John 18:27

27 Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.

John 18:27 in Other Translations

27 Peter then denied again: and immediately the cock crew.
27 Peter again denied it, and at once a rooster crowed.
27 Again Peter denied it. And immediately a rooster crowed.
27 Again, Peter denied it. Just then a rooster crowed.
27 Peter then denied it again. Immediately a rooster crowed.

John 18:27 Meaning and Commentary

John 18:27

Peter then denied again
A third time, as the Ethiopic version renders it; and that, according to other evangelists, with cursing and swearing; for now he was more affrighted than before, lest should he be taken up, and it be proved upon him, that he was the person that cut off Malchus's ear, he should be sentenced to a fine, or it may be some capital punishment. The fine for plucking a man's ears, and which some understand of plucking them off, was four hundred "zuzim" F19, or, pence; which, as they answer to Roman pence, amount to twelve pounds ten shillings; a sum of money Peter perhaps could not have raised, without great difficulty: and therefore, that it might be believed he was not a disciple of Christ, so not the man; he swears in a profane manner, and imprecates the judgments of God upon him:

and immediately the cock crew;
the second time; which was a signal by which he might call to remembrance, what Christ had said to him; that before the cock crowed twice, he should deny him thrice, ( Mark 14:72 ) . It was now early in the morning, about three o'clock, or somewhat after.


F19 Misn. Bava Kama, c. 8, sect. 6. Vid. L'Empereur in ib.

John 18:27 In-Context

25 Meanwhile, Simon Peter was still standing there warming himself. So they asked him, “You aren’t one of his disciples too, are you?” He denied it, saying, “I am not.”
26 One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, “Didn’t I see you with him in the garden?”
27 Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.
28 Then the Jewish leaders took Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness they did not enter the palace, because they wanted to be able to eat the Passover.
29 So Pilate came out to them and asked, “What charges are you bringing against this man?”

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