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John 18:18-28 (New International Version)

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18 It was cold, and the servants and officials stood around a fire1 they had made to keep warm. Peter also was standing with them, warming himself.2

The High Priest Questions Jesus

18:19-24pp -- Mt 26:59-68; Mk 14:55-65; Lk 22:63-71

19 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 synagogues3 or at the temple,4 where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret.5 21 Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said." 22 When Jesus said this, one of the officials6 nearby struck him in the face.7 "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?"8 24 Then Annas sent him, still bound, to Caiaphas9 the high priest.a

Peter's Second and Third Denials

18:25-27pp -- Mt 26:71-75; Mk 14:69-72; Lk 22:58-62

25 As Simon Peter stood warming himself,10 he was asked, "You are not one of his disciples, are you?" He denied it, saying, "I am not."11 26 One of the high priest's servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off,12 challenged him, "Didn't I see you with him in the olive grove?"13 27 Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.14

Jesus Before Pilate

18:29-40pp -- Mt 27:11-18,20-23; Mk 15:2-15; Lk 23:2,3,18-25

28 Then the Jews led Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor.15 By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness the Jews did not enter the palace;16 they wanted to be able to eat the Passover.17
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