Christ washes his disciples' feet: the treason of Judas: the
new commandment of love.
1 Before *the festival day of the Pasch, Jesus knowing that his hour was
come, that he should pass out of this world to the Father: having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the
2 And when supper was done, the devil having now put into the heart of
Judas, the son of Simon, the Iscariot, to betray him:
3 Knowing that the Father had given him all things into his hands, and
that he came from God, and goeth to God;
4 He riseth from supper, and layeth aside his garments: and having taken
a towel, girded himself.
5 After that, he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the feet
of the disciples, and to wipe them with the towel, wherewith he was girded.
6 He cometh, therefore, to Simon Peter. And Peter saith to him: Lord, dost
thou wash my feet?
7 Jesus answered, and said to him: What I do, thou knowest not now; but
thou shalt know hereafter.
8 Peter saith to him: Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him:
If I wash thee not, thou shalt have no part with me.
9 Simon Peter saith to him: Lord, not only my feet, but also my hands and
10 Jesus saith to him: He that is washed, needeth not but to wash his feet,
but is clean wholly. And you are clean, but not all.
11 For he knew who he was, that would betray him: therefore he said; You
are not all clean.
12 Then after he had washed their feet, and taken his garments, having
sat down again, he said to them: Know you what I have done to you?
13 You call me, Master, and Lord: and you say well, for so I am.
14 If I then, being your Lord and Master, have washed your feet: you also
ought to wash one another's feet.
15 For I have given you an example, that as I have done to you, so you
16 *Amen, amen, I say to you; The servant is not greater than his lord:
neither is the apostle greater than he that sent him.
17 If you know these things, you shall be blessed if you do them.
18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the Scripture
may be fulfilled: *He that eateth bread with me, shall lift up his heel against me.
19 At present I tell you before it come to pass: that when it shall come
to pass, you may believe, that I am he.
20 *Amen, amen, I say to you, he that receiveth whomsoever I send, receiveth
me: and he that receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me.
21 When Jesus had said these things, he was troubled in spirit: and he
protested, and said: *Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.
22 The disciples, therefore, looked one upon another, doubting of whom
23 Now there was leaning on Jesus's bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus
24 Simon Peter, therefore, beckoned to him: and said to him; Who is it,
of whom he speaketh?
25 He, therefore, leaning on the breast of Jesus, saith to him; Lord, who
26 Jesus answered: He it is, to whom I shall reach bread dipped. And when
he had dipped the bread, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
27 And after the morsel, Satan entered into him. And Jesus said to him;
That which thou dost, do quickly.
28 Now no man at the table knew to what purpose he said this to him.
29 For some thought, because Judas had the purse, that Jesus had said to
him: Buy those things which we have need of for the festival day: or that he should give something to the poor.
30 He then having received the morsel, went out immediately. And it was
31 When, therefore, he was gone out, Jesus said; Now is the Son of man
glorified: and God is glorified in him.
32 If God be glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself: and
immediately will he glorify him.
33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. *You shall seek me:
and as I said to the Jews, Whither I go, you cannot come: so now I say to you.
34 *I give you a new commandment: That you love one another, as I have
loved you, that you also love one another.
35 By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love
one for another.
36 Simon Peter saith to him: Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered:
Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now: but thou shalt follow me afterwards.
37 Peter saith to him: Why cannot I follow thee now? *I will lay down my
life for thee.
38 Jesus answered him: Wilt thou lay down thy life for me? Amen, amen,
I say to thee, the cock shall not crow, till thou deny me thrice.
1: about the year A.D. 33.; Matthew xxvi. 2.; Mark xiv. 1.; Luke xxii.
16: Matthew x. 24.; Luke vi. 40.; John xv. 20.
18: Psalm xl. 10.
20: Matthew x. 40.; Luke x. 16.
21: Matthew xxvi. 20.; Mark xiv. 18.; Luke xxii. 21.
33: John vii. 34.
34: Leviticus xix. 18.; Matthew xxii. 39.; John xv. 12.
37: Matthew xxvi. 35.; Mark xiv. 29.; Luke xxii. 23.