One of those who were with Jesus drew his sword and struck at the High Priest's slave, cutting off his ear.
"Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him. "All who take the sword will die by the sword.
Don't you know that I could call on my Father for help, and at once he would send me more than twelve armies of angels?
But in that case, how could the Scriptures come true which say that this is what must happen?"
Then Jesus spoke to the crowd, "Did you have to come with swords and clubs to capture me, as though I were an outlaw? Every day I sat down and taught in the Temple, and you did not arrest me. 1
But all this has happened in order to make come true what the prophets wrote in the Scriptures." Then all the disciples left him and ran away.
Those who had arrested Jesus took him to the house of Caiaphas, the High Priest, where the teachers of the Law and the elders had gathered together.
Peter followed from a distance, as far as the courtyard of the High Priest's house. He went into the courtyard and sat down with the guards to see how it would all come out.
The chief priests and the whole Council tried to find some false evidence against Jesus to put him to death;
but they could not find any, even though many people came forward and told lies about him. Finally two men stepped up
and said, "This man said, "I am able to tear down God's Temple and three days later build it back up.' " 2
The High Priest stood up and said to Jesus, "Have you no answer to give to this accusation against you?"
But Jesus kept quiet. Again the High Priest spoke to him, "In the name of the living God I now put you under oath: tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God."
Jesus answered him, "So you say. But I tell all of you: from this time on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right side of the Almighty and coming on the clouds of heaven!" 3
At this the High Priest tore his clothes and said, "Blasphemy! We don't need any more witnesses! You have just heard his blasphemy! 4
What do you think?" They answered, "He is guilty and must die."
Then they spat in his face and beat him; and those who slapped him 5
said, "Prophesy for us, Messiah! Guess who hit you!"
Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard when one of the High Priest's servant women came to him and said, "You, too, were with Jesus of Galilee."
But he denied it in front of them all. "I don't know what you are talking about," he answered,
and went on out to the entrance of the courtyard. Another servant woman saw him and said to the men there, "He was with Jesus of Nazareth."
Again Peter denied it and answered, "I swear that I don't know that man!"
After a little while the men standing there came to Peter. "Of course you are one of them," they said. "After all, the way you speak gives you away!"
Then Peter said, "I swear that I am telling the truth! May God punish me if I am not! I do not know that man!" Just then a rooster crowed,
and Peter remembered what Jesus had told him: "Before the rooster crows, you will say three times that you do not know me." He went out and wept bitterly.