1And the LORD said to Moses,
2"The following instructions are for those seeking ceremonial purification from a skin disease.* Those who have been healed must be brought to the priest,
3who will examine them at a place outside the camp. If the priest finds that someone has been healed of a serious skin disease,
4he will perform a purification ceremony, using two live birds that are ceremonially clean, a stick of cedar,* some scarlet yarn, and a hyssop branch.
5The priest will order that one bird be slaughtered over a clay pot filled with fresh water.
6He will take the live bird, the cedar stick, the scarlet yarn, and the hyssop branch, and dip them into the blood of the bird that was slaughtered over the fresh water.
7The priest will then sprinkle the blood of the dead bird seven times on the person being purified of the skin disease. When the priest has purified the person, he will release the live bird in the open field to fly away.
8"The persons being purified must then wash their clothes, shave off all their hair, and bathe themselves in water. Then they will be ceremonially clean and may return to the camp. However, they must remain outside their tents for seven days.
9On the seventh day they must again shave all the hair from their heads, including the hair of the beard and eyebrows. They must also wash their clothes and bathe themselves in water. Then they will be ceremonially clean.
10"On the eighth day each person being purified must bring two male lambs and a one-year-old female lamb, all with no defects, along with a grain offering of six quarts* of choice flour moistened with olive oil, and a cup* of olive oil.
11Then the officiating priest will present that person for purification, along with the offerings, before the LORD at the entrance of the Tabernacle.*
12The priest will take one of the male lambs and the olive oil and present them as a guilt offering, lifting them up as a special offering before the LORD.
13He will then slaughter the male lamb in the sacred area where sin offerings and burnt offerings are slaughtered. As with the sin offering, the guilt offering belongs to the priest. It is a most holy offering.
14The priest will then take some of the blood of the guilt offering and apply it to the lobe of the right ear, the thumb of the right hand, and the big toe of the right foot of the person being purified.
15"Then the priest will pour some of the olive oil into the palm of his own left hand.
16He will dip his right finger into the oil in his palm and sprinkle some of it with his finger seven times before the LORD.
17The priest will then apply some of the oil in his palm over the blood from the guilt offering that is on the lobe of the right ear, the thumb of the right hand, and the big toe of the right foot of the person being purified.
18The priest will apply the oil remaining in his hand to the head of the person being purified. Through this process, the priest will purify* the person before the LORD.
19"Then the priest must present the sin offering to purify the person who was cured of the skin disease. After that, the priest will slaughter the burnt offering
20and offer it on the altar along with the grain offering. Through this process, the priest will purify the person who was healed, and the person will be ceremonially clean.
21"But anyone who is too poor and cannot afford these offerings may bring one male lamb for a guilt offering, to be lifted up as a special offering for purification. The person must also bring two quarts* of choice flour moistened with olive oil for the grain offering and a cup of olive oil.
22The offering must also include two turtledoves or two young pigeons, whichever the person can afford. One of the pair must be used for the sin offering and the other for a burnt offering.
23On the eighth day of the purification ceremony, the person being purified must bring the offerings to the priest in the LORD's presence at the entrance of the Tabernacle.
24The priest will take the lamb for the guilt offering, along with the olive oil, and lift them up as a special offering to the LORD.
25Then the priest will slaughter the lamb for the guilt offering. He will take some of its blood and apply it to the lobe of the right ear, the thumb of the right hand, and the big toe of the right foot of the person being purified.
26"The priest will also pour some of the olive oil into the palm of his own left hand.
27He will dip his right finger into the oil in his palm and sprinkle some of it seven times before the LORD.
28The priest will then apply some of the oil in his palm over the blood from the guilt offering that is on the lobe of the right ear, the thumb of the right hand, and the big toe of the right foot of the person being purified.
29The priest will apply the oil remaining in his hand to the head of the person being purified. Through this process, the priest will purify the person before the LORD.
30"Then the priest will offer the two turtledoves or the two young pigeons, whichever the person can afford.
31One of them is for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering, to be presented along with the grain offering. Through this process, the priest will purify the person before the LORD.
32These are the instructions for purification for those who have recovered from a serious skin disease but who cannot afford to bring the offerings normally required for the ceremony of purification."
33Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron,
34"When you arrive in Canaan, the land I am giving you as your own possession, I may contaminate some of the houses in your land with mildew.*
35The owner of such a house must then go to the priest and say, `It appears that my house has some kind of mildew.'
36Before the priest goes in to inspect the house, he must have the house emptied so nothing inside will be pronounced ceremonially unclean.
37Then the priest will go in and examine the mildew on the walls. If he finds greenish or reddish streaks and the contamination appears to go deeper than the wall's surface,
38the priest will step outside the door and put the house in quarantine for seven days.
39On the seventh day the priest must return for another inspection. If he finds that the mildew on the walls of the house has spread,
40the priest must order that the stones from those areas be removed. The contaminated material will then be taken outside the town to an area designated as ceremonially unclean.
41Next the inside walls of the entire house must be scraped thoroughly and the scrapings dumped in the unclean place outside the town.
42Other stones will be brought in to replace the ones that were removed, and the walls will be replastered.
43"But if the mildew reappears after all the stones have been replaced and the house has been scraped and replastered,
44the priest must return and inspect the house again. If he finds that the mildew has spread, the walls are clearly contaminated with a serious mildew, and the house is defiled.
45It must be torn down, and all its stones, timbers, and plaster must be carried out of town to the place designated as ceremonially unclean.
46Those who enter the house during the period of quarantine will be ceremonially unclean until evening,
47and all who sleep or eat in the house must wash their clothing.
48"But if the priest returns for his inspection and finds that the mildew has not reappeared in the house after the fresh plastering, he will pronounce it clean because the mildew is clearly gone.
49To purify the house the priest must take two birds, a stick of cedar, some scarlet yarn, and a hyssop branch.
50He will slaughter one of the birds over a clay pot filled with fresh water.
51He will take the cedar stick, the hyssop branch, the scarlet yarn, and the live bird, and dip them into the blood of the slaughtered bird and into the fresh water. Then he will sprinkle the house seven times.
52When the priest has purified the house in exactly this way,
53he will release the live bird in the open fields outside the town. Through this process, the priest will purify the house, and it will be ceremonially clean.
54"These are the instructions for dealing with serious skin diseases,* including scabby sores;
55and mildew,* whether on clothing or in a house;
56and a swelling on the skin, a rash, or discolored skin.
57This procedure will determine whether a person or object is ceremonially clean or unclean.
"These are the instructions regarding skin diseases and mildew."
1When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples,
2"As you know, Passover begins in two days, and the Son of Man* will be handed over to be crucified."
3At that same time the leading priests and elders were meeting at the residence of Caiaphas, the high priest,
4plotting how to capture Jesus secretly and kill him.
5"But not during the Passover celebration," they agreed, "or the people may riot."
6Meanwhile, Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had previously had leprosy.
7While he was eating,* a woman came in with a beautiful alabaster jar of expensive perfume and poured it over his head.
8The disciples were indignant when they saw this. "What a waste!" they said.
9"It could have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor."
10But Jesus, aware of this, replied, "Why criticize this woman for doing such a good thing to me?
11You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.
12She has poured this perfume on me to prepare my body for burial.
13I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman's deed will be remembered and discussed."
14Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests
15and asked, "How much will you pay me to betray Jesus to you?" And they gave him thirty pieces of silver.
16From that time on, Judas began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus.
17On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Where do you want us to prepare the Passover meal for you?"
18"As you go into the city," he told them, "you will see a certain man. Tell him, `The Teacher says: My time has come, and I will eat the Passover meal with my disciples at your house.'"
19So the disciples did as Jesus told them and prepared the Passover meal there.
20When it was evening, Jesus sat down at the table* with the twelve disciples.*
21While they were eating, he said, "I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me."
22Greatly distressed, each one asked in turn, "Am I the one, Lord?"
23He replied, "One of you who has just eaten from this bowl with me will betray me.
24For the Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago. But how terrible it will be for the one who betrays him. It would be far better for that man if he had never been born!"
25Judas, the one who would betray him, also asked, "Rabbi, am I the one?"
And Jesus told him, "You have said it."
26As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, "Take this and eat it, for this is my body."
27And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, "Each of you drink from it,
28for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant* between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.
29Mark my words—I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father's Kingdom."
30Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.
31On the way, Jesus told them, "Tonight all of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say,
`God will strike* the Shepherd,
and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.'
32But after I have been raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there."
33Peter declared, "Even if everyone else deserts you, I will never desert you."
34Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me."
35"No!" Peter insisted. "Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!" And all the other disciples vowed the same.
36Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, "Sit here while I go over there to pray."
37He took Peter and Zebedee's two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed.
38He told them, "My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me."
39He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, "My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine."
40Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, "Couldn't you watch with me even one hour?
41Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!"
42Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, "My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away* unless I drink it, your will be done."
43When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn't keep their eyes open.
44So he went to pray a third time, saying the same things again.
45Then he came to the disciples and said, "Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But look—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
46Up, let's be going. Look, my betrayer is here!"
47And even as Jesus said this, Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived with a crowd of men armed with swords and clubs. They had been sent by the leading priests and elders of the people.
48The traitor, Judas, had given them a prearranged signal: "You will know which one to arrest when I greet him with a kiss."
49So Judas came straight to Jesus. "Greetings, Rabbi!" he exclaimed and gave him the kiss.
50Jesus said, "My friend, go ahead and do what you have come for."
Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him.
51But one of the men with Jesus pulled out his sword and struck the high priest's slave, slashing off his ear.
52"Put away your sword," Jesus told him. "Those who use the sword will die by the sword.
53Don't you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands* of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly?
54But if I did, how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that describe what must happen now?"
55Then Jesus said to the crowd, "Am I some dangerous revolutionary, that you come with swords and clubs to arrest me? Why didn't you arrest me in the Temple? I was there teaching every day.
56But this is all happening to fulfill the words of the prophets as recorded in the Scriptures." At that point, all the disciples deserted him and fled.
57Then the people who had arrested Jesus led him to the home of Caiaphas, the high priest, where the teachers of religious law and the elders had gathered.
58Meanwhile, Peter followed him at a distance and came to the high priest's courtyard. He went in and sat with the guards and waited to see how it would all end.
59Inside, the leading priests and the entire high council* were trying to find witnesses who would lie about Jesus, so they could put him to death.
60But even though they found many who agreed to give false witness, they could not use anyone's testimony. Finally, two men came forward
61who declared, "This man said, `I am able to destroy the Temple of God and rebuild it in three days.'"
62Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, "Well, aren't you going to answer these charges? What do you have to say for yourself?"
63But Jesus remained silent. Then the high priest said to him, "I demand in the name of the living God—tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God."
64Jesus replied, "You have said it. And in the future you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God's right hand* and coming on the clouds of heaven."*
65Then the high priest tore his clothing to show his horror and said, "Blasphemy! Why do we need other witnesses? You have all heard his blasphemy.
66What is your verdict?"
"Guilty!" they shouted. "He deserves to die!"
67Then they began to spit in Jesus' face and beat him with their fists. And some slapped him,
68jeering, "Prophesy to us, you Messiah! Who hit you that time?"
69Meanwhile, Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant girl came over and said to him, "You were one of those with Jesus the Galilean."
70But Peter denied it in front of everyone. "I don't know what you're talking about," he said.
71Later, out by the gate, another servant girl noticed him and said to those standing around, "This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.*"
72Again Peter denied it, this time with an oath. "I don't even know the man," he said.
73A little later some of the other bystanders came over to Peter and said, "You must be one of them; we can tell by your Galilean accent."
74Peter swore, "A curse on me if I'm lying—I don't know the man!" And immediately the rooster crowed.
75Suddenly, Jesus' words flashed through Peter's mind: "Before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me." And he went away, weeping bitterly.