a. By the Jewish Leaders, Representing the Jews
53 1And they 2aled Jesus away to the high priest, and all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together.
54 And Peter afollowed Him at a distance until he was within the bcourtyard of the high priest. And he was there sitting with the cattendants and warming himself in the light of the fire.
55 Now the chief priests and the whole 1aSanhedrin were seeking testimony against Jesus in order to put Him to death, and they could not find it.
56 For many gave afalse testimony against Him, yet the testimonies were not consistent.
57 And asome stood up and testified falsely against Him, saying,
58 We heard Him say, I will adestroy this temple made with bhands, and 1in three days I will build another made without hands.
59 And neither in this regard was their testimony consistent.
60 And the high priest stood up in the midst and questioned Jesus, saying, Do You not answer anything? What is this that these testify against You?
61 But He was silent and did not answer aanything. Again the high priest questioned Him and said to Him, Are bYou the cChrist, the Son of the 1dBlessed?
62 And Jesus said, 1I am. And you shall see the aSon of Man sitting at the bright hand of Power and coming with the clouds of heaven.
63 And the high priest, atearing his 1garments, said, What further need do we have of witnesses?
64 You heard the 1ablasphemy! How does it appear to you? And they all condemned Him of being worthy of bdeath.
65 And some began to 1aspit at Him and to bblindfold His face and to cbeat Him with their fists and to say to Him, 2Prophesy! And the attendants, 3dslapping Him about, took Him.
66 1And while Peter was below in the acourtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came,
67 And seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, You also were with the aNazarene, Jesus.
68 But he denied it, saying, I neither know nor understand what you are talking about. And he went outside into the forecourt, and a rooster crowed.
69 And the servant girl, seeing him, began again to say to those standing by, This man is one of them!
70 But again he denied it. And after a little while, those standing by again said to Peter, Surely you are one of them, for you are a aGalilean as 1well.
71 But he began to 1curse and to swear, I do not know this man of whom you speak!
72 And aimmediately a brooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered the word, how Jesus had said to him, Before a rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times. And thinking upon it, he wept.
b. By the Roman Governor, Representing the Gentiles
1 And aimmediately in the morning the bchief priests held a cconsultation with the elders and scribes and the whole 1Sanhedrin, and having bound Jesus, they led Him away and ddelivered Him to 2ePilate.
2 And Pilate aquestioned Him, Are You the bKing of the Jews? And answering him, He said, It is as you say.
3 And the chief priests aaccused Him of many things.
4 And Pilate again questioned Him, saying, Do You answer nothing? See how many things they are accusing You of.
5 But Jesus made 1ano further answer, so that Pilate marveled.
6 Now at the afeasts he released to them one prisoner whom they requested.
7 And there was one named Barabbas, bound with the ainsurrectionists who had committed bmurder in the insurrection.
8 And the crowd 1came up and began to ask him to do even as he had been accustomed to do for them.
9 But Pilate answered them, saying, Do you want me to release to you the aKing of the Jews?
10 For he knew that it was because of envy that the chief priests had delivered Him up.
11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd that instead he should arelease Barabbas to them.
12 And Pilate again answered and said to them, What then do you want me to do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?
13 And again they cried out, 1aCrucify Him!
14 But Pilate said to them, Why, what evil has He done? But they cried out the more, Crucify Him!
15 And Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released to them Barabbas and 1ascourged Jesus and delivered Him up to be 2crucified.