Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, in
whose house the scribes and the elders had gathered.
But Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of
the high priest; and going inside, he sat with the guards in order to
see how this would end.
Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for false
testimony against Jesus so that they might put him to death,
but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last
two came forward 61
and said, "This fellow said, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God and
to build it in three days.'"
The high priest stood up and said, "Have you no answer? What is it that
they testify against you?"
But Jesus was silent. Then the high priest said to him, "I put you under
oath before the living God, tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of
Jesus said to him, "You have said so. But I tell you, From now on you
will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on
the clouds of heaven."
Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, "He has blasphemed! Why
do we still need witnesses? You have now heard his blasphemy.
What is your verdict?" They answered, "He deserves death."
Then they spat in his face and struck him; and some slapped him,
saying, "Prophesy to us, you Messiah! Who is it that struck you?"
Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant-girl came to
him and said, "You also were with Jesus the Galilean."
But he denied it before all of them, saying, "I do not know what you are
talking about." 71
When he went out to the porch, another servant-girl saw him, and she
said to the bystanders, "This man was with Jesus of Nazareth."
Again he denied it with an oath, "I do not know the man."
After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter,
"Certainly you are also one of them, for your accent betrays you."
Then he began to curse, and he swore an oath, "I do not know the man!"
At that moment the cock crowed.
Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said: "Before the cock crows, you
will deny me three times." And he went out and wept bitterly.
When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people
conferred together against Jesus in order to bring about his death.
They bound him, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate the
When Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he repented and
brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the
He said, "I have sinned by betraying innocent blood." But they said,
"What is that to us? See to it yourself."
Throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed; and he
went and hanged himself.
But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, "It is not
lawful to put them into the treasury, since they are blood money."
After conferring together, they used them to buy the potter's field as a
place to bury foreigners.
For this reason that field has been called the Field of Blood to this
Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah,
"And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of the one on whom
a price had been set, on whom some of the people of Israel had set a
and they gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord commanded me."
Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him, "Are
you the King of the Jews?" Jesus said, "You say so."
But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he did not
Then Pilate said to him, "Do you not hear how many accusations they make
against you?" 14
But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the
governor was greatly amazed.
Now at the festival the governor was accustomed to release a prisoner
for the crowd, anyone whom they wanted.
At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Jesus Barabbas.
So after they had gathered, Pilate said to them, "Whom do you want me to
release for you, Jesus Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Messiah?"
For he realized that it was out of jealousy that they had handed him
While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him,
"Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for today I have suffered a
great deal because of a dream about him."
Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for
Barabbas and to have Jesus killed.
The governor again said to them, "Which of the two do you want me to
release for you?" And they said, "Barabbas."
Pilate said to them, "Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the
Messiah?" All of them said, "Let him be crucified!"
Then he asked, "Why, what evil has he done?" But they shouted all the
more, "Let him be crucified!"
So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was
beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd,
saying, "I am innocent of this man's blood; see to it yourselves."
Then the people as a whole answered, "His blood be on us and on our
So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed
him over to be crucified.
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor's
headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him.
They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him,
and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head.
They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him,
saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head.
After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes
on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.
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