54 Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priests house. But Peter was following at a distance. 55When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. 56Then a servant-girl, seeing him in the firelight, stared at him and said, This man also was with him. 57But he denied it, saying, Woman, I do not know him. 58A little later someone else, on seeing him, said, You also are one of them. But Peter said, Man, I am not! 59Then about an hour later yet another kept insisting, Surely this man also was with him; for he is a Galilean. 60But Peter said, Man, I do not know what you are talking about! At that moment, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed. 61The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times. 62And he went out and wept bitterly.
63 Now the men who were holding Jesus began to mock him and beat him; 64they also blindfolded him and kept asking him, Prophesy! Who is it that struck you? 65They kept heaping many other insults on him.
66 When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, gathered together, and they brought him to their council. 67They said, If you are the Messiah,* tell us. He replied, If I tell you, you will not believe; 68and if I question you, you will not answer. 69But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God. 70All of them asked, Are you, then, the Son of God? He said to them, You say that I am. 71Then they said, What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips!
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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