53They took Jesus to the high priest; and all the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes were assembled. 54Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest; and he was sitting with the guards, warming himself at the fire. 55Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for testimony against Jesus to put him to death; but they found none. 56For many gave false testimony against him, and their testimony did not agree. 57Some stood up and gave false testimony against him, saying, 58We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands. 59But even on this point their testimony did not agree. 60Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, Have you no answer? What is it that they testify against you? 61But he was silent and did not answer. Again the high priest asked him, Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One? 62Jesus said, I am; and
you will see the Son of Man63Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, Why do we still need witnesses? 64You have heard his blasphemy! What is your decision? All of them condemned him as deserving death. 65Some began to spit on him, to blindfold him, and to strike him, saying to him, Prophesy! The guards also took him over and beat him.
seated at the right hand of the Power,
and coming with the clouds of heaven.
66While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant-girls of the high priest came by. 67When she saw Peter warming himself, she stared at him and said, You also were with Jesus, the man from Nazareth. 68But he denied it, saying, I do not know or understand what you are talking about. And he went out into the forecourt. Then the cock crowed. 69And the servant-girl, on seeing him, began again to say to the bystanders, This man is one of them. 70But again he denied it. Then after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, Certainly you are one of them; for you are a Galilean. 71But he began to curse, and he swore an oath, I do not know this man you are talking about. 72At that moment the cock crowed for the second time. Then Peter remembered that Jesus had said to him, Before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times. And he broke down and wept.
15As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. 2Pilate asked him, Are you the King of the Jews? He answered him, You say so. 3Then the chief priests accused him of many things. 4Pilate asked him again, Have you no answer? See how many charges they bring against you. 5But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.
6Now at the festival he used to release a prisoner for them, anyone for whom they asked. 7Now a man called Barabbas was in prison with the rebels who had committed murder during the insurrection. 8So the crowd came and began to ask Pilate to do for them according to his custom. 9Then he answered them, Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews? 10For he realized that it was out of jealousy that the chief priests had handed him over. 11But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead. 12Pilate spoke to them again, Then what do you wish me to do with the man you call the King of the Jews? 13They shouted back, Crucify him! 14Pilate asked them, Why, what evil has he done? But they shouted all the more, Crucify him! 15So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 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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