54Â Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. There he sat with the guards and warmed himself at the fire.
55Â The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any. 56Â Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree.
57Â Then some stood up and gave this false testimony against him: 58Â â€œWe heard him say, â€˜I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three days will build another, not made with hands.â€™â€ 59Â Yet even then their testimony did not agree.
60Â Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, â€œAre you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?â€ 61Â But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer.
Again the high priest asked him, â€œAre you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?â€
62Â â€œI am,â€ said Jesus. â€œAnd you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.â€
63Â The high priest tore his clothes. â€œWhy do we need any more witnesses?â€ he asked. 64Â â€œYou have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?â€
They all condemned him as worthy of death. 65Â Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, â€œProphesy!â€ And the guards took him and beat him.
Peter Disowns Jesus
66Â While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. 67Â When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him.
â€œYou also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,â€ she said.
68Â But he denied it. â€œI donâ€™t know or understand what youâ€™re talking about,â€ he said, and went out into the entryway.
69Â When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, â€œThis fellow is one of them.â€ 70Â Again he denied it.
After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, â€œSurely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.â€
71Â He began to call down curses, and he swore to them, â€œI donâ€™t know this man youâ€™re talking about.â€
72Â Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: â€œBefore the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.â€ And he broke down and wept.