Yesu Akamatwa

18 Baada ya sala hii Yesu aliondoka na wanafunzi wake waka vuka kijito cha Kidroni wakaingia katika bustani iliyokuwa upande wa pili. Yuda, ambaye alimsaliti Yesu, pia alipafahamu mahali hapo kwani Yesu alikuwa akikutana na wanafunzi wake hapo mara kwa mara. Kwa hiyo Yuda akaja kwenye bustani hiyo akiongoza kikundi cha askari wa Kirumi na walinzi wa Hekalu kutoka kwa makuhani wakuu na Mafarisayo wakiwa na taa na silaha. Yesu alijua yata kayompata, kwa hiyo akawasogelea akawauliza, “Mnamtafuta nani?” Wao wakamjibu, “Yesu wa Nazareti.” Yesu akawaambia, “Ni mimi.” Yuda ambaye alimsaliti alikuwa amesimama na wale askari. Yesu alipowaambia, ‘Ni mimi,’ walirudi nyuma wakaanguka chini! Akawauliza tena, “Mnamtafuta nani?” Nao wakajibu, “Yesu wa Nazareti .” Yesu akawaambia, “Nimekwisha waeleza kuwa ni mimi; kwa hiyo kama mnanitafuta mimi waachilieni hawa wengine waende.” Alisema haya ili lile neno alilosema lipate kutimia, ‘Kati ya wale ulionipa sikupoteza hata mmoja.’ 10 Ndipo Simoni Petro akachomoa upanga aliokuwa amechukua akamkata sikio la kulia mtumishi wa kuhani mkuu. Jina la mtumishi huyo lilikuwa Malko. 11 Yesu akamwambia Petro, “Rudisha upanga wako kwenye ala. Je, nisinywe kikombe cha mateso alichonipa Baba?” 12 Kwa hiyo mkuu wa kikosi na askari wake pamoja na wale walinzi wa Hekalu waliot umwa na viongozi wa Wayahudi, wakamkamata Yesu wakamfunga mikono. 13 Kisha wakampeleka kwanza kwa Anasi mkwewe Kayafa ambaye ali kuwa ndiye kuhani mkuu mwaka ule. 14 Kayafa ndiye aliyekuwa amewashauri viongozi wengine wa Kiyahudi kwamba ingekuwa afadhali mtu mmoja afe kwa ajili ya watu.

Petro Anamkana Yesu

15 Simoni Petro pamoja na mwanafunzi mwingine walimfuata Yesu. Huyu mwanafunzi mwingine alikuwa anafahamika kwa kuhani mkuu kwa hiyo aliingia ndani ya ukumbi pamoja na Yesu. 16 Lakini Petro alisimama nje karibu na mlango. Ndipo yule mwanafunzi mwin gine akazungumza na msichana aliyekuwa analinda mlangoni, akamru husu amwingize Petro ndani. 17 Yule msichana akamwuliza Petro, “Je, wewe pia ni mmoja wa wanafunzi wa mtu huyu?” Petro aka jibu, “Hata! Mimi sio.” 18 Wale watumishi na askari walikuwa wamesimama wakiota moto wa mkaa ambao walikuwa wamewasha kwa sababu pale ukumbini palikuwa na baridi kali. Petro naye alikuwa amesimama pamoja nao akiota moto.

Kuhani Mkuu Amhoji Yesu

19 Kuhani mkuu akamwuliza Yesu maswali kuhusu wanafunzi wake na mafundisho yake. 20 Yesu akamjibu, “Nimekuwa nikizungumza wazi wazi mbele ya watu wote. Nimefundisha katika masinagogi na Hekaluni ambapo Wayahudi wote hukusanyika. Sijasema jambo lo lote kwa siri. 21 Mbona unaniuliza mimi maswali? Waulize walionisiki liza nimewaambia nini. Wao wanajua niliyosema.” 22 Mmoja wa wale walinzi akampiga Yesu kofi, kisha akasema, “Unathubutuje kumjibu kuhani mkuu hivyo?” 23 Yesu akamjibu, “Kama nimesema jambo baya waeleze watu wote hapa ubaya niliosema. Lakini kama nimesema yaliyo kweli, mbona umenipiga?” 24 Ndipo Anasi akampeleka Yesu kwa kuhani mkuu Kayafa, akiwa bado amefungwa.

Petro Amkana Yesu Tena

25 Wakati huo Simoni Petro alikuwa amesimama akiota moto. Baadhi ya wale waliokuwepo wakamwuliza, “Wewe ni mmoja wa wana funzi wake?” Petro akakana, akasema, “Mimi sio.” 26 Mmoja wa watumishi wa kuhani mkuu, ndugu yake yule mtu ambaye Petro alim kata sikio, akamwuliza, “Je, sikukuona kule bustanini ukiwa na Yesu?” 27 Kwa mara nyingine tena Petro akakataa kwamba alimfa hamu Yesu. Wakati huo huo jogoo akawika.

Yesu Apelekwa Kwa Pilato

28 Ndipo Wayahudi wakamchukua Yesu kutoka kwa Kayafa wakampeleka kwenye ikulu ya gavana wa Kirumi. Ilikuwa ni alfa jiri. Wayahudi waliokuwa wanamshtaki Yesu hawakuingia ndani kwa sababu ya sheria za kiyahudi. Wangehesabiwa kuwa wachafu kama wangeingia nyumbani mwa mtu asiye Myahudi na wasingeruhusiwa kushiriki katika sikukuu ya Pasaka. 29 Kwa hiyo Pilato akatoka nje kuwaona akawauliza, “Mmeleta mashtaka gani kumhusu mtu huyu?” 30 Wao wakamjibu, “Kama huyu mtu hakuwa ametenda maovu tusingemleta kwako.” 31 Pilato akawaambia, “Basi mchukueni ninyi mkamhukumu kwa kufuata sheria zenu.” Wayahudi wakamjibu, “Sisi haturuhusiwi kutoa hukumu ya kifo kwa mtu ye yote.” 32 Walisema hivyo ili yale maneno aliyosema Yesu kuhusu atakavy okufa, yapate kutimia. 33 Kwa hiyo Pilato akaingia ndani akam wita Yesu akamwuliza, “Wewe ndiye mfalme wa Wayahudi?” 34 Yesu akamjibu, “Je, unauliza swali hili kutokana na mawazo yako mwe nyewe au kutokana na ulivyoambiwa kunihusu mimi?” 35 Pilato akamjibu, “Unadhani mimi ni Myahudi? Watu wa taifa lako na maku hani wao wakuu wamekushtaki kwangu. Umefanya kosa gani?” 36 Ndipo Yesu akamwambia, “Ufalme wangu sio wa ulimwengu huu. Ingekuwa hivyo, watumishi wangu wangenipigania na kuhakikisha kuwa siwekwi mikononi mwa Wayahudi; lakini Ufalme wangu hautoki ulimwenguni.” 37 Pilato akasema, “Kwa hiyo wewe ni mfalme?” Yesu akajibu, “Wewe umesema mimi ni mfalme. Nimezaliwa na nime kuja ulimwenguni kwa makusudi ya kushuhudia kweli. Mtu ye yote anayepokea yaliyo ya kweli anakubaliana na mafundisho yangu.” 38 Pilato akamwuliza Yesu, “Kweli ni nini?” Baada ya kusema haya Pilato akaenda nje tena akawaambia wale viongozi wa Wayahudi waliomshtaki Yesu, “Sioni kosa lo lote ali lotenda mtu huyu.

39 Lakini kuna desturi yenu kwamba wakati wa Pasaka nimwachilie huru mfungwa mmoja mnayemtaka. Je, mngependa nimwachilie huru huyu ‘Mfalme wa Wayahudi?” ’ 40 Wao wakapiga kelele wakisema, “Hapana, usimwachilie huyo. Tufungulie Bar aba!” Baraba alikuwa mnyang’anyi.

Jesus Arrested(A)

18 When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley.(B) On the other side there was a garden,(C) and he and his disciples went into it.(D)

Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples.(E) So Judas came to the garden, guiding(F) a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees.(G) They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.

Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him,(H) went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”(I)

“Jesus of Nazareth,”(J) they replied.

“I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.

Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?”(K)

“Jesus of Nazareth,” they said.

Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. If you are looking for me, then let these men go.” This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: “I have not lost one of those you gave me.”[a](L)

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 Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup(M) the Father has given me?”

12 Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials(N) arrested Jesus. They bound him 13 and brought him first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas,(O) the high priest that year. 14 Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jewish leaders that it would be good if one man died for the people.(P)

Peter’s First Denial(Q)

15 Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the high priest,(R) he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard,(S) 16 but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the servant girl on duty there and brought Peter in.

17 “You aren’t one of this man’s disciples too, are you?” she asked Peter.

He replied, “I am not.”(T)

18 It was cold, and the servants and officials stood around a fire(U) they had made to keep warm. Peter also was standing with them, warming himself.(V)

The High Priest Questions Jesus(W)

19 Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching.

20 “I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus replied. “I always taught in synagogues(X) or at the temple,(Y) where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret.(Z) 21 Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said.”

22 When Jesus said this, one of the officials(AA) nearby slapped him in the face.(AB) “Is this the way you answer the high priest?” he demanded.

23 “If I said something wrong,” Jesus replied, “testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?”(AC) 24 Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas(AD) the high priest.

Peter’s Second and Third Denials(AE)

25 Meanwhile, Simon Peter was still standing there warming himself.(AF) So they asked him, “You aren’t one of his disciples too, are you?”

He denied it, saying, “I am not.”(AG)

26 One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off,(AH) challenged him, “Didn’t I see you with him in the garden?”(AI) 27 Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.(AJ)

Jesus Before Pilate(AK)

28 Then the Jewish leaders took Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor.(AL) By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness they did not enter the palace,(AM) because they wanted to be able to eat the Passover.(AN) 29 So Pilate came out to them and asked, “What charges are you bringing against this man?”

30 “If he were not a criminal,” they replied, “we would not have handed him over to you.”

31 Pilate said, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.”

“But we have no right to execute anyone,” they objected. 32 This took place to fulfill what Jesus had said about the kind of death he was going to die.(AO)

33 Pilate then went back inside the palace,(AP) summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”(AQ)

34 “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”

35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”

36 Jesus said, “My kingdom(AR) is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders.(AS) But now my kingdom is from another place.”(AT)

37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate.

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth.(AU) Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”(AV)

38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.(AW) 39 But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?”

40 They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising.(AX)

Footnotes

  1. John 18:9 John 6:39

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