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John 18 (ESV)
1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered.
2 Now Judas,
who betrayed him,
also knew the place,
for Jesus often met there with his disciples.
3 So Judas,
a band of soldiers
and some officers from
the chief priests
and the Pharisees,
went there with
4 Then Jesus,
knowing all that would happen to him,
came forward and said to them,
“Whom do you seek?”
5 They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.”
Jesus said to them, “I am he.”
Judas, who betrayed him,
was standing with them.
6 When Jesus said to them, “I am he,”
they drew back and fell to the ground.
7 So he asked them again, “Whom do you seek?”
And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”
8 Jesus answered,
“I told you that I am he.
if you seek me,
let these men go.”
9 This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken:
“Of those whom you gave me
I have lost not one.”
10 Then Simon Peter,
having a sword,
the high priest’s servant
and cut off his right ear.
(The servant’s name was Malchus.)
11 So Jesus said to Peter,
“Put your sword into its sheath;
shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?”
the band of soldiers and their captain
and the officers of the Jews
arrested Jesus and bound him.
13 First they led him to Annas,
he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas,
who was high priest that year.
14 It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews
that it would be expedient
that one man should die for the people.
15 Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple.
Since that disciple was known to the high priest,
into the courtyard of the high priest,
16 but Peter stood outside at the door.
So the other disciple,
who was known to the high priest,
went out and spoke to the servant girl who kept watch at the door, and brought Peter in.
17 The servant girl at the door said to Peter,
“You also are not one of this man’s disciples, are you?”
He said, “I am not.”
18 Now the servants and officers had made a charcoal fire,
because it was cold,
and they were standing and warming themselves.
Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself.
19 The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching.
20 Jesus answered him,
“I have spoken openly to the world.
I have always taught
and in the temple,
where all Jews come together.
I have said nothing in secret.
21 Why do you ask me?
Ask those who have heard me what I said to them; they know what I said.”
22 When he had said these things, one of the officers standing by struck Jesus with his hand, saying,
“Is that how you answer the high priest?”
23 Jesus answered him,
“If what I said is wrong,
bear witness about the wrong;
but if what I said is right,
why do you strike me?”
24 Annas then sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.
25 Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself.
So they said to him, “You also are not one of his disciples, are you?”
He denied it and said, “I am not.”
26 One of the servants of the high priest,
a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off,
“Did I not see you in the garden with him?”
27 Peter again
and at once a rooster crowed.
28 Then they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the governor’s headquarters.
It was early morning.
did not enter the governor’s headquarters,
they would not be defiled,
but could eat the Passover.
29 So Pilate went outside to them and said,
“What accusation do you bring against this man?”
30 They answered him,
“If this man
were not doing evil,
we would not have delivered him over to you.”
31 Pilate said to them,
“Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.”
The Jews said to him,
“It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death.”
32 This was to fulfill the word that Jesus had spoken to show by what kind of death he was going to die.
33 So Pilate
entered his headquarters again
and called Jesus and said to him,
“Are you the King of the Jews?”
34 Jesus answered,
“Do you say this of your own accord,
or did others say it to you about me?”
35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew?
and the chief priests
have delivered you over to me.
What have you done?”
36 Jesus answered,
“My kingdom is not of this world.
If my kingdom were of this world,
my servants would have been fighting,
that I might not be delivered over to the Jews.
But my kingdom is not from the world.”
37 Then Pilate said to him,
“So you are a king?”
“You say that I am a king.