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Matthew 26:51-75 (New American Standard)

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51 And behold, 1one of those who were with Jesus areached and drew out his 2sword, and struck the 3slave of the high priest and bcut off his ear. 52 Then Jesus said to him, "Put your sword back into its place; for 4all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword. 53 "Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve c5legions of 6angels? 54 "How then will 7the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way?" 55 At that time Jesus said to the crowds, "Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest Me as you would against a robber? 8Every day I used to sit in the temple teaching and you did not seize Me. 56 "But all this has taken place to fulfill 9the Scriptures of the prophets." Then all the disciples left Him and fled.

Jesus before Caiaphas

57 10Those who had seized Jesus led Him away to 11Caiaphas, the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together. 58 But 12Peter was following Him at a distance as far as the 13courtyard of the high priest, and entered in, and sat down with the d14officers to see the outcome. 59 Now the chief priests and the whole e15Council kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus, so that they might put Him to death. 60 They did not find any, even though many false witnesses came forward. But later on 16two came forward, 61 and said, "This man stated, '17I am able to destroy the ftemple of God and to rebuild it gin three days.' " 62 The high priest stood up and said to Him, "Do You not answer? What is it that these men are testifying against You?" 63 But 18Jesus kept silent. 19And the high priest said to Him, "I h20adjure You by 21the living God, that You tell us whether You are ithe Christ, 22the Son of God." 64 Jesus said to him, "23You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, jhereafter you will see 24THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and 25COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN." 65 Then the high priest 26tore his krobes and said, "He has blasphemed! What further need do we have of witnesses? Behold, you have now heard the blasphemy; 66 what do you think?" They answered, "27He deserves death!" 67 28Then they 29spat in His face and beat Him with their fists; and others lslapped Him, 68 and said, "30Prophesy to us, You mChrist; who is the one who hit You?"

Peter's Denials

69 31Now Peter was sitting outside in the 32courtyard, and a servant-girl came to him and said, "You too were with Jesus the Galilean." 70 But he denied it before them all, saying, "I do not know what you are talking about." 71 When he had gone out to the gateway, another servant-girl saw him and said to those who were there, "This man was with Jesus of Nazareth." 72 And again he denied it with an oath, "I do not know the man." 73 A little later the bystanders came up and said to Peter, "Surely you too are one of them; 33for even the way you talk ngives you away ." 74 Then he began to curse and swear, "I do not know the man!" And immediately a rooster crowed. 75 And Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said, "34Before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." And he went out and wept bitterly.
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