Peter Denies Jesus

54 (A)Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest's house, (B)and Peter was following at a distance. 55 (C)And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of (D)the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. 56 Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with him.” 57 But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” 58 And a little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not.” 59 And after an interval of about an hour still another (E)insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.” 60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. 61 And the Lord turned and (F)looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, (G)“Before the rooster crows today, you will (H)deny me three times.” 62 And he went out and wept bitterly.

Jesus Is Mocked

63 (I)Now the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking him as they beat him. 64 (J)They also blindfolded him and kept asking him, (K)“Prophesy! (L)Who is it that struck you?” 65 And they said many other things against him, (M)blaspheming him.

Jesus Before the Council

66 (N)When day came, (O)the assembly of the elders of the people gathered together, both chief priests and scribes. And they led him away to their (P)council, and they (Q)said, 67 (R)“If you are (S)the Christ, tell us.” But he said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe, 68 and if I ask you, you will not answer. 69 But from now on the Son of Man shall be seated (T)at the right hand of the power of God.” 70 So they all said, “Are you (U)the Son of God, then?” And he said to them, (V)“You say that I am.” 71 Then they said, “What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips.”

Jesus Before Pilate

23 (W)Then the whole company of them arose and brought him before Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man (X)misleading our nation and (Y)forbidding us to give tribute to (Z)Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, (AA)a king.” (AB)And Pilate asked him, (AC)“Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, (AD)“You have said so.” Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, (AE)“I find no guilt in this man.” But they were urgent, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, (AF)from Galilee even to this place.”

Jesus Before Herod

When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. And when he learned that he belonged to (AG)Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, (AH)for he had long desired to see him, (AI)because he had heard about him, and he was hoping (AJ)to see some sign done by him. So he questioned him at some length, but he made no answer. 10 The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. 11 And Herod with his soldiers (AK)treated him with contempt and (AL)mocked him. Then, (AM)arraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate. 12 And (AN)Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other.

13 Pilate then called together the chief priests and (AO)the rulers and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought me this man (AP)as one who was misleading the people. And (AQ)after examining him before you, behold, I (AR)did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him. 15 Neither did Herod, for (AS)he sent him back to us. Look, nothing deserving death has been done by him. 16 (AT)I will therefore punish and release him.”[a]


  1. Luke 23:16 Here, or after verse 19, some manuscripts add verse 17: Now he was obliged to release one man to them at the festival

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