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Chapter 18

Yes Word (Tyndale-Modern English)


      When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden into the which he entered with his disciples. Judas also which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus often times resorted thither with his disciples. Judas then after he had received a bond of men, and ministers of the high Priests and Pharisees, came thither with lanterns and firebrands and weapons. Then Jesus knowing all things that should come on him, went forth and said unto them: whom seek ye? They answered him: Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus said unto them: I am he. Judas also which betrayed him, stood with them. But as soon as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backwards and fell to the ground. And he asked them again: whom seek ye? They said: Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus answered: I said unto you, I am he. If ye seek me, let these go their way. That the saying might be fulfilled which he spake: of them which thou gavest me, have I not lost one.
      Simon Peter had a sword, and drew it, and smote the high priests servant, and cut off his right ear. The servants name was Malchus. Then said Jesus unto Peter: put up thy sword into the sheath: shall I not drink of the cup which my father hath given me. Then the company and the Captain, and the ministers of the Jewes took Jesus and bound him, and led him away to Anna first: For he was father in law unto Caiphas which was the high Priest that same year. Caiphas was he that gave counsel to the Jewes, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.
      And Simon Peter followed Jesus and another disciple: that disciple was known of the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high Priest. But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple which was known unto the high priest, and spake to the damsel that kept the door, and brought in Peter. Then said the damsel that kept the door, unto Peter: Art not thou one of this mans disciples? He said: I am not. The servants and the ministers stood there, and had made a fire of coals: for it was cold and they warmed themselves. Peter also stood among them and warmed himself.
      The high priest asked Jesus of his disciples and of his doctrine. Jesus answered him: I spake openly in the world. I ever taught in the Synagogue and in the temple whither all the Jewes resorted, and in secret have I said nothing: Why askest thou me? Ask them which heard me, what I said unto them. Behold they can tell what I said. When he had thus spoken, one of the ministers which stood by, smote Jesus on the face saying: answerest thou the high priest so? Jesus answered him. If I have evil spoken, bear witness of the evil: if I have well spoken, why smitest thou me? And Annas sent him bound unto Caiphas the high priest.
      Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. And they said unto him: art not thou also one of his disciples? He denied it, and said: I am not. One of the servants of the high priest (his cousin whose ear Peter smote off ) said unto him: did not I see thee in the garden with him? Peter denied again: and immediately the cock crew. Then led they Jesus from Caiphas into the hall of judgement. It was in the morning, and they themselves went not into the judgement hall lest they should be defiled, but that they might eat the paschal lamb. Pilate then went out unto them and said: what accusation bring ye against this man? They answered and said unto him. If he were not an evil doer we would not have delivered him unto thee. Then said Pilate unto them: take ye him and judge him after your own law. Then the Jewes said unto him. It is not lawful for us to put any man to death. That the words of Jesus might be fulfilled which he spake, signifying what death he should die.
      Then Pilate entered into the judgement hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him: art thou the king of the Jewes? Jesus answered: sayest thou that of thyself, or did other tell it thee of me? Pilate answered: Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and high priests have delivered thee unto me. What hast thou done? Jesus answered: my kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world then would my ministers surely fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jewes, but now is my kingdom not from hence. Pilate said unto him: Art thou a king then? Jesus answered: Thou sayest that I am a king. For this cause was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. And all that are of the truth hear my voice. Pilate said unto him: what thing is truth? And when he had said that, he went out again unto the Jewes, and said unto them: I find in him no cause at all. Ye have a custom, that I should deliver you one loose at *ester. Will ye that I loose unto you the king of the Jewes? Then cried they all again saying: Not him but Barabas: that Barabas was a robber.

*ester: exact spelling, maybe the feast of sweet bread.

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