50 And one of them slashed at the high priest's servant and cut off his right ear.
51 But Jesus said, "Don't resist anymore." And he touched the place where the man's ear had been and healed him.
52 Then Jesus spoke to the leading priests and captains of the Temple guard and the other leaders who headed the mob. "Am I some dangerous criminal," he asked, "that you have come armed with swords and clubs to arrest me?
53 Why didn't you arrest me in the Temple? I was there every day. But this is your moment, the time when the power of darkness reigns."
54 So they arrested him and led him to the high priest's residence, and Peter was following far behind.
55 The guards lit a fire in the courtyard and sat around it, and Peter joined them there.
56 A servant girl noticed him in the firelight and began staring at him. Finally she said, "This man was one of Jesus' followers!"
57 Peter denied it. "Woman," he said, "I don't even know the man!"
58 After a while someone else looked at him and said, "You must be one of them!" "No, man, I'm not!" Peter replied.
59 About an hour later someone else insisted, "This must be one of Jesus' disciples because he is a Galilean, too."
60 But Peter said, "Man, I don't know what you are talking about." And as soon as he said these words, the rooster crowed.
61 At that moment the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered that the Lord had said, "Before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny me three times."
62 And Peter left the courtyard, crying bitterly.
63 Now the guards in charge of Jesus began mocking and beating him.
64 They blindfolded him; then they hit him and asked, "Who hit you that time, you prophet?"
65 And they threw all sorts of terrible insults at him.
66 At daybreak all the leaders of the people assembled, including the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. Jesus was led before this high council,*1
67 and they said, "Tell us if you are the Messiah." But he replied, "If I tell you, you won't believe me.
68 And if I ask you a question, you won't answer.
69 But the time is soon coming when I, the Son of Man, will be sitting at God's right hand in the place of power."*2
70 They all shouted, "Then you claim you are the Son of God?" And he replied, "You are right in saying that I am."
71 "What need do we have for other witnesses?" they shouted. "We ourselves heard him say it."
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