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So the cohort and the commander
and the officials of the Jews
arrested Jesus and bound him,
and they led him to Annas first;
for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas,
who was high priest that year;
Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews
that it was advantageous for one person to die
on behalf of the people.

The high priest asked Jesus about his disciples
and about his teaching.

Jesus answered him, "I have spoken clearly to the world;
all the time I taught in synagogues and in the temple,
where all the Jews come together,
and in secret I spoke nothing.
Why are you asking me?
Ask those who have heard what I have spoken to them;
look, these people know what I said."

As he was saying these things,
one of the officials standing by gave Jesus a slap
saying, "Do you answer the high priest so?"

Jesus answered him, "If I have spoken wrongly,
testify about the wrong;
but if I have spoken correctly, why do you hit me?"
So Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas, the high priest.

The ones who had seized Jesus led him away
and brought him into the house of the high priest,
where all the high priests and the elders and the scholars
were assembled.

Simon Peter and another disciple
followed Jesus from a distance.
That disciple was known to the high priest,
and he entered with Jesus
into the courtyard of the high priest,
and Peter stood at the door outside.
So the other disciple who was known to the high priest
went out and told the doorkeeper, and brought in Peter.
Entering inside he was sitting with the attendants
and warming himself by the fire to see the end.

The high priests and the whole council
were looking for testimony against Jesus
to put him to death,
and they did not find any;
though many falsely testified against him,
the testimonies did not agree.

But later two coming forward said, "This one said,
'I will tear down this handmade temple of God,
and in three days I will build another not handmade.'"
Even this testimony of theirs did not agree.

Standing up in the middle the high priest
questioned Jesus, "Are you not going to answer anything
of what these are testifying against you?"

But he was silent and did not answer anything.

Again the high priest questioned him,
"I adjure you by the living God that you should tell us
if you are the Christ, the son of God."

Jesus said, "If I tell you, you will not believe;
and if I were to question you, you would not answer.
But from now on you will see the human son
sitting at the right hand of power
and coming on the clouds of heaven."

They all said, "Then are you the son of God?"

He said to them, "You are saying that I am."
Then the high priest ripped his clothes
and said, "He blasphemed!
What need have we of any more witnesses?
Now you have heard the blasphemy from his mouth.
What does it look like to you?"

They all condemned him to be deserving of death.
Then the men holding him
began to spit in his face and beat him,
and they mocked him covering his face and slapping him
saying, "Prophesy to us, Christ;
who is the one who struck you?"

89. Jesus Before the High Priests Harmony 89 * Interpretation 89
90. Peter Denies Three Times Harmony 90 * Synthesis 90 * Interpretation 90

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