They led Jesus away to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes assembled.
Peter followed him at a distance, right into the high priest’s courtyard. He was sitting with the servants, warming himself by the fire.
The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they could not find any.
For many were giving false testimony against him, and the testimonies did not agree.
Some stood up and gave false testimony against him, stating,
“We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with human hands, and in three days I will build another not made by hands.’ ”
Yet their testimony did not agree even on this.
Then the high priest stood up before them all and questioned Jesus, “Don’t you have an answer to what these men are testifying against you?”
But he kept silent and did not answer. Again the high priest questioned him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”
“I am,” said Jesus, “and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming with the clouds of heaven.”
Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “Why do we still need witnesses?
You have heard the blasphemy. What is your decision?” They all condemned him as deserving death.
Then some began to spit on him, to blindfold him, and to beat him, saying, “Prophesy!” The temple servants also took him and slapped him.
While Peter was in the courtyard below, one of the high priest’s maidservants came.
When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with Jesus, the man from Nazareth.”
But he denied it: “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about.” Then he went out to the entryway, and a rooster crowed.
When the maidservant saw him again, she began to tell those standing nearby, “This man is one of them.”
But again he denied it. After a little while those standing there said to Peter again, “You certainly are one of them, since you’re also a Galilean.”
Then he started to curse and swear, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about!”
Immediately a rooster crowed a second time, and Peter remembered when Jesus had spoken the word to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.