Orthodox Jewish Hebrew Bible
Matthew – Karozota (Karozuta) d’Matai
And it came about when Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach completed all these divrei torah, he said to his talmidim,
“You know, that after two days, there is Pesach, and the Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach (Ben HaAdam) is handed over to be pierced al Aitz (on the Tree).”
Then the Rashei Hakohanim and the Ziknei haAm (Elders of the People) were assembled in the courtyard of the residence of the Kohen Gadol (High Priest), the one being called Caiapha.
And they planned to arrest Yeshoshua by a trap and kill him.
But they were saying, “Not during the Chag (Feast), lest a riot breaks out among the am ha’aretz.”
And, while Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach was in Beit-Anyah in the bais of Shimon the leper,
an isha (woman) approached Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach with an alabaster flask of costly mishcha (ointment), and she poured it out on Moshiach’s rosh, as he sat bimesibba (reclining at tish [table]).
And having seen this, Moshiach’s talmidim were angry, saying, “For what is this waste?
For it would have been possible to sell this for a generous sum and give to the aniyim (poor ones).”
Aware of this, Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach said to them, “Why are you bringing about difficulty for the isha for the ma’aseh tov (good deed) she does to me.”
For the aniyim, you have with you always, but you do not always have me [Moshiach].
For this isha (woman) has poured this ointment on my guf (body) in order to prepare me for kevurah (burial).
Omein, I say to you, wherever this Besuras HaGeulah is preached b’chol HaOlam (in all the world), in her zechirah (remembrance) it will be spoken also what was done by her.”
Then, one of the Shneym Asar (Twelve), Yehudah from K’riot, went to the Rashei Hakohanim
and said, `What are you willing to give me? And I will hand him over to you.’ And they weighed out for him sheloshim shiklei kesef (thirty pieces of silver).
And from then on he was seeking an opportunity that he might hand Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach over.
But on the first day of Chag HaMatzot, Moshiach’s talmidim approached him, saying, “Where do you wish we should prepare for you your Seder?”
And Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach said, “Go into the city to such-and-such person and say to him, `Our Rebbe says, my time is at hand. With you, I am observing Pesach with my talmidim.`”
And the talmidim did as Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach commanded them, and they prepared the Seder. MOSHIACH’S FINAL HAMOTZI AND BERAKHAH OVER THE CUP OF BERACHA (BLESSING) AT MOSHIACH’S SEDER
When erev came, Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach was sitting bimesibba (reclining) at tish with the Shneym Asar Talmidim.
And as they were eating with their Rebbe, he said, “Omein, I say to you that one of you will be my betrayer.” THE TIME OF CHESHBON HANEFESH OF THE SHLUCHIM AND THE BEDIKAS CHOMETZ OF DENIAL AND BETRAYAL
And much distressed, each one began to say to him, “Surely I am not the one, Adoni?”
But, in reply, Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach said, “The one having dipped the hand into the bowl [SHEMOT 12:8] with me, this one is my betrayer.”
“Indeed the Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach (Ben HaAdam) goes as it was written concerning him, but oy to that man through whom the Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach (Ben HaAdam) is betrayed. It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”
And, in reply, Yehudah the betrayer of Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach, said, “Surely I am not the one, Rebbi?” Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach says to Yehudah, “You have said it.”
And at the Seudah, Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach, having taken matzah, having made the ha-Motzi, he offered the betzi’at halechem (breaking of the bread), giving it to the talmidim, and said, “Take and eat, this is my basar.” *
THE FINAL KIDDUSH IN ZIKARON (REMEMBRANCE) OF REBBE, MELECH HAMOSHIACH WHOSE TZAVA’AH (LAST WILL) IS THE BRIT CHADASHA KAPPARAH FOR OUR SELICHA (FORGIVENESS) AND DEVEKUS (COMMUNION WITH G-D)
And having taken the Kiddush Cup (Kos) and having made the beracha, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.
For this is my [Moshiach’s] Dahm HaBrit HaChadasha, which is being shed LARABBIM (`for Many` YESHAYAH 53:11-12) for the selicha (forgiveness) of chatta’im (sins).
And I say to you, I will by no means drink from now on of this p’ri hagefen (fruit of the vine) until that Day when I drink it with you chadash (new) in the Malchut Avi (Kingdom of my Father).” MOSHIACH’S L’HITRAOT AND THE FINAL MIZMOR (HYMN), THE LAST TISH NIGGUN OF OUR REBBE MELECH HAMOSHIACH
And having sung the Hallel, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Then Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach says to them, “All of you will be offended at me [Moshiach] during this night, for it has been written, HACH ES HARO’EH UTEFUTSEN HATSON (“Strike the Shepherd and the sheep will be scattered” ZECHARYAH 13:7).
But after I undergo Techiyas HaMesim I will go ahead of you to the Galil.” [Mt.28:7]
And, in reply, Kefa said to Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach, “If everyone will be offended at you, I never will be offended.”
Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach said to him, “Omein, I say to you that balailah hazeh (during this night), before a tarnegol (cock) crows, you will make hakhchashah (denial) of me [as Moshiach] shalosh pa’amim (three times).”
Kefa says to Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach, “Even if it is necessary for me to die with you, by no means will I deny you. “Likewise all the talmidim spoke also. THE FINAL TEMPTATION OF REBBE, MELECH HAMOSHIACH; THE ADAM HECHADASH IN THE GAN HANISYONOS (GARDEN OF TEMPTATION) GAINS THE ESCHATOLOGICAL MESSIANIC NITZACHON (VICTORY)
Then Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach comes with them to a place being called Gat-Sh’manim, and Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach says to the talmidim, “Sit here until I go over there and daven.”
And having taken Kefa and the two sons of Zavdai, Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach began to be sorrowful and distressed with agmat nefesh (grief).
Then Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach says to them, “My nefesh is deadly grieved, even to the point of mavet (death). Remain here and stay awake with me.”
And having gone forward a short distance, Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach fell upon his face, davening and saying, “Avi, if it is possible, let this Kos * pass from me. But not as I will but as you will (Mt.6:10; 12:50).” MISHMAROT (WATCHMEN) FALL ASLEEP
Then Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach comes to the talmidim and finds them sleeping, and Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach says to Kefa, “So were you not strong enough to be awake for one hour with me?
Stay awake and offer tefillos, lest you enter lidey nisayon (Mt.6:13). Indeed the ruach is willing but the basar is weak.”
Again, for a second time, having left, Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach davened, saying, “Avi, if it is not possible for this to pass by except I drink it, let ye’aseh r’tzonechah.” [Mt.6:10]
And having come again, Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach found the talmidim sleeping, for their eyes were too heavy to stay open.
And having left them again and having gone away, Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach was davening for the shlishit (third) time, saying the same words.
Then Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach comes to the talmidim and says to them, “Sleep on now and take your rest. Hinei! The hour is at hand, and the Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach (Ben HaAdam) is being betrayed into the hands of chote’im (sinners).
Arise, and let us go. Hinei! My betrayer has drawn near.”
And while Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach was still speaking– hinei!– Yehudah, one of the Shneym Asar, came and with him came a great multitude with swords and clubs from the Rashei Hakohanim (Chief Priests) and the Ziknei haAm (the Elders of the People).
Now the betrayer had given them a signal, saying, “Whomever I may give the neshikah (kiss), he is the one. Chap (grab) him!”
And immediately, he approached Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach, and said, “Shalom, Rebbe.” And he gave him the neshikah.
And Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach said to him, “Chaver, do what you came for.” Then, having approached, they laid hands on Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach and arrested him.
And–hinei!–one of the ones with Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach stretched out his hand, drew his cherev (sword), and struck the servant of the Kohen Gadol, cutting off his ear.
Then Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach says to him, “Return your sword into its place; for all who take the sword will die by the sword.
Or do you think that I am not able to call upon Avi, and He will provide me now more than Shneym Asar legions of malachim?
But how then may the Kitvei Hakodesh be fulfilled that say it must happen thus?”
At that moment, Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach said to the multitudes, “Do you have the chutzpah (nerve) to come out, as against a revolutionary, with swords and clubs to arrest me? Daily in the Beis Hamikdash I was sitting giving my torah (teaching) and you did not arrest me.
But this all happened that the Kitvei Hakodesh of the Nevi’im might be fulfilled.” Then the talmidim deserted Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach and fled.
REBBE, MELECH HAMOSHIACH BEFORE THE SANHEDRIN, THE BEGINNING OF HIS TZA’AR (PAIN AND SUFFERING)
But the ones having arrested Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach led him away to Caiapha the Kohen Gadol, where the Sofrim and the Zekenim (Elders) were gathered together.
And Kefa was following Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach from far away. He followed him as far as the courtyard of the Kohen Gadol and, having gone inside it, Kefa was sitting down with the servants to see the outcome.
And the Rashei Hakohanim and the Sanhedrin all were seeking edut sheker (false testimony of false witnesses) against Yehoshua so that they might put him to death.
And they found none, though many with edut sheker came forward. At last, two came forward
and said, “This one said, `I am able to bring about a churban (destruction) of the Beis Hamikdash of Hashem and within shloshah yamim to build it.`
And having got up, the Kohen Gadol said to Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach, “Do you answer nothing? For what do these men give edut (testimony) against you?”
But Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach was silent. And the Kohen Gadol said to him, “I adjure you by Hashem, Elohim Chayyim, to tell us if you are the Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach Ben HaElohim.”
Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach says to him, “You said it. But I say to you, `From now on you will see the Ben HaAdam (Moshiach) sitting at the right hand of Gevurah (Power) and his Bias (Coming) will be with ANENEI HASHOMAYIM (“clouds of Heaven,” DANIEL7:13-14).`”
Then the Kohen Gadol made the keriah (rending of his garments), saying, “He has committed Chillul Hashem. What further need do we have of edut? Hinei! Now you have heard the Chillul Hashem.
What does it seem to you?” And, in reply, they said, “He is deserving of the death penalty.”
Then they spat into his face and they struck him and they slapped him,
saying, “Give us nevu’ah, Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach. Who is the one who hit you?”
KEFA MAKES HAKHCHASHAH (DENIAL) OF REBBE, MELECH HAMOSHIACH
Now Kefa was sitting outside in the courtyard. And one maid approached Kefa, saying, “And you were with Yehoshua of the Galil!”
But Kefa denied it before everyone, saying, “I do not know what you are saying.”
And having gone out to the gate, another saw Kefa and says to the bystanders, “There! This one was with Yehoshua of Natzeret!”
And again Kefa denied it with a shevu’ah (oath), “I do not know the man!”
And after a little while, the bystanders came and said to Kefa, “Truly also you are one of them, for even your accent gives you away!”
Then Kefa began to curse and swear, “I do not know the man!” And immediately a tarnegol (cock) crowed.
And Kefa remembered the word which Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach had said: “Before a tarnegol (cock) crows you will deny me shalosh pa’amim (three times).” And Kefa went out and wept bitterly.
Now when boker had come, all the Rashei Hakohenim and the Ziknei haAm took counsel together against Yehoshua to put him to death. HASHEM’S AKEDAH OF THE REBBE, MELECH HAMOSHIACH, WHO IS HIMSELF THE YITZCHAK OF YISROEL’S REDEMPTION; MATTITYAHU WAS MECHAVEN (MAKING AN ALLUSION) TO THE AKEDAH
And having performed the akedah (binding), they led him away, and delivered him up to Pilate the Governor.
Then when Yehudah, who had betrayed Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach, saw that Yehoshua had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned the sheloshim shiklei kesef (thirty pieces of silver) to the Rashei Hakohanim and the Zekenim,
saying “Chatati (`I have sinned`). I have betrayed dam naki (innocent blood).” But they said, “What is that to us? See to that yourself!”
And Yehudah threw the shiklei kesef (pieces of silver) into the Beis Hamikdash and departed; and, having gone away, Yehudah hanged himself.
And the Rashei Hakohanim took the shiklei kesef and said, “It is asur (forbidden) to put these into the Beis Hamikdash otzar (treasury), vi-bahlt (since) it is blood money.”
And they took counsel together and they bought the potter’s field as a beit kevarot (cemetery) for zarim (foreigners).
For this reason, that field has been called the `Sadeh HaDahm (Field of Blood)` to this day.
Then that which was spoken through Yirmeyah HaNavi was fulfilled, saying, “And they took the SHELOSHIM KASEF (thirty pieces of silver), HAYEKAR (the price) of the one whose price had been set by the Bnei Yisroel.
And they gave them for the potter’s field as Hashem directed (ZECHARYAH 11:12-13).”
Now Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach stood before the Governor, and the Governor questioned Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach, saying, “Are you the Melech HaYehudim?” And Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach said to him, “It is as you say.”
And while Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach was being accused by the Rashei Hakohanim and the Zekenim, Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach answered nothing.
Then Pilate said to Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach, “Do you not hear how many things they give edut against you?”
And Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach did not answer him with even one word, so that the Governor was quite amazed. THOUGH IT IS PESACH AND NOT YOM KIPPUR, REBBE, MELECH HAMOSHIACH FULFILLS A YOM KIPPUR MOTIF IN THE QUESTION OF KAPPARAH IN TWO “SONS OF THE FATHER,” ONE FOR HASHEM, ONE FOR AZAZEL (VAYIKRA 16:6-9]; MOSHIACH MA SHE-EIN KEIN BAR-ABBA
Now at the Chag (Festival), the Governor was accustomed to release for the multitude any one prisoner whom they wanted.
And they were holding at the time a notorious prisoner, called [Yeshua] Bar-Abba [“son of the father”].
When therefore they were gathered together Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you, Bar-Abba or Yehoshua who is called Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach?”
For Pilate knew that because of kin’ah (envy) they had delivered Yehoshua up.
And while Pilate was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, “Have nothing to do with that Tzaddik; for last night I suffered greatly in a cholom (dream) because of Yehoshua.”
However, the Rashei Hakohanim and the Zekenim persuaded the multitudes to ask for Bar-Abba, but Yehoshua they should destroy.
But the Governor answered, saying to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” and they said, “Bar-Abba.”
In reply, Pilate says to them, “What, therefore, may I do with Yehoshua, the one called the Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach?” Everyone says, “Let him be hanged on HaAitz (the Tree, Devarim 21:22)! Let him be hanged on HaAitz!”
But Pilate said, “Why? What ra’ah (evil) has he done?” But they kept shouting all the more, saying, “Let him be hanged on HaAitz!”
And when Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather that a riot was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to that yourselves.”
And, in reply, all the people said, “His dahm be on us and on our yeladim.” *
Then Pilate released Bar-Abba to them. But after having Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach scourged, he handed him over to be hanged on HaAitz. MOSHIACH’S KETER OF THORNS
Then the soldiers of the Governor took Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach into the praetorium and gathered the whole cohort against Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach.
And they stripped him and put a royal scarlet robe on him, and,
after weaving a keter of thorns, they placed it on his head and put a reed in his right hand, and they fell down before Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach and mocked him saying, “Hail, Melech HaYehudim!”
And they spat on Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach and took the reed and began to beat him on the head.
And after they had ridiculed Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach, they took his robe off and put his garments on him, and led him away to hang him on HaAitz.
And as they were coming out, they found a man from Cyrene named Shimon, whom they pressed into service to bear Moshiach’s Aitz (Tree).
And when they had come to a place called Gulgolta, which means “place of a skull,”
they gave him wine to drink mingled with gall. And, after tasting it, Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach was unwilling to drink. THE HAGBA (LIFTING UP) OF REBBE, MELECH HAMOSHIACH
When they had hanged Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach on HaAitz, they divided up Moshiach’s garments among themselves, casting lots;
and, sitting down, they began to keep watch over him there.
They put up above his head the charge against him which read, THIS IS YEHOSHUA, MELECH HAYEHUDIM.
At that time, two shodedim (robbers) were each hanged on his own aitz with Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach, one on the right and one on the left.
And those passing by were hurling Chillul Hashem at Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach, wagging their heads,
and saying, “You who are going to cause the churban (destruction) of the Beis Hamikdash and rebuild it in shloshah yamim (three days), save yourself! If you are the Ben HaElohim, come down from HaAitz (the Tree).”
Likewise, also the Rashei Hakohanim along with the Sofrim and Zekenim, were mocking him, and saying,
“He saved others; yet himself he is not able to save. He is Melech Yisroel? Let him now come down from the Aitz, and we shall have emunah in him.
“He trusts in Hashem; let Hashem be his Moshi’a and deliver him now, if Hashem takes pleasure in him, for this one said, `Ben HaElohim Ani!`”
And the shodedim (robbers), hanging, each on his aitz, with him, were casting similar insults at Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach, reproaching him.
Now, from the sixth hour, choshech fell upon all the land until the ninth hour.
And about the ninth hour, Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach cried out with a kol gadol, saying “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani! * (that is, “My G-d, my G-d, why hast thou forsaken me? “TEHILLIM 22:2).
And some of those who were standing there, when they heard, began saying, “This one calls for Eliyahu.”
And immediately one of them ran and, taking a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed and gave him a drink.
But the rest of them said, “Wait. We will see whether Eliyahu will come to save him.”
And Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up his ruach.
And–hinei!–the parochet (curtain) of the Beis Hamikdash was torn in two from top to bottom, and the earth shook; and the rocks were split
and the kevarim (graves) were opened, and many gufot (bodies) of the kedoshim who had fallen asleep were made to stand up alive.
And coming out of the kevarim after Moshiach’s Techiyas HaMesim, they entered the Ir HaKodesh (Holy City) and appeared to many.
Now when the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach, saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, they became very frightened and said, “Truly this was the Ben HaElohim.”
And many nashim were there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach from the Galil and had ministered to him.
Among them was Miryam of Magdala, Miryam the Em of Ya’akov and Yosef, and the Em of Zavdai’s sons. THE MOSHIACH’S OWN CHEVRAH KADDISHA FORMS TO MAKE PREPARATIONS FOR THE KEVURAH OF THE NIFTAR
And when it was erev, there came a rich man from Ramatayim named Yosef who himself had also become a talmid of Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach.
This man went to Pilate and asked for the guf Yehoshua [TEHILLIM 16:9-10]. Then Pilate ordered it to be given over to Yosef.
And Yosef took the guf Yehoshua, and wrapped it in a tachrichim,
and laid it in his own new kever, which he had hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the kever (tomb) and went away.
And Miryam of Magdala, and the other Miryam, stayed there, sitting opposite the kever.
Now on the next day [trans. note: i.e. Shabbos], which is the one after the Preparation,* the Rashei Hakohanim and the Perushim gathered together with Pilate
and said, “Sir, we remember that when he was still alive that mat’eh (deceiver) said, `After shloshah yamim I am to rise again.`
Therefore, give orders for the kever to be made secure until the Yom HaShlishi (the Third Day), lest his talmidim come and steal him away and say to the people, `He has stood up alive from the dead.` And the last deception will be worse than the first.”
Pilate said to them, “You have a guard, go make the kever as secure as you know how.”
And they went and made the kever secure, and, along with the guard, they set a seal on the (stone).
Now after Shabbos, at the time of Shacharit on Yom Rishon (the first day of the week), Miryam of Magdala and the other Miryam came to look at the kever.
And–hinei!–a great earthquake had occurred, for a malach Adonoi (an angel of Hashem) descended from Shomayim and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it.
And his appearance was like lightning and his garment as white as snow.
And the shomrim shook for fear of him and became like dead men.
And the malach, in reply, said to the nashim, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are seeking Yehoshua, who has been hanged on HaAitz. *
“He is not here. For to Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach has come the Techiyas HaMesim, just as he said. Come, see the place where he was lying.
“And go quickly, tell his talmidim about Moshiach’s Techiyas HaMesim. And–hinei!–he is going ahead of you into the Galil. There you will see him. Hinei! I have told you!”
And they departed quickly from the kever with fear and great simcha and ran to report everything to Moshiach’s talmidim.
And–hinei!–Moshiach met them, saying” Shalom Alechem.” And they came up and took hold of his feet and fell prostrate before Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach.
Then he said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and take word to my achim that they may go away to the Galil, and there they shall see me.”
Now while they were on their way–hinei!–some of the shomrim came into the city and reported to the Rashei Hakohanim all the things that had happened.
And when they had assembled with the Zekenim and counseled together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers,
and said, “You are to say, `His talmidim came by night and stole him away while we were asleep,`
“And if this should come to the Governor’s ears, we will win him over and keep you out of trouble.”
And the ones who took the kesef did as they had been instructed, and this story was widely spread among the Yehudim to this day.
But the Achad Asar Talmidim proceeded to the Galil, to the mountain which Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach had designated.
And when they saw him, they prostrated themselves before Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach, but some were doubtful. MOSHIACH’S PROGRAM OF KIRUV RECHOKIM (BRINGING NEAR THE FAR AWAY ONES)
And Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach came up and spoke to them, saying, “All samchut (authority) has been given to me in Shomayim and on haAretz. MOSHIACH’S GZERAH MIN HASHOMAYIM
Go, therefore, make talmidim for Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach of all the nations, giving them a tevilah in a mikveh mayim in Hashem, the Name of HaAv, HaBen, and HaRuach haKodesh,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And –hinei!–I [Moshiach] am with you always, even unto the Ketz HaOlam Hazeh.”