Matthew 26:51-75 American Standard Version

51  And behold, one of them that were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and smote the servant of the high priest, and struck off his ear. 52  Then saith Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into its place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. 53  Or thinkest thou that I cannot beseech my Father, and he shall even now send me more than twelve legions of angels? 54  How then should the scriptures be fulfilled that thus it must be? 55  In that hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a robber with swords and staves to seize me? I sat daily in the temple teaching, and ye took me not. 56  But all this is come to pass, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples left him, and fled.

Jesus before the Council

57  And they that had taken Jesus led him away to [the house of] Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together. 58  But Peter followed him afar off, unto the court of the high priest, and entered in, and sat with the officers, to see the end. 59  Now the chief priests and the whole council sought false witness against Jesus, that they might put him to death; 60  and they found it not, though many false witnesses came. But afterward came two, 61  and said, This man said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. 62  And the high priest stood up, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? 63  But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou art the Christ, the Son of God. 64  Jesus said unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Henceforth ye shall see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven. 65  Then the high priest rent his garments, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy: what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard the blasphemy: 66  what think ye? They answered and said, He is worthy of death. 67  Then did they spit in his face and buffet him: and some smote him with the palms of their hands, 68  saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ: who is he that struck thee?

Peter Denies Jesus

69  Now Peter was sitting without in the court: and a maid came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus the Galilaean. 70  But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest. 71  And when he was gone out into the porch, another [maid] saw him, and saith unto them that were there, This man also was with Jesus of Nazareth. 72  And again he denied with an oath, I know not the man. 73  And after a little while they that stood by came and said to Peter, Of a truth thou also art [one] of them; for thy speech maketh thee known. 74  Then began he to curse and to swear, I know not the man. And straightway the cock crew. 75  And Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

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