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Mark: 14
32WHEN THEY REACHED a place called Gethsemane, he said to his disciples, 'Sit here while I pray.' 33And he took Peter and James and John with him. Horror and dismay came over him, 34and he said to them, 'My heart is ready to break with grief; stop here, and stay awake.' 35Then he went forward a little, threw himself on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, this hour might pass him by. 36'Abba, Father,' he said, 'all things are possible to thee; take this cup away from me. Yet not what I will, but what thou wilt.'
37He came back and found them asleep; and he said to Peter, 'Asleep, Simon? Were you not able to keep awake for one hour? 38Stay awake, all of you; and pray that you may be spared the test: the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.' 39Once more he went away and prayed. [Some witnesses add: using the same words.] 40On his return he found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy; and they did not know how to answer him.
41The third time he came and said to them, 'Still sleeping? Still taking your ease? Enough! [The Greek is obscure; a possible meaning is: 'The money has been paid', 'The account is settled.'] The hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed to sinful men. 42Up, let us go forward! My betrayer is upon us.'

Matthew: 26
36JESUS THEN CAME with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane. He said to them, 'Sit here while I go over there to pray.' 37He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee. Anguish and dismay came over him, 38and he said to them, 'My heart is ready to break with grief. Stop here, and stay awake with me.' 39He went on a little, fell on his face in prayer, and said, 'My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass me by. Yet not as I will, but as thou wilt.'
40He came to the disciples and found them asleep; and he said to Peter, 'What! Could none of you stay awake with me one hour? 41Stay awake, and pray that you may be spared the test. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.'
42He went away a second time, and prayed: 'My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to pass me by without my drinking it, thy will be done.' 43He came again and found them asleep, for their eyes were heavy. 44So he left them and went away again; and he prayed the third time, using the same words as before.
45Then he came to the disciples and said to them, 'Still sleeping? Still taking your ease? The hour has come! The Son of Man is betrayed to sinful men. 46Up, let us go forward; the traitor is upon us.'

Luke: 22
39THEN HE WENT OUT and made his way as usual to the Mount of Olives, accompanied by the disciples. 40When he reached the place he said to them, 'Pray that you may be spared the hour of testing.' 41He himself withdrew from them about a stone's throw, knelt down, and began to pray: 42'Father, if it be thy will, take this cup away from me. Yet not my will but thine be done.'
43And now there appeared to him an angel from heaven bringing him strength, 44and in anguish of spirit he prayed the more urgently; and his sweat was like clots of blood falling to the ground. [Some witnesses omit: And now ... ground.] 45When he rose from prayer and came to the disciples he found them asleep, worn out by grief. 46'Why are you sleeping?' he said. 'Rise and pray that you may be spared the test.'

Notes: The most generally known harmonies of the Gospels are based upon the Huck-Lietzmann Synopsis (1936) of the three gospels and Sparks' Synopsis (1964) of four gospels. Many of the passages in these harmonies are too short to display in a useful manner on a web-page.
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