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What Has Come Before:
As soon as Judas left the supper, Jesus said to the eleven disciples, "Little children, I shall be with you only a little while. I am going away; and where I go, you cannot come now. But when I am gone away from you, remember this new commandment that I give you, that you love one another even as I have loved you."
Simon Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, where are you going?"
Jesus answered, "Where I go, you cannot follow me now, but you shall follow me afterward."
Peter said to him, " Lord, what, cannot I follow you even now? I will lay down my life for your sake."
Jesus said, "Will you lay down your life for me? I tell you, Peter, that before the cock crows tomorrow morning you will three times deny that you have ever known me!"
But Peter said, "Though I die, I will never deny you, Lord!"
And so said all the other disciples; but Jesus said to them, "Before morning comes every one of you will leave me alone. Yet I will not be alone, for the Father will be with me."...
Peter's Denial, Carl Heinrich Bloch
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"You are not one of his disciples, are you?" the girl at the door asked Peter.
He replied, "I am not."
Matthew 26:31-36, 69-74 ; Mark 14:27-31, 66-72; Luke 22:54-62; John 18:1-11
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While Annas and his men were showing their hate toward Jesus, who stood bound and alone among his enemies, Peter was still in the courtyard, warming himself at the fire. A woman, who was a serving maid in the house, looked at Peter sharply, and finally said to him, "You were one of those men with this Jesus of Nazareth!"
Peter was afraid to tell the truth, and lie answered her, "Woman, I do not know the man, and I do not know what you are talking about." And to get away from her he went out into the porch of the house. There another woman servant saw him, saying, "This man was one of those with Jesus!"
And Peter swore with an oath that he did not know Jesus at all. Soon a man came by, who was of kin to Malchus, whose ear Peter had cut off. He looked at Peter, and heard him speak, and said, "You are surely one of this man's disciples, for your speech shows that you came from Galilee." Then Peter began again to curse and to swear, declaring that he did not know the man of whom they were speaking.
Just at that moment the loud, shrill crowing of a cock startled Peter, and at the same time he saw Jesus, who was being dragged through the hall from Annas to the council room of Caiaphas, the other high priest. And the Lord turned as he was passing and looked at Peter. Then there flashed into Peter's mind what Jesus had said on the evening before, "Before the cock crows tomorrow morning, you will three times deny that you have ever known me."
Then Peter went out of the high priest's house into the street, and he wept bitterly because he had denied his Lord.
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