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THE DENIAL OF PETER

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made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands." And not even their witness agree together.

And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, “Answerest thou nothing? What is it which these witness against thee?"

But he held his peace, and answered nothing.

And the high priest said unto him, “I adjure thue by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou art the Christ, the Son of God.”

And Jesus said, “I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven."

And the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, “What further need have we of witnesses ? Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye?”

And they all condemned him to be worthy of death. Then did they spit in

and buffet him. And they blindfolded him and smote him with the palms of their hands, saying, “Prophesy unto us, thou Christ: who is he that struck thee?”

THE DENIAL OF PETER.

And as Peter was beneath in the court, there cometh one of the maids of the high priest; and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and saith, “Thou also wast with the Nazarene, even Jesus.”

But he denied, saying, “I neither know nor understand what thou sayest," and he went out into the porch; and the cock crew.

And after a little while they that stood by came and said to Peter, “Of a truth thou also art one of them; for thy speech maketh thee known.”

Then began he to curse and to swear, “I know not the man." And straightway the cock crew.

And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how that he said unto him, “Before the cock crow twice thou shalt deny me thrice."

And he went out, and wept bitterly.

And straightway in the morning the chief priests with the elders and scribes, and the whole council, held a consultation, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him up to Pilate, the governor.

THE REMORSE OF JUDAS.

Then Judas, who betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, ' "I have sinned in that I betrayed innocent blood.

But they said, “What is that to us? See thou to it."

And he cast down the pieces of silver into the sanctuary, and departed; and he went away and hanged himself.

And the chief priests took the pieces of silver, and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is the price of blood.” And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field was called, “The field of blood,” unto this day.

Then was fulfilled that which was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was priced, whom certain of the children of Israel did price; and they gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me.”

THE TRIAL BEFORE PILATE

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THE TRIAL BEFORE PILATE.

They lead Jesus therefore from Caiaphas into the Prætorium: and it was early; and they themselves entered not into the Prætorium, that they might not be defiled, but might eat the passover. Pilate therefore went out unto them, and saith, “What accusation bring ye against this man?”

They answered and said unto him, "If this man were not an evil-doer, we should not have delivered him up unto thee."

Pilate therefore said unto them, “Take him yourselves, and judge him according to your law.”

The Jews said unto him, “It is not lawful for us to put any man to death”: that the word of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying by what manner of death he should die.

And they began to accuse him, saying, "We found this man perverting our nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Cæsar, and saying that he himself is Christ a king."

And when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. Then saith Pilate unto him, “Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?” And he gave him no answer, not even to one word: insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.

Pilate therefore entered again into the Prætorium, and called Jesus, and said unto him, “Art thou the King of the Jews?"

Jesus answered, “Sayest thou this of thyself, or did others tell it thee concerning me?"

Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests delivered thee unto me:

what hast thou done?

Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world:

if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now is my kingdom not from hence."

Pilate therefore said unto him, “Art thou a king then?"

Jesus answered, “Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end have I been born, and to this end am I come into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice."

Pilate saith unto him, "What is truth?"

And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, “I find no crime in him.”

But they were the more urgent, saying, “He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Judæa, and beginning from Galilee, even unto this place.

But when Pilate heard it, he asked whether the man were a Galilæan. And when he knew that he was of Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him unto Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem in these days.

JESUS BEFORE HEROD. Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad; for he was of a long time desirous to see him, because he had heard concerning him; and he hoped to see some miracle done by him. And he questioned him in many words; but he answered him nothing. And the chief priests and the scribes stood, vehemently, accusing him. And Herod with his soldiers set him at nought, and mocked him, and arraying him in gorgeous apparel sent him back to Pilate.

And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day: for before they were at enmity between themselves.

THE TRIAL BEFORE PILATE RESUMED

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THE TRIAL BEFORE PILATÉ RESUMED. And Pilate called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, and said unto them, “Ye brought unto me this man, as one that perverteth the people: and behold, I, having examined him before you, found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him: no, nor yet Herod : for he sent him back unto us; and behold, nothing worthy of death hath been done by him. I will therefore chastise him, and release him.”

Now at the feast the governor was 'wont to release unto the multitude one prisoner, whom they would. And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas, lying bound with them that had made insurrection, men who in the insurrection had committed murder. And the multitude went up and began to ask him to do as he was wont to do unto them.

And Pilate answered them, saying, “Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews?” For he perceived that for envy the chief priests had delivered

him up.

Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.

But the governor answered and said unto them, “Which of the two will ye that I release unto you?”

And they said, “Barabbas.”

Pilate saith' unto them, “What then shall I do unto Jesus who is called Christ?”

They all say, “Let him be crucified.”

And he said unto them a third time, “Why, what evil hath this man done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise and release him.”

Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. And the soldiers led him away within the court,

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