Thomas Jefferson – The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth (Chap. 15)
1: After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death.
2: But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people.
3: And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.
4: And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made?
5: For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her.
6: And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me.
7: For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always.
8: She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying.
9: Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,
10: And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.
11: And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.
12: Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?
13: And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.
14: And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.
15: Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.
16: And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.
17: And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.
18: But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
19: For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.
20: And supped being ended,
21: He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
22: After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
23: Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?
24: Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.
25: Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.
26: Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.
27: Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.
28: For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.
29: So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?
30: Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
31: If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.
32: For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
33: Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
34: If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
35: When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
36: Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake.
37: Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.
38: Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he whould ask who it should be of whom he spake.
39: He then lying on Jesus' breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it?
40: Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
41: Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said,
42: A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
43: By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
44: Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night:
45: Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.
46: I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.
47: And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.
48: Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.
49: Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
50: And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
51: Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
52: And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
53: And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
54: Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
55: He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
56: And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
57: And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
58: Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest.
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