John 18

Moffatt(i) 1 Having said this, Jesus went out with his disciples across the Kidron ravine to an orchard, which he entered in the company of his disciples. 2 Judas the traitor also knew the spot, for Jesus and his disciples often met there. 3 So after procuring troops and some attendants belonging to the high priests and the Pharisees, Judas went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4 Then Jesus, who knew everything that was to happen to him, came forward and asked them, "Who are you looking for?" 5 "Jesus the Nazarene," they replied. Jesus said, "I am he." (And Judas the traitor was standing beside them.) 6 When he said, "I am he," they fell back and dropped to the ground; 7 so he asked them once more, "Who are you looking for?" And when they replied, "Jesus the Nazarene," 8 he answered, "I told you that I am he; if it is me you are looking for, let these men get away" 9 (this was to fulfil his own word: 'I did not lose a single one of those whom thou didst give me'). 10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant, cutting off his right ear (the servant's name was Malchus); 11 whereupon Jesus said to Peter, "Sheathe your sword. Am I not to drink the cup which the Father has handed me?" 12 So the troops and their commander and the Jewish attendants seized Jesus, bound him, 13 and brought him first of all to Annas (for Annas was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year — 14 the Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it was for their interests that one man should die for the people). 15 [vss 15-18 moved to between 24 & 25] Simon Peter followed Jesus along with another disciple; and as this disciple was an acquaintance of the high priest, he passed into the courtyard of the high priest with Jesus, 16 while Peter stood outside at the door. Then this other disciple, who was an acquaintance of the high priest, came out and spoke to the woman at the door, and brought Peter inside. 17 The maidservant at the door then said to Peter, "Are you not one of this fellow's disciples?" He said, "No." 18 Now the servants and the attendants were standing and warming themselves at a charcoal fire which they had lit (for it was cold), and Peter also stood beside them and warmed himself. 19 Then the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching. 20 Jesus answered, "I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in the synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews gather; I have said nothing in secret. 21 Why ask me? Ask my hearers what I have said to them; they know what I said." 22 As he said this, one of the attendants who stood by gave him a blow, saying, "Is that how you answer the high priest?" 23 "If I have said anything wrong," replied Jesus, "prove it; if I said what was true, why strike me?" 24 Then Annas had him bound and sent him to Caiaphas the high priest. 25 They asked him, "Are you not one of his disciples?" He denied it, saying, "No," 26 Said one of the high priest's servants, a kinsman of the man whose ear had been cut off by Peter, "Did I not see you with him in the orchard?" 27 Again Peter denied it. And at that very moment the cock crowed. 28 Then from the house of Caiaphas they took Jesus to the praetorium. (It was early morning.) They would not enter the praetorium themselves, in case of being ceremonially defiled, for they wanted to eat the passover; 29 so Pilate came outside to them and asked, "What charge do you bring against this man?" 30 They retorted, "If he had not been a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you." 31 Then said Pilate, "Take him yourselves, and sentence him according to your own Law." The Jews said, "We have no right to put anyone to death" 32 (that the word of Jesus might be fulfilled, by which he had indicated the kind of death he was to die). 33 So Pilate went back inside the praetorium and called Jesus, saying, "Then you are king of the Jews?" 34 Jesus replied, "Are you saying this of your own accord, or did other people tell you about me?" 35 "Am I a Jew?" said Pilate. "Your own nation and the high priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?" 36 Jesus replied, "My realm does not belong to this world; if my realm did belong to this world, my men would have fought to prevent me being handed over to the Jews. No, my realm lies elsewhere." 37 "So you are a king?" said Pilate, "you!" "Certainly," said Jesus, "I am a king. This is why I was born, this is why I came into the world, to bear testimony to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice." 38 "Truth!" said Pilate, "what is truth!" With these words he went outside to the Jews again and told them, "I cannot find anything wrong about him. 39 But it is your custom that I should release a prisoner for you at the passover. Is it your will that I release you the king of the Jews?" 40 Again they yelled, "No, not him! Bar-Abbas!" Now Bar-Abbas was a robber.