Jesus | high Priest Like No Other
Jesus Before the Council
53 vAnd wthey led Jesus to the high priest. And all the chief priests and the elders andthe scribes came together. 54 wAnd xPeter had followed him at a distance, yright into zthecourtyard of the high priest. And he was sitting with athe guards and bwarming himself atthe fire. 55 Now the chief priests and the whole council6 were seeking testimony againstJesus to put him to death, but they found none. 56 cFor many bore false witness againsthim, but their testimony ddid not agree. 57 And some stood up and bore false witnessagainst him, saying, 58 e“We heard him say, f‘I will destroy this temple gthat is made withhands, and in three days I will build another, hnot made with hands.’” 59 Yet even aboutthis their testimony did not agree. 60 And the high priest stood up in the midst and askedJesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?”761 But ihe remained silent and made no answer. jAgain the high priest asked him, “Areyou kthe Christ, the Son of lthe Blessed?” 62 And Jesus said, “I am, and myou will see theSon of Man nseated at the right hand of Power, and mcoming with the clouds of heaven.”63 And the high priest otore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need?64 You have heard phis blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they qall condemned himas rdeserving death. 65 sAnd some began tto spit on him and uto cover his face and tostrike him, saying to him, “Prophesy!” And the guards received him vwith blows.
Peter Denies Jesus
66 wAnd as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priestcame, 67 and seeing Peter xwarming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also werewith the Nazarene, Jesus.” 68 But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understandwhat you mean.” And he went out into the gateway8 and ythe rooster crowed.9 69 And theservant girl saw him and began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.”70 But again he denied it. And after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter,“Certainly you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.” 71 But he began to invoke a curse onhimself and to swear, “I do not know this man of whom you speak.” 72 And immediatelythe rooster crowed za second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him,a“Before the rooster crows twice, you will bdeny me three times.” And he broke down andwept.10