the things which the Lord had spoken,
said unto the Lord: “Master, where are you going that we cannot follow after you?”
64 Yeshua answered him, saying: “Cephas, where I go you cannot come now; but you
shall follow me hereafter; for I must first ascend unto the one which sent me, then
shall I come again unto you.”
65 Cephas said unto the Lord: “Master, why can’t I follow after you now? Behold,
I would lay down my life for your sake.”
66 When the Lord heard this, he grew sorrowful, and he spoke unto him, saying: “Will
you lay down your life for my sake, Cephas? I tell you truly, the cock shall not
crow till you have denied me three times.”
67 And looking upon all which were gathered in the room, the Lord spoke unto them,
68 “I tell you truly that before the rising of the sun, you shall all weep and lament
for my sake; but the world shall rejoice.
69 And you shall be filled with sorrow; but do not fear, I shall turn your sorrows
into joy. Come now and let us go hence.”
70 Then said Thomas Didymus unto the twelve, “Come, let us also go, that we may
die with him.” But the apostles when they heard this, trembled with fear because
71 And going out of the room, they went unto the Mount of Olives, and entering in,
the Lord drew himself away unto the Garden of Gethsemane to pray.