22:54 Then 1 they arrested 2 Jesus, 3 led him away, and brought him into the high priest’s house. 4 But Peter was following at a distance. 22:55 When they had made a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. 22:56 Then a slave girl, 5 seeing him as he sat in the firelight, stared at him and said, “This man was with him too!” 22:57 But Peter 6 denied it: “Woman, 7 I don’t know 8 him!” 22:58 Then 9 a little later someone else 10 saw him and said, “You are one of them too.” But Peter said, “Man, 11 I am not!” 22:59 And after about an hour still another insisted, 12 “Certainly this man was with him, because he too is a Galilean.” 13 22:60 But Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” At that moment, 14 while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. 15 22:61 Then 16 the Lord turned and looked straight at Peter, and Peter remembered the word of the Lord, 17 how he had said to him, “Before a rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” 22:62 And he went outside and wept bitterly. 18
22:63 Now 19 the men who were holding Jesus 20 under guard began to mock him and beat him. 22:64 They 21 blindfolded him and asked him repeatedly, 22 “Prophesy! Who hit you?” 23 22:65 They also said many other things against him, reviling 24 him.
22:66 When day came, the council of the elders of the people gathered together, both the chief priests and the experts in the law. 25 Then 26 they led Jesus 27 away to their council 28 22:67 and said, “If 29 you are the Christ, 30 tell us.” But he said to them, “If 31 I tell you, you will not 32 believe, 22:68 and if 33 I ask you, you will not 34 answer. 22:69 But from now on 35 the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand 36 of the power 37 of God.” 22:70 So 38 they all said, “Are you the Son of God, 39 then?” He answered 40 them, “You say 41 that I am.” 22:71 Then 42 they said, “Why do we need further testimony? We have heard it ourselves 43 from his own lips!” 44
[22:54] 4 sn Putting all the gospel accounts together, there is a brief encounter with Annas (brought him into the high priest’s house, here and John 18:13, where Annas is named); the meeting led by Caiaphas (Matt 26:57-68 = Mark 14:53-65; and then a Sanhedrin meeting (Matt 27:1; Mark 15:1; Luke 22:66-71). These latter two meetings might be connected and apparently went into the morning.
[22:60] 15 tn A real rooster crowing is probably in view here (rather than the Roman trumpet call known as gallicinium), in part due to the fact that Mark 14:72 mentions the rooster crowing twice. See the discussion at Matt 26:74.
[22:61] 17 tn “The word of the Lord” is a technical expression in OT literature, often referring to a divine prophetic utterance (e.g., Gen 15:1, Isa 1:10, Jonah 1:1). In the NT it occurs 15 times: 3 times as ῥῆμα τοῦ κυρίου (rJhma tou kuriou; here and in Acts 11:16, 1 Pet 1:25) and 12 times as λόγος τοῦ κυρίου (logo" tou kuriou; Acts 8:25; 13:44, 48, 49; 15:35, 36; 16:32; 19:10, 20; 1 Thess 1:8, 4:15; 2 Thess 3:1). As in the OT, this phrase focuses on the prophetic nature and divine origin of what has been said. Because of its technical nature the expression has been retained in the translation in preference to a smoother rendering like “remembered what the Lord had said” (cf. TEV, NLT).
[22:64] sn Who hit you? This is a variation of one of three ancient games that involved blindfolds.
[22:69] 36 sn Seated at the right hand is an allusion to Ps 110:1 (“Sit at my right hand…”) and is a claim that Jesus shares authority with God in heaven. Those present may have thought they were his judges, but, in fact, the reverse was true.
[22:69] 37 sn The expression the right hand of the power of God is a circumlocution for referring to God. Such indirect references to God were common in 1st century Judaism out of reverence for the divine name.
[22:71] 43 sn We have heard it ourselves. The Sanhedrin regarded the answer as convicting Jesus. They saw it as blasphemous to claim such intimacy and shared authority with God, a claim so serious and convicting that no further testimony was needed.