Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the high priest,1 he went with Jesus into the high priest's courtyard,216
but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the girl on duty there and brought Peter in.
"You are not one of his disciples, are you?" the girl at the door asked Peter. He replied, "I am not."318
It was cold, and the servants and officials stood around a fire4 they had made to keep warm. Peter also was standing with them, warming himself.5
Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching.
20"I have spoken openly to the world," Jesus replied. "I always taught in synagogues6 or at the temple,7 where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret.821Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said."22
When Jesus said this, one of the officials9 nearby struck him in the face.10 "Is this the way you answer the high priest?" he demanded.
23"If I said something wrong," Jesus replied, "testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?"1124
Then Annas sent him, still bound, to Caiaphas12 the high priest.a