Mark 14:43-72

Betrayal and Arrest

Immediately while He was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, *came up [a]accompanied by a crowd with swords and clubs, who were from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. Now he who was betraying Him had given them a signal, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the one; seize Him and lead Him away [b]under guard.” After coming, Judas immediately went to Him, saying, “Rabbi!” and kissed Him. They laid hands on Him and seized Him. But one of those who stood by drew his sword, and struck the slave of the high priest and [c]cut off his ear. And Jesus said to them, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest Me, as you would against a robber? Every day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize Me; but this has taken place to fulfill the Scriptures.” And they all left Him and fled.

A young man was following Him, wearing nothing but a linen sheet over his naked body; and they *seized him. But he [d]pulled free of the linen sheet and escaped naked.

Jesus before His Accusers

They led Jesus away to the high priest; and all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes *gathered together. Peter had followed Him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest; and he was sitting with the [e]officers and warming himself at the [f]fire. Now the chief priests and the whole [g]Council kept trying to obtain testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, and they were not finding any. For many were giving false testimony against Him, but their testimony was not consistent. Some stood up and began to give false testimony against Him, saying, “We heard Him say, ‘I will destroy this [h]temple made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands.’” Not even in this respect was their testimony consistent. The high priest stood up and came forward and questioned Jesus, saying, “Do You not answer? [i]What is it that these men are testifying against You?” But He kept silent and did not answer. Again the high priest was questioning Him, and [j]saying to Him, “Are You [k]the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” And Jesus said, “I am; and you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” Tearing his clothes, the high priest *said, “What further need do we have of witnesses? You have heard the blasphemy; how does it seem to you?” And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death. Some began to spit at Him, and [l]to blindfold Him, and to beat Him with their fists, and to say to Him, “Prophesy!” And the officers [m]received Him with [n]slaps in the face.

Peter’s Denials

As Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant-girls of the high priest *came, and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and *said, “You also were with Jesus the Nazarene.” But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are talking about.” And he went out onto the [o]porch.[p] The servant-girl saw him, and began once more to say to the bystanders, “This is one of them!” But again he denied it. And after a little while the bystanders were again saying to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean too.” But he began to [q]curse and swear, “I do not know this man you are talking about!” Immediately a rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had made the remark to him, “Before a rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” [r]And he began to weep.

  1. Mark 14:43 Lit and with him
  2. Mark 14:44 Lit safely
  3. Mark 14:47 Lit took off
  4. Mark 14:52 Lit left behind
  5. Mark 14:54 Or servants
  6. Mark 14:54 Lit light
  7. Mark 14:55 Or Sanhedrin
  8. Mark 14:58 Or sanctuary
  9. Mark 14:60 Or what do these testify?
  10. Mark 14:61 Lit says
  11. Mark 14:61 I.e. the Messiah
  12. Mark 14:65 Or cover over His face
  13. Mark 14:65 Or treated
  14. Mark 14:65 Or blows with rods
  15. Mark 14:68 Or forecourt, gateway
  16. Mark 14:68 Later mss add and a rooster crowed
  17. Mark 14:71 Or put himself under a curse
  18. Mark 14:72 Or Thinking of this, he began weeping or Rushing out, he began weeping

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