Matthew 26:51-75 Darby’s Translation

51  And behold, one of those with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, and smiting the bondman of the high priest took off his ear. 52  Then saith Jesus to him, Return thy sword to its place; for all who take the sword shall perish by the sword. 53  Or thinkest thou that I cannot now call upon my Father, and he will furnish me more than twelve legions of angels? 54  How then should the scriptures be fulfilled that thus it must be? 55  In that hour Jesus said to the crowds, Are ye come out as against a robber with swords and sticks to take me? I sat daily [with you] teaching in the temple, and ye did not seize me. 56  But all this is come to pass that the scriptures of the prophets may be fulfilled. Then all the disciples left him and fled.

Jesus before the Council

57  Now they that had seized Jesus led [him] away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. 58  And Peter followed him at a distance, even to the palace of the high priest, and entering in sat with the officers to see the end. 59  And the chief priests and the elders and the whole sanhedrim sought false witness against Jesus, so that they might put him to death. 60  And they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. But at the last two false witnesses came forward 61  and said, He said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and in three days build it. 62  And the high priest standing up said to him, Answerest thou nothing? What do these witness against thee? 63  But Jesus was silent. And the high priest answering said to him, I adjure thee by the living God that thou tell us if thou art the Christ the Son of God. 64  Jesus says to him, Thou hast said. Moreover, I say to you, From 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 clothes, saying, He has blasphemed: what need have we any more of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard the blasphemy. 66  What think ye? And they answering said, He is liable to the penalty of death. 67  Then they spit in his face, and buffeted him, and some struck him with the palms of their hand, 68  saying, Prophesy to us, Christ, Who is it who struck thee?

Peter Denies Jesus

69  But Peter sat without in the palace-court; and a maid came to him, saying, And thou wast with Jesus the Galilaean. 70  But he denied before all, saying, I do not know what thou sayest. 71  And when he had gone out into the entrance, another [maid] saw him, and says to those there, This [man] also was with Jesus the Nazaraean. 72  And again he denied with an oath: I do not know the man. 73  And after a little, those who stood [there], coming to [him], said to Peter, Truly thou too art of them, for also thy speech makes thee manifest. 74  Then he began to curse and to swear, I know not the man. And immediately [the] cock crew. 75  And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, who had said [to him], Before [the] cock crow thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went forth without, and wept bitterly.


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