Matthew 26:31-67View Full Chapter
Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial
31Then Jesus told them,
33Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.”
35But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same.
36Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them,
38Then he said to them,
39Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed,
42He went away a second time and prayed,
44So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
45Then he returned to the disciples and said to them,
Jesus Arrested 47While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.”
49Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.
51With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
Jesus Before the Sanhedrin 57Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled.
58But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome. 59The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death.
60But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally two came forward
61and declared, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’ ” 62Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?”
63But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”