Â Â The Lord GOD has given me
the tongue of a teacher,
that I may know how to sustain
the weary with a word.
Morning by morning he wakensâ€”
wakens my ear
to listen as those who are taught.
The Lord GOD has opened my ear,
and I was not rebellious,
I did not turn backward.
I gave my back to those who struck me,
and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;
I did not hide my face
from insult and spitting.
Â Â The Lord GOD helps me;
therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
he who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?
Let us stand up together.
Who are my adversaries?
Let them confront me.
It is the Lord GOD who helps me;
who will declare me guilty?
All of them will wear out like a garment;
the moth will eat them up.
Â Then one of the twelve disciples, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, â€œWhat will you give me if I betray him to you?â€ They paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.
Â On the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, â€œWhere do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?â€ He said, â€œGo into the city to a certain man, and say to him, â€˜The Teacher says, My time is near; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.â€™â€ So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover meal.
Â When it was evening, he took his place with the twelve; and while they were eating, he said, â€œTruly I tell you, one of you will betray me.â€ And they became greatly distressed and began to say to him one after another, â€œSurely not I, Lord?â€ He answered, â€œThe one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.â€ Judas, who betrayed him, said, â€œSurely not I, Rabbi?â€ He replied, â€œYou have said so.â€
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.