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The servants and attendants had kindled a fire
in the middle of the courtyard, because it was cold,
and standing they were warming themselves;
Peter was also standing with them and warming himself.
The doorkeeper seeing him sitting by the light
and staring at him said, "Are you not also
one of the disciples of the Nazarene Jesus?"

But he denied it saying,
"I don't know nor understand what you mean, woman."
He went outside into the forecourt,
and after a short while another saw him
and said to those standing by, "This one is one of them."

But Peter denied it again saying, "Man, I am not."

After about one hour intervened
another servant of the high priest,
who was a relative of the one whose ear Peter cut off,
said, "Didn't I see you in the garden with him?"
And he insisted saying,
"Upon the truth you are also one of them,
for you are also a Galilean;
even your speech makes it clear."

Then Peter began to curse and swear,
"I don't know this person you mean."
Immediately while he was speaking, the cock crowed.

The Lord turning looked at Peter,
and Peter remembered the saying as Jesus had told him,
"Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times."
Going outside he broke down and wept bitterly.

Early in the morning
all the high priests with the scholars
and the elders of the people and the whole council
formed a plan against Jesus in order to put him to death;
and having bound him they led him away
and gave him over to Pilate, the governor.

Then Judas, who had given him over,
seeing that he was condemned,
regretted it and returned the thirty silver coins
to the high priests and elders
saying, "I sinned giving over innocent blood."

They said, "What is that to us? You see to it."

Throwing the silver into the temple he withdrew,
and going away he hanged himself.

But the high priests taking the silver
said, "It is not permitted to put this into the treasury,
since it is the price of blood."

Forming a plan they bought with it
the potter's field for the burial of foreigners.
This is why that field
has been called the field of blood to this day.
Then was fulfilled
what was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet:

And they took the thirty silver coins,
the price of him on whom a price had been set
by some of the sons of Israel,
and they gave them for a potter's field,
as the Lord directed me.

90. Peter Denies Three Times Harmony 90 * Interpretation 90
91. Pilate and Herod Question Jesus Harmony 91 * Synthesis 91 * Interpretation 91

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