Some began to spit on him, blindfolded him, and struck him with their fists, crying out, “Prophesy!” And the High Priest’s men set upon him with blows.
Meanwhile Peter was still in the courtyard downstairs. One of the High Priest’s serving-maids came by and saw him there warming himself. She looked into his face and said, “You were there too, with this man from Nazareth, this Jesus.”
But he denied it. “I know nothing,” he said. “I do not understand what you mean.”
Then he went outside into the porch, and the maid saw him there again and began to say to the bystanders, “He is one of them;” and again he denied it.
Again, a little later, the bystanders said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them. You must be; you are a Galilean.”
At this he burst out into curses, and with an oath he said, “I do not know this man you speak of.”
Then the cock crew a second time; and Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, “Before the cock cries twice you will disown me three times.” And he burst into tears.