1 Now before the festivalI of the Passover,II JesusIII knewIV
that his hourV had comeVI to departVII from this worldVIII
and go to the Father.IX Having lovedX his ownXI who were in the world, he loved them to the end.XII
2 The devilXIII had already decidedXIV that JudasXV
son of SimonXVI IscariotXVII would betrayXVIII Jesus.
And duringXIX supperXX 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had givenXXI all thingsXXII
into his handsXXIII and that he had comeXXIV from GodXXV and was goingXXVI to God,
4 got upXXVII from supper, took offXXVIII his outer robe,XXIX
andXXX tied a towelXXXI aroundXXXII himself.
5 Then he pouredXXXIII waterXXXIV into a basinXXXV and beganXXXVI to washXXXVII
the disciples’XXXVIII feetXXXIX and to wipeXL them with the towel that wasXLI tied around him.
6 He cameXLII to Simon Peter,XLIII who saidXLIV to him, “Lord,XLV are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus answered, “You doXLVI not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”XLVII
8 Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.”XLVIII
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you haveXLIX no shareL with me.”
9 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet onlyLI but also my hands and my head!”LII
10 Jesus said to him, “One who has bathedLIII does not needLIV to wash, except for the feet, but is entirelyLV clean.LVI And you are clean, though not allLVII of you.” 11 For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
12 After he had washed their feet, had put onLVIII his robe, and had reclinedLIX again, he said to them, “Do you knowLX what I have done to you?
13 You callLXI me TeacherLXII and Lord, and you are right,LXIII for that is what I am.
14 So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also oughtLXIV to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have setLXV you an example,LXVI that you also should do as I have done to you.
16 Very truly,LXVII I tellLXVIII you, slavesLXIX
are not greater thanLXX their master,LXXI nor are messengersLXXII greater than the one who sentLXXIII them.
17 If you knowLXXIV these things, you are blessedLXXV if you do them. 18 I am not speakingLXXVI of all of you; I knowLXXVII whom I have chosen.LXXVIII
But it is to fulfillLXXIX the scripture,LXXX
‘The one who ateLXXXI my breadLXXXII has liftedLXXXIII his heelLXXXIV against me.’
19 I tell you this now, before it occurs,LXXXV so that when it does occur you may believeLXXXVI that I am he. 20 Very truly, I tell you, whoever receivesLXXXVII one whom I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.”
21 After saying this Jesus was troubledLXXXVIII in spiritLXXXIX and declared,XC “Very truly, I tell you, oneXCI of you will betray me.”
22 The disciples lookedXCII at one another, uncertainXCIII of whom he was speaking. 23 One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was recliningXCIV close to his heart;XCV
24 Simon Peter therefore motionedXCVI to him to askXCVII Jesus of whom he was speaking. 25 So while reclining next toXCVIII Jesus, he askedXCIX him, “Lord, who is it?”
26 Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I give this piece of breadC when I have dippedCI it in the dish.” So when he had dipped the piece of bread, heCII gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot.
27 After he received the piece of bread, SatanCIII enteredCIV into him. Jesus said to him, “Do quicklyCV what you are going to do.”
28 Now no oneCVI knewCVII why he said this to him. 29 Some thoughtCVIII that, because Judas had the common purse,CIX
Jesus was telling him, “BuyCX what we need for the festival,” or that he should give something to the poor.CXI
30 So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediatelyCXII went out.CXIII And it was night.CXIV
31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the SonCXV of ManCXVI has been glorified,CXVII and God has been glorified in him.
32 If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once.CXVIII 33 Little children,CXIX I am with you only a little longer.CXX You will look forCXXI me,
and as I said to the JewsCXXII so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going,CXXIII you cannotCXXIV come.’CXXV
34 I give you a newCXXVI commandment,CXXVII that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35 By this everyoneCXXVIII will knowCXXIX that you are my disciples, if you have loveCXXX for one another.”
36 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?”CXXXI
Jesus answered, “Where I am going,CXXXII you cannot followCXXXIII me now, but you will follow afterward.”CXXXIV
37 Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay downCXXXV my lifeCXXXVI for you.”
38 Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Very truly, I tell you, before the cockCXXXVII crows,CXXXVIII you will have deniedCXXXIX me three times.CXL
Image credit: “Last Supper” a mural in Keur Moussa, Senegal by Father George Saget, 1963. Photo by Robert Harding.